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Rajasthan – Pushkar Camel Fair – India Travel

Rajasthan – The Pushkar Camel Fair – India Travel

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The Pushkar Camel Fair is an annual five-day camel fair held in the town of Pushkar on the banks of the Pushkar Lake in the state of Rajasthan, India, where we will be visiting on our Colouricious textile holidays! The sand dunes will be teeming with camels (many dressed very elaborately) as far as the eyes can see while the population of Pushkar swells to over 200,000 people, with an inflow of pilgrims, camel traders, and tourists. It’s a fascinating but very strange sight, nevertheless a great opportunity to witness an old traditional style Indian festival.   It is one of the world’s largest camel fairs. Competitions such as the “matka phod“, “longest moustache”, and “bridal competition” are the main draws for this fair, which attracts thousands of tourists.

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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. 

Pilgrims come to this festival to bathe in the holy waters of Pushkar’s lake and be rid of their sins. The two days around the full moon are considered to be the most important time of the year for bathing in the lake. Those who bathe on the day of the full moon are said to receive special blessings.

The highlight is definitely the camel races, although the comical beauty contests featuring elaborately decorated and shaved camels are also fun. There’s temple dancing, folk and classical music, and arts an crafts bazaar as well, something for everyone, and never leaving you bored!

Come on our Colouricious textile holiday to Rajasthan to experience and explore this exciting and unique event!

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Diwali | India Holiday Packages

Diwali – India Holiday Packages

Come and visit Rajasthan during the amazing festival of Diwali with us on our India holiday packages where we go on a spectacular textile tour!

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Jaipur Palace Diwali

Diwali is the five-day festival of lights, celebrated by millions of Hindus, Sikhs and Jains across the world – although it is not exclusively celebrated by people of these religions – many other people join in on the festivities too! The festival, which coincides with the Hindu New Year, celebrates new beginnings and the triumph of good over evil and light over darkness, and is the most exciting of all Indian festivals!

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This favourite festival of Indians commences every year on the dark nights of Diwali with the sound of firecrackers. Homes are decorated beautifully, tasty sweets are distributed by everyone and thousands of colourful lamps are lit to create a world of fantasy. Of all the festivals celebrated in India, Diwali is by far the most glamorous and important. It is enthusiastically enjoyed by people of every religion, its magical and radiant touch creates an atmosphere of joy and festivity, which you will be able to experience on our textile tours. 

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The festival celebrates the victory of good over evil, light over darkness and knowledge over ignorance, although the actual legends that go with the festival are different in different parts of India: in northern India (including Rajasthan) and elsewhere, Diwali celebrates Rama’s return from fourteen years of exile to Ayodhya after the defeat of Ravana and his subsequent coronation as king. Whatever may be the fables and legends behind the celebrations of Diwali, all people exchange sweets, wear new clothes and buy jewellery. You are sure to be impressed if you come on our Colouricious textile tour of Rajasthan.

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Come on our Colouricious textile holiday to Rajasthan to experience the fabulous festival of Diwali!

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Golden Triangle India – Barmer

Golden Triangle India – Barmer

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Camel Riding, Thar Desert

Barmer is the second largest district of Rajasthan, and a part of the Thar Desert, otherwise known as the Great Indian Desert, within the Golden Triangle India.

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Barmer on a map of Rajasthan

Similarly to all the other districts in the Thar desert region, Barmer is famous for its folk music and dance, and arts and crafts products.

The city is well known for its fabulous wood carvings, carved wooden furniture and magnificent hand block printed textiles. Sadat Bazaar is the main centre for buying embroidered clothes as well as carpets, pottery, intricate embroidered fabric and pouches, rugs, blankets and shawls , and will be an exciting spot for you if you come on our Colouricious textile tours in the Golden Triangle.

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Come on our Colouricious textile holiday to Rajasthan to discover and explore the amazing area of Barmer!

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