Best of Pushkar Camel Fair

Dusk at Pushkar Lake.
Photographer: Rutavi Mehta

Held in early November in the beautiful Rajasthani town of Pushkar, this famous fair could almost be described as a Kumbh Mela of camels and cattle. Around 50,000 slobbering beasts dressed in their finest ‘coats’ come to town accompanied by thousands of pilgrims and traders, but with masses of musicians, acrobats, and mystics there’s more than just ships of the desert to this fair.

 

Rutavi Mehta shares the ‘katha’ behind every picture she takes during her travels. She’s taking a sabbatical from corporate life to explore cultures, places and emotions around the world. Her eagerness to travel has also nudged her to become a biker so that she can reach places others can’t. More about her on www.photokatha.in.

Watching traders discuss whether they should buy a camel based on its age, looks, reactions to calls and colour can be quite interesting and sometimes amusing.
Photographer: Rutavi Mehta
Fifty-two bathing ghats surround the Pushkar Lake, of these the Brahma Ghat is particularly important as it is believed that this is where Lord Brahma bathed.
Photographer: Rutavi Mehta
An early morning hot-air balloon ride adds that special twist to your holiday. Plus, this gives you a chance to capture fantastic aerial shots of the fair below.
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As dusk descends on the lake, the masses converge at the ghats for the evening aarti. This is again a great photo op.
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Only foreigners are allowed to enter the quirky bridal-wear competition where ladies who love to dress up as Indian brides can have their wish come true.
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Don’t miss the bizarre cultural programs like moustache contests, turban-tying contests or seeing how many people can balance on a camel.
Photographer: Rutavi Mehta
This colourful parade features villagers dressed as various deities.
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Hop onto a camel (well, not literally) and get a bird’s-eye view of those around you.
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While the circus and death pit is a thing of the past in big cities, a few remaining hardy performers attempt to eke out a living by entertaining the crowds here.
Photographer: Rutavi Mehta
A trip to the fair is not complete without sampling the classic Rajasthani cuisine at one of these brightly-painted dhabas.
Photographer: Rutavi Mehta

One Comment

    • Rohit

      November 15, 2013, 2:40:59 pm

    • Lovely article.I missed all this when i was there in Pushkar :)

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