Pushkar Camel Fair, also known as “Pushkar ka Mela” is one of the world’s largest camel fairs. It attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors, devotees, and traders. It lasts for more than a month. The first day of the Hindu lunisolar month of Kartik corresponds to late October when tens of thousands of pilgrims and tourists come to bathe in the sacred Pushkar Lake and attend the colorful camel and livestock fair. This annual fair is also marked one of India’s greatest spiritual gatherings, Where people from all over the world meet at Pushkar, sharing their experiences and learning from each other.
In addition to the famous Pushkar Camel Fair, several related events are held in different parts of Rajasthan state of India, including Nagaur Cattle Fair in Nagaur district and Khichan Mela in Rajsamand city.
Camel rides are available for 10 rupees (15 cents). Camels come from Rajasthan, Haryana, and Gujarat to attend this fair. The main market is close to Pushkar Lake. There is also a livestock show that takes place near the lake, which has prize-winning camels.
There is a large carnival-like atmosphere around the lake with food stalls, games, and fun rides, including an awesome Ferris wheel. There are also many tea stalls here where one can sip on some hot chai (tea) sitting in the open air. The entire town has a very enchanting feeling to it while Pushkar Camel Fair is on.
Pushkar is one of the favorite destinations of tourists. Therefore, during this period, you can easily find some economic accommodations in Pushkar. There are lots of hotels offering low fares for accommodation. You just need to do a little bit of research before coming here to book hotel rooms or other accommodation types.
Gujarat Tourism takes special efforts to make this fair a grand success. To attract tourists, Gujarat Tourism is providing various holiday packages for Pushkar Fair. You can come to know about these plans online or from travel agents as well. They are also arranging different types of events from time to time during the event. This enhances the beauty of the fair.
If you are planning to stay in Pushkar during this period, make sure you book your room very early because lots of tourists visit here during these days. Also, some private hotels and guest houses may increase their rates due to the high demand for rooms. You can get good deals on air tickets if you book them in advance.