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Currently, Easy Tours of India includes only one Festival as part of the itineraries in our First Visit Collection. This is the Pushkar Camel Festival and a two day experience is available in both Small Group Tours and Independent Travel. There are a lot of other great festivals in India and we can include those in your travel plans. This can be done by working with a Small Group Tour and scheduling the Festival(s) before and/or after your tour; or by designing an independent tour that includes your choice(s) of festivals.
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 Fair is scheduled between late October and November (determined by the Lunar calendar), and villagers bring over 100,000 cattle (including 50,000 camels) to trade & sell. It also includes a plethora of activities such as 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.
99% of the agencies that advertise the Camel Fair 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.
In 2013 'Easy Tours' will have our small groups at Pushkar on the nights of November 12th & 13th and the major cattle fair events are scheduled for the 12th.
Here is what Judy B. & Paul D. (Pushkar Fair + Independent Tour), one couple out of nine thousand plus guests that are willing to be our references, have to say. "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 + First Visit 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 – 2013:
Nov 9th through Nov 13th: Cattle Fair. This is when all the activities with the villagers, camels and other cattle will take place - the cattle trading, camel races, as well as various shows and competitions etc. The best days are going to be the 12th and 13th, so we have designed most of our tour itineraries to be in Pushkar during these days.
Nov 14th through Nov 16th: 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 Fair on these dates despite the fact that a majority of the cattle and villagers have already left Pushkar.
Nov 17th:The Holy Day of the Fair. This is when thousands of Hindu pilgrims take a dip in the lake at Pushkar.
This is how we do things at Pushkar -
We reserve the best rooms and the best luxury tents at the two best year around 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 Fair - we have hundreds of referrals that will be happy to verify this for you.
Our competitors hand you over to local agency who use one staff member for 500 visitors. At the 2013 Fair, we will have more than one 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, with shared Tour Director services.
We have our own hospitality desk, as well as our own camel carts that take you to the fair and the village when 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 TENTS & SUITES
HAVE PLUMBING WITH HOT & COLD RUNNING WATER AND WESTERN STYLE BATHROOMS.
ARE IN EXCLUSIVE RESORTS WITH HILL & CAMEL FAIR VIEWS, LUSH GARDENS, AND 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 SEVEN OR EIGHT GUESTS. THESE ESCORTS KNOW THE FAIR AND THE AREA, AND THEY WILL FACILITATE ALL YOUR NEEDS AT THE FAIR.