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The Pushkar Camel Fair is held in November each year at the time of the Kartik Purnima full moon. It is one of the largest camel and livestock fairs in the world attracting in excess of 11,000 camels, horses and cattle. It is visited by over 400,000 people over the duration of the fair which is normally 5 days long.
For the locals, the fair is a way to trade their livestock and set themselves up for the following year. For the tourists it is a chance to witness an amazing site of so much livestock located in one place. The fair has evolved over the years to acknowledge the fact that it has become a tourist attraction. Whilst the men trade their camels, cows, sheep, goats and horses, the women visit the stalls full of ornately crafted fabrics, beautiful jewellery and clothes.
The fair is opened by a traditional Camel race, with musical performers, dancers and other exhibitors displaying their skills over the 5 days.
With so much livestock on display, owners go to great lengths to make their camels eye-catching, decorating their animals with very ornate designs and hair shaving.
Pushkar is in India’s state of Rajasthan which is in the North West of the country. Rajasthan is the largest state in India by size and is approximately 40% larger than the UK. It has a population is about 70 million of which around 88% are Hindu.
If you are interested in visiting Pushkar and the Camel Fair, then Colouricious organise an annual trip to Rajasthan that will incorporate a visit to the fair to experience the sights, sounds and smells of this wonderful attraction. It is certainly not something to be missed, so if the idea is appealing to you, then head over to our website to see the full Itinerary. I can assure you that you will not be disappointed.