Pushkar Fair Part 1: The colorful rural life

The Pushkar Fair or Pushkar Mela is an annual five-day camel and livestock fair held in Pushkar. It’s a spectacle on an epic scale and an unforgettable experience capturing vibrant Rajasthan and it’s people in all its grandeur.

Pushkar Mela

The small town of Pushkar in Rajasthan comes alive during the Pushkar mela as people from all over the world come to witness the colors & culture of the great traditional fair in India.

Pushkar Mela grounds

Held in October/November on Kartik Purnima full moon (according to the Hindu calendar), it’s one of the world’s largest camel fairs and a major tourist attraction. India’s largest tribal gathering blending tradition and spirituality, it attracts millions of farmers, traders, villagers and pilgrims from all over India. Livestock trading, religious pujas, music, dance, sports and unique competitions such as ‘matka phod’ (breaking an earthen pot), ‘longest moustache’ and ‘bridal’ competitions are some of the highlights. The colorful market selling local arts & crafts and multi-hued attire of women adorned with exotic jewellery, it’s a vibrant display of rural life in India, performance arts, handicrafts and countless camels!

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Pushkar Mela : The snake charmer
Pushkar Mela : The snake charmer
Pushkar Mela : The Mooch Competition
Pushkar Mela : The Mooch Competition
The horse worth millions!
The horse worth millions!

Here’s a glimpse of the colorful and lively Pushkar mela.

Pushkar fair this year will be held between 13-17th November 2013. More information here.

More about the fair and camels in my next post. Other posts on Pushkar.


8 Comments Add yours

  1. yogamardi says:

    Gorgeous images Ritu. I love the way you paint a story with your photography. The place and people are alive with colour! I’m yet to experience the Pushkar Mela, but it’s definitely on my list… Be well, Mardi

    1. Thanks a lot Mardi 🙂

  2. Swati Singh says:

    Amazing pics, Pushkar is an example of cultural heritage of India

  3. Erco Travels says:

    Wow, glorious set of the colorful Pushkar fair! such a great post for the Rajasthan tourism….

  4. Kavya Singh says:

    its awesome and colorful festival shows the real beauty and culture on India (Rajasthan ). camel riding , horse race , traditional culture and many more ……………………

  5. Aishwarya Birla says:

    Really pushkar is great socialistic incredible heritage of India

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