The Pushkar Mela, which is also called the Pushkar Camel Fair, is the massive annual agricultural festival held in Pushkar, located in the center-eastern part of Rajasthan state, by the Aravalli mountains. The fair takes place during the month of Kartik by the Hindu calendar, which usually falls in late October–early November. Pushkar festival attracts about a million visitors from all over India. The fairgrounds located at Pushkar Lake feature camels, horses, cows, and sheep trade as well as many craft vendors selling jewelry, apparel, fabrics, and rugs. There is plenty of entertainment, horse and camel rides, competitions, music, and dances.
The Pushkar Fair is the showcase of Rajasthan traditions and one of the most authentic and colorful events in India. According to a legend, Hindu god Brahma sprung up the Pushkar Lake, so many pilgrims also swim in its holy waters during the fair. Each evening, there is a cultural show by the campfire performed by the best local artists, dancers, and musicians.
Since recently, hot-air balloon flights have become the most exciting part of the Pushkar Mela. The amazing Balloon Safari takes place twice a day; at 5 am and 4:30 pm. The flight takes about one hour, depending on the weather. You will get a unique chance to admire the view of Pushkar Lake from 1,200 ft (366 m).