Despite having a distinct touristy flavour these days, Pushkar is still a bewitching little town. It is right on the edge of the desert and is only 11 kms from Ajmer but separated from it by Nag Pahar, the Snake mountain. This traveller-friendly
clings to the side of the small Pushkar Lake with its many bathing ghats
and temples. For Hindus, Pushkar is a very important pilgrimage centre
and you'll see plenty of sadhus. Pushkar is perhaps best known for its
Camel Fair which takes place here each October/November. This massive
congregation of camels, cattle, livestock traders, pilgrims, tourists
and film-makers is one of the planet's most incredible events. If you
are anywhere within striking distance at the time, it's an event not to
be missed. Being a holy place, alcohol, meat and even eggs are banned.
'Nag pahar' or the Snake Mountain forms a natural boundary between Ajmer
and Pushkar. Surrounded by hills on three sides, pushkar abounds in
temples. Of these the most famous is the only Brahma temple in the
world. Then there is the holy lake, which has 52 ghats and pilgrim
taking a ritual dip in the lake is a common sight specially during the
festival. A city of Pilgrimage from time immemorial with over 500
temples and ghats, Pushkar begets a legacy of timeless architectural
heritage. Pushkar radiates an ambience of peace and spirituality that
casts a lure to visit again and again.Pushkar FairIn 2008 Pushkar camel Fair will be celebrated between 11th - 13th NovemberIn 2009 Pushkar Camel Fair will be celebrated between 30th October - 02th NovemberIn 2010 Pushkar Camel Fair will be celebrated between 18th - 21th November
of the most popular and colorful fairs of the Thar desert is the Pushkar
fair, which begins on Kartik Shukla Ekadashi & goes on for five days
till Kartik Purnima. The time of the fair coincides with the bright half
of the moon during the months of October-November.
lake at Pushkar is one of the most sacred in India.
days are a period of relaxation and merry-making for the villagers,
despite being the busiest for them, as this is one of the largest cattle
fairs in the country. Animals, mainly camels, are brought from miles
around. Trading is brisk as several thousand heads of cattle exchange
hands. All the camels are cleaned, washed, adorned, some are
interestingly shorn to form patterns, and special stalls are set up
selling finery and jewelry for the camels. Camels at the Pushkar fair
are decorated with great care. They wear jewelry of silver and beads.
There are silver bells and bangles around their ankles that
jingle-jangle when they walk. An interesting ritual is the piercing of a
camel's nose.How to reach
Jaipur, the nearest airport is 138 kms. (86
Ajmer is connected to Delhi, Agra, Jaipur,
Ahmedabad, Udaipur, Abu Road and Jodhpur by regular trains. Two of
the best trains of the Indian Railways, Pink City Express and
Shatabdi Express connect Ajmer to Delhi and Jaipur.