Pushkar Camel Fair

Since I was already in Rajasthan during the time of the Pushkar Camel Fair and I had heard so much about it, I figured it would be a shame to miss it.  It is basically a camel trading market that is held once a year in the desert. But due to the insane number of camels and the locals who come to take a dip in the holy Pushkar Lake, the event has also morphed into a major backpacker area where you can get “special lassis” and spend days hanging out with other backpackers observing the spectacle (though I wasn’t sure anymore if the spectacle was the high backpackers or the camel market or the locals coming to take a dip in the lake).  I am glad I went, but felt like I spent days afterwards getting the sand out of my clothes, shoes, hair, teeth.  I uploaded some pics, but don’t think the pics really do justice to the craziness of the place. Definitely an event you should go to if you are anywhere nearby.

You can pick up all the gear you need for your camel here

You can pick up all the gear you need for your camel here

Feeding time!

Feeding time!

Camels campgrounds

Camels campgrounds

Thirsty camels

Thirsty camels

Badass tattoos

Badass tattoos

Dressed to the nines for the fair..tattoos, piercings, everything

Dressed to the nines for the fair..tattoos, piercings, everything

Pushkar Lake

Pushkar Lake

Pretty temple in Pushkar

Pretty temple in Pushkar

Marwadi ladies buying stuff needed for the pilgrimage and dip in holy Pushkar Lake

Marwadi ladies buying stuff needed for the pilgrimage and dip in holy Pushkar Lake. Note that these women are very conservative and covering their faces with the colorful veils when in the presence of strangers. Yet, they were taking a dip in the lake topless with hundreds of people watching!!

Turbans for sale

Turbans for sale

Competitors in the mustache event