India is a country with diverse cultures, traditional, vivid festivals and gleams of happiness. Events and festivals here never end.
Snuggled in the lap of the Aravali hills and beautified by the serene lake, Pushkar is a mélange of Hindu religion and culture, rustic Rajasthan and scenic locales. Out of various fairs and festivals, is the Pushkar Camel Fair which is the largest camel and livestock fair in India and is held each year in the holy city of Pushkar in Rajasthan.
This fair is most famous amongst photographer around the world. If it is camel and live stock trading that you wish to see and photograph, then it is best to arrive in Pushkar around 30th of October, since by 3rd of November, majority of camel and livestock traders start heading back to their respective villages and Pushkar Mela will undergo a transformation, from being a livestock fair to a religious one with tens of thousands of Hindu pilgrims converging in Pushkar, in order to take a dip in the holy waters of Pushkar Lake in order to attain salvation and visit ancient Brahma and Savitri Temples.
For each of the seven days of the festival proper, there’s a programme of day and evening events, most taking place in the mela (festival) ground, and some out in the camel or cattle exhibition grounds (the number of cattle at Pushkar actually exceeds camels). Many of the tented camps that spring up around Pushkar offer camel-pulled carts on which to tour the grounds, or you can simply stroll about pursued by the gypsy women, sadhus and snake charmers convinced that you want to photograph them – expect to part with a few rupiah (Rupees) for that smile on their faces.