World’s Largest Camel and Cattle Fairs – Pushkar, Rajasthan

One of the world’s largest camel and cattle fairs, the Pushkar Fair (8–14 November 2016) packs in animal races. Bridal dress-up contests, handicrafts, and contests as quirky as the longest-moustache-wins are the main draws for this fair which attracts thousands of tourists in recent years. Held each November at the time of the Kartik Purnima full moon, Pushkar Camel Fair is one of India’s most highly-rated travel experiences, a spectacle on an epic scale, attracting more than 11,000 camels, horses and cattle and visited by over 400,000 people over a period of around fourteen days. It is a great opportunity to witness an old traditional-style Indian festival. Thousands of people go to the banks of the Pushkar Lake where the fair takes place. Men buy and sell their livestock, which includes camels, cows, sheep and goats. The women go to the stalls, full of bracelets, clothes, textiles and fabrics. A camel race starts off the festival, with music, songs and exhibitions to follow. Between these events, the most waited for is the test of how the camel is able to bring the items. In order to demonstrate, the men go up on the group of camels one after another.

The original intention behind the Pushkar Camel Fair was to attract local camel and cattle traders to do business during the holy Kartik Purnima festival, held in Pushkar around the full moon in the Hindu lunar month of Kartika. The fair has now also become a major tourist attraction.For visitors it’s an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to witness the colour, spectacle and carnival of one of the last great traditional melas, which brings livestock, farmers, traders and villagers from all over Rajasthan. We believe that every aspect of such an experience should be special.

Hot air balloon, it’s possible to witness the spectacle of the camel fair from above, in a hot air balloon. Skywalt offers exhilarating balloon flights over Pushkar. An International Hot Air Balloon Festival also takes place during the fair.

Nagaur Cattle Fair between 29 January and 4 February 2017. Those who has missed to see Pushkar Fair, you can also join us for an exceptional experience of Nagaur Cattle Fair, another of the great regional trading fairs, with even more camels than Pushkar and a deeply traditional feel.

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