Camels are cattle? The Pushkar Camel Fair is the world’s most genuine massive rural event. To an explorer from an advanced nation, your exposure to this amazing cultural phenomenon will leave you spellbound, especially if you are guided by great guides. Photographers cannot even begin to imagine their opportunities, with the desert backdrop, the colorful clothing, headgear, and lifestyles of the Rajasthani villagers, and, most of all, by the amazing activities that are always going on.
Yet what is most fascinating is having the opportunity to walk around the massive fairgrounds and watch the ongoing activity. You will see sellers preparing their ware for sale, from grooming them to training them. You will watch buyers as they inspect the camels and horses, from pulling lips over teeth, to lifting legs to check hooves, rubbing their hands over backs to detect potential issue with rideability, all of this will take you to a time that long ceased existing for 97% of the world’s cultures.
But, the most interesting thing you will observe will be the animated trading. You will watch facial expressions and gestures that are not constrained by polite modern sensibilities, although no disrespect is meant in their context. You will see age old negotiating tactics, such as when the buyer walks away with a disdainful shake of his head, and, sometimes, is reluctantly beckoned back by the seller. This is just a teaser - so much more goes on, it cannot be described on paper.
The Pushkar Camel Fair is a fascinating spectacle that occurs once a year in the small town of Pushkar, Rajasthan. It is your finest opportunity to experience rural India in its organic form. You will be surrounded by friendly and curious villagers, some of whom have never seen a foreign tourist in their lives, and are as astounded by you as you are by them. Many of them will have walked for weeks to bring their camels and horses to the fair.
The Pushkar Camel Fair is scheduled between end October and late November (dates are determined by the lunar calendar every year), and villagers bring about 50,000 cattle (the majority of them are camels, but also a lot of horses, along with some other cattle) to trade & sell.
It also includes a plethora of activities such as processions, horse shows, camel races, camel and cow beauty contests, acrobatics, camel safaris and much more. The Pushkar Camel Festival is the most colorful gathering of humanity and livestock on this planet, and attracts international, as well as Indian tourists.
About the Festival
The Hindu festival at Pushkar is celebrated for a week and culminates on the same day as the last day of the Camel Fair. The small town of Pushkar is spread around a holy lake that has been a pilgrimage destination for centuries. Devout Hindu’s from Rajasthan and neighboring states visit the destination throughout the year to immerse themselves in the sacred water, but the numbers increase significantly during the days leading up to Kartik Poornima, one of the holiest days in the Hindu lunar calendar. This day coincides with the last day of the Pushkar Camel Fair.
Pushkar with Easy Tours
We are the pre-eminent upscale agency at the Pushkar Fair - ask someone who has been at the Fair and seen our guests enjoying the best facilities, the best lodging, the best seats (including available camel back seating to give you a better view!) for the events.
We reserve the best cottages and rooms at the best year around desert resorts at Pushkar for our group guests. The resort is not by any means luxury, but it has an enviable location near the fairgrounds where all the activities are taking place. Private Tour guests have the option of selecting between this resort, or more upscale lodging at a 20 to 30 minute drive from the cattle trading camp and fairgrounds.
The locals at Pushkar recognize us as the pre-eminent luxury agency operating at the Fair and our guests get privileges that are the envy of all other tourists at the Pushkar Fair - we have thousands of referrals that will be happy to verify this for you.
We have a ratio of 1 Easy Tours Guide, or Tour Director, for every 5 Easy Tours guests at the Pushkar Fair. Our competition, if we can call it that, hands you over to a local agent who uses about 1 staff member for scores of visitors.
All three meals are included at your resort our guests during the Fair. An individual camel back safari in the desert is included (if you want one!), and you can ask for more than one at no charge.