The Pushkar Camel Fair is a fascinating spectacle that occurs once a year in the small town of Pushkar, Rajasthan. It is a visitor’s finest opportunity to experience rural India in its organic form; you can interact with villagers that have never seen a tourist in their lives and have traveled for weeks to bring their cattle to the fair.
The Pushkar Camel Fair is scheduled between late October and November (determined by the lunar calendar), and villagers bring about 50,000 cattle (majority of them camels, but also a lot of horses) to trade & sell. It also includes a plethora of activities such as processions, horse shows, camel races, camel and cow beauty contests, acrobatics, camel safaris and much more.
The Pushkar Camel Festival is arguably the most colorful gathering of humanity and livestock on this planet, and attracts large numbers of international and Indian tourists. The Rajasthan government hosts a number of ethnic cultural events (such as Rajasthani dances) to coincide with the Fair.
We are the pre-eminent luxury agency at the Pushkar Fair - ask someone
who has been at the Fair and seen our guests enjoying the best facilities, the best lodging, the best seats (including available camel back seating to give you a better view!) for the events.
The vast majority of the agencies that advertise Pushkar Camel Fair tours have never had a staff member set foot in Pushkar! You are assisted by one local agent who is handling hundreds of clients while using inadequate lodging and other facilities.
Here is what Judy B. & Paul D. (Pushkar Fair + Independent Tour), "This was the best trip of our lives (and we travel frequently!). Easy Tours delivered exactly as promised. All of your suggestions were right on target, and we will be delighted to book with Easy Tours again". Reference Available.
Here is what Cassandra C. (Pushkar Fair Small Group Tour) has to say, "Thank you for arranging my trip to India! I had an amazing experience and memories that I will treasure forever. The culture was fascinating, the guides acted as great liaisons, and the drivers were efficient and timely. We had the personal attention unequaled by previous traveling tours. Again, this was an incredible trip and I am glad that I got to go with Easy Tours. Overall, this trip exceeded my expectations". Reference Available.
Pushkar Fair Schedule 2014:
Oct 28th through Nov 1st: Pushkar Cattle Fair. This is when most of the Pushkar Fair activities with the villagers, camels, horses and other cattle will take place - the cattle trading, the Easy Tours sponsored camel races, as well as various other shows and competitions. The best days are going to be the October 31st and November 1st, so we have designed most of our tour itineraries to be in Pushkar during these days.
Nov 2nd through Nov 4th: Pushkar Cultural Fair. This is when all the government sponsored cultural activities will take place. There will be folk dance shows, music performances, and other similar activities. Please bear in mind that you will get to experience (much more comfortably) similar performances at a number of the hotels we use during your exploration of India. Most agencies take you to the Pushkar Fair on these dates despite the fact that a majority of the cattle and villagers have already left Pushkar.
Nov 5th: Pushkar Festival. This is the Holy Day of the Fair and thousands of Hindu pilgrims will take a dip in the holy lake at Pushkar.
This is how we do things at the Pushkar Camel Festival -
We reserve the best cottages and rooms at the two premier year around desert resorts at Pushkar.
We are not a tour wholesaler with no knowledge of Pushkar or India. The locals recognize us as the pre-eminent luxury agency operating at the Fair and our guests get privileges that are the envy of all other tourists at the Pushkar Fair - we have thousands of referrals that will be happy to verify this for you.
Our competitors hand you over to a local agent who uses about 1 staff member for hundreds of visitors. At the 2014 Pushkar Festival, we will have more than 1 Tour Director/guide per 10 of our guests.
We don't nickel & dime you for things like entrance fees and camel cart rides. Our tours are pretty much all inclusive, and all three Tour Levels are full board while at Pushkar in our independent travel category, while, of course, our Small Group Tours have all three meals included at every destination.
We have our own hospitality desk at the resort, as well as our own camel carts that take you to the Pushkar Fairgrounds and the neighboring small town whenever you want to go.
An individual camel back safari in the desert is included, and you can ask for more than one.
DID YOU KNOW THAT MOST TENTS AT THE PUSHKAR (DESERT) CAMPS -
HAVE NO HOT OR COLD RUNNING WATER, OR EVEN DECENT BATHROOMS?
ARE PACKED TIGHTLY AMONG HUNDREDS OF SIMILAR TENTS FAR AWAY FROM THE FAIR?
HAVE NO AIR-CONDITIONING. YOU ARE IN THE DESERT - IT GETS HOT IN THE DAY, & COLD AT NIGHT.
HAVE SOUP KITCHEN STYLE MEALS THAT WILL BE AMONG THE WORST FOOD YOU EAT IN INDIA?
REQUIRE LONG WAIT TIMES FOR CAMEL CARTS TO TRAVEL BACK & FORTH FROM THE FAIR? YOU PAY FOR THIS - NO CARS ARE ALLOWED IN THIS AREA
OUR COTTAGES & ROOMS
HAVE PLUMBING WITH HOT & COLD RUNNING WATER AND WESTERN STYLE BATHROOMS.
ARE IN EXCLUSIVE RESORTS WITH HILL & CAMEL FAIR VIEWS, LUSH GARDENS, & AROUND THE CLOCK SERVICE FROM A TEAM OF DEDICATED STAFF MEMBERS.
HAVE YEAR AROUND DINING HALLS WITH RESIDENT CHEFS THAT SERVE YOU INDIAN & WESTERN CUISINE, AND THIS IS INCLUDED IN THE PRICING.
HAVE OUR OWN CAMEL CART SHUTTLE SERVICE THAT IS COMPLIMENTARY AND RUNS ALL DAY.
INCLUDE A LOCAL RAJASTHANI ESCORT FOR EVERY 7 OR 8 GUESTS. THESE ESCORTS KNOW THE FAIR AND THE AREA, AND WILL FACILITATE ALL YOUR NEEDS AT THE FAIR.
HAVE OUR OWN HOSPITALITY TENT AT THE FAIR.
Shaving a Camel Video