Pushkar Mela is an annual event that is organized in the holy city of Pushkar, Rajasthan during winter season. Flocked by thousands of tourists every year, the Pushkar Mela is famous for its colorful celebrations, camel rides across the desert, cattle trading, and several interesting 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 as one of the oldest settlements in India.
It is the only place where there is a temple dedicated to Jagatpita Brahma. The original temple is said to have been built by Sage Vishwamitra in the location chosen by Lord Brahma himself. The current structure dates back to the 14th century. There are many temples across the town dedicated to different Gods and Goddesses worth visiting and praying.
Find your inner peace by taking a dip in the holy lake and meditate at the ghats. Besides being a pilgrimage center 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 Singhji. The town of Ajmer near Pushkar is a popular Islamic pilgrimage site with the shrine of Sufi Saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti.
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 colorful cattle is worth capturing in the camera. Besides this, there are folk dance, folk music, cultural events, puppet shows, ferries wheel, lots of rides, and many other tourist attractions. There are unique competitions for the longest mustache, 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 a large number to witness the festivities, there are some competitions and games specially held for them. A match of kabaddi between the locals and the foreigners is worth a watch.
The temporary shopping markets erected across the town of Pushkar sell clothing, Jaipuri jutties, art, jewelry, 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. Savor the special tea and ice-cream made from camel milk.
Pushkar Mela 2021
The Pushkar Fair is organized from the first week of the Hindu month of Kartik, and the festivities conclude on the auspicious occasion of Kartik Purnima with pilgrims taking a dip in holy Pushkarini. The dates generally correspond with the English months of October - November. This year Pushkar Mela 2021 will be held between 11 November, Thursday, and 19 November, Friday. Due to COVID-19 outbreak, the local authorities and the state government are taking all the preventive measures for the safety of tourists. Earlier this year, the Tourism of Rajasthan also declared that they would bring innovation in all the activities and celebrations so that safety of the tourists and be ensured during Pushkar Mela 2021.
Accommodation is easily available to suit every budget and requirement. There are options for temporary tents to hostels and hotels to homestays available to choose from. 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 kilometers from Pushkar, and thereafter there is road travel. You can also reach 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 travelers 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 service 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. There are buses from Pali, Sirohi, Chittoor, Chittorgarh, Pratapgarh, Bhadra, Ajmer, and other cities in Rajasthan.
For those traveling from Delhi, there are overnight buses 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 travelers. Discover the best of Pushkar Mela 2021 with redBus!
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