Pushkar Fair

 
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The Pushkar Fair, or Pushkar ka Mela, is the annual five-day camel and livestock fair, held in the town of Pushkar in the state of Rajasthan, India. It is one of the world's largest camel fairs, and apart from buying and selling of livestock it has become an important tourist attraction and its highlights have become competitions such as the "matka phod", "longest moustache", and "bridal competition" are the main draws for this fair which attracts thousands of tourists. In recent years the fair has also included an exhibition cricket match between the local Pushkar club and a team of random foreign tourists.

The fair attracts a great number of tourists from across the world. A temple here is dedicated to Lord Brahma.

Pushkar has three main lakes-jaystha Pushkar, Madhyam Pushkar and Kanishtha pushkar. The fair is one of the largest cattle fairs in the world, in which camel are a special attraction, Here one can see camel been raced and paraded, vendors selling's dazzling wares and people getting themselves tattooed. In the evening hundreds of oil lamps placed on leaves are floated on the lake by worshippers. ]

Thousands of people go to the banks of the Pushkar Lake where the fair takes place. Men buy and sell their livestock, which includes camels, cows, sheep and goats. The women go to the stalls, full of bracelets, clothes, textiles and fabrics. A camel race starts off the festival, with music, songs and exhibitions to follow. Between these events, the most waited for is the test of how the camel is able to bring the items. In order to demonstrate, the men go up on the group of camels one after another.

During the fair the Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation sets up a tented tourist village offering all basic facilities. Here, tourists are entertained by folk dancers and musicians. There are convenient rail and road connections to Ajmer. the nearest airport is at Jaipur.

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Pushkar fair  08th-14th nov 28th Oct-04th nov 15th-23th nov 22nd-30th nov

 

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