Pushkar Camel Fair
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This was planned as the highlight of the journey and it certainly didn't disappoint! The Pushkar Camel Fair is an annual event that is a mix of stock trading yard, fun-fair and religious festival. Actually the emphasis of those three elements changes through the duration ... it starts off with the camel (and horse) trading but as the sadhus and lay people congregate later during the full moon.
Pushkar is bursting with people (and souvenir / craft shops) everywhere during the Fair. I arrived before the official Fair dates to catch the real camel trading in action but left after the official Fair date had commenced ... so I caught a bit of the touristy acts put on by the Tourist Promotion Board plus the sadhus and devotees.
I couldn't help noticing a mini-bus load of elderly Japanese tourists. They had surgical masks on and white gloves. Not quite the adventurous young Japanese who travel solo through Afghanistan into Iran that I'm more used to. It is quite an irony ... in some ways these oldies are ill-prepared for the reality of India but in another way they came really prepared!
Enjoy the photos!