Pushkar, about 15 kilometres from Ajmer in Rajasthan, is world famous for two things. The first is for Brahmaji's temple and the second for the Camel Festival. In fact, there are many fairs in our country. But the highlight of Pushkar is that there is a camel fair.
The Camel Fair at Pushkar Mela has won the title of world's largest camel fair. However, the fair at Sonepur in Bihar has the status of the world's largest animal fair.
The history of camel fairs, which are held in the vast courtyard of the sand stand, the mela ground, is more than 100 years old. People come here to buy horses, donkeys and bulls in addition to the fine breed of camels like Gir, Mevati and Nagori.
The fair begins on the last days of kartik month. This time the fair has started from November 15, which will last for a full 9 days till Kartik Purnima on November 23. Lakhs of people are coming from all over the country and the world to witness this fair. Devotees take a bath in Pushkar Lake on this day.
Lakhs of devotees take a dip in the lake and take blessings of Brahmaji and shop at the fair. Local artists perform traditional dances, ghoomar, ger, mand and sapera etc. at the fair. There is also a grand aarti in the evening. You can also enjoy a variety of delicious dishes here.
How to Reach
It is very easy to go to Pushkar. It can be reached by road, rail and air. It is 15 kilometres from Ajmer, 145 kilometres from Jaipur. There are magnificent roads from Ajmer to Pushkar. If you want to come by train, there are direct trains to Ajmer. If you want to go by air, it is Jaipur Airport. From where you can reach Pushkar by bus or taxi.
Where to stay
Pushkar has both cheap and expensive hotels, resorts and dharamshalas. Where all kinds of amenities are available. In addition, the State Tourism Ministry also makes proper arrangements for the stay of the people.