The world famous Pushkar Mela will commence from October 28, 2017 in Pushkar near Ajmer on the auspicious ‘Ashtmi’ or 8th day of lunar calendar. The Mela will be eight day long and conclude on November 04, 2017.
Pushkar Mela is organised by Rajasthan Tourism and District Administration every year, for celebrating the years 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 8 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 activites at Adventure Zone, Shilgram 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.
This year’s Pushkar Mela will have bigger and grander experience for tourists.
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.
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.
It is to be noted that it is a success story of new initiatives in Government sector. The event has been outsourced on PPP mode for 5 years. This is the 3rd year running by the associate firm and the scale of the event has enhanced every year.
How to Reach Pushkar
- By Air: Sanganer airport in Jaipur is the nearest airport to Pushkar, at a distance of 146km. 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.