Located at kms from Jaipur, is the enchanting town of Pushkar. All year round it looks like any other village of India. Sleepy, easy going, But once a year, almost like a fairy tale, Pushkar begins to wake up from a long slumber like sleep to celebrate colorful, vibrant festival of Pushkar Mela. The first thing to hit the uninitiated is the explosion of colors and magnitude of human beings collected at one place.
An annual affair, it is hold religious significance to Hindus. Pushkar has many myths and legends dear to it about conception of town and yearly extravaganza. Most popular legend traces it’s origins to Lord Brahma, a Hindu prime God. In search for perfect place to a yagna, his mount swan toured earth and dropped a lotus flower at a place. This led to naming of this town as Pushkar. Pushkar is the only place where Lord Brahma is worshipped. Despite having in excess of six hundred temples, there is only one temple dedicated to Pushkar’s prime deity. The grand spectacle holds court for six days which are celebrated very flamboyantly by Pushkar citizenry.
Touted to be largest livestock fair, it has a number of attractions to lure even the most bashful of persons. All kinds of cattle, camels, cows are ornately decorated. Dressed in eye catching colors, they beckon even bystanders. The start of the fair has a camel race which is one of its kind. Men famously have a moustache competition, focus being on having longest one. Major draw here is camel safari. Travelers can opt for camel safaris ranging from a duration of an hour to a complete tour of nearby sand dunes. Last stages of fair witness a huge throng of Hindus and priests descend to lake and worship Lord Brahma.
Rajasthan is famous for its colorful attires and jewelery. Any number of stalls can be found around the town selling ethnic wears. Ghagra choli, a Rajasthan favorite is equally popular with tourists. Rajasthani Silver jewelry is found in abundance. Stand at any corner of the fair, and you get to witness and experience a milieu of action going on.
Puskar lies just 150 kms outside of Jaipur, the state capital. Jaipur is famous for it’s pink architecture, hence the nickname of “Pink City”. Dotted with castles and palaces, Jaipur leaves you spellbound with the rich, stimulating colors. There are many places where you can sample traditional meals and culture. Rajasthani folk dance and music have an unique aura.
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