Colors. Camels. Gypsies. Performers. Amusement rides. This is the modern Pushkar Camel Fair, an annual tradition that dates back over 800 years. Camel herders from all over Rajasthan flock to Pushkar to show off and sell their flock.
But it isn’t just camels. There are also various sports and competitions, including the mustache competition and football (soccer) match between foreigners and locals. I spent two weeks there enjoying the festivities from beginning to end and captured some amazing photos. Choosing only 50 was hard — plus I still have over a thousand I haven’t even had time to look at yet! 😵 And just wait until you see the videos! Join me on YouTube!
But first for all you Pinners….
Ashok Tak, camel decoration winner and promotor of cultural heritage at the Pushkar Camel Fair 2015
Camel traffic jam on the road to Pushkar
Camels on the road to the Pushkar Camel Fair
I think they mean “place” and not “palace”
Other kids laughed at this adorable little girl after showing the group this photo and she never smiled again in any of my subsequent photos
Aerial view of camel herd headed to town
After sneaking atop a water tower for photos I ran into this guy who was painting the tower (before the Pushkar Camel Fair started)
Dancing schoolgirls from Rajasthan performed at the opening ceremony of the Ashok Tak, camel decoration winner and promotor of cultural heritage at the Pushkar Camel Fair
Pushkar Camel Fair
Competitions And Contests
Vendors Were Selling Everything
Which color sir?
Hand-punching the holes
There Were Even Musical Performances
To which I had a VIP front row pass too 😉
All in all I have 3,096 photos and nearly 17 hours of HD video. Most of it I haven’t even sorted yet, so stay tuned for more 😉
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12 thoughts on “50 Colorful Photos From The Pushkar Camel Fair”
Great shots man, this looks way cooler than I would have expected it to be.
Honestly brother, I almost didn’t want to publish this. I started the raft before the fair began and had the photos almost ready to go by the second day, but got so busy shooting video I never had time to publish it.
Now that it’s over, I found the time and added in a couple photos from the end to complete the set. However I still have much that hasn’t even been looked at. :/
Thanks for the encouragement though. Been slacking on my photos recently as I focus more on video but it was nice to get back to it. Of course my best photos are nowhere near as jaw-dropping as yours, but maybe one day 😉
In that case, I’ll look forward to the video as well! That – shooting and editing video – is like some dark magic as far as I’m concerned. I have neither the eye for shooting nor the patience for editing, so when I see some of the stuff you and others put out I’m always astounded by it.
Yeah the sad thing about doing videos is that 90% of the ones I do are for clients, meaning no one who reads this blog ever sees them — or if they happen to stumble across it, do not realize that I did it. And these are all my most professional, stylish videos. But given that I spent two weeks in Pushkar covering this event from every angle, interviewing people, attending damn near every event…well I can not only do the videos this client wants but also will have enough leftover footage to do a cool one of my own.
Why not give them a plug on social media, at least, to let your fans give ’em a look and book the visitor numbers for the clients that ordered them? I, for one, would be very interested to see more and I imagine other of your readers would be as well?
Yeah, I probably should….but here’s the other sad truth: I never even bother to check to see where and when (or even if) they publish them…often times I hear numbers from the SM teams, or other various forms of feedback. But I never track anything myself. It’s always just on to the next thing. Plus I’ve been wanting to improve the aesthetics, navigation and load time of both my blog and the other half of The HoliDaze for over a year now — so any free laptop time since leaving Nepal not spent working for someone is being spent working for myself. I feel kind of guilty slacking on reading other blogs, and on writing for mine. And you are correct. This is something I should do, if fact need to do. Of course I cannot handle another video client until this project is done at the start of March. So it will probably be closer to then that I begin to compile links and numbers for everything, add some extra weight to the ol’ portfolio 😉 Thanks for the remember and kick in the ass, have added this to my to-do list.
Dude, this festival looks pretty fascinating. That guy’s mustache is epic stuff! Still interested in finding out if that rumor about the camels fate afterward was true, but either way this is a pretty cool cultural experience I think. I feel like being there amongst all of it happening might be a little overwhelming though, looks packed, but then again everything in India is haha.
Like all massive events where money is involved, that aspect we spoke of exists but in much much much smaller numbers than what the conservationist was trying to say. Ended up putting together a pretty cool video for Zostel but haven’t 100% finalized mine yet b/c just too damn busy here in India.
Interestingly enough, the camel events (racing, dancing, decoration, etc) all happen as the fair is busy assembling, or in the first couple days. The remaining few days it just a normal fair, but surprisingly that is when it gets most packed. Turns out Indians don’t travel to the Camel Fair. For them its not interesting. But for foreigners….
Thank you for such great photos of Pushkar camel fair.Looking at them brought a feel of the fair..I can just imagine the gaiety and sounds.
It was amazing! You definitely have to go if you ever get the chance. Also have a camel fair video too which I’m about to upload, if you are curious to see… 😉
I was wandering there same time
I recognize like half of your photos! Feel like we were literally walking around right past each other without realizing hahaha. Although I was shooting video more than photos, still did get some okay shots. And already made one camel fair video for my client in India but haven’t finished the second one (for myself) yet…