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Pushkar Travel Guide

Karttika Purnima

Annually in Pushkar is celebrated the Pushkar Fair, Hindus visit the holy land with great enthusiasm, there them celebrate the festival in obeisance to Lord Brahma. Several devotees take a dip in the redemptory waters of the lake, so this occasion is believed very holy to relieve devotees of all their sins, the legend say that in the ancient legendary time, when Lord Brahma, Vishnu and others come down to bath in the Lake of Pushkar, this holy Lake has a miraculous origin when Lord Brahma drops a flower of lotus from his hand when he killed a demon. This festival is celebrated during the full moon or also known as Purina, on the Karttika month, which is generally in November. From five to twelve days leading up to and including the full moon, Pushkar is the center of the celebration following prescribed rituals on the lakeside and in the Brahma Mandir, and the town hosts large number of devotees to celebrate the holy day.

But those isnít all, the festival becomes a hub of cultural activities of Rajasthan, adding to the flurry of color, and begin the cattle fair or the popularly known as Pushkar fair, where a large camel fair is held at around the same time in the sand dunes west of the town and the cattle are decorate in very colorful manner to attract the buyers and the tourist, when hordes herders from all over Rajasthan gather to parade, race and trade their livestock. The villagers and the merchant meet at Pushkar and barter. The transformation of Pushkar from a peaceful desert town is complete; the streets are crowded with swarms of pilgrims, hawkers, tourist and overwhelming by traders. Finally this festival has gained international recognition as the venue of the largest camel fair in the world, and for international tourist, the multicolor of the things and spirit of the Rajasthan is a big attraction while for the domestic tourist represent the religious aspect that hold significance.

How the hotels and restaurant are chock-a-block, families from all over Rajasthan move violently through the packed lanes laden with children, blankets, food and makeshift tends, setting up the camp in the dunes where night fires, tasty open-air cooking smells and customary folk music drifting throughout the starlit night create an unforgettable experience.

In the Pushkar fair, the camels and cattle are meticulously groomed, beautifully dressed and carefully ornament, after them lined and auctioned, and even scented camels walk up to be a part of the camel pageant. In other activities, women dressed in mirrored skirts and vivid shawls lay out embroidered cloth, jewelry pots and ornaments beside the herds. Some times they stop the trade for gather dung to fuel the evening fires.

In the Pushkar fair the main activity is the competitions, where cattle, poultry, sheep and goats are entered for competition, and the cattle that made the best displays win prizes of fruit and vegetables. Other exciting activity made in the dusty ground is the famous camel races, where gamblers are noisily urged, while many people sit in the back of the camel and the camels race, in this interesting event is tested the power of the camels, and the camel who carries the most number of the people on the back is declared the winner. More activities were added along the time as entertainment games, others competition and the circus, where the things become even more animated as acrobats balance precariously in tightropes and cartwheel between the crowds.

The most striking feature of the Pushkar camel fair is the equal number of men and women who attend the cattle, they finished when the livestock is sold, when they have a little money to spend enjoying themselves, and the photos session are endless for Rajasthan man, proudly dressed in their colorful clothes and jewelries and their wives and daughters tend to be happy to pose for the camera. This time for herders represent the highlight of the year, eagerly looked forward to throughout the heat of summer and the hard work of the harvest.

In the Pushkar fair is meeting around of 200,000 people, but in recent years the numbers have dwindled due to the drought, because many of the herders hadnít animal to sell. If you want to see camels and traditional costumes of Pushkar, the best time for visit is at least a week or so before the final weekend. Other thing that you must consider is that hotels, which hike their rates, and usually are full, in this case you can find extra accommodation provide by RTDC outside of the town.

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