Known to be one of the world’s biggest camel fair, Pushkar Mela or Pushkar Fair is an annual celebration held in Pushkar, Rajasthan. The fair is 5 days long and is held on the banks of Pushkar Lake. Businessmen- rural and urban, attend this fair to sell and buy livestocks such as camels, goats, cows, and sheep. It is not only just a business exchange fair but also one of the major tourist attraction of the state of Rajasthan which attracts national as well as international crowd. It is believed that during the last day of the fair i.e. Kartik Purnima (full moon), all the 330 million Hindu deities visit the lake to bless the devotees. This is why, during the fair hundreds and thousands of devotees gather to take a dip in the holy waters of Pushkar lake and pay homage at the Lord Brahma temple in Pushkar. Pushkar is also famous as the only place in the world to house the shrine of Lord Brahma, one of the three major deities of Hindu mythology.
Pushkar mela is not only limited to the livestock trading and religious gatherings. With the increase in number of tourists, the mela now holds several attractions for the attendees. Some of these attractions include competitions like “the best bride competition”, “longest moustache competition”, and “matka phod competition”. The latter is a competition where participants are normally blindfolded and have to break as many earthen pots as possible within the stipulated time. Off lately, the visitors at Pushkar mela also get to witness a friendly cricket match between the local club of Pushkar and a team of random foreign tourists.
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The nearest airport is Jaipur which is connected to all the major airports in the country.
The nearest railhead is Ajmer junction railway station, at a distance of just 11 km from Pushkar. Ajmer is connected with the major cities of Rajasthan and the country. Pushkar is easily connected to the major roadways and national highways of Rajasthan and India. The Marwar bus stand is linked to places like Delhi, Jodhpur and Bikaner. The other stand is Ajmer bus stand, at a distance of 11 km in the east of Pushkar. Regular buses ply from Pushkar to Ajmer, Jaipur, Indore and Nagda every 15 minutes.