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Pushkar, the beautiful town is located in the heart of Rajasthan. It is located just 12 km from The Ajmer city, which is well connected to Rajasthan & rest of India. Pushkar is a holy place, which very colorful, ethnic yet very modern.
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Pushkar Camel Fair: Pushkar is world famous for the massive camel and cattle fair held every year in the month of Kartik which is around October and November. People bathe, worship and delight in the dazzling wares of roadside stalls. Camels are bought, sold, beautified, raced and parade. Most unusual are the small groups of men and women seen busy tattooing their hands and other parts of the body. The fair is predominantly a rural gathering. Villagers come from different parts of the state and bring their cattle with them. On spectacular sand dunes camel, horse and bullock races are great crowd pullers. All roads lead to the lake, which is flooded with pilgrims. The movement of the crowd is like a tide of colour with currents of crimson, yellow and turquoise.
Evenings at the Pushkar Fair have its own charm. The silent night is pierced by calls of camels. Ballads are sung by actors in passionate tones. Folkdramas, skits and folk dance are organized for the entertainment of the tourists. The Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation (RTDC) puts up a tourist village during the fair. The tourist village is self sufficient and specially designed to complement the natural beauty of the site. It has a Coffee Shop and Dining Hall which can cater to 1 500 guests at a time. The village is arranged in blocks of tents, each with its own identity, being named after the famous dances of Rajasthan. The village also has huts with attached western style toilets and running water.
Best time to visit: Best time to travel Pushkar is during the Pushkar Fair and between October and March. The Pushkar Camel Fairs is scheduled from 8th to 15th November in 2005 & 29th October to 5th November in 2006. If you are planning to travel there in the fair then book your hotels/tents in advance before 5-6 months.
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