An Indian man in a bright red turban with his camel at Pushkar camel festival

Pushkar camel fair

Pushkar is world famous for its annual Camel Fair, which also falls during the full-moon phase of Kartik Purnima. This massive congregation of camels, livestock traders, pilgrims, sadhus and tourists is an incredibly colourful event. The Camel and Cattle trading is at its peak during the first half of festival period. During the later half, religious activities take place, with people taking dips in the holy "Sarovar" lake, with its sacred water. The small town is transformed into a spectacular fair ground, as rows of make shift stalls display an entire range of objects. Small handicraft items are the best bargain for buying souvenir. Camel and horse races are spectacular events, with enthusiastic crowds cheering them on. Every evening has musicians and dancers entertaining the crowds.

Life in Pushkar is significantly related to the ancient lake. Legend has it the lake was formed when a lotus flower fell into the valley from the hands of Brahma. It is said the waters have special curative powers. As such, Pushkar has nearly 500-whitewashed temples and 52 bathing ghats surrounding the lake, which are often packed with pilgrims and sadhus. Each ghat is named after an event or person. Primary amongst them is Gau Ghat, where visiting ministers and politicians come to worship, and from which the ashes of Mahatma Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru were sprinkled.

The most famous temple is Brahma Temple, said to be one of the few temples in the world dedicated to this deity. Meanwhile, Brahma Ghat marks the spot where Brahma himself is said to have worshipped. During the auspicious full-moon phase of Kartik Purnima in approximately October/November, the lake’s waters are believed to cleanse the soul of all impurities, drawing believers from all over the nation.

Contact our specialist tailor-made team who will be happy to customise a holiday, that incorporates this exciting event. Or you can add an extension on to one of our group tours through Rajasthan, the perfect end to a Taj Express, Taj Traveller and Passage to India! Contact us for futher details. Please be aware that accommodation is very limited during this popular festival and you must book early to avoid disappointment.

Additional Information

  • Pushkar Camel Fair dates:
  • - 2nd November - 10th November 2011
  • - 20th - 28th November 2012
  • - 9th - 17th November 2013

Pushkar camel fair is available on the following trips

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