Rajasthan is all set to organize Nagaur Fair, the second largest cattle fair in India, from 22nd February to 25th February 2018. The fair is celebrated at Nagaur over a span of 4 days by the Department of Animal Husbandry in association with the Tourism Department of Rajasthan.
The fair is held in the month of January-February every year and continues for four days starting on Magh Shukla Saptami. Nagaur fair is founded by the great Jodhpur dynasty king Mr. Umed Singh in honor of Sh. Ramdeoji, 56 years back and since then it has been held regularly. Situated half way between Bikaner and Jodhpur, Nagaur awakens with the thronging of cattle, horses and camels accompanied by their colorfully turbaned owners.
Also known as the Ramdeoji Cattle Fair, it is basically cattle fair as this is where owners gather to trade animals. People come from hundreds of miles away to buy and sell. Approximately 70,000 bullocks, camels and horses are traded every year at this fair. The animals are lavishly decorated and even their owners dress up with colorful turbans and long mustaches. The bullocks of Nagaur are renowned for their fitness and attract a large number of buyers. Nagaur Festival of Rajasthan every year succeeds in beckoning a large number of tourists who come and be a part of these festivals.
Besides cattle, sheep, horses and even spices are traded. Other attractions include the Mirchi Bazaar (largest red chilli market of India), sale of wooden items, iron-crafts and camel leather accessories. Several sports are also held during the fair. These include tug-of-war, camel races and bullock races. Nagaur fair is also famous for its jugglers, puppeteers, storytellers, etc. This festival is celebrated with a lot of zeal and gusto among the people and a lot of tourists flock to this place to witness the charisma of this festival.