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The amazing Camel Fair end October – Pushkar beckons .

July 24, 2017

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Text/ images courtesy : Wikipedia / Kunzum.com/ Walkathon tours.com/ Rajasthan Tourism/ Lonely Planet India/ Trip Advisor . Image of decorated camel above from Getty Images .

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Pushkar is a town bordering the Thar Desert, in the northeastern Indian state of Rajasthan. It’s set on Pushkar Lake, a sacred Hindu site with 52 ghats (stone staircases) where pilgrims bathe. It is said that in a battle, Lord Brahma killed the demon Vajra Nabh with a lotus flower, whose petals floated down to earth and landed in 3 places in and around Pushkar where lakes sprung up.  Situated at a height of 510 metres, Pushkar is surrounded by hillocks on three sides. The ‘Nag Pahar’, literally meaning Snake Mountain forms a natural border between Ajmer and Pushkar. Known as ‘the rose garden of Rajasthan’, the essence of the famous Pushkar rose is exported all over the world. Along with an interesting mythological history, a legacy of timeless architectural heritage makes Pushkar a fascinating city.

The town has hundreds of temples, including 14th-century Jagatpita Brahma Mandir, dedicated to the god of creation, which has a distinctive red spire and walls inlaid with pilgrims’ silver coins. Savitri temple is located on a hill bang opposite Brahma Temple which can be reached via a ropeway or walking up the stairs. You get an awesome view of Pushkar Lake and the surrounding areas from the top .

 

One of the most popular temples of Pushkar, Old Rangji Temple reflects a mesh of Mughal and Rajput architecture. The high-rising Gopuram also reflects South Indian architecture, and adds more charm to the whole temple. This 150 year old Hindu Temple is dedicated to Lord Rangji, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu. Seth Puran Mal Ganeriwal of Hyderabad commissioned the temple in 1823. Along with the idol of Lord Rangji, idols of Lord Krishna, Goddamaji, Shri Ramanujacharya and Goddess Lakshmi are installed inside the temple complex.

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The main street is one long bazaar, selling anything to tickle a traveller’s fancy, from hippy-chic tie-dye to didgeridoos. Despite the commercialism and banana pancakes, the town remains enchantingly small and authentically mystic. It is a town one can visit any time of the year – even during peak Rajasthan heat. It is a charming place in its own way – the quaint bazaars, the streetside eateries serving local cuisines, the spirituality, the calm…. Pushkar calls you all the time.

A 14- day journey of fervor, festivity and frolic [ October 23- 4 November 2017  ], the Pushkar Mela reflects the vibrancy and diversity of Rajasthan. Originally intended to increase cattle and livestock trade between the locals, today the Pushkar Mela plays a host to millions of tourists from across the globe. People come all the way to witness its ecstatic beauty, complimented by the cultural richness of its events.

As the days approach the winter season, zeal and enthusiasm for the Pushkar Mela kicks in.

In a festive environment, the town comes alive with cultural shows, bright markets set up for the occasion, music, delicious Rajasthani cuisine , kite playing, puppetry , camel rides, ballooning and lots more. Attended by the religious minded, tourists, campers, photographers, artists, entertainers and almost everybody else. It is a jambooree not to be missed, giving you the experience of a lifetime.

Although there are several moderately priced eateries in town , at Shri Ram Kumawat, a dhaba behind the Brahma Temple , you get to enjoy Rajasthani delicacies including dal baati churma, gatte ki subzi, kersangri, bajra and missi roti, papad and more. [ in picture above ] . Honey and Spice , located in Laxmi Market near Old Rangji Temple,  is a wholefood breakfast and lunch place which serves delicious South Indian coffee and homemade cakes. Even better are the salads and hearty vegetable combo stews served with brown rice – delicious, wholesome and a welcome change from frequently oil-rich Indian food. La Pizzeria on Varah Heritage St | Chhoti Basti reportedly serves delicious pizzas and pastas .

The famed Dargah of Moinuddin Chishti , also known as Ajmer Sharief Dargah  , is located in Ajmer , barely 40 minutes drive from Pushkar . There is an old saying that people who visit Ajmer Sharif and pray with pure faith and loyalty at this Dargah will free their soul.

Visitors to the Camel Fair will travel by Kunzum Travel Truck, a 12-seater luxury van, equipped with TV screen, DVD player, music system , Wifi and a snack bar as well .  The distance of about 400 kms from Delhi will be covered in about seven hours, departing from a central point in New Delhi at 06.30 hours on  2nd November 2017 . I hope to be a part of the great experience .

 

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Suggested reading :

http://tourism.rajasthan.gov.in/Pushkar

http://www.kunjum.com

https://www.facebook.com/walkathontours/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pushkar

http://www.lonelyplanet.com/india/rajasthan/pushkar/introduction

https://www.tripadvisor.in/Attractions-g319729-Activities-Pushkar_Ajmer_District_Rajasthan.html

For guided tours : tourguidepushkar@gmail.com .

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