The Nagaur Fair is the second biggest cattle fair in India and it lasts for four days. This small town of Nagaur gets lively with thousands of cattle and people gather here from all across India to participate in this Fair. Nagaur is approx 150 kms from Jodhpur, Rajasthan. The Fair is held every year during the month of Jan-Feb.
It is popularly known as the Cattle fair of Nagaur, this is because the Nagaur Fair is mainly all about trading of animals. Approximately 70,000 bullocks, camels and horses are traded every year in this fair. The animals are lavishly decorated and even their owners dress up wearing colorfully attired in traditional and turbans. Other trading in the Nagaur Fair consists are of sheep, Marwari horses. Some other attractions include the Mirchi bazaar (largest red-chilly market of India), wooden items, iron-crafts and camel leather accessories.
There is a lot of sports activity also in the fair. The sports range from tug-of-war, camel races to bullock races to cock fights. Nagaur fair is also famous for its jugglers, puppeteers, storytellers, etc. For further entertainment, there is folk music performed by local artisans of the Jodhpur echoing throughout the fair.
It has become a huge foreign tourist attraction in recent years. The festival features games such as tug of war, camel races, cock fights and many more along with the echoing melodious songs of the desert folk musicians who give wonderful performances in the picturesque backdrop of the setting sun to entertain the tourist and the people. Mainly a cattle fair, the Nagaur fair reflects the enthusiasm of the people of Rajasthan, India.
The other most important trading commodity, Nagaur Fair is famous for, is its 'Mirchi Bazaar' (Red chilli market). However, there are some quality wooden items, iron crafts and leather accessories for the tourists too.