Rajasthan as we all know leaps into our heart with its blend of rich traditional colours that reflect off the ramped walls and spray forth from its vibrant festivals. The Rajasthani culture tastes of distinct delicacies, the unique parquet of folk dances and music and the colourful diorama of fairs and festivals. The historical alleyways are not only part of Indian history but also divulge vivid pictures of the Rajputs and other local clans. The tradition inherited by the Rajasthanis marks a well-defined ethnicity foregrounding the ritual practices and commercial affairs. The Pushkar Mela, which is also known as the Pushkar Ka Mela, is a fusion of cultural, commercial and religious fervour that spills a spray of colour from the vibrant hotpot of incredible Rajasthan.
Pushkar, which is a Hindu holy place in Rajasthan, is one of the oldest cities in India and is said to be associated with Lord Brahma, the Hindu god of creation. It beholds the titles of 4 categories of Hindu pilgrimages, “The Deva Tirtha”, “Asura Tirtha”, “Arsha Tirtha” and “Manushya Tirtha” and thus the divine town on the shore of the sacred lake of Pushkar is also referred as “Tirtha-Raj”, which means the king of all pilgrimage sites. Most of the temples are dedicated to Lord Brahma, who is said to have performed penance in Pushkar for 60,000 years. Today Pushkar is a talking point not only among the Hindu pilgrims but also for domestic and international tourists, who largely travel to witness the colourful Pushkar Mela.
The Pushkar Mela is said to be one of the world’s largest camel fairs. But the main attraction lies on competitions such as the “matka phod”, “longest moustache”, and “bridal competition”. Many pilgrims as well as tourists go for a sacred bath in the Pushkar Lake during the Pushkar Mela. It is during this time when one can experience the traditional affairs that blends with vibrant colours and tunes up to folk dance and music along with the commercial affair of buying and selling livestock, which includes camels, cows, sheep and goats. Thus it is celebrated with Great Spirit and often tourists mull over its colourful chaotic harmony.
If one is looking forward to tie up with the cultural melodies of incredible Rajasthan along with the royal hues of Udaipur and Jaipur and the shifting dunes of Jaisalmer, it’s then time to pack your bags and head for Pushkar Mela 2013. It will be held between the dates from 9th to 17th November 2013. For a hassle free and pleasurable trip one can also step on the floor of Aaram Bagh, which is a decent villa style hotel and offers a tranquil ambiance surrounded by sand dunes, mountains and lush green valleys. The Pushkar Resorts and Hotel Ratan Haveli are some other hotels in Pushkar where one can experience a memorable stay at an affordable rate. On the other hand if you are seeking for a traditional Rajasthani style holiday, the Pushkar Fort is an ideal place to stay.
Pushkar is a noted town in Rajasthan and thus is well connected by road. The Ajmer Railway Station is the nearest railway station that is approximately 11 kms from Pushkar, whereas the Jaipur International Airport is the nearest airport, which is approximately 150 kms away. One can obviously feel the rush if you are looking forward to reserve your tickets now.