Many already know about one of India’s largest cattle fair that takes place in Pushkar, Rajasthan in the months of October and November every year. The sheer scale of festivities during that time of the month is enormous, which explains why it is one of the most sought after experiences by Indian as well as global travellers.
But did you know that there are in total seven cattle fairs that take place all over India?
Notable among them, and the one we visited two years back, is Nagaur in Rajasthan. It is believed to be one of the biggest cattle fair in India spanning over eight days. Not many know about this quaint, dusty town that hosts several thousands of camels and other bovine animals spread over acres of land in the winter months of January and February. Nagaur is situated between Bikaner and Jodhpur.
What you will instantly feel here is the lack of any usual tourist trappings that we have come to associate with Pushkar.
Since not many are aware about this festival, it looks and feels more authentic and raw in its display. Although you will get to witness bullock and horse races here as well, it might not appeal to you at first because its not tourist-centric. Nagaur fair is still very much oriented towards cattle trading, which is partly why it still retains its innocence and ingenuity.
The fact that you get to see so many cattle assemble at one place is sheer awesomeness!
We will now let the pictures do the talking:
It was a very pleasant experience for us because the local villagers were very friendly and obliged when we wanted to click their pictures. They smiled at us throughout our stay in Nagaur. Don’t be surprised if some of them invite you to have a cup of piping hot tea with them in their traditional way. Say yes, and let the festival grow on you, slowly!
We also organise customised trips to Nagaur. In case, you’re interested, don’t hesitate to drop us a line on Facecbook messenger.