Pushkar, a colourful abode of crafts and culture! Set amidst a serene lake, this holy land hosts thousands of pilgrims every year at colourful ghats with aartis. Hence, it has now become a sought-after destination and a photography muse for thousands of international tourists.
Annually, post-Diwali, Pushkar hosts a one of a kind cattle fair. People from all over India come to trade their livestock, namely, camels, horses, cows etc but in recent years, Pushkar Fair has become much more than just this. With a splendid display of Rajasthan’s crafts and culture, it is thus, gradually transforming into an extraordinary tourist hub. Along with nagas and religious enthusiasts, you can also spot a sea of camera-carrying millennials.
Apart from a holy dip and aarti along the ghats, we bring you our top 5 things to do at ‘ Pushkar Fair 2017’ for your gypsy soul.
HOP ON A CAMEL SAFARI
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Behold, for this isn’t just a regular safari. Available in two options, single and on a cart, this camel safari is what dreams are made of. Along with whisking you by the famous sunset point on top of sand dunes, they also take you through Rose gardens, Amla & Mango Gardens. Here, you can watch the sun going down the horizon and mingle with the locals and their traditions. Also, it is the best way to watch livestock trading near the Mela Ground.Tip: For a mere Rs 2000-2200 you can hire a beautiful camel cart for about one & half hours.
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Glamping, a synonym for luxurious camping is a common sight in Pushkar. A lot of hotels offer camping options with a range of well-suited amenities. Within camps, they also offer a delicious meal of traditional Dal-Bati-Churma and certainly leave you spoilt for choice. Soak yourself in enchanting folk music by a bonfire in the evening and make your glamping dreams come true right here. For reservations, you can choose camp options from Pushkar Baghs, Rajasthan Royal Desert Camp, Pushkar Fair Tents and more
FEAST ON LOCAL DELICACIES
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Pushkar fair offers an unmatched culinary heaven. A perfect place and time to embark on a delicious food trail. Gorge on local delicacies like Daal Bati Churma, Malpua, Kachori at Sarweshwar Mithai Wali Gali. Try some Gulkand Lassi near the steps of Brahma Temple. Go for the famous Pushkari Kulhad Chai. If want to try your hands on some authentic international cuisine, Pushkar offers it all. Try pancakes at Sunset Café, Pizzas at Le Pizzeria. Don’t miss the mouth-watering Lafas & Falafel, yes, all of this, here in Pushkar.
ENJOY AERIAL VIEW FROM A HOT AIR BALLOON RIDE
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Finally, what a better way to watch the entire fair, from its livestock trading to the beautiful sand dunes, other than this! Hop on a hot air balloon ride for once in a lifetime experience. It is the most exhilarating way to see Pushkar, moving gently past the holy lake, drifting over the ghats, Mela ground and more. Live out the adventure streak in you and seize the moment. The ride is operated twice daily, at 5 am and 4.30 pm, from 28th October 2017 to 4th November 2017.
BRING OUT THE SHOPAHOLIC IN YOU
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This is the best time to shop for the colourful local handicrafts. Visit Shilpgram to buy Laakh Bangles, Hand- Painted murals of god & goddesses, hand-crafted apparel range, silver jewellery and more. Also, it the perfect place to dwell in local folklore while enjoying the traditional folk music with Kalbeliya dance. Watch out for the famous Kathputhli act, get closer to the rich culture and heritage of Rajasthan while being here in Pushkar!
The Pushkar Fair 2017 is being held from 23rd October 2017 to 4th November 2017.
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