Pushkar Mela is an annual event organized in the holy city of Pushkar, Rajasthan, during the winter. Flocked by thousands of tourists yearly, the Pushkar Mela is famous for its colourful celebrations, camel rides across the desert, cattle trading, and several exciting competitions.
The City of Pushkar
Pushkar is a sacred pilgrimage town bordering the Thar desert in the Ajmer district of Rajasthan. Pushkar means ‘The Blue Lotus.’ The holy Puskar lake with 52 ghats is said to have formed when Lord Brahma – the creator of the Universe, dropped a lotus here. It is believed that taking a dip in the Pushkarini on the eve of Kartik Purnima will absolve one of all their sins. The ancient town of Pushkar is mentioned in the epic poem of Mahabharata, making the oasis in the desert one of the oldest settlements in India.
It is the only place where a temple is dedicated to Jagatpita Brahma. The original temple is said to have been built by Sage Vishwamitra in the location chosen by Lord Brahma. The current structure dates back to the 14th century. Many temples across the town are dedicated to different Gods and Goddesses worth visiting and praying for.
Find your inner peace by taking a dip in the holy lake and meditating at the ghats. Besides being a pilgrimage centre for the Hindus, Pushkar is also an important place of worship for the Sikh community, with Gurudwaras dedicated to Guru Nanak Ji and Guru Gobind Singh addition, The town of Ajmer near Pushkar is a famous Islamic pilgrimage site with the Sufi Saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti shrine.
The Pushkar Mela is a century-old tradition that started as a trade fair for camels, horses, cattle, and other farm animals. For years, it has scaled to a vibrant and grand spectacle of traditions and cultural heritage. The small and ancient town of Holy Pushkar in Rajasthan attracts over two lakh visitors from across the world during this period.
About 30,000 camels are traded during the Pushkar Mela. The parade of vibrantly decorated camels with ‘gorband’ and colourful cattle is worth capturing with the camera. Besides this, there are folk dances, music, cultural events, puppet shows, ferries wheel, many rides, and many other tourist attractions. In addition, there are unique competitions for the most prolonged moustache, Matka phod, tug of war, turban tying, camel races, wrestling, and more.
The camel dance is the highlight of the celebration. With foreigners coming to Pushkar in large numbers to witness the festivities, some competitions and games are specially held for them. A kabaddi match between the locals and the foreigners is worth a watch.
The temporary shopping markets erected across Pushkar sell clothing, Jaipuri jutties, art, jewellery, food and handicraft items popular in Rajasthan and other parts of India.
The amazing cuisine of Rajasthan is finger-licking delicious. Indulge in dal-bati-churma, kachori, dal-pakwan, jalebi-rabdi, and other local delights. Also, savour the particular tea and ice cream made from camel milk.
Pushkar Mela 2023
The Pushkar Fair is organized from the first week of the Hindu month of Kartik. The festivities conclude on the auspicious occasion of Kartik Purnima, with pilgrims taking a dip in the holy Pushkarini. The dates generally correspond with the English months of October - November. This year Pushkar Mela 2023 will be held between 20 November, and 28 November,
Accommodation is readily available to suit every budget and requirement. There are options for temporary tent hostels and hotels to homestays available. So whether you are a backpacker exploring the beauty of Rajasthan or on family travel, there is something for you to choose from.
Jaipur Sanganer Airport is about 140 kilometres from Pushkar, and there is road travel after that. You can also reach the by train to Ajmer and then travel by road to Pushkar.
redBus offers convenient ticket bookings from multiple locations in Rajasthan to reach Pushkar. The user-friendly website and mobile application help you book your tickets hassle-free. RSRTC also offers extra buses to Pushkar, keeping in mind the increase in travellers during the Pushkar Fair.
The bus travel from Jaipur to Pushkar is about 3 to 4 hours. There are express buses that provide non-stop travel options in about 2 hours. Jay Ambay Travelling Agency, Rishabh Travels, Vikas Travels Regd., Gulzar Tours and travels, Jain Shiv Shankar Travels, Naveen Tours and Travels, Jain Mahaveer Travels, Rinku Travels are some of the trusted operators offering travel services between Jaipur and Pushkar.
Travel from Udaipur to Pushkar in about four and a half hours with Laxmi Travels or from Kota to Pushkar in 4 -5 hours with Babu Travels, Rathore Travels or Shrinath Nama Travels. In addition, there are buses from Pali, Sirohi, Chittoor, Chittorgarh, Pratapgarh, Bhadra, Ajmer, and other cities in Rajasthan.
For those travelling from Delhi, overnight buses are available to reach Pushkar.
All the buses associated with redBus offer live tracking options. Find the best fares and amazing deals on booking your ticket to Pushkar with redBus. The seats are comfortable, and the staff is helpful and professional. There are options for air-conditioned and non-air-conditioned buses. Travel by seater or choose a sleeper for a quick nap. There are multiple pick-up points in every city for the comfort of travellers. Discover the best of Pushkar Mela 2023 with redBus!