The Camel Fair at Pushkar

The town of Pushkar in Rajasthan boasts of being one of the few places in the world to have a temple dedicated to Lord Brahma. It is believed that Lord Brahma sprung from the Pushkar lake on the full moon of Kartik (Oct-Nov). Hence that day is very auspicious and people from all around gather here to take a dip in its holy waters.

Over the centuries the people of towns and villages around began to bring in their camels and other goods to barter at the holy gathering. The religious gathering metamorphosed into a giant fair and is now one of the largest cattle, especially camel, fairs in the world. The camel herders bring in their camel and camp on the dunes on the outskirts of the town for the five days of the festival and carnival.

The carnival hosts horse and camel races, and camel grooming, mustache competition and bridal competitions. Musicians, magicians, dancers, acrobats and snake charmers throng the place.

Camel Herders

Camel Grooming

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Fetching wather from the lake
Fetching wather from the lake
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Cooking the basic meal
Cooking the basic meal
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A little afim (opium) helps thinking
A little afim (opium) helps thinking
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Dip in the holy Pushkar Lake
Dip in the holy Pushkar Lake
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The fire offering
The fire offering
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The day begins with horse races ...
The day begins with horse races ...
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... and horse dances
... and horse dances
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A few lucky ones get premium seats
A few lucky ones get premium seats
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The mela grounds
The mela grounds
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Entertained with a plastic snake
Entertained with a plastic snake
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The holy bridage ... the old ...
The holy bridage ... the old ...
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... and the young
... and the young
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A game of kabbadi
A game of kabbadi
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High hopes
High hopes
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Spare teeth
Spare teeth
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The dentist's file!
The dentist's file!
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Don't miss the screwdriver
Don't miss the screwdriver
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People from far off villages gather at the edge of the village and make it their home for the fortnight. Encamped in small tents and makeshift huts, they groom their cattle for sale and discuss village affairs over bidis and tea. 

At the fair

The Minstrels

Fluffing up the hump
Fluffing up the hump
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The tail gets a makeover
The tail gets a makeover
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It does get a bit painful at times
It does get a bit painful at times
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Bejeweled
Bejeweled
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All decked up and ready to compete
All decked up and ready to compete
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The year's winner feeling jubliant
The year's winner feeling jubliant
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The camel grooming contest is the most prestigious competition of the fair. The efforts that camel owners put in grooming their camels can easily put beauty parlors  to shame.

Even if you are encamped in makeshift tents in the middle of the desert, charging the mobile is a basic necessity of life.

The dentist travels with his own clinic. If the crudeness of his equipment or the size of his file doesn't scare you, nothing ever will.

The guy recently broke up with his girl friend. So he removed her name tattoo (left arm) by pouring acid on it. He is now deciding on a new tattoo.

Perhaps some of the best moments of the fair are the ones spent listening the itinerant musicians doling out their soulful music, mostly on the sarangi.

Pink Floyd Cafe

Trust a Floyd fan to not miss a cafe dedicated to the band. The rooms of the cafe cum hotel are named after the band's songs. Fancy some Pink Floyd Lassi!