Venue: Pushkar, Rajasthan
Time: October - November
Duration: 8 days
About Pushkar Fair
Pushkar fair is held every year around the full moon day of Kartik Purnima in the months of October-November. Pushkar FairThe famous Pushkar Fair is held near the Pushkar lake and is a great tourist attraction. People from all over the world throng to the ancient religious town of Pushkar which transforms into a spectacular fair ground in the month of Kartik. People bathe, worship and delight in the blazing goods of roadside stalls. One of the most unique sights seen are the small groups of men and women seen busy tattooing their hands and other parts of the body.
Since the fair is predominantly a rural gathering, villagers come from different parts of the state and bring their cattle with them. The Pushkar lake is flooded with pilgrims. As the crowd moves, it seems like a tide of color with currents of crimson, yellow and turquoise. Folk dramas, skits, music and folk dances of Rajasthan entertain the tourists in the evening and throughout night.
The fair is one of the largest cattle fairs in the world, in which camels are a special attraction, where one can see camels being raced and paraded. Hundreds of oil lamps placed on leaves floating on the lake by worshipers is sight that cannot be missed. For a visitor, it is an incomparable and lingering experience to capture the reverberance of the entire state of Rajasthan in one place.
Pushkar's main bazaar is a web of narrow lanes lined with an assortments of interesting small shops. Best buys at Pushkar include silver and beaded jewellery, embroidered fabrics, bed and cushion covers. Its also great place to buy books as an excellent range of second hand novels in various languages are available.