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Reet Cheema Sep 11 2014

What are the highlights of Pushkar Fair 2014?

Reema Bhalla Sep 11 2014
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The Pushkar Fair is a vibrant and fun-filled, 5-day long camel mela that attracts thousands of tourists to Rajasthan every year. Pushkar is regarded as a holy city and during the Pushkar mela, this city in Rajasthan is a riot of colours and buzzing with cultural activities. The Pushkar Mela will be held between 25 October and 4 November in 2014.

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The major highlight of the Pushkar Fair is the trading of camels and cattle. A few days before the fair, traders and herders with their flocks of camel and horses start arriving in the city of Pushkar. The camels are beautifully decorated and are part of various activities like racing, camel safaris, etc.

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The sacred Pushkar Lake, which is said to have been created by Lord Brahma, is regarded as a holy lake. Pilgrims take a holy dip in the lake on the eve of Kartik Purnima during the Pushkar Mela.

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The Pushkar Mela attracts thousands of camel traders, pilgrims and tourists from India and abroad every year. It is not only a great opportunity for the locals to trade camels and exhibit and sell their handicrafts but also creates a very interesting cultural mix.

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Photo by Ben Cumming

For the locals it is the biggest festival in the year and they celebrate it with great enthusiasm. The men can be spotted in very vibrant turbans and the women are colourfully dressed in their traditional ghagra cholis.

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The Pushkar Fair is very famous for folk dance and music performances and cultural shows. Interesting events like Matka Phod (break the pitcher), longest moustache competition and best-dressed competition liven up the proceedings.

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You can also see many other fun activities at the fair like body tattooing, puppet shows, acrobatics, best camel breed contests and funrides, which makes this fair come alive.

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One can shop for interesting artefacts, handicrafts, fashion accessories, etc., at the various makeshift kiosks that spring up during the the fair.

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There are a lot of small tea stalls across the fair which are perfect for a tea break. Sampling this delicious concoctions is a must while you are in Pushkar.

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Considering the very high number of foreign tourists who visit Pushkar each year, one can find a lot of international street food on offer. A pizza or falafel on the streets of Pushkar are as popular as a malpua or a samosa. The Rajasthani delicacy, dal pakwan, is a must-try.

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Photo by Shashank Aggarwal, Eatlo

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These are some of the major highlights of the Pushkar Fair. A trip to Rajasthan in early November must include a visit to this holy town. To know more about the fair, check out how is the Pushkar Mela celebrated.

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