Pushkar comes alive for the annual camel fair, which attracts hundreds of thousands of people from the state of Rajasthan and beyond.
Held during November around the time of the Kartik Purnima full moon, Pushkar Camel Fair is a cultural spectacle well worth investigating. But in the event that your baggage allowance may not cater for a live camel, the fair has a many other activities for you to enjoy. For the hirsute male (or admirers) there’s the moustache contest, fittingly entitled the Mr. Desert competition. India also has a deep affection for the game of cricket, and we hear it’s now tradition for the local Pushkar Cricket Club to challenge a team made up of random tourists to a somewhat impromptu game. (If anyone actually manages to take part in one of these games, please send us photos!)
For those who aren’t fans of cricket and would prefer to peruse the market, there are literally hundreds of authentic stalls to explore, all packed with jewellery, textiles and other treasures from the surrounding areas – not to mention the music, the incredible food and the general atmosphere of a town in a supremely festive mood.
For those with more of an interest in the spiritual side of things, Pushkar is one of the five most holy pilgrimage sites in India for those who follow the Hindu faith. During the Kartik Purnima full moon, pilgrims come to the Pushkar Lake to take part in ritualistic bathing. They also visit the Brahma temple in Pushkar, the most important temple in the town, and the only Brahma temple in all of India.
To visit the Pushkar Camel Fair, which takes place in Pushkar from the 31st to the 9th of November, please take a look at the Pushkar Camel Fair page on our website.