Jaipur, India (PressExposure) October 16, 2009 -- Pushkar Fair is one of the most popular and colorful fairs of the Thar Desert. It begins on Kartik Shukla Ekadashi & goes on for five days till Kartik Purnima. The time of the fair coincides with the bright full of the moon during the months of October-November.The famous Pushkar Fair is a great tourist attraction. People from around the globe come to the ancient religious town of Pushkar which is transformed into a spectacular fair ground in the month of Kartik. People bathe, worship and delight in the dazzling wares of roadside stalls. Most unusual are the small groups of men and women seen busy tattooing their hands and other parts of the body.
The festival calendar of Rajasthan declares a number of fairs and festival all over India. Each corner of the State depicts the rich legacy of Royal India, which is represented in terms of enthusiastic events commenced every new year. The world-famous Pushkar Fair, this year (2009) is going to be held on 25th October and will end up on 2nd November.
The 9-days Pushkar fair will be held in the beautiful Pushkar town, situated 146 km away from Jaipur, the Pink City of India. The town is nestled at the foothill and the shimmering flow of five rivers namely, Suprabha, Kanaka, Prachi, Nanda and Saraswati add to the beauty of the place. Apart from the scared water bodies, attractions also lie in Pushkar Lake.
In recent years, the tourism board handling Pushkar fair has added the attraction of Cricket match between the local Pushkar Club and foreign tourist. The planning for the fair is at acme. Therefore, it's high time to space sometime of yours and book a ticket for the upcoming Puskhar Fair, 2009.
The Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation (RTDC) puts up a tourist village. The tourist village is self-sufficient and specially designed to complement the natural beauty of the site. It has a Coffee Shop and Dining Hall, which can cater to 1500 guests at a time.
Pushkar: A few miles north of Aimer are the sacred town of Pushkar , situated on the shores of a jewel - like glacial lake. Dun - colored temple - topped hills and sandy fields surround the town. Normally quiet, Pushkar sees a small but steady stream of visitors to its temples and wide bathing steps leading down to the lake.
Attraction in pushkar fair
Pushkar fair attracts tourist from different parts of the world. Tourist, during the event fined opportunity to get engage in the various cultural and sporting programmed.
The fair in conjunction with having religious entity is famous for its Cattle Fair. Camels, Horses, Donkeys, Bulls, etc are bought, sold, beautified, raced and paraded on the sand.
Around 50, 000 camels are showcased every year for the purpose of race and exhibition. The camels are made attractive with embroidered cloth tailored in intricate mirror work. The environment of the fair buzz with the conversation of camel traders and its buyers.In fact, the fair is predominantly a rural gathering, where villagers from different parts of state come with their animals and lakes are flooded with the pilgrims for the Holy Dips.
Camel races are the first event. Usually a lumbering beast of burden, the camel all decorated in finery, imagines itself to be an ostrich, and rushes through the race like one. Then comes the event analogous to musical chairs. Here, as the music stops, the camel is supposed to manage to stick its long arching neck between two poles, each camel owner guiding its entrant by means of a silken cord attached to its nose ring.
Pushkar Camel Safari
Pushkar Camel Safari: Pushkar's main claim to fame is the sacredness attached to it. However, Pushkar also tempts visitors for the exciting camel safari in the desert sand dunes. Anyone who travels to the holy town of Pushkar should not pass up the opportunity to go on a camel safari. A camel safari in Pushkar offers an irresistibly romantic chance to explore the sweeping vistas of the desert landscape.
Other fun-filled activities on Pushkar fair are puppet shows, cattle fair, shopping and competitions of indifferent themes. These events are organized in open air near the number of shops that displays ethic jewelry, dresses and household items. The collections lures fashionistas and compel them buy some to take back home.
Traders from different part of India participate in the Pushkar fair and sell antique items, including beaded Necklaces of Nagaur, printed textiles of Ajmer, brassware of Jodhpur, blankets of Merta and colorful garments of Jaipur.
Body tattooing is yet other favourite activity.Tattoo lovers can ink their body with antique designs, while physique conscious can rely on acrobatics.
Evenings at the Pushkar Fair
Evenings at the Pushkar Fair have their own charm. The silent night is pierced by calls of camels. Ballads are sung by actors in passionate tones. Folk dramas, skits and folk dance are organized for the entertainment of the tourists. Fun-filled competitions like bridal contest, moustache exhibition, best breed competition, singing idols etc are additional punch on the fair.
Pushkar life style
The villagers living in Pushkar still follows the traditional lifestyle and that is very much visible in their lifestyle be it in their houses, attire or food habit. The streets in Pushkar are usually narrow and they have shops, hotels, homes and temples standing within it. The homes are usually built large with a verandah in between and they have enough space to keep the cattle in them.
The attire of Pushkar people usually comprises of traditional Rajasthani style irrespective of both men and women and depicts the Pushkar lifestyle. The men folk wear colorful headgears whereas veils and skirts (often beaded or patch work) are worn by the women. Various metallic jewelry forms the important part of the women's costume.
Pushkar Lake & Temple
Brahma Temple: Pushkar is best known for its Brahma Temple built in the 14th century standing on a high platform near Pushkar Lake. This is the only temple in the world where Lord Brahma - Creator of the Universe, is worshipped.
Pushkar Lake: According to the Hindu mythology, the holy Pushkar Lake was created by the lotus petals, which fell from the hands of Lord Brahma. The lake is considered as one of the most sacred spots. It is called the Tirtharaj, the king of all Tirthas.