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.
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 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!