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Pushkar is the mellow, quiet and interesting little town of Rajasthan. In the Hindu month of Kartik this town and its environs come alive as the much anticipated annual cattle fair begins.
At this time, the town is thronged with tribal people from all over Rajasthan, pilgrims from all over India and filmmakers and tourists from all over the world. Tents and campsites suddenly spring up to accommodate the thousands of pilgrims, tourists and villagers with herds to participate in this spectacular event. Giant ferriswheels and open air theatres offer amusement, while food stalls do a brisk trade, as do the shops that sell a fascinating variety of goods.
Pushkar Fair is now one of Asia’s largest cattle fairs. The fair reaches a crescendo on the night of the full moon (pumima) when pilgrims take a dip in the holy Pushkar lake. At dusk, during the beautiful deepdan ceremony, hundreds of clay lamps on leaf boats are lit and set afloat in a magical tableau.