By Sonya Dixon
A Family Adventure at the Pushkar Camel Fair
For the more adventurous with older children, the Pushkar camel fair offers an incredible vibrant and colourful spectacle. Pushkar Fair is an ancient camel and livestock fair held each November at the time of the Kartik Purnima full moon. Travelling by train from Delhi to the fair, we went for three nights staying in tented accommodation with catering available onsite. The main attraction of the fair is seeing the buying and selling of livestock as well as highlights such as the “matka phod”, “longest moustache”, and “bridal competition” held in the fair ground.
We travelled with another family which I recommend. It meant that we could split up to explore and the children had friends to enjoy their adventure with at their own pace. Once they had enough of the fair we could retreat to our tents and they could play in the desert sand.
The camels for us were a perfect transport choice for our age children to enjoy the colourful desert activities from above. We enjoyed visiting the fair and exploring the jostling rustic markets behind leading to Pushkar Lake where we carried out a Pooja at one of the 52 Ghats. Look out for the meditating sadhus and holy dips! If the adults can have a morning get away I recommend a hike to the top of the neighbouring hill where you get a panoramic view of the fair waking up. A spectacular action packed long weekend.
The best part
Spending most of our time on top of a camel! My favourite memories are of my boys enjoying their train chai, seeing the wild horses been ridden bareback to the on looking potential buyers and the boys confidently tackling riding camels.
Three things you should definitely do
- Absolutely book the desert camel ride and afternoon tea at the sand dunes to see the sun set. Magical for all.
- Travel as much as possible around the fair by camel for the children. They love the bird’s eye view of all the action and as well as feeling masterful it can help tired little legs.
- It gets cold quickly at night and early mornings. Take lots of layers and thick fleeces. Snacks are useful to bring should your children not be used to Indian food.
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