Published: March 15th 2012October 30th 2011
They say that if you have to see the real India, you should see the Indian villages. That is where the soul of the country lies. Truly said, the India of the villages are entirely different from the India of the cities. The Indian villages are a rare culmination of cultural vibrancy and religious festivals. The Pushkar mela, the world’s largest camel and cattle fair, is a treat for both your mind and eyes.
An encapsulation of various cultural activities, the Pushkar Mela is conducted in the town of Pushkar, Rajasthan for a period of 5 days starting from the Karthik Ekadasi to Karthik Poornima. The activities are conducted near the Pushkar Lake which according to the Hindu Legend, is the place where God Brahma sprung up from the sacred waters. So during the Pushkar Mela, thousands swim across the river to take bath in the sacred waters.
The atmosphere is colored with Rajasthani dance, music and various other cultural extravaganzas. Initially started as a venue for selling camel and livestock, the Pushkar later on developed to a larger festival involving competitions and performances. One of the best things that can be done while at Pushkar is the Camel Safari. Riding on the camel through sand dunes of the Aravalli range can be quite exciting. Please make sure to take enough water with you for the ride. Also book in advance to avoid any last minute delays. The weather needs to be checked for sand dunes before you get on the safari.
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