Pushkar Fair, How was It,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

#1 Nov 16th, 2005, 14:01
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So how was the Fair/Mela in Pushkar this year.

I would love to read some feedback from some of the Indiamikers who were heading there this year.
Did the Fair live upto your expectations, ie Plenty to see, Well organised,,,,,,,,,
Did you manage to find a hotel room once you got there without booking in advance,,,,,,,,,
Where there many other westerners in town.
What did you enjoy the most, And of course the least.

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Noisy as hell, dusty and polluted,but vibrant.
The usual Million or so camels were in attendance, and thats what really makes it special.
Numbers were down a bit this year and a lot of the evening cultural events were cancelled thia year.
We stayed at hotel Poonam, great view from the rooftop cafe,but right next to a very attractive and colourfull Hindu church/mosque that played ghastly music and howled all night through loud spaeakers.
We got slugged price wise for the very basic room, as we had expected,and the bathroom made us feel dirtier after using it as the back of the toilet leaked effluant accross the shower floor after it is flushed.
Booze was no problem, as there is a booze shop just 4 K or so out of town, and as long as one was discrete ,drinking the forbidden fluid in this very holy town was possible. The Bhang Lassy was very potent as well.
Security was tight this year because of the Delhi Bombing etc ,and cars were not allowed into the town area.
The pickpockets were busy,and a friend had their camera stolen off their belt in the street,easy to do in the crowded jostling shoulder to shoulder mob as they traditionally circuted the Holy lake on their pilgramage.

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Originally Posted by seventies'hippy So how was the Fair/Mela in Pushkar this year.

I would love to read some feedback from some of the Indiamikers who were heading there this year.
Did the Fair live upto your expectations, ie Plenty to see, Well organised,,,,,,,,,
Did you manage to find a hotel room once you got there without booking in advance,,,,,,,,,
Where there many other westerners in town.
What did you enjoy the most, And of course the least.

Ram Ram
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Originally Posted by wizemen2 We stayed at hotel Poonam, great view from the rooftop cafe,but right next to a very attractive and colourfull Hindu church/mosque that played ghastly music and howled all night through loud spaeakers.
I stayed in the Hotel Sarover, booked a month or so ago so didn't get stung...at least I don't feel stung! Fantastic view of the lake from the garden. Food in the Sarovar was pitiable however. Rooms were clean but we must have been next to the same temple...I laid in bed periodically snoozing whilst listening to the chanting/music all night.
Being a needful chap I smuggled in two bottles of vino so I wouldn't have to go dry...but after all that there was a cafe in the town that served beer albeit surreptitiously, along with a panopoly of stronger diversions....the Bhang Lassi was potent but posssibly the weakest thing on offer!
Fair wise I found it dusty, noisy, smelly but fantastic, a real eye opener. Took a camel around the fair and I that was a nice way to see the whole place...and informative too, I now know what to look for in a racing camel or a working camel...should I ever want to purchase.
Would definitely go back again next year.
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what is your avatar a picture of? it's fantastic - great perspective and so crisp.
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Good to start getting some feedback wizemen2 and Stuart,

Dusty, Noisy, Dirty, Polluted,

Ummm,,,,,,, Sounds like it was all pretty much normal then,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,:rolleyes :
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Thanks, it is a picture I took in my apartment block of the space between the corridors and the stairwell which is 14 floors worth of space!
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I was there last year during the Fair and just loved it!!! I was part of a small group tour. We took an overnight camel safari and were riding back into Pushkar on our camels on the opening day of the Fair along with thousands of local camel owners. It was SO COOL!!! We spent the next night in relative luxury at the Jagat Singh Palace (sister hotel to the Pushkar Palace). Our tour group left the next day to return to Delhi, but my friend and I stayed in Pushkar for several more days. We moved to the Venus Hotel which was much more affordable even with the inflated rates.

What was surprising to me was how few 'tourists' actually spent time in the Fair Grounds. There was so much going on. We visited with the people who were camped out with their camels and horses. We watched them training their horses for the horse dancing contest and decorating their camels for the camel grooming/shearing contest and conditioning the beautiful animals for the races. The camels were so lovely and sweet tempered. I don't know why they have such a bad reputation for smelling and spitting. I never saw that behavior in India or on subsequent trips to Morocco and Egypt where I also had close contact with camels. And the Indian Marwari horses are gorgeous, very high-spirited and so unique looking with their 'curly' ears. Anyone who is interested in horses would just love it!!

Obviously, I'm planning to return during the Fair. But if you are not an animal lover and don't care for crowds and a party atmosphere, then it would be better to go at another time. Pushkar is a beautiful place and definately worth visiting!
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Photos from the 2005 Fair

I've posted some photos of the 2005 Fair at http://www.noexpectations.com.au.

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Originally Posted by KipCole9 I've posted some photos of the 2005 Fair at http://www.noexpectations.com.au.

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Thanks for posting,I particularly like this one:
http://www.noexpectations.com.au/ima...224150_thm.jpg
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i was there this year, i visited first time and find it soooo cool, the camels, horses, the cows and the simple villagers all making it memorable, the small circus and the gipsy magicians are unforgatable, i saw them before too but seeing them all togheter in fair marvalous. ill visit it every year, its great.
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You are a great photographer, Kip. They really get across the mood of the camel fair. Wow.
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http://www.outlookindia.com/full.asp...=Pushkar&sid=1

article abt tourism & pushkar fair
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photographing people

Gorgeous photos Kipcole!!!
I have always beena bit trepidatious about photographing people when I have travelled in Central America. What is the protocol in INdia?
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Originally Posted by adiyar http://www.outlookindia.com/full.asp...=Pushkar&sid=1

article abt tourism & pushkar fair
Very good article,
thanks for posting adiyar

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The first set of foreign tourists is reported to have come to Pushkar some time in 1968. The four tourists stayed at Birbal Baba’s Anand Ashram. Last year the number of tourists visitng Pushkar went up to 43,980.
Birbal is still going strong & I was pleased to spend some time with him earlier this year,,,,,,,,,,,,
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We were lucky enough to be invited to dinner with a tribe and their camels one evening while at the fair. Sandy Roti and vegetables cooked over a little fire. We ate with an audience of 7 camels.

After dinner my husband was invited to some arm wrestling while I fended off one of the tribesmen who attempted to take me home for the night.

It was quite a memorable experience!

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