Saturday, 2 February 2013

PUSHKAR MARKET AND PUSHKAR CAMEL FAIR

PUSHKAR MARKET AND PUSHKAR CAMEL FAIR


Table of Contents for Rajasthan Yatra 2012 : Ajmer , Pushkar and Jaipur

1. MUMBAI TO JAIPUR
2. JAIPUR TO AJMER 
3. AJMER DARGAH SHARIF
4. TEERTHRAJ (TIRTHRAJ) PUSHKAR
5. PUSHKAR : Lord Brahma Temple 
6. PUSHKAR : Savitri Devi Temple 
7. PUSHKAR : Important Temples 
8. PUSHKAR MARKET AND PUSHKAR CAMEL FAIR
9. JAIPUR : Hawa Mahal
10. JAIPUR : Jantar Mantar
11. JAIPUR : City Palace
12. JAIPUR : Galtaji Temple (Monkey Temple)
13. JAIPUR : Sisodia Rani Ka Bagh & Birla Temple 
14. JAIPUR : Moti Doongri Temple & Panchmukhi Hanuman Temple
15. JAIPUR : Raj Mandir Cinema Hall  
16. JAIPUR : MI Road & Govind Dev ji Temple 
17. JAIPUR : Amer Fort (Amber Palace), Gates & Courtyards
18. JAIPUR : Amer Fort (Amber Palace), Spellbinding Art 
19. JAIPUR : Amer Fort (Amber Palace), Splendid Views
20. JAIPUR : Jaigarh Fort, The Invincible One 
21. JAIPUR : Nahargarh Fort 
22. JAIPUR : Jal Mahal

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Dear Divine Souls ,

Pushkar Market and shopping there is an important part of Pushkar tour. While browsing through the Pushkar markets you can get the glimpse of various handicrafts and artwork and all of them represent Rajasthan's rich culture. This market is always flooded with tourists not only from India but more of them are from different parts of the world. Whenever I got some time in between I went to market with my wife and bought some real original goodies from Rajasthan. 

The main markets in Pushkar start from Brahma Temple road to Main Market Road, which surrounds the Pushkar lake. The whole length of the market is around one and half to two  KMs. The market lane or road is narrow and apart from two wheelers no vehicle is allowed. One while visiting the important temples of Pushkar has to walk and can  visit these shops simultaneously. 

Pushkar Map : Market Road for shopping marked in blue 

1. Lord Brahma Temple 
2. Main Brahma Ghat for Pushkar Sarovar 
3. Sri Rama Vaikunthnath Temple ( New Rangji temple) 
4. Old Rangji temple 
5. Gayatri Shaktipeeth 
6. Sikh Gurudwara
7. Atmeshwar Mahadev
8. Varah temple 
9. Pushkar Sarovar 

Pushkar Market : Market Road 
Pushkar Markets are said to be recognized and best one in the Rajasthan. One  will be amazed to find various classy souvenirs from Rajasthan during the  shopping tours in Pushkar. The items  and handicrafts found in the local shops are really attractive and colorful and they make the shopping in Pushkar a pleasurable activity.

Pushkar Market : Colorful handmade Keychains and small items 
Pushkar Market Specialities

Textiles, clothes with elaborate colorful  embroidery, ethnic jewelry which is a specialty of Rajasthan, alluring miniature paintings, camel leather goods, lovely brass utensils, mesmerizing puppets and pottery. Apart from these , wooden handicrafts, Huge Metal alloy idols of Indian deities , colorful key chains, colorful designer bags, camel leather bags, blankets, metal weapons like daggers, swords etc can be bought only and only from Pushkar.

There are  shopping centres like Sarafa Bazar, Baza Bazar and Kedalganj bazaar.  

Also there numerous shops for the same distinguished items so more variety is possible.

In my life time this is easily most colorful bazaar I have ever seen.

Pushkar Market :  Wooden handicrafts and puppets or katpootali 
There is plenty to shop in Pushkar. Colorful Pick up textiles, embroidered fabrics, ethnic and costume jewelry  brass utensils, shawls, woolen socks and earthen pottery besides the lovely colorful bangles and beads. Moreover, one can also shop here for some rare second hand books.

