It was quite a long awaited wish to see the world famous Pushkar Fair near Lord Brahma Temple, packed the bag, charged my camera to get there from Bangalore.
GETTING TO PUSHKAR
Bangalore to Jaipur flight is around 2:30 Hrs, I reached Jaipur around 9:00 AM. I couldn’t find any buses running to Pushkar which can be booked, luckily Uber was providing service to Pushkar during fair, I booked a cab couple of days ahead hoping to get a ride. Jaipur to Pushkar distance is around 150 KM by road which takes roughly 3:00 Hrs, you will be meeting heavy lorry traffic and signals on the highway.
I reached Pushkar around 12:00 PM, as a lone traveler I booked a budget hotel near Brahma temple, it was bit tricky to find the right way to reach hotel, later looking at the overhead decorations and asking locals I managed to reach the place I was looking for.
I was excited to get to fair ground, it was blistering sun outside, I guided myself to reach the fair ground using google maps walking directions. The roads are narrow, shops invading roads and flocking visitors, it was squeezing to walk through. It seems more cameras than people around.
PUSHKAR FAIR GROUND
Fair ground is less than a kilo meter stroll from Brahma Temple, entry is free, it has a gallery to sit and stage set for performance. Detailed information of performance and schedules can be received from Tourist information counter in the main road next to fair ground. You can see the skill of local artists on their Horse riding and Camel dances.
AROUND PUSHKAR FAIR GROUND
Real cattle fair happens outside the ground, exit of fair ground leads to a road near an open ground where you can see stalls selling accessorizes for horse and camel riding. There was a news on ban on getting horses to the temple town due to animal decease, despite that horses were seen for trading. Star Stallions get private canopies and good care, others was enjoying under canopy of open sky with fully illuminated sun in open ground.
Major attraction “Camels” is further ahead in desert grounds, you can hire a Camel or Camel Cart to go around if you don’t prefer to walk around, the charges depends on your bargaining skills expect Rs. 200-400.
Herds of camels has already invaded desert which is spread across the landscape. It’s an amazing view, some in small & some in large groups seems gossiping, few even alone in meditation.