PUSHKAR FAIR DATES 2014
Camp Bliss runs from Sunday 26 October to Monday 3 November, and is a great way to experience Pushkar Fair.
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26 October Groups of camels, herders, horses and traders begin to appear from out of the desert and set up camp in the dunes around Pushkar. For some, the journey may have taken up to three weeks.
27 October Many more camels, nomads, herders, horses, farmers and traders are arriving. Some groups walk to the fair. Others arrive with camel or bullock carts or come by truck. The gathering is rapidly growing to immense proportions. This is the best time for photography and the time when you may move around and observe the scene most freely.
28 October Arrivals continue. The numbers of horses is increasingly rapidly. Camels are being inspected and thoroughbred Merwari horses put through their paces for purchasers. Trading is already taking place, although a deal may take several days to conclude as vendors hold out for the best price.
29 October On the dunes, the gathering of camels is reaching maximum size. There are lively discussions as groups of vendors and purchasers meet around their animals and negotiators help to arrange deals. The best prices are achieved in a year when the monsoon has been good.
30 October By now the tented bazaars are a hive of activity and the fairground is being set up. The scene on the dunes is at its most crowded. In the stadium the Official Program of camel races, displays and competitions begins.
31 October More and more people are arriving.The fair is traditionally a great meeting place where even marriages may be arranged. The cattle fair is under way and events in the stadium are in full swing.
1 November The scene on the dunes is increasingly busy and chaotic, with camel cart rides, itinerant musicians and vendors. Around the stadium there are cultural activities, competitions and bazaars. Camels and traders will begin to disappear back into the desert as the week progresses and their business is concluded.
2 November – Pushkar Fair The town, temples and bazaars are becoming more crowded. The colourful fairground attracts huge crowds with stalls, street vendors, sideshows and ferris wheels. Stadium events continue.
3 November – Pushkar Fair Great numbers of colourfully-dressed villagers are arriving from all over the region to bathe in the holy lake. The fairground is going full swing. A craft fair is set up with handicraft stalls. Tonight is the last night of Camp Bliss at Pushkar Fair.
4 November – Pushkar Fair Pilgrims throng the streets of Pushkar and shop in the fairground bazaars as the town prepares for the Kartik Purnima religious festival. In the mela stadium competitions and events are in full swing.
5 November – Pushkar Fair The temples, ashrams and dharamshalas (pilgrim rest houses) of the holy town are busy with pilgrims. There are bhajans (devotional hymns) and ceremonies in the temples, and fairground rides and stalls to be enjoyed at the mela.
6 November – Kartik Purnima Today thousands of devotees will bathe in the holy lake, believed to have been created when the god Brahma dropped a sacred lotus flower to earth, and there is a grand finale in the mela stadium.
6 November is the last day of the Pushkar Fair Official Programme and is the day of the Kartik Purnima religious festival, when many thousands of devotees visit the temples and circumambulate the holy lake.
PUSHKAR CAMEL FAIR 2015
Camp Bliss will be at Pushkar Fair for nine nights from 14 November to
22 November 2015. The date of Kartik Purnima in 2015 (the full moon night) is 25 November.
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