Celebrated as the king of all pilgrim destinations and glorified as a leading Hindu place of worship, Pushkar; probably the only place on the earth where Lord Brahma is worshipped in a temple is a domicile of over 500 shrines dedicated to Hindu Gods and Goddesses. Visited by millions of devotees every year, Pushkar is also renowned world wide for its famous Pushkar Mela; the biggest cattle fair of the country.
Pushkar Mela, a five days festival celebrated in the Hindu month Kartik that falls in the month of October or November is the annual livestock fair held at Pushkar. Also known by the name ‘The Pushkar Camel Fair’, this Mela is acknowledged amongst the world’s largest camel fairs and acclaimed as the only fair of its kind in the entire world. Other than buying and selling the livestock, the Pushkar Mela also highlights several competitions like ‘Camel Race’, ‘Matka Fod’, Longest Moustache’, Bridal Competitions’, Cricket Matches between locals and tourists, and many more attractions that include songs, dance, music, and exhibitions. During this time of the year Pushkar becomes the ballpark of cultural synthesis when colorfully dressed people, merchants, traders, musicians, artists, acrobats, folk dance performers, comedians, religious persons and innumerable tourists assemble and enjoy to their fullest. .
Apart from the Pushkar Mela, other two fairs that comprise the chief attractions of Pushkar include the ‘Nagaur Fair’ and the ‘Tejaji Fair’. Nagaur Fair, similar to the Pushkar Mela organizes a bullock/camel fair named ‘Ramdev Pasumela’ in the month of February every year. Tejaji Fair takes place on the 11th lunar day of Bhadrapad Shukla Paksh that falls in the month of August and September according to the English Calendar.
Bathing in the sacred waters of the Pushkar Lake on the day of Kartik Poornima is believed to be exceptionally auspicious and gratifying. Devotees believe that a holy dip into the waters of the ‘Tirth Raj’ Pushkar Lake is sin cleansing and fortune giving. According to a survey, Pushkar receives about 4000 to 6000 visitors every single day.
Pushkar is also admired for its Camel Safaris and adventure activities like paragliding and parasailing. The camel safaris of Pushkar give its guests a chance to explore the Thar Desert of Rajasthan on the back of camel and view the traditional Rajasthani village life from the close quarters. Two types of Safaris are offered here; ‘Sunset/ Sunrise safari’ and ‘Overnight Safari’. Spending a night in the desert of Rajasthan under the roof of sky or in the tent is truly an experience of lifetime.
Do not forget to relish the mouthwatering delicacies of Rajasthan such as Daal Baati Churma, Missi Roti, Bhuna Kukda, Aloo Bharta, Mangodi Alu Ki Shak, Papad Ki Sabzi, Ker Sangri, Rajasthani Bhindi, Methi Ke Gatte, Besanwali Bharwan Mirch, Pakori Kadhi, Dai Shorba, Kesar Murgh, Lal Maas, Khasta Puri, Bhujia, Sohali, Boondi, Malpuas, Lapsi, Mawa Kachori, Ghevar, Motichur Ka Laddu, Mishri Mawa, Balushahi, Dilkhushaal, Sohan Halwa, Semoina, Chas, etc at Pushkar.