Duration is based on Land Tour.
International Flights are excluded.
Held in November at the time of the full moon, the Pushkar Camel Fair is one of India’s most highly-rated travel experiences, a spectacular event that attracts over 400,000 people over a period of 5 days. An astonishing 10,000 camels come together from all over the country to the town of Pushkar in Rajasthan, to not only buy and sell livestock, but also take part in competitions such as the “longest mustache”, “bridal competition” and many more. In the recent years, the fair has expanded to include and exhibition cricket match between the local Pushkar club and teams of random foreign tourists. This is the annual event and it is a great opportunity to witness an old and traditional Indian festival.
Come and join us for this special event!
UNUSUAL EXPEDITION’s trips are well known for accomplishing a lot in just a few days. We basically pack a lot of content with different themes in a single trip. This workshop will be no different. Locations shoots each day are dependant on daily weather and lighting conditions.
SIN – DEL
Tour will depart at 0700hrs from New Delhi International Airport T3.
Note: International Flights are excluded.
DEL – SIN
Tour will ends at 2000HRS at New Delhi International Airport T3.
Note: International Flights are excluded.
The small and beautiful town of Pushkar is set in a valley just about 14 km off Ajmer in the north Indian state of Rajasthan. Surrounded by hills on three sides and sand dunes on the other, Pushkar forms a fascinating location and a befitting backdrop for the annual religious and cattle fair which is globally famous and attracts thousands of visitors from all parts of the world.
Pushkar Fair is celebrated for five days from Kartik Ekadasi to Kartik Poornima. According to Hindu calendar, Kartik Ekadasi is the 11th lunar day (ekadashi) in the bright fortnight (Shukla Paksha) of the Hindu month of Kartik, and Kartik Poornima is the full moon day or the 15th lunar day of Kartik. Kartik Poornima is the main day of the Pushkar Fair, and according to the legends, it’s the day when Brahma sprung up the Pushkar Lake. On this day devotees take a bath in the Pushkar lake.
The lively festival, filled with both colourfully adorned animals and animated activities is a great spot for street and portraiture photography. Watch as the town comes alive with folk dancers and musicians who come from all the regions to show their talent.
Day 1 – International Flight Arrival and Transfer to hotel Note: (Flight Arrival – Anytime on Day 1)
Welcome to India! You will be greeted upon your arrival at the Delhi Airport, and we will set off for Jaipur via domestic flight. We will then check into our hotel and get ready for the next 6 days!
Day 2 – Jaipur (Full Day)
Also known as the Pink City, Jaipur is the capital of Rajasthan, and is the gateway to India’s most flamboyant state. Think colourful, chaotic streets that host a juxtaposition of both new and old, with buses dodging camels and swarms of motorbikes racing past leisurely rickshaws. We will spend a full day in Jaipur capturing all these wonderful sights, including a trip to the star of city – the Amer Fort.
The Amer Fort comprises of an extensive palace complex, built from pale pink and yellow sandstone, beautiful white marble and is split into four main sections, each boasting its own courtyard. The fort is so large that is you can actually tour it on elephant-back. As with most palaces and forts in India, the interior is beautifully designed: of latticed galleries, carved marble, inlaid panels and multimirrored ceilings.
Day 3 – Transfer to Bikaner
We rise early and make our way to Bikaner, located northwest of Jaipur. This vibrant, dust-swirling desert town features a fabulous fort and the energizing feel of an outpost. Here, you will find sand dunes scattered throughout the district, juxtaposed with the opulence of palace and forts from ancient times. We will check into our hotel upon arrival, and spend the day exploring the city to capture some beautiful landscape and street photographs.
Day 4 – Transfer to Pushkar (Half Day)
Today, we finally make our way to Pushkar! It is a 4-hour drive from Bikaner and depending on the time of our arrival, we may or may not have time to explore the surrounding area. In any case, you’ll want to rest up as the next 3 days will be spent entirely within the chaotic but lively grounds of the Pushkar festival.
Day 5 to Day 7 – Pushkar Camel Festival
Pushkar Camel Fair (Pushkar Fair or Pushkar Mela) is a fascinating annual five-day festival held in a holy town of Pushkar in the state of Rajasthan, India. The initial intention behind the festival was to draw local livestock traders to do business during the Hindu month of Kartik, which begins with the new moon in November. Being the only one of its kind in the entire world, Pushkar Camel Fair has two components: the livestock trading, where thousands of camels, cows, sheep and huge crowds congregate; and the flamboyant carnival after the first five days. Today, the fair takes center stage and has become a popular festival with locals and travelers, who come all the way for a week of immense sights and culture that seem only possible in India.
You will see over 20,000 groomed and dolled-up camels doing camel races, participating in camel beauty contests or even giving rides to tourists. There will be many competitions that test the camels’ ability to carry items, and it is always a sight to watch the locals bargain with the cameleers.
The highly entertaining annual longest moustache contest also takes place during the Pushkar Camel Fair, with men showing off their stylish facial hair, some of which are meters long and require curling against the face to keep off the ground! You will also be able to witness the bridal competition, where young foreign women outfitted in contemporary or traditional Indian bridal dresses attempt to outdo each other and compete for the most beautiful brides to be.
Surrounded by 52 bathing ghats, Lake Pushkar is also a pilgrimage center. At the end of Pushkar Camel Fair, on the holy day called the Kartik Purnima, sees countless faithful Hindu dressed in colorful attire bathing in the sanctified Lake Pushkar at dawn to wash away the deadliest sins before visiting the only Brahma Temple (devoted to god of creation) in the world to receive blessings.
The Pushkar Camel Fair also has a myriad of other events on offer in the festival ground: vibrant folk music, dances, acrobatics, fortune telling, feasting, an exhibition cricket match that invites foreign visitors to challenge the local Pushkar club, etc.. Stalls are set up selling trinkets, jewelry, apparels, carpets plus a wide selection of items from gaudy livestock tassels to vintage gypsy accessories.
Day 8 – Transfer to Delhi, International Flight Out Note: (International Flight Out – After 10pm)
Today we make our way back to Delhi, marking the end of our expedition.
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