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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"Some people eat, others try therapy. I travel." Cultural enthusiast. Adrenaline junkie. Eater of strange foods. Chasing unique and offbeat adventures around the world since 2008. Derek loves going to new destinations where he does not speak a word of the local language and must communicate with hand gestures, or places where he is forced to squat awkwardly to poo -- supposedly its healthier and more efficient. For more information (about Derek, not squat pooing) including popular posts and videos, check out his bio.