Pushkar Fair: Cultural Event in Rajasthan

Fast Facts about Pushkar Mela
Where: Pushkar, near Ajmer in Rajasthan
When: From  28 October to 04 November in 2017
What: World's largest cattle fair
Why: It's a cultural razzmatazz with an array of events like matka phod, longest moustache, camel rides and the hot air ballon ride.
Essentials: It's one of the most popular events in Rajasthan so don't forget to book your accommodation in advance. Also, be prepared to pay more for everything during the time the Pushkar Fair is observed.


A Trader at Pushkar Fair
Pushkar Mela in Rajasthan is one of the major cultural events in Rajasthan with over 150000 visitors attending this annual festival
Pushkar Fair, a festivity that brings Indian and foreign buyers together, is a classic introduction to the rich culture of Rajasthan.

Traditionally observed as an assembly to trade camels and other cattles, Pushkar Fair in Rajasthan is now a global affair thanks to the cultural potpourri that this annual event has become. Instead of the cattle trading, the cultural affairs such as Matka Phod, longest moustache competition, camel race, ferry wheel rides, turban tying contest for foreigners have now become the highlights of the Pushkar Mela.
Moustache Competition at Pushkar Fair in Rajasthan
A participant at the longest moustache competition at Pushkar Fair in Rajasthan
The fair of Pushkar (Rajasthan) is popular for its significance and relation to the unparalleled attributes of the town of Pushkar. The Pushkar Town is situated in proximity to Ajmer City, distant from the hustle and bustle of the city.

The fair is mainly about the trade of livestock such as camels and cattle. According to a survey, the fair recorded the trade of 50,000 camels, which was the world’s largest camel fair.

Gathering of cattles and tourists at Pushkar Mela in Rajasthan
A tourist from overseas enjoying the hospitality of local traders at Pushkar Mela in Rajasthan
For the entertainment and involvement of the guests, the fair is divided into three major segments. The first segment is about the Cattle Fair.

Apart from camel, livestock such as cows, horses, goats, and sheep, are brought here for trade. The animals are beautifully decorated. Moreover, the beautifully decorated camel owners are also healthily rewarded.

Pushkar Cattle Fair
Best decorated camel is one of the crowd puller events at Pushkar Cattle Fair
In the second segment of the fair, the culture of Rajasthan is showcased. The visitors could find stalls and shops here that are organized by traders to display beautiful clothes, aesthetic jewelries and various other artifacts that replicate the true essence of Rajasthan.

There also are small stalls put up, where the guests could get beautiful patterns inked on their body. Traditional puppet show, and folk music and dance are also the attracting features of the world popular Pushkar Fair.

In the third segment, as the fair comes towards its end, the visitors move towards the shrines and temples. The pilgrims also take a dip in the auspicious Pushkar Lake, which upholds huge mythological significance.

Pushkar Lake,Rajasthan
Pushkar Lake in Rajasthan
Pushkar fair, every year is a great success and visited by a ;lot of tourists from around the world. It is always advisable to do the pre-booking for your accommodation as the prices skyrocket due to large number of visitors who come to attend the this annual event in Rajasthan.

The latest survey records the footfall in Pushkar from all parts of the world to be around 185000.

Pushkar is also popular for being home to the only temple in the world dedicated to Hindu god Bramha . The Hindu mythology states that, Brahma, the Creator of the Earth, started the creation from Pushkar.

This adds to the mythological significance of the town. Moreover, the beautiful lake of the sacred city makes Pushkar, worth a visit.

Brahma Temple, Pushkar
Brahma Temple at Pushkar
The Pushkar Fair will be held from 28th October’ 2017 till 04th November’ 2017. So, what are you waiting for?

Pushkar Fair - Tentative Programme 2017

Saturday October  28 , 2017

TimeEventVenue
09.00–09.25 a.m.Flag Hoisting Stadium
09.30–10.00 a.m. Mandna Competition Stadium
09.35–09.50 a.m. Group Dance (By School Girls) Stadium
10.05–10.25 a.m. Camel Race Stadium
10.30–11.30 a.m. Football Match (Locals v/s Visitors) Stadium
06.00–06.30 p.m. Deepdan Sarovar (Lake)

Sunday, October 29, 2017

10.00–11.00 a.m. Satolia Match (Locals v/s Visitors) (Traditional Game) Stadium
10.30–11.00 a.m. Langari Taang Competition (Traditional Game) Stadium
11.00–11.30 a.m. Camel Decoration (Gorband) Stadium
05.00–05.30 p.m. Maha Aarti Varah Ghat

Monday , October 30, 2017

11.00–12.00 noon Camel Dance Competition Stadium
12.00–01.00 p.m. Horse Dance Competition Stadium
05.00–05.30 p.m. Maha Aarti Varah Ghat
08.00–09.00 p.m. Temple Dance Old Rangji Temple

