About 15 kms away from Ajmer lies the peaceful and beautiful small town of Pushkar which over the decades have made an impact in boosting the tourism of the state. Every year during the last week of November this small town of Rajasthan hosts thousands of enthusiastic travelers and tourists from world over on the occasion of the famous Pushkar Camel fair, which undoubtedly is the largest came fair in the world. The 5 days fair which ends at Kartik Purnima is full of interesting events which otherwise is difficult to witness anywhere else.
Large numbers of camels are traded in these 5 days by people coming from far and wide. Once the trading is over the most beautiful and high breed camels are paraded to cheer up the huge audience.
Believe it or not, there is a beauty contest especially for the camels too. The camels are decorated with innumerable decorative glittering ornaments and made to take part in a beauty contest where the best decorated camel wins the show.
You might have heard or seen motorcycle races or horse races! But Camel race? Yes you read it right. This fair is also popular for hosting the largest camel race in India.
Out of the box competitions
What is special about this fair is that every single event is special in itself. Be it the longest moustache competition, the Matka phod event or the Bridal competition you will run short of words while witnessing these live in action.
Camels, camels and camels…
Right from the small saddles to nicely decorated ornaments almost every stall is filled with stuffs centered on camels. This event is the time of the year when local people and villagers from far and wide come with various stuffs to sell during the fair. The fair thus creates a great employment opportunity for the people.
If you are planning a Rajasthan trip in near future these dates will be useful to you:
Pushkar Camel Fair 2015 Date: 18-25 November
Pushkar Camel Fair 2016 Date: 08-15 November.