Around the time of Kartik Poornima every year, Pushkar comes to life with an unmatchable fervour of the Pushkar Camel Fair or Pushkar Mela. The Pushkar Camel Fair is an age old annual event that primarily was conceptualised as a large scale livestock trading event. However, over the years, this event has garnered a lot of attention and gradually become an exceptional experiential travel option. The variety of animals traded during this fair is immense. From camels of every kind to buffaloes, horses, ponies, cows’ et al are a part of this extravagant fair.
The official dates of the Pushkar Camel Fair this year is from 15th November'18 to 23rd November'18. The entire period of the Mela of approximately a week, has various events and experiences to be part of.
I had visited the Pushkar Camel Fair in 2016 on winning a Tripoto travel contest and have experienced all of it first-hand. Boy! What a year that was!
Here’s a list of experiences that you must not miss out on if you are planning a travel to Pushkar, this Mela season.
1. Experience the Chaos.
If I had to describe Pushkar in just a word during this time of the year, it would be ‘chaotic’. But the entire pandemonium during these few days in Pushkar is of some other kind. Become a part of it because there is no better way to enjoy it.The crowd includes cattle owners, pilgrims and tourists from various parts of the world. You will probably see equal number of humans and cattle here during this time. There is an evident madness that engulfs this city during the Pushkar Camel Fair and probably that is what makes it all the more amazing.
2. Get lost among Camels
Apart from all other kinds of livestock, you will see camels of every kind. Small camels, big camels, old camels, camels with patterns engraved on their bodies, black camels, camels pulling vibrant carts and some really beautifully adorned camels. Gosh! That’s a lot of camels to see.
3. Enjoy the performances
During this time of the year, it seems that entire Rajasthan has gathered in this tiny town for a gala. The Mela ground is filled with performers of every kind, from children skilfully walking across towering tightropes to women and children dancing to Rajasthani folk tunes to magicians to singers the scene is one hell of a show.