Pushkar Fair, also known as Pushkar Camel Fair or locally known as Kartik Mela or Pushkar Ka Mela, is a multi-day wildlife and cultural festival held every year at Pushkar (Rajasthan, India). The Mela follows the Hindu chronology, Kartik month and ends with Kartik Purnima, which normally overlaps the Gregorian calendar in late October and early November.
The fundamental motive behind this fair is to captivate the trading of camels since, in deserts, the camels are a substantial source of commutation and income. The local camel traders gather at a place and can get profitable business every time.
This year it is going to be held from the 4th to the 12th of November. Thousands of camels brought by their owners get together in the small desert city of Pushkar, India, Rajasthan, to host this annual Pushkar Mela. This is an exciting and terrific sight and a favored opportunity to witness an old traditional Indian-style festival.
Rituals of the festival:
Pilgrims come to this festival to bathe in Lake Pushkar’s holy waters and be freed from their sins. Two days around the full moon are considered the best time of year to swim in the lake. Those who dip in the full moon receive special blessings.
Most activities take place at the city’s western fair near the junction of Brahma Temple and National Highway 89. Camels are dressed, groomed, shaved, made to take part in beauty contests, compete, dance, and exchange. The grand carnival occurs with many musicians, witches, dancers, acrobats, magic snakes, and carousel streets to entertain the audience.
Rajasthan Tourism announced a pre-festival program, which will be free at your accommodation in Pushkar.
Other unique camel practices that support each animal’s masculinity, such as camel shaving, camel racing, beauty contests, camel parades, camel dancing, and captivating auctions of these remarkable animals, were featured at the event which is an elemental part of Rajasthan’s livelihood in the desert.
If you plan a visit to Jaipur around the same time, the camel fair is a once in a lifetime affair. Do visit.