The Pushkar Camel Fair!
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OK - now my photos start to shine!!
It just so happens that the famous Pushkar Camel Fair is this week. It purposely coincides with the lunar calandar in November and is one of the largest holy pilgrimages in India. Over 200,000 people make a pilgrimage here to bathe in the ghats (ghats are stairs descending into the water to bathe) of Pushkar lake. This is where Ghandi's ashes were put afloat. As a rare occurance, they turn it into a huge Camel and horse trade and a three-week long festival that culminates with the full moon.
And, so I came here for a week to experience this insanity.
It was a very interesting experience.
Apparently villagers come here to buy and sell their camels. Serious bargaining occurs during the week. And proud new owners parade their camels around the grounds. Sometimes you can even ride them for an hour for 100 rupies ($2.25). All the children want to take photos and collect money from westerners. THAT was annoying. But, I befriended a few gypsies and drank chai with them every day.
My hotel was on the Pushkar lake - just 15 feet above the ghats.
The strangest part of my trip (so far) occured here in Pushkar! I was walking through town around 11pm with 3 friends one night. People often stare at us and even stop in their tracks to look at us as if we are aliens. They do this because they have NEVER seen a white person before! Yes NEVER. And, on this night it got out of hand.
Pushkar was amazing. And I took a gazillion photos. I only put a few up. Enjoy!