Typical Rajsthani items like Hookka and pipes etc can also be found here in various materials and varieties.

Pushkar Market : Wooden handicrafts like Hookka etc 
Bargaining is must and  compulsory, otherwise the items are so nice that one would  go on to pay ten times what they cost and deserve. Thumb rule would be to start with 25 % to what the shopkeeper  quotes the price first and then gradually by mutual consensus the deal is to be struck. Just roam around  2 or 3 shops of same items more to have a understanding of the price of a given article to be bought. A tip is that if there is some difference and argument with the shopkeeper about the price then just start on to move , 70 - 80 % chances are there that he will call you back and sell you the article in your quoted price. If not move on to next shop as there are lot of. But at least  now the actual price of the product is known.

Pushkar Market : Color Bags 
In one textile shop I saw a foreigner buying a top for Rs. 1000 and same thing I bought for just Rs. 120. When I asked the shopkeeper about the difference and why he looted them he replied, " 300 साल तक इन्होने हमें लूटा अब हम इनको लूटेंगे . यह सारे पैसे हमारे हैं . हम इसे वापिस ले रहे है . "  I kept mum on his views 

Pushkar Market : Camel Leather bag shop
Pushkar Market : Camel Leather bags 
Pushkar Market : Alloy Idols 
Pushkar Market : Alloy Idols 
There are lot of eateries also in Pushkar Market which can be enjoyed a lot. Kesar and Strawberry lassi in earthern pots , masala tea again served in earthen pots , open dhaba like restaurants where one gets typical Rajashthani food, foodina nimboo paani as well as jaljeera are some of the items that can be tried in Pushkar. All the eating items are highly spicy or masaledaar here. In many small joints one gets lot of European variety also which caters the need specially to foreigners. 

Pushkar Market : My wife Sonali having Kesar lassi in earthen pot
Pushkar Market : Kesar Lassi in the earthen pot , Its yummy 
Again as seen in the picture below there is always a some kind of procession going on the market lane in Pushkar. When I was there I saw two processions in Pushkar continuously on two days. In one of them , I saw a procession with people with a band bajaa which was followed by some few people who were dressed in costume of Ravana  and were spreading the message of peace.

Pushkar Market : My daughter Aarya with Ravans and Mandodari in procession for peace 
Still there might be a lot of see in Pushkar Market , but in short span of around 20 hours I can give you this much only. For more , please visit Pushkar.

Now I give you some information on the most important event happening in Pushkar , i.e. Pushkar Camel Fair. Although I have not visited this event but I will share you some information on this compiling the information obtained from Pushkar and other sources.

Pushkar Camel Fair

Every year in the month of November,on the ocassion of kartik poornima Thousands of people and camels  flock to small town of Pushkar for the annula Pushkar fair or Pushkar Mela. For visitors it’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to witness the colour, spectacle and carnival of one of the last great traditional fairs (melas) , which brings livestock, farmers, traders and villagers from all over Rajasthan. 

Pushkar Camel Fair : Conglomeration of Camels and Rajasthani Locals in the fair.
Picture Credits : www.bugbog.com

Being one of the oldest and largest fairs, Pushkar has become one of the favorite destination for foreigners in recent years.Aside from the trading of livestock, the fair includes music, sports, and other events such as the "longest moustache" , matka phod and "Indian bride dress-up" competitions. Collected here are a few scenes from this year's fair in India's northern desert from different websites , please enjoy. 


Pushkar Camel Fair : A spectacular  view 
Picture Credits : www.namasteindiatourandtravels.com

Silver  is one of the traditional artwork of Pushkar and is the preferred metal for jewelry  among the ladies. The annual fair is the best place to buy Pushkar silver ornaments. There are so many varieties to watch in the fair and all these are the depiction of traditional culture of Rajasthan.


Pushkar Camel Fair : Camel Decoration 
Picture Credits : www.ajmer.nic.in 

The hub of the shops at the annual Pushkar Camel fair looks likes mini market of Rajasthan and they make Pushkar shopping an interesting one. The shops are loaded with decorative items for cattle like the saddle-straps, saddles, ornaments , laces and colorful beads. Pushkar jewelry is the main attraction of the fair and the silver ornaments.  The intricate and minute Rajasthani artwork on the jewelries gives a stunning look to them.

