The Pushkar Camel Fair in India is an experience that hits all of your senses full on. The amount of colors, smells and sounds is overwhelming. A unique festival that can not be experienced anywhere else in the world! During the year, the village of Pushkar is an idyllic and quiet town, with a beautiful lake and some interesting temples. But during the seven days of this festival it really flourishes and almost bursts from the amount of people visiting. I’ve been there and would like to recommend anyone to visit this festival as well.
5 reasons why you have to put the Pushkar Camel Fair on your bucket list!
1. Camels are awesome animals
Once a year on one spot on this planet you can see 50.000 camels together. This rare massive gathering of camels takes place annually at the Pushkar Camel Fair in India. Nowhere in the world can you get the experience of staying a few days between so many camels. The camels parade around as true desert gods and rulers of the city of Pushkar. They fit perfectly in Pushkar’s dazzling landscape.
During this festival I learned to get to know the camels better and what I had never expected had happened: they stole my heart! Camels are, according to my study, very characterful and fun animals. They look very calm and boring, but unexpectedly they suddenly show off their very unique character. This is particularly fascinating to observe!
2. Unique mix of people
You really can’t believe your eyes at the Pushkar Camel Fair. Traders with turbans and huge mustaches, women in beautiful sari’s, acrobats of all ages, bathing pilgrims, fire breathers, snakeers, hordes of tourists, musicians and dancers. This really comes together during the seven days of the Pushkar Camel Fair. Hence, your senses make quite some overtime at this festival. Overtime I have made with enthusiasm and pleasure, but that goes for itself.
Pilgrims also come to this festival in large numbers to bathe in the holy waters of the lake in Pushkar. They do this to wash off their sins. These pilgrims are massively present and even without the 50,000 camels, the look of this would already be a good moment for me to visit this festival. The dates of the festival (every year around the full moon) are “holy” days and hence the optimal days to bathe in holy water. This is because of the special blessings that the pilgrims receive on these days.
4. Fun fair/carnaval
This festival is an unrivaled combination between a very lively fair and a colorful carnival. Old-fashioned carousels, a rusty ferris wheel, a busy bazaar… You can not imagine all you see here: beauty contests, camel races and dance games (with and without camels). I’ve been able to see all these activities and I urge everyone to see them all extensively! There is a difference with a fun fair/carnival in the Netherlands, because the menu in Pushkar only provides vegetarian food and alcohol-free drinks. Please do not worry about the fun part though.
During this festival, life and her lucky moments are celebrated extensively. Life in the desert is hard and merciless, but during the days of this festival you can’t notice that. The atmosphere is unique and cheerful and takes you back in time on one hand, but at the same time you are in here and now. A combination that impressed me.
A great place to stay is Hotel Pushkar Cooking Art and Homestay. The owners are great people and the food they prepare is amazing. The room was super clean, full of details to make you feel comfortable. There is a nice area to sit in outside.
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The Pushkar Camel Fair
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