Jaipur, Oct 24 : Come November and all roads seem to be lead to Pushkar. The world famous Pushkar Mela this year will commence on 28th Oct , 2017 in Pushkar near Ajmer on the auspicious ‘Ashtmi’ or 8th day of lunar calendar. The Mela will be an eight-day long extravaganza, concluding on November 04, 2017.
Pushkar Mela is organised by Rajasthan Tourism and District Administration every year, for celebrating the old traditions and treasures of the state. This vibrant fest, also known as the Pushkar Camel Fair or Pushkar Fair, is a colourful and vibrant display of unique exhibitions, exciting competitions and fascinating events. Besides, this fair is renowned for being one of the world’s largest cattle fair.
The eight-day festival will witness a melange of cultural and adventure activities like Harmony Marathon (From Dargah Shareef in Ajmer to Brahma Temple in Pushkar) in the morning, hot air balloon flights Nagada Vadan, Pooja at different temples, Mandana Competition, football Match with foreigners, adventure sports and activities at Adventure Zone, Shilpgram Handicrafts Bazar, Deepdaan, Rangoli, Maha Arti, Pushkar Abhishek at Pushkar Sarovar, Spiritual walks, Rural sports, Exhibitions, Cultural performances by the locals, as well as LIVE musical performances by famous local and international artists.
Pushkar ki Pukaar
A signature tune called the Pushkar ki Pukaar, created especially for this year’s Mela will debut across the festival giving the Mela a unique musical identity.
Elevated Seating Area
This year the Pushkar Fair debuts an Elevated Sitting Arena with specially designed tented viewing galleries for visitors. Crafted with comfort in mind, this arena takes into account all modern amenities visitors may require to enjoy their Pushkar experience. This includes a clean and hygienic sitting environment, comfortable settings, a lounge like atmosphere and unhindered views of all the action.
Pushkar Mela is among the most visited fests in India and attracts domestic and foreign tourists with its presentation of culture, adventure and rural economy.
Through concerted efforts of the tourism department, Pushkar Mela has emerged as one of the most attractive fairs in India. From 3.5 lakh domestic visitors in 2010, the fair attracted over 5 lakh domestic visitors in 2015. Correspondingly the number of foreign tourists increased from nearly six thousand to 12 thousand. This year, the tourism department is expecting an increase of 10% footfall on account of robust marketing of Mela. The Mela is also being promoted through domestic and international travel marts.
During the fair, lakhs of people from rural India flock to Pushkar, along with camel and cattle for several days of livestock trading, horse dealing, pilgrimage and religious festival. The camel and cattle trading is at its peak during the first half of festival period. During the latter half, religious activities dominate the scenario. Devotees take dips in the holy “Sarovar” lake, as the sacred water is known to bestow salvation.
How to Reach Pushkar
· By Air: Sanganer airport in Jaipur is the nearest airport to Pushkar, at a distance of 146 km. From there, one can hire taxis or private vehicles to reach Pushkar.
· By Train: Pushkar Terminus Railway Station, which has been in operation since 2012, is connected to Ajmer railway station, located at a distance of 11km.
· By Road: Pushkar is well connected to the national highways of Rajasthan. Regular buses ply from Pushkar to the major cities of Jaipur, Jodhpur and Ajmer from the Ajmer bus stand.