Pushkar Camel Fair / Pushkar Cattle Fair
In 2017, the official Pushkar Fair dates are October 28-November 4. In 2018, the official Pushkar Fair dates are November 15-23.
The Pushkar Fair originally began as an ode to Lord Brahma, the creator of the universe. Pushkar Camel Fair soon become the biggest camel fair in the world. It is visited by pilgrims, cattle farmers and lots of tourists each year. An entire tented city is created next to the lake at Pushkar and is the venue for the festivities. The Pushkar Fair is the venue for races, dances, singing, cattle trading and sale – all this makes for fantastic photo ops for the photographer.
There is a romantic image of India – all heat and dust and vibrant colours; beautiful gypsy women with kohl-rimmed eyes and flared skirts gracefully dancing in the dessert dunes; proud men with multi-hued turbans and thick moustaches leading herds of camels; evening prayers and chants and heads bowed in devotion as the Gods are invited to walk among men for a few special days….. all these snapshots come gloriously alive every year at the Pushkar Mela, an animal fair combined with a religious festival honouring the Creator of the Universe.
Along with Pushkar you could visit the palaces of Udaipur, the temples at Ranakpur and the forts of Jodhpur. From Jodhpur its a 5 hours drive to the fair grounds. On the way back from the fair you will come via Jaipur. From Jaipur you have the option of visiting the Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve and do a few safaris for Tiger Tracking in a mini bus with an open top. You could also visit Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary for a night – carry on to Agra, see the Taj Mahal. From here Delhi is a 4 hours drive. Delhi too has its share of Mughal Architecture and other sights.
There are tremendous photo opportunities at this site. the Pushkar Mela is a great place for conducting Photo Workshops.