PUSHKAR FAIR DATES 2015
Camp Bliss at Pushkar runs from Saturday 14 November to Saturday 21 November, and offers you luxury camping and the ultimate way to experience the more traditional aspects of Pushkar Fair, one of Rajasthan's most spectacular events. The Pushkar Fair official programme events and fairground will run from around 19 November to 25 November.
From Saturday 21 November to Wednesday 30 November Camp Bliss moves to the Hadoti region to discover an authentic local mela and Kartik Purnima celebrations at Chandrabhaga Fair, near Jhalawar, a chance to capture the atmosphere of the trading fairs of earlier times, and explore a less-visited area of Rajasthan.
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14 November 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.
15 November 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.
16 November 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.
17 November 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.
18 November 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.
19 November More and more people are arriving.The fair is traditionally a great meeting place where even marriages may be arranged. In the stadium the Official Program of camel races, displays and competitions begins.
20 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.
21 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.
Tonight is the last night for CAMP BLISS at Pushkar Fair.
21 November – Chandrabhaga Fair– CAMP BLISS moves to Chandrabhaga Fair near Jhalrapatan, where thousands of camels, cattle and sheep along with farmers and villagers from all over the Hadoti region begin to congregate for a traditional fair and full moon religious celebrations. See more about Chandrabhaga Fair >
22 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.
22 November – Chandrabhaga Fair– CAMP BLISS is at Chandrabhaga Fair, where animal trading is taking place and you will find an experience of the local fairs of yesteryear and a very traditional feel. See more about Chandrabhaga Fair >
23 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.
23 November – Chandrabhaga Fair CAMP BLISS is at Chandrabhaga Fair, which is also a centre for local crafts. For local farming communities, this is one of the best shopping opportunities of the year, a place to find all the old-style kitchen utensils and implements. See more about Chandrabhaga Fair >
24 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.
24 November – Chandrabhaga Fair– CAMP BLISS is at Chandrabhaga Fair, where the fairground is now popular. You can see old wooden ferris wheels which are still turned by hand, and find traditional toys and games. Acrobats, storytellers and performers from all over the region gather appreciative crowds. See more about Chandrabhaga Fair >
25 November – Pushkar Fair – 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.
25 November – Chandrabhaga Fair– Kartik Purnima CAMP BLISS is at Chandrabhaga Fair, where today Kartik Purnima is celebrated with religious bathing and aarthi ceremonies at the temples and floating of illuminated diyas (lamps) on the Chandrabhaga river. See more about Chandrabhaga Fair >
25 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 throng the town to visit the temples and circumambulate the holy lake. At Chandrabhaga Fair there is pilgrimage activity and holy bathing at Chandravati as Kartik Purnima is celebrated in a simpler style, an opportunity to experience the age-old devotions and rituals of the auspicious day.
26 November to 30 November – Chandrabagha and Hadoti
CAMP BLISS is at Chandrabagha, where you can explore one of Rajasthan's least-visited and most rewarding regions and discover rural Rajasthan.
SPECIAL EVENTS AT CAMP BLISS
One of the features of Camp Bliss is our special events – informal talks by historians, authors and photographers. In 2014 we explored camel culture with Ilse Kohler-Rollefson, tracked tigers with photographer, author and forest officer Gobind Sagar Bhardwaj, and met author and journalist Janaki Lenin's managerie on her farm in Tamil Nadu. See details of our 2014 events >
We look forward to bringing you more events in 2015 – check back for details nearer the time to see what's on.
TRAVEL WITH US
We offer some of the most interesting and engaging itineraries you can find – established for fifteen years, with a track record of quality operations, our small and unusual company, Indian Moments, is run by travellers and aims to help you find the best travel experiences in Rajasthan and throughout India. Our team includes historians, art directors, foodies, chefs, photographers, and a magician. We're passionate about what we do, and about making your holiday special, and around 85% of our business is from repeat bookings and recommendations.
Contact us for details of our Spirit of India festival and small group tours, which can include Pushkar or Chandrabhaga (or both), adventures in rural Rajasthan, horseback and cycling tours, family Diwali celebrations, Dev Deepavali in Varanasi, the elephant fair at Sonepur, Makar Sankranti, Holi and interesting and offbeat destinations throughout India, as well as exclusive stays at our beautiful private haveli in Shekhawati,
Our great value October/November private tours take in Pushkar or Chandrabhaga Fairs – or both! We can include the classic sights of the Golden Triangle, Diwali celebrations and a real taste of rural Rajasthan, or any other destinations in India see more >
Discover less-travelled routes on our special Haveli Diwali and Pushkar Fair November tour which includes Amritsar's Golden Temple, Patiala and Jodhpur – a great introduction to India if you
PUSHKAR CAMEL FAIR 2016
Camp Bliss will be at Pushkar Fair for seven nights from 3 November to 9 November 2016 and at Chandrabhaga for ten nights from 10 November to 19 November 2016. The date of Kartik Purnima in 2016 (the full moon night) is 14 November.
For enquiries about individual or group tours including Pushkar please contact us >