Pushkar Mela

The Pushkar Mela or Pushkar Fair was held between November 9th and 17th, 2013 at Pushkar, Rajasthan, India. Throngs of tourists (both Indian and foreign) filled the street through the main marketplace in Pushkar. Some were there to visit the only temple in the world built for Brahma. Others were there to take a dip in the holy Pushkar Lake which is considered auspicious, especially on Karthik Poornima (November 17).

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Pushkar Lake

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Langurs near one of the ghats of Pushkar Lake

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A young visitor in traditional head-gear

However, the main attraction is the vast collection of camels and horses for sale. There were plenty of camel cart rides and camel rides, as well as camels being decorated or shorn to create exquisite patterns on their bodies.

The foreign tourists like this part of the fair the most and many could be spotted with cameras sporting huge telephoto lenses.

During the sales proceeds, camels and horses can go for as much as Rs. 50,000 to 70,000 apiece.

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Beautifully decorated camel

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Decorated camel with cart

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Camel with exquisite pattern

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A large number of camels camped in the desert

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Horses for sale

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Horses feeding

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Closeup of camel decorations

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Chilims or clay pipes

You can also see Rajasthani men and women in traditional attire.

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Rajasthani men in traditional attire

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Men and women in traditional attire

Later during the fair there are other forms of entertainment such as traditional Rajasthani style dancing and other performances, but I did not stay for that.

Overall, a breathtaking experience and a must-see, at least once, for those who have not been there!