Pushkar fair - help!

#1 Sep 18th, 2011, 19:01
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Hi everyone, I just realised that according to my travel plans, I should be heading to Pushkar just as the camel fair starts. I arrive in India end of Oct and hope to get a train ticket down there. Is it likely that all trains will be booked up and how is it finding accommodation at this time? Do the prices rocket and is it tough to get a room?? ANY information would be much appreciated please..........
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Pushkar Advice

The fair will take place from November 2-10. Camel trading takes place during the first few days (November 2-6). After that there are more festivities/contests and massive crowds of pilgrims.

The biggest crowds are there for the later half of the fair as it's a pilgrimage site so just arrive before Nov 4 and you should be okay. In all honesty, you might not want to stay for the entire fair as the crowds can be a bit overwhelming toward the end.

If you arrive during the first few days you shouldn't have any problem finding a room in a guesthouse room somewhere in town. Yes, it will cost 4x the normal rate but keep in mind that Pushkar guesthouses are very cheap so 4x the normal rate is not that bad. You can also book yourself into one of the luxurious tents near the mela grounds if you are concerned. These are convenient as the mela grounds are a long walk from the lake- and will be an even longer walk when the crowds swell.

A final option is to stay in Ajmer and take the bus (around 30min) over the hill to visit the fair.
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Hello bombus667 and thank you for your much appreciated reply. I plan to stay by the lake, I hope to be able to get a train over and find a room by the lake about the 1st November - only for a night really as I am taking someone for their first time, but we are not particularly interested in the camel fair, its just our dates clash. Well, you have provided us with a little more hope, now it just depends on getting a train ticket. Thanks once again, this is very helpful..
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wondering for the better days to stay in pushkar fair

Hi, I'm planning my trip to India, and I have read that Pushkar fair camel is it a very interesting experience, so we want to go, but we are not sure about wich ones are the better days to stay there...I read that a lot of people take a holly bath at the end, I think that this is an interesting experience, but what do you recomend me?
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The fair peaks at the end. This is when it is the most crowded, most crazy, and for some people the most interesting. The pilgrims descend on Pushkar during the last few days. But the crowds can be intense. The fair runs from Nov 2-10 with the camel trading during the first half. You could just show up around Nov 5 and see some of the festivities and some of the camel trading too but avoid the really intense crowds that come later.

If you want to see the pilgrims and you're someone who can handle crowds and real craziness of the fair activities, go for the last few days.

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