Pushkar always had great strategic importance and was sacked by Mahumud of
Ghazni on one of his periodic forays from Afghanistan. Later it became a
favorite residence of the great Moghula. One of the first contacts between
the Moghula and the British occurred in Pushkar when Sir Thomas Roe met with
Jahangir here in 1616. The city was subsequently taken by the Scindias and,
in 1818, it was handed over to the British, becoming one of the few places
in Rajasthan controlled directly by British rather than being part of a
Every November, the sleepy little township of Pushkar in Rajasthan, India
comes alive with a riot of colors and a frenzied burst of activity. The
occasion:PUSHKAR FAIR . The Pulsating beats of vivid images of the Sacred
Brahma land, Pushkar brings alive the rich tradition of Rajasthan enhancing
the glory of the golden sand. Spectacular Fair Ground in the month of Kartik
(November month) with bedecked Camels, decorated cattles, adventure
competitions, breathtaking events, jostling rustic crowd, meditating sadhus,
holy dip, vivid stalls, exotic fair, colorful desert, so typical, so
obvious, It can be nothing else but Pushkar Fair. An amalgamation of a
marvelous juxtaposition of commerce and devotion, Pushkar Fair, a lifetime
experience in this Holy Land. Most people associate the Pushkar Fair with
the world's largest camel fair. But it is much more than that. It is an
occasion for villagers from far and near to gather together and enjoy a
welcome break from their harsh life of the arid desert. And enjoy they do!
In dazzling style and colors. It is an occasion for Hindu pilgrims to
converge for a holy dip in the sacred Pushkar Lake to "wash away the
sins of a lifetime" and pay obeisance at the ONLY Brahma temple in the
world . The function of Brahma - creating the world - has been completed,
while Vishnu (the preserver) and Shiva (the destroyer) still have relevance
to the continuing order of the universe. Brahma is also a God of the Aryan
invaders and during Vedic times his cult temporarily displaced the more
ancient indigenous Shiva and Shakti cults. With the passing of the period of
major Aryan influence, these deities reemerged in a more powerful manner
Attractions of Pushkar
The Pushkar fair is synonymous to the cattle fair. So there are camels,
horses, cows, goats, and sheep; all decked up to be sold and purchased. The
proud cattle owners throng Pushkar, traveling across the golden sands of the
various places in Rajasthan. There is bargaining, presence of several
popular breeds and the parading of the well bred, highly decorated cattle.
As is believed about Pushkar Fair is the worlds largest camel fair.
Talking about Pushkar Fair the most striking feature is the cattle
competition. Imagine the entire limelight on beautifully decorated cattle
when they race their ways into the audiences heart or the manner in
which they play musical chairs. The Pushkar Fair watches the best-bedecked
camel in parade winning the beauty contest. But the most hilarious
competition of all makes large numbers of people sit on the camels back and
usually fall down! Of course! The camel that accommodates the maximum number
of people on its back wins the competition.
Stalls and Shopping
During the Pushkar Fair the numerous make shift stalls offer a variety of
items for the cattle and humans. For cattle there are items ranging from
saddles, saddle-straps and beads to strings of cowries. With so many women
around at the Pushkar Fair can the jewellery and the garment stalls be far!
Check out the colorfully clad women buying silver ornaments, bead necklaces
from Nagaur and garments of patchwork, printed textiles from Ajmer and tie
'n' die. That is not the end of fashion at the Pushkar Fair; there are
beautiful body tattoos that you can get made as per your choice!
The colorful culture of Rajasthan comes alive in the form of the folklores,
music and dance performances besides the captivating turbans of the men. The
bards and the poets enchant the audiences with the tales of gallantry.
Cultural shows, exhibitions and movies add to the fun at the Pushkar Fair.
Other Must Visits in Pushkar
Besides the celebrations of the Pushkar Fair the town of Pushkar offers
several places of tourist interest too like its temples, Pushkar Lake and
Pushkar boasts of the only temple in the world dedicated to Lord Brahma
thus a visit to the Jagat Pita Shri Brahma Mandir is a must. Then there is
the Savitri temple on the hilltop you must take the hour-long trek to the
temple that offers a spectacular view of the Pushkar Lake. The Varah temple,
Mahadeva temple and the Ramavaikunth temple are the other must visits in
Pushkar. Here it is noteworthy that all the gods are believed to revisit
Pushkar during the fair and bless their devotees.
Lake and Ghats
The sacred Pushkar Lake is believed to wash away the sins of a lifetime,
cure several diseases and even bestow salvation! No doubt pilgrims travel
from far to take a dip in the magical waters of the Pushkar Lake. There are
as many as fifty-two bathing ghats that run down the Pushkar Lake that sees
the devotees offering coconuts, flowers and cash to the lake and the
In the evenings the Pushkar lake is flooded with lighted earthen lamps that
float on the holy waters like twinkling stars and offer a spectacular sight.
The most auspicious day to be at Pushkar is considered to be the Kartik
How To Get There - Pushkar
The nearest airport from Pushkar is Jaipur. Jaipur is well connected to all
the major cities which includes Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Jodhpur, Udaipur.
Recently, flights to Dubai has also started from Pushkar by Indian Airlines
The nearest railway station for Pushkar is Ajmer, which is on the Broad
Gauge and hence connected to all the metro cities of India. There are daily
trains from Delhi in morning (Shatabdhi Exp).
Pushkar is 11 km from main Ajmer bus stand. Rajasthan Roadways run very
comfortable deluxe buses from Jaipur. There are buses from Jaipur to Ajmer
every 15 minutes, some nonstop. The roads are very good, and it takes around
3 hrs from Jaipur. You can also come by hire private cars.