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Pushkar Fair 2013
Held each November at the time of the Kartik Purnima full moon, Pushkar Camel Fair is one of India’s most highly-rated travel experiences, a spectacle on an epic scale, attracting 300,000 people and up to 20,000 camels, cattle and horses.

For visitors it’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to witness the colour, spectacle and carnival of one of the last great traditional melas, which brings livestock, farmers, traders and villagers from all over Rajasthan. We believe that every
aspect of such an experience should be special.

Take a look at our Pushkar Diary for Pushkar Camel Fair dates for 2013 and 2014 and to find out what you can see on different days during the camel fair and Kartik Purnima religious festival.

6 November - Groups of camels, herders and traders begin to appear from out of the desert and set up camp in the dunes around Pushkar. For some, the journey may have taken up to three weeks.

7 November - Many more camels, nomads, herders, horses, farmers and traders are arriving. Some groups walk to the fair. Others arrive with camel or bullock carts or come by truck. The gathering is rapidly growing to immense proportions. This is the best time for photography and the time when you may move around and observe the scene most freely.

8 November - Arrivals continue. The numbers of horses is increasingly rapidly. Camels are being inspected and thoroughbred Merwari horses put through their paces for purchasers. Trading is already taking place, although a deal may take several days to conclude as vendors hold out for the best price. 

9 November - On the dunes, the gathering of camels is reaching maximum size. There are lively discussions as groups of vendors and purchasers meet around their animals and negotiators help to arrange deals. The best prices are achieved in a year when the monsoon has been good.

10 November - By now the tented bazaars are a hive of activity and the fairground is being set up. The scene on the dunes is at its most crowded. In the stadium the official program of camel races, displays and competitions begins.

11 November - More and more people are arriving.The fair is traditionally a great meeting place where even marriages may be arranged. The cattle fair is under way and events in the stadium are in full swing.

12 November - The scene on the dunes is increasingly busy and chaotic, with camel cart rides, itinerant musicians and vendors. Around the stadium there are cultural activities, competitions and bazaars. Camels and traders will begin to disappear back into the desert as the week progresses and their business is concluded.

13 November – Pushkar Fair The town, temples and bazaars are becoming more crowded. The colourful fairground attracts huge crowds with stalls, street vendors, sideshows and ferris wheels. Stadium events continue.

14 November – Pushkar Fair Great numbers of colourfully-dressed villagers are arriving from all over the region to bathe in the holy lake. The fairground is going full swing. A craft fair is set up with handicraft stalls.

15 November – Pushkar Fair Pilgrims throng the streets of Pushkar and shop in the fairground bazaars as the town prepares for the Kartik Purnima religious festival. In the mela stadium competitions and events are in full swing.

16 November – Pushkar Fair The temples, ashrams and dharamshalas (pilgrim rest houses) of the holy town are busy with pilgrims. There are bhajans (devotional hymns) and ceremonies in the temples, and fairground rides and stalls to be enjoyed at the mela.

17 November – Kartik Purnima Today thousands of devotees will bathe in the holy lake, believed to have been created when the god Brahma dropped a sacred lotus flower to earth, and there is a grand finale in the mela stadium.

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