The largest fair in India, The Pushkar Camel Fair of Rajasthan a unique fair with no other equals. The venue of the fair is Pushkar in Rajasthan. Hoards of people from all of the rural India swarm the fair with their camels and cattle. The Pushkar Camel Fair goes on for a number of days with activities ranging from live stock trading to horse dealing to pilgrimage and religious festival. As far as the religious aspect of the fair is concerned, devotees bathe in the Sarovar Lake. It is believed that taking a dip in the sacred water of the lake will lead to salvation.
The Pushkar Fair is organized in the Hindu month of Kartika
(October-November). It starts on the eighth day (ashtmi) and ends on the
full moon day (poornima), as per the lunar calendar. Attracting tourists
to the fair are devotees, musicians, acrobats, folk dancers, traders,
comedians, sadhus, etc dressed in bright colors. The highpoint of the
fair is the trading of camel and cattle trading, especially during the
first half of fair. In the second half, trading takes a back seat and
the front stage is given to religious activities.
The fair sees a complete alteration of the small town of Pushkar into a
magnificent fair ground. Exhibited on rows upon rows of temporary
stalls, is an array of objects ranging from arts and crafts to the items
of daily consumption. You can even find accessories for everyone ranging
from women to cattle, camel and other animals. Apart from the shopping
purpose, other attractions are the camel and horse races. There is even
a Camel judging competitions held at the fair. Other forms of
entertainment include folk dances and folk music of Rajasthan,
enthralling the crowd.