India is referred to as the land of festivals, vibrancy and colors, and not a single day passes by wherein you would not find a festive/religious event in the Hindu calendar, be it big or small. It is the bigger festivals like Holi, Diwali, Baisakhi, Lohri, Janmashtami, Navratri and Durga Puja when the air is filled with the colors of festivity, and the village grounds are abuzz with activities, starting from local cuisine to regional fashion that is to be seen everywhere at one such traditional fair. The joy rides on giant wheel, the local cola and orange drinks, music, folk songs and puppet dance are typical of any Indian village fair, which beautifully sums up the true picture of an Indian festival that has the best of colors, flavors and fragrance of life. One of the most famous Indian fairs is the yearly “Pushkar Fair” which is held in Pushkar, Rajasthan in the month of Kartik. The view of camels, horses, desert sand, temples, lakes and colorful attires adorned by locals, makes the entire ambiance really picturesque. Come November, and thousands of tourists, both domestic as well as international arrive at this place for being a part of the spectacle, that is certainly worth every single penny spent.
Traditional Fashion, Music and Food
The Pushkar Fair is characterized by its colorful people, especially the women folk that come from all over Rajasthan in the most beautiful of traditional clothing, such as Bandhani sarees, ghagra and lehenga cholis. Even Hindu pilgrims and tourists come from neighboring states like Gujarat and Haryana to be a part of this annual festivity, that is a show of colors and rich heritage of India. This fair is also called the ‘Kartik Mela’, and people can be seen savoring the local delicacies, especially sweet dishes, that are made during this time of the year, which happens to be the onset of winter season. Similarly, it is the local folk songs and Rajasthani music that are performed by local musicians, which is the center of attraction for all tourists. The Rajasthani women can be seen in their colorful and traditional attires, such as the lehenga cholis and Bandhani sarees that make the ambiance, truly colorful and vibrant. They also wear beautiful fashion jewelry that compliments their overall dressing, which is purely ethnic and traditional. Not a trace of Western influence can be find in the dresses and attires that are worn by, both the males and females. The men folk are in their traditional white dhotis and white button-less tops, along with a colorful padri (headgear/turban), preferably in red, orange or pink which is typical of a Rajasthani village man. It is the women that steal the show in their colorful attires, which happens to be the ghagra choli and lehenga. So, if you want to get a real taste of India, come to Pushkar and view a glimpse of mini India.