Pushkar is one of the oldest existing cities of India that lies on the Shore of Pushkar Lake, northwest of Ajmer. The ‘Nag Pahar’, literally meaning Snake Mountain forms a natural border between Ajmer and Pushkar. Pushkar has 52 ghats and as many as 400 temples. Most of the temples are not very old as a lot of temples were destroyed during the Muslim invasion in the area and were rebuilt later.
According to legends, Lord Brahma, held to be the creator of the Universe dropped a lotus to the ground leading to the instantaneous creation of a lake. The city was named after the flower, and thus the name, Pushkar. The city of Pushkar is home to the only temple devoted to Lord Brahma worldwide built during 14th century.
Pushkar is also known as ‘the rose garden of Rajasthan’, the essence of the famous Pushkar rose is exported all over the world. The main street of this town is one long bazaar.
The city is also famous for and most visited during the Pushkar Camel Fair which occurs in the month of Kartika, the eighth lunar month on the Hindu calendar. The fair is synonymous to a cattle fair, as mass trading of cattle, such as camels, horses, cows, goats, and sheep, take place during these five days. It is one of the world’s largest camel fairs. Apart from the buying and selling of livestock, competitions such as the “matkaphod”, “longest moustache”, Camel Parade, Camel Race and “bridal competition” are the main draws for this fair which attracts thousands of tourists. This is also the time when the wide-ranging art of colourful Rajasthan is exhibited in front of the inquisitive tourists.
Pushkar Camel Fair Dates
2017 – October 28 to November 4
2018 – November 15 to November 23
2019 – November 4 to November 12
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