Pushkar Camel Fair 2017

Pushkar is a small town located near Ajmer in Rajasthan, a place with abundance of culture and tradition. It is nestled at a height of 510 meters and is bordered by hillocks on three sides. The famous Pushkar Lake is surrounded by 500 temples and 52 bathing ghats (several rajas and maharajas maintained palaces here for pilgrimage). On the day of Kartik Poornima, the devotees take a dip in the holy Pushkar lake. The Brahma temple is the most important temple here and is, in fact, the only Brahma temple of India.

Camels eating Khejri leaves on their way to Pushkar camel fair

Pushkar camel fair is a photographers delight

Hindu woman performing prayer at the bank of holy Pushkar lake on Oct 28th 2017

Horses and mules are other largely traded animals at Pushkar fair beside camels

However, the most highlighted attraction for tourists every year is the annual Camel fair. It is being held during Oct 28th – Nov 4th in 2017. It is one of the world's largest camel fairs. Herders and nomads travel hundreds of kilometers to reach this fair and gather in the area around the Pushkar Lake to buy and sell their livestock. Almost from a week before, groups of camels, herders, horses and traders begin to appear from out of the desert and set up camp in the dunes around Pushkar. For some, the journey may have taken up to 5-6 days. Apart from camels, horses and mules are other major varieties bought and sold in the fair.

In a village of Pali, herders into discussion before leaving for the Pushkar camel fair

The whole period for which the fair is on, environment in Pushkar is very lively and exuberated with fun and frolic. The eye-catching performances of local artists and craftsmen are just the perfect showcase to the rich crafts and culture of this desert state. Also happening some other crowd pulling performances like world renowned Prem Joshua band in 2016. The little stalls offering the scrumptious Rajasthani meals and other eye-catching souvenirs to take away from Rajasthan, like mirrored Rajasthani dresses, lak bangles, handmade bags and other knick-knacks. Naturally, the Pushkar fair is a perfect opportunity for tourists, traders and photographers. Sleeping in colorful tents spread across the length and breadth of the Pushkar fields, you get to enjoy the starry nights under an open sky. This is one way to experience the lives of the nomads and tribal.

A camel herder of Pali, busy inspecting his herd before leaving for Pushkar

Pushkar animal fair in its full swing

Dates of Camel Fair

Pushkar Camel Fair 2017 Date: October 28-November 4.
Pushkar Camel Fair 2018 Date: November 15-23.
Pushkar Camel Fair 2019 Date: November 4-12.

A girl of nomadic Nut community performing rope walking at Pushkar camel fair

How to reach:

Pushkar is just 14 km northwest of Ajmer, at a height of 510 meters. The place is easily accessible by all modes of transport.

By Air

Sanganer Airport, in Jaipur, is the nearest airport connecting Pushkar to the rest of India and abroad. Located at a distance of 146 km from Pushkar, this airport is well-connected to the major cities of India including Delhi, Mumbai, Jodhpur and Udaipur.

By Rail

Ajmer is the closest railway station from Pushkar at a distance of just 11 km. Being an important destination itself, Ajmer is conveniently connected with the major cities of Rajasthan and India. Pink City Express and Shatabdi Express are the best trains to opt for while traveling to Ajmer from Delhi and Jaipur.

By Road

Pushkar is well connected to the major roadways and national highways of Rajasthan and India. The Marwar bus stand is situated to the north of Pushkar and is linked to distant cities like Delhi, Jodhpur and Bikaner as well. Another bus stand is the Ajmer bus stand, at a distance of about 11 km to the east of Pushkar. Regular buses depart from Pushkar, for Ajmer as well as Jaipur every 15 minutes.

Rajasthani women in traditional attire close to their camp at Pushkar

Have a close look at Rajasthani art and music at Pushkar camel fair