To random plans- where you just decide, pack & leave.
Well, this is how Pushkar Mela happened:
For me, being from Jaipur (Rajasthan), Pushkar has always been like a stone’s throw away. Not literally, but you get the idea!
Situated 150 kms southwest of Jaipur, it is like the smoothest and the most convenient getaway destination for us.
So, one such Friday night, me and my friend Pratibha finalized our plan and left the next day for Pushkar after finishing our jobs.
We left around 4pm from Jaipur & the next thing you know, we were sipping coffee at the good onsite restaurant of Hotel Radhika Palace right next to the lake.
And oh! how lit was the lake!
Lake Pushkar was said to be created when Brahma dropped a lotus flower there, and it’s the site of the only Brahma Temple in India because his wife Savitri cursed him after he married a local girl, Gaytri, for religious religions.
According to mythology, all the 330 gods and goddesses of Hinduism assembled at Pushkar Lake on the day of Purnima (full moon night) to consecrate the lake. This is how the lake came to be deemed as sacred. This is the reason that at this time during the fair, pilgrims throng in large numbers to take a sacred bath, as it is believed to cleanse sins and possess healing properties.
This Shot is by @banjaaratheindiantraveller
Owing to the suddenness of our plan, we weren’t able to get any rooms in any of the good properties we had been eyeing, it was such a disappointment. But high that ur spirits were, we could stay in a lodge and still be happy to attend the Pushkar fair! 😀
Anyhow, I suggest if you ever plan to visit the Pushkar Camel Fair (which I think you MUST, at least once in your life) and wish to stay in a good property with a good view, get your bookings done way in advance.
Anyways, we then finally stayed in the Hotel Satyam Palace for the night which was quite a decent and peaceful place with slides & swings that can let the kid inside you dance out of joy.
Here’s how- (the hotel morning) OH ME, THE HAPPY KID!
After breakfast, we went off to explore the Pushkar fair and the majorly famous Pushkar market .
The Pushkar Fair, also known as the Pushkar Camel Fair, or Pushkar Mela, is a colorful and vibrant display of unique exhibitions, exciting competitions and fascinating events. This annual camel and livestock fair, held in the town of Pushkar between the months of October and November, draws a large number of crowds. Besides, this fair is renowned for being one of the world’s largest cattle fairs. The main purpose of the mela is to serve as a cattle fair, a place where locals from the surrounding towns and villages get their cattle – camels, horses, cows – for trading.
Shot by @banjaaratheindiantraveller
Apart from camels & horses, there are of course giant Ferris wheels.
A mela is incomplete without those fun rides, isn’t it ?
I have a major fear of them rides but my friend took me on that giant wheel and trust me, I prayed to every god I could think of while I was on that ride!
How can something so scary look so beautiful? 😛
The Scary Giant!
View from the top!
About The Pushkar Market :
What could appeal to a girl more than streets lined up with vibrant, colorful clothes and bags and jewelry? Every inch of these streets were wired in hues of brights pinks and reds and yellows, and I couldn’t have loved it better. Talk about seeing the world through rose-tinted glasses- quite literally!
I loved them narrow lanes covered with dream catchers, silver jewellery, bead necklaces, leather bags, traditional clothes, colorful dupattas, fancy umbrellas, printed textiles and what not!!! Clearly, tassels and glasswork ruled the charts.
Being a boho vibes lover, i picked up some antique silver jewelry, along with some rajasthani jutis, and a couple of good old scarfs!
For people outside of Rajasthan, this fair would be a dream come true! You’d find the rich heritage of Rajasthan in all of the beautiful prints being sold!
LOOK HOW –
A hippie foreigner was selling these cool badges!
Buying my fav. *silverjewellery* and yes, the aunties be ogling at my legs!
If only I had more time, I would have shopped like crazy but we had to return back to Jaipur!
But then, it was a fun trip. While in Pushkar, you can also visit the Savitri Temple, Man Mahal, Varaha Temple and the Apteshwar Mahadev Temple. Other attractions around the fair include camel safaris and hot air balloon expeditions for a bird’s eye view of the fair.
Here’s one with my photgrapher & travel partner:
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I know I got too late in posting it!
Diksha could have almost killed me had she not been traveling to Kerala.
Yes, I missed being a part of that trip due to my own stupid calculations & regret it the most after hearing all the stories from Diks!
We’ll soon be posting a blog on her backpacking trip to Kerela.
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