Photographs of The Pushkar Camel Fair ~ India.

After a few days of settling into our life in Pushkar , we start to experience the annual population explosion.  The desert area, of course, is starting to build up.  What were a few dozen camels have grown to a few hundred camels.  But this is just the beginning, within days, as caravans arrive, the number of camels, horses and cattle brought in for the Mela will swell to thousands.

One of the many activities put together to add festivities to the pure commercial / trading activities of the Mela is a Camel Decoration contest.  Think Henna on a camel.

The Mela is not only for camels, however.  It is also an opportunity to show and sell one’s prized “Arabian” horses.

But the masses of traders who have come to the Mela are not confining themselves to the desert dunes.  Quite to the contrary ~ the Mela is also an opportunity for travellers and nomads from far and wide to come and buy goods in the town of Pushkar.  The normally quiet streets of Pushkar become hard to navigate, so large are the throngs of visitors.

The groups are starting to be distinguishable to us after a few days ~ Men in white outfits and bright red turbans from Gujarat, a nearby state.  “Gypsy” women, their hands and feet beautifully decorated by henna and arms laden with bracelets.  Sufis, who have come from far, with their very distinctive dress  and turbans.

This gypsy woman struck up a conversation with Peta – By the end of the conversation, they were discussing arranged marriages for our 4 boys and her 4 daughters…

Shopping is rampant and it is fun to see what products are attracting most visitors.

Men shopping for wooden walking sticks.

Music binds so many different people with different dialects and social customs.  Just below our windows is a platform that serves as the location for an evening drum circle which often goes on into the wee hours of the morning.

8 thoughts on “Photographs of The Pushkar Camel Fair ~ India.

  1. Anonymous

    A truly amazing world, Ms. Peta! Thank you for a peek. Now I know that dressing up and painting a camel does little to improve its beauty. 🙂 Happy travels, Charles

    1. GreenGlobalTrek Post author

      I too prefer animals unadorned with clothes and jewelry. I did like the henna designs though, those were pretty cool.

  2. Nicole

    Somehow reminds me of the book Caravans by James Michener although that was about the camel caravans in Afganistan, Peta, blending in in that getup, you could well be Ellen Jasper…

  3. Untraveled Routes

    These photographs are truly amazing. I have never been to the Pushkar Camel Fair, but your pictures took me there virtually and I must thank you for such wonderful experience.

    Cheers, Charu

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