Pushkar Camel Fair is a technicolour gathering in the dusty desert town of Pushkar.

Every year, in the humble heart of Pushkar, Rajasthan, this fabulously colourful camel fair lights up the Rajasthani horizon. This five-day camel and livestock fair is held annually and has some incredible elements. Here are a few reasons that showcase why you need to visit this ethnic cultural affair.

The Camel Carnival


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One of the primary attractions and the key element of this festival is the carnival. With over 50,000 camels, horses, cows, goats and sheep, delectable authentic Rajasthani street food and a wide range of activities from ferris wheels to the infamous ‘Cage of Death’. This is the kind of celebration you will only find in the flamboyant hearth of India. From ganja-spiked bhang lassis to sadhus clad in saffron clothes, imparting forgotten wisdom to the locals and tourists alike, this festival is truly one of a kind.


The Aesthetic Brilliance

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The Pushkar Fair is a massive sea of colours out there in the desert. A celebration that will leave you breathless. With the sun setting in the horizon and laughter, firelight, music and joy littering the dust bowl, this is one festival you don’t want to attend without a camera. The dusks are the most photogenic, with the sky washing everything in a bluish hue, the festival carrying on in its joyful stupor.


The Kartik Purnima 


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It is said that the festival coincides with the Kartik Purnima, which is basically a religious festival celebrated during a full moon. Locals light dias and let them float onto the holy waters of Pushkar Lake on this day, deeming the entire experience more magical. If you attend the Pushkar Fair, the view overlooking the lake, with hundreds of dias lighting its surface, is something every traveler must see.


The Local Contests


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The Pushkar Fair hosts many amicable contests and competitions that are usually enjoyed by both the locals and tourists. Starting from the ‘longest mustache’ contest to the turban tying contest which is held especially for tourists and foreigners. They even have a Camel Beauty Contest that you don’t want to miss.

The Pushkar Fair has a lot to offer to anyone with a thirst for travel and discovering different cultures. An ethnic and photogenic celebration, this festival is one you must visit at least once in your lifetime.