Tattoo shops are attracts lot of crowds specially foreigners and they decorate themselves with permanent beauty spot on any part of the body they like . The last two days are especially fun-filled days and events like camel races, camel beauty contests, musical chairs for camels makes a great past time in the Pushkar fair. 

Dear Divine Souls ,

Here I come to end of my journey in Pushkar. On 31st December I along with my family of seven people started our journey towards another great destination of Rajasthan , The Capital of India's largest state, The famous PINK CITY called , JAIPUR . That one in next post .Till Then 

Jai Bhole. 

Meanwhile look at the marvelous pictures of Pushkar Camel fair taken from www.theatlantic.com 

Pushkar Camel Fair 
Pushkar Camel Fair 
Pushkar Camel Fair  
Pushkar Camel Fair 
Pushkar Camel Fair 
Pushkar Camel Fair 
Note : I have used images from few websites giving them due credits. If the owner wants me to remove them , mail me at vcr1976@gmail.com 
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Table of Contents for Rajasthan Yatra 2012 : Ajmer , Pushkar and Jaipur

1. MUMBAI TO JAIPUR
2. JAIPUR TO AJMER 
3. AJMER DARGAH SHARIF
4. TEERTHRAJ (TIRTHRAJ) PUSHKAR
5. PUSHKAR : Lord Brahma Temple 
6. PUSHKAR : Savitri Devi Temple 
7. PUSHKAR : Important Temples 
8. PUSHKAR MARKET AND PUSHKAR CAMEL FAIR
9. JAIPUR : Hawa Mahal
10. JAIPUR : Jantar Mantar
11. JAIPUR : City Palace
12. JAIPUR : Galtaji Temple (Monkey Temple)
13. JAIPUR : Sisodia Rani Ka Bagh & Birla Temple 
14. JAIPUR : Moti Doongri Temple & Panchmukhi Hanuman Temple
15. JAIPUR : Raj Mandir Cinema Hall  
16. JAIPUR : MI Road & Govind Dev ji Temple 
17. JAIPUR : Amer Fort (Amber Palace), Gates & Courtyards
18. JAIPUR : Amer Fort (Amber Palace), Spellbinding Art 
19. JAIPUR : Amer Fort (Amber Palace), Splendid Views
20. JAIPUR : Jaigarh Fort, The Invincible One 
21. JAIPUR : Nahargarh Fort 
22. JAIPUR : Jal Mahal

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16 comments:

  1. पुष्कर के बारे में बहुत काम की जानकारी दी है कई फ़ोटो तो बेशकीमती बन गये है।

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  2. धन्यवाद संदीप भाई

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  3. Wow Man. A great post. I must visit Pushkar now.

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    1. Thanks Praveen jee

      A perfect place for you as you love bazaars. Thanks for visiting on my blog and commenting on my post first time here.

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  4. Amazing Photos bro....Lovelyyyyy...Great Post....

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  5. बहुत बढ़िया ब्लॉग है।
    विशाल आपकी फोटोग्राफी लाज़वाब है।
    Your camera must be a DSLR.
    Travel and photography is a good hobby.
    Why don't you write in Hindi as well.I am sure you will get more exposure.
    Also you must join Hamarivani, if not joined .

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  6. NO WORDS TO ADMIRE YOUR PHOTOGRAPHY SKILLS. I BOWLED OVER WITH THESE OUT OF THIS WORLD PICTURES. YOU ARE DOING AN EXCELLENT JOB.

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  7. Thoroughly enjoyable essay and lovely pictures.

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  8. Nice details. I may need many many more visits to explore Rajastan fully

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  9. Hi great post
    was wondering if you knew or had any contact details for leather shop in pushkar?
    i went there few days back and loved his shop but forgot to get contact details

    Please let me know if you have any contact details for them.
    Thank you

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    1. Sorry Parmeet jee

      Thanks for going through and commenting ...

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