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

08.00–10.00 a.m. Spiritual Walk Gurudwara-Stadium
10.00–11.00 a.m. Kabbadi Match (Locals v/s Visitors) Stadium
01.00–02.00 p.m. Inter Panchayat Samiti Rural Sports Competition Stadium
03.00–03.30 p.m. Inauguration of “Shilp Gram” Art & craft Bazaar Shilp Gram
03.00–03.30 p.m. Inauguration of “Shilp Gram” Art & craft Bazaar Shilp Gram
05.00–05.30 p.m. Maha Aarti Varah Ghat
05.30–06.00 p.m. Inauguration of Gir & Cross Breed Cattle Exhibition Cattle Exhibition Ground
06.00–06.30 p.m. Inauguration of “Udhyog Craft Fair” Rural Haat
08.00–09.00 p.m. Temple Dance Old Rangji Temple
08.30-10.00 p.m. Cultural Programme Stadium

Wednesday ,  November 01, 2017

10.00–11.00 a.m. Gir and Cross Breed Competition Stadium
11.00–11.30 a.m. Turban Tying and Tilak Competition Stadium
11a.m.–09 p.m. “Shilp Gram” Art & Craft Bazaar Shilp Gram
11 a.m.–10 p.m. Udhyog Craft Fair Rural Haat
11.30–12.00 noon Moustache Competition Stadium
01.00–02.00 p.m. Inter Panchayat Samiti Rural Sports Competition Stadium
05.00–05.30 p.m. Maha Aarti Varah Ghat
07.00–08.30 p.m. Indian Bride & Groom Competition (For Foreigners) by Rajasthan Tourism Stadium
08.00–09.00 p.m. Temple Dance Old Rangji Temple
08.30-10.00 p.m. Musical evening by renowned vocalist Smt. Vidhya shah Stadium

Thursday , November 02, 2017

08.00– 09.00 a.m. Wrestling Competition Stadium
11.00–11.30 a.m. Matka Race (Water pot race for Women) Stadium
11a.m.–09 p.m. “Shilp Gram” Art & Craft Mela Shilp Gram
11a.m.–10 p.m. Udhyog Craft Fair Rural Haat
10.00–11.00 a.m. Horse, Camel and Nagauri Bull-Animal Competition Stadium
12.30–01.00 p.m. Matka phod Competition (Locals v/s Visitors) Stadium
01.00–02.00 p.m. Inter Panchayat Samiti Rural Sports Competition Stadium
05.00–05.30 p.m. Maha Aarti Varah Ghat
07.00–09.30 p.m. Best of Rajasthan - Cultural Show by Rajasthan Tourism Stadium
08.00–09.00 p.m. Temple Dance Old Rangji Temple

Friday , November 03, 2017

11.00–11.30 a.m. Musical Chair Race Stadium
11a.m.–09 p.m. “Shilpgram” Art & Craft Bazaar Shilp Gram
11a.m.–10 p.m. Udhyog Craft Fair Rural Haat
03.00–04.00 p.m. Champion Cattle Competition Cattle Exhibition Ground
01.00–02.00 p.m. Inter Panchayat Samiti Rural Sports Competition (Final) Stadium
05.00–05.30 p.m. Maha Aarti Varah Ghat
07.00–10.00 p.m. Cultural Programme Stadium
08.00–09.00 p.m. Temple Dance Old Rangji Temple

Saturday , November 04, 2017

09.00–11.00 a.m. Closing Ceremony & Prize Distribution (Cultural Programme,  Folk Artists & Camel Parade, Cattle Show, Horse Race, Camel Race, Tug of War, Jalebi Race, Water Pot Race etc.) Stadium
11 a.m.–10 p.m. Udhyog Craft Fair Rural Haat
05.00–05.30 p.m. Maha Aarti Varah Ghat
08.00–09.00 p.m. Temple Dance Old Rangji Temple

Book your tickets today. Do not miss the golden opportunity to explore the vivid colors of the culture of Rajasthan. Click here to see Pushkar Tour Package


Updated: 30th July 2017 by

9 comments:

  1. Very well written. Lot of informative stuff.

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  2. An extremely well-written piece...offering every detail about the world-renowned Pushkar fair.

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  3. I agree with all that you say. A wonderful write up indeed with finer nuances of the Pushkar Cattle Fair and its global popularity. 1,85,000 is a whopping number of footfall :-)

    Pushkar is indeed a place which should be visited once in a lifetime and visiting here during the annual cattle fair - which as per your post is the largest cattle fair to be held in the world will only add icing to the cake.

    I have been to various destinations in Rajasthan but alas I am yet to visit Pushkar. It's interesting to know that Pushkar has the only Bramha Temple in India. Are you sure about that?

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  4. An extremely well-written piece, offering every details about the Pushkar fair..

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  5. Rajasthan is the most vibrant and colorful state in India. Certainly It would be interesting be there during Pushkar Fair. I would love to visit there once during this famous Cattle Fair.

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  6. great piece of information, thanks for sharing it with us

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  7. Hi nice post unfortunately have missed the Pushkar fair , in case you have visited the fair will be great to hear from you and see some captivating moments of the fest.

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  8. I love Rajasthan and I would like to be apart of the Pushkar Fair.

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  9. Was fortunate enough to experience this fare 2 years back. But today also I can feel the grandeur of the fair.

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