Initially started as a festival to honor Lord Brahma, the creator of the universe, Pushkar Fair also became the largest camel show on earth. The 200,000 pilgrims and farmers who attend Pushkar Fair each year are joined by 50,000 camels and cattle, all descending to the small town of Pushkar on the edge of the Marusthali desert. The annual Pushkar Camel Fair is an experience that will make a magical holiday in Rajasthan. A city of tents is created next to Lake Pushkar during the full moon days for this fair. It is here that thousands of men and women cover the sand dunes and engage in festivities, exchanges of livestock, and craft activities. Participate in camel races, dances, dramas and music contests. It is a truly dramatic event that shines and shines with rich colors and a dynamic life.
The annual fair in Pushkar is a serious affair for villagers who spend days traveling through the desert to Pushkar in hopes of turning the camels into cash. Pushkar Lake is sacred for Hindus and religious ceremonies take place simultaneously as camels are exchanged. The night at the fair ground takes on a carnival atmosphere. The Ferris wheel attracts the queues of laughing Rajput women in their richly colored saris and sparkling bangles that extend from the wrist to the shoulder.
Road vendors sell pots, pans, bracelets, saris, belts and other items. The campfires punctuate the black desert like bright stars while the evening meal is prepared. Hindu holy men, vendors, musicians, actors, tattooists, wedding brokers, foreigners and tourists gather at the venue of the Pushkar Fair that lasts seven days. At night, the sounds of folk music, storytellers, dances and evenings take place in the desert.
Arrive at New Delhi and you will be transferred to New Delhi hotel. If, you land early noon or late morning, you will have ample time left for city exploration. Today, we will offer you free time to explore the colorful sites of Delhi. Visit the imposing Red Fort, Jama Masjid - the oldest and largest mosque in India, Raj Ghat - the site of the cremation of Mahatma Gandhi, the Tomb of Humayan and Qutab Minar. In case your flight lands in evening or night, you will be merely left with option of staying overnight in the hotel.
Delhi – Pushkar (by train) - Pushkar Camel Fair
This morning, start early as we embark on a journey to Pushkar in Ajmer by Ajmer Shatabadi Express. Sitting in the air-conditioned chair car and leaving the city behind us, observe a gilded desert landscape sported by farming fields and peaceful villages. Upon arrival in Ajmer, you will be received and transferred to the hotel, one kilometer from the location of Pushkar Fair or Camel Fair of Pushkar.
After lunch and relaxation, head towards the frenzy of activity and the riot of the associated Pushkar color - possibly the biggest camel fair in the world. Attracting some 300,000 visitors, 40,000 camels, cattle and horses, the fair attracts tourists, pilgrims, nomads, breeders, farmers and traders with their families, livestock and goods from all over the State of Rajasthan. Pushkar is an authentic cultural spectacle that is totally unique and promises to be very entertaining. Overnight stay has been scheduled at Pushkar hotel.
Today, one sees the serious business of the cattle trade and the judgment of the best in each category. There are also lighter activities such as camel races, war shooting, awards for the best-dressed camel contest and a beauty contest. Take a look at the longest mustache competition or keep score at the cricket match between the local Pushkar club and a random group of tourists. There are also folk music and dynamic dances, magic shows and various other traditional entertainment and competitions as well as hundreds of authentic stalls to explore, packed with local jewelry and textiles. Many a times, the guests opt for a stay in tented accommodation in desert camp rather than a hotel. In that case, evening can be spent watching the diverse entertainment on our desert camp. Overnight stay in Pushkar hotel.
Pushkar Fair - bathe at the ghats on Kartik Purnima
Today marks the beginning of the Kartik Poornima, a Hindu holy day celebrated in full moon or the fifteenth lunar day in the month of Kartik. According to the Hindu scriptures, the lake refers to Brahma, the god of all creation and is one of the five holiest Hindu pilgrimage sites in India. The temple of Brahma here is the most important temple of Pushkar, and is actually the only temple of Brahma in all the country.
On this day of celebration, innumerable pilgrims wrapped in colored fabric converge for an immersion in the sacred lake before the morning sun has thrown its first rays. Surrounded by 52 ghats of bath (a series of steps leading to the lake), crowds of devotees line the water's edge, praying to the divinities before washing the sins of a lifetime.
After all the sin has been absolved, the atmosphere is electric and carnival races, music, dancers, magicians, acrobats, snakes, horses and camels continue. This fascinating show of livestock trade, religious worship, partying and partying in Pushkar during this time of year is world famous. Your baggage allowance may not allow you to bring home a camel, but you are sure to find something truly unique and authentic here at the annual fair. Owning camels is very common in India, especially in northern Rajasthan. Overnight stay is in Pushkar hotel.
Pushkar - Ajmer Sharif to New Delhi (by train)
This morning, you have free time before visiting the town of Ajmer Sharif. The most remarkable site is the resting place of the Sufi Seer Khwaja Muin-ud-Din Chisti who died here in 1236 after six days of fasting and prayer. Perhaps the most important Muslim majaar in India, fervent pilgrims frequent the majaar like many Mughal leaders, including Akbar.
As we leave the bazaar of Dargah, we enter the majaar by an entrance door to immensely beautifully carved silver doors. In the courtyard, there are two enormous cauldrons with a capacity of 2240 kg and 4480 liters! That's a lot of chicken soup!
Thereafter, you will be transferred to the Ajmer railway station to board train to arrive in Delhi in the evening. On arrival at New Delhi, you will be again received and transferred to either airport or pre-booked Delhi hotel, depending upon your further travel plan.
Accommodation in the hotel on double occupancy basis at all places.
Daily breakfast basis at all places.
Well-appointed upgraded air-conditioned rooms at all places.
Meet & assist at the airport on arrival & departure.
To & fro train tickets of air-conditioned chair car seats.
Air-conditioned car for the whole tour.
English speaking driver for the full tour.
Sightseeing tours as mentioned in the itinerary.
All prevailing taxes like luxury tax, service tax, interstate road tax, toll tax, parking etc.
All transfers, city tours, excursions & drives by air-conditioned transport.
Fuel charges, driver’s daily allowances, driver’s meals and stay.
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