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Pushkar: a delightful spectacle
Pushkar - Colours of the Indian Mystique - the 160-page vibrant and picturesque book, was released by the HRH Rajmata Gayatri Devi at a glittering evening at Bentley, West End London. Tim Scollery, the publisher of the book and Tripti Pandey, the author, hosted the event. Excerpts from the book were read by Kabir Bedi, the actor, in his inimitable style.
Speaking about the book, Mrs. Usha Punia, the Minister for Tourism for the State Government of Rajasthan commented, “It is a wonderful book that interprets the rustic feel of Pushkar and I hope it will tempt many visitors to Rajasthan. It is being launched in the UK at a perfect time in the holiday season and we issue an open invitation for all tourists to visit the beautiful palaces and colourful festivals of Pushkar and travel throughout the whole of Rajasthan.”
The introduction to Pushkar is written by the Maharaja of Marwar, Jodhpur and Tripti Pandey herself, both describing their evident passion for Pushkar. Tripti relives her fond memories of Pushkar Fair with each visit as a child and adult, inspiring the contents of this book. Being born and brought up in Rajasthan has given Tripti an insider’s perspective to the beauty and culture, which she delightfully shares with the world. She is a recognised name in the field of Culture and Tourism and currently resides in Jipur where she publishes articles on international and Indian travels.
The book captures the very heart of a small part of central Rajasthan and delivers a pure insight into this arid hold town of Lord Brahma as well as highlights its magical aura around the famous camel fair under the enchanting full moon of Kartik during autumn.
While Pushkar is a haven for the religiously inclined, Pushkar Fair is an important cultural and commercial affair to the local Indian community. The Rajasthan tourist office are currently promoting the Pushkar Fair as an international attraction by adding Rajasthan dance programmes and various events to tempt both the Indian and foreign visitor. Each year, up to 200,000 locals and tourists flock to Pushkar Fair, bring with them some 50,000 camels and cattle for several days of pilgrimage, horse dealing, camel racing and colourful festivities.
Tripti’s commentary guides you through the rustic temples, beautiful faces and crimson skies. Every year thousands of devotees throng the lake around the full moon day of Kartik and take a holy dip in the lake. Her photogaphs capture the holy lake of Pushkar in a charming manner.
Rajasthan is renowned for being one of India’s safest states and with Pushkar being nestled in the centre, it provides yet another reason to visit this exquisite part of India.