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Rajasthan is one of the finest tourist spots in India. Apart from its natural rustic charm, the state also gets its appeal from the several spectacular events it hosts which attract tourists from all across the globe. It is one of the states in India that are truly ethnic and introduce you to Indian history, culture and traditions. One such magnificent turist attraction in Rajasthan is Pushkar, a small temple town known for its Brahma temple and sacred lake. What Pushkar is most famous for is the annual Pushkar fair held here during the Kartik month of the Hindu calendar. Celebrated for five days from the Kartik ekadashi to Kartik Poornima, which is the full moon day of Kartik (OctoberNovember) in Hindu calendar, the Pushkar mela attracts travelers from all across the globe. Thousands of livestock also make it to the festival for the cattle fair. Legend has it that it was on the day of the full moon that Brahma sprung up the Pushkar lake and therefore, the festival is held on this auspicious day. This year, the Pushkar fair is being held from November 8 to November 14. (ALSO SEE Do you know why Pushkar has a Brahma temple?) Also Read - Rajasthan News: Shops, Parlours to Open in State, Govt Offices to Function in Full Strength From June 1
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The Pushkar fair has several exciting events for tourists to be thrilled about. Prime amongst its attractions is the Hot Air Balloon festival. Imagine how amazing it would be to view the desert, the cattle and all the cultural events from high above on board a Hot Air Balloon! Several adventurous activities are also held during this time. From panning quad bike racing, paramotors, to horse rides and camel safaris, travelers can indulge in a whole bunch of activities. The sunset camel safari is not to be missed. And then there is the famous cattle fair, the world’s largest. Camels, horses, cows, goats, and sheep are all decorated in vibrant colors to be sold and purchased. Cattle owners travel from various parts of Rajasthan to make it to this fair. Visitors also take the holy dip in the Pushkar lake as part of traditional rituals. This year, some of the finest fusion artists in the world will perform in the fair . It includes performances by maestros like Prem Joshua & Band, and Advaita, amongst others. Other important events this year include a Kabaddi match between a local team and The Bengal warriors and performances by singers Harshdeep Kaur on November 12 at 7 pm and Mohammad Irfan on November 11 at 7 pm. (CHECK OUT 10 best places to visit in India in November 2016)
Here is a detailed schedule:
November 8, 2016 — Official program of camel races, competitions and other activities begins at the fairground.
November 9, 2016 — Sand dunes get busy with camel cart rides, vendors, musicians, gypsies and tourists.
November 10, 2016 — Pilgrims start arriving to the temples. Official events for tourists continue at the stadium. Events include amusement rides, folk dances, music performances, and turban tying and mustache competitions.
November 11, 2016 — Pilgrims throng the temples. Religious gatherings and prayers begin.
November 12-13, 2016 — Religious traditions and prayers continue.
November 14, 2016 — Final day of the event – pilgrims take a holy dip in the lake. There’s a grand finale of events, including a maha aarti by the lake and a display of fireworks.
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