Rajasthan is one of the most alluring states to visit in India. Its marvelous Thar desert, historic forts, majestic sunsets, and lovely people make it a great tourist attraction. While all of its natural wonders and magnificent monuments and structures have their own charm, it is the festivals and events of the state that give you a true picture of its culture. One such amazing and popular event is the Pushkar fair. The Pushkar cattle fair is an annual festival held in Rajasthans temple town of Pushkar. It coincides with the purnima or full moon of the Hindu month of Kartik. Pushkar Fair 2017 is from October 23 to November 4. While the festival is a vibrant and colorful celebration with several cultural events, it is primarily a camel and cattle fair that is held over 7 days. In fact, it is known as the worlds largest cattle fair. As you might imagine, it draws in visitors and tourists from all across the globe. Also Read - Places You Must Visit in Ajmer
Pushkar is located in Rajasthans Ajmer district. November is believed to be the best time to visit the religious spots of Ajmer and Pushkar on account of the popular Pushkar fair. Ajmer is famous for the Ajmer Sharif dargah (mosque) and is often clubbed with Pushkar as a circuit trip. Hundreds of thousands of people participate in the Pushkar fair. The sight of so many camels, horses, other livestock, farmers, and villagers dressed in ethnic wear makes the Pushkar fair an experience of a lifetime. It is a traditional carnival of the region and is the best way to witness the local life and culture. Events held during the Pushkar fair include scintillating musical performances from renowned artists, a harmony half-marathon from Ajmer Dargah Sharif to Pushkar stadium, handicrafts market, and an amazing hot-air-ballooning festival that coincides with the fair. Also Read - Mahatma Gandhi's Statue Vandalised in Rajasthan's Ajmer, Investigation Underway
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Apart from all the celebratory events, the Pushkar fair also holds religious significance. It is believed that 330 gods and goddesses assembled at Pushkar lake on the day of purnima in the month of Kartik to consecrate the lake. This is why a number of devotees visit Pushkar during this time to take a holy dip in the lake. Pushkar is also such a popular pilgrim spot as it is home to a one-of-its-kind Brahma temple. As a result, there are religious gatherings planned to coincide with the Pushkar fair. This blend of culture, religion, and adventure makes the Pushkar fair an excellent travel experience in Rajasthan. Not to mention, Pushkar is close to some other popular tourist spots like Jaipur and Ajmer which are worth checking out.
So, this weekend, make it to the Pushkar Fair 2017 for an experience of a lifetime.