The Pushkar Fair has two components — the camel trading and religious rituals. The camel trading, which is the main attraction for tourists, happens early in the festival (during the initial five days) and then winds up as the focus shifts to pilgrims bathing in the holy lake.
- In 2012, the Pushkar Fair dates are November 20-28.
- In 2013, the Pushkar Fair dates are November 9-17.
- In 2014, the Pushkar Fair dates are October 30-November 6.
pushkar fair 2012 ( 20th to 28th nov ) -
Nov 20th – 25th Nov: Cattle Fair.
This is when all the activities with camels and other cattle will take place – the cattle trading, camel races, as well as various shows and competitions etc.
The best days are going to be the Nov 25th – Nov 28th: Cultural Fair. This is when all the government sponsored cultural activities will take place. There will be folk dance shows, music performances, and other similar activities. Please bear in mind that you will get to experience (much more comfortably) similar performances at a number of the hotels we use during your exploration of India. Most agency’s take you to the Fair on these dates despite the fact that most of the cattle and villagers have already left Pushkar.
» Stalls and Shopping
During the Pushkar Fair the numerous make shift stalls offer a variety of items for the cattle and humans. For cattle there are items ranging from saddles, saddle-straps and beads to strings of cowries. With so many women around at the Pushkar Fair can the jewellery and the garment stalls be far! Check out the colorfully clad women buying silver ornaments, bead necklaces from Nagaur and garments of patchwork, printed textiles from Ajmer and tie ‘n die. That is not the end of fashion at the Pushkar Fair; there are beautiful body tattoos that you can get made as per your choice!
The colorful culture of Rajasthan comes alive in the form of the folklores, music and dance performances besides the captivating turbans of the men. The bards and the poets enchant the audiences with the tales of gallantry. Cultural shows, exhibitions and movies add to the fun at the Pushkar Fair. Other Must Visits in Pushkar
Nov 28th : The Holy Day of the Fair. This is when the pilgrims and other devout Hindu””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””s will take a dip in the lake at Pushkar.
» Cattle Trading
The Pushkar fair is synonymous to the cattle fair. So there are camels, horses, cows, goats, and sheep; all decked up to be sold and purchased. The proud cattle owners throng Pushkar, traveling across the golden sands of the various places in Rajasthan. There is bargaining, presence of several popular breeds and the parading of the well bred, highly decorated cattle. As is believed about Pushkar Fair is the world’s largest camel fair.
Talking about Pushkar Fair the most striking feature is the cattle competition. Imagine the entire limelight on beautifully decorated cattle when they race their ways into the audiences’ heart or the manner in which they play musical chairs. The Pushkar Fair watches the best-bedecked camel in parade winning the beauty contest. But the most hilarious competition of all makes large numbers of people sit on the camels back and usually fall down! Of course! The camel that accommodates the maximum number of people on its back wins the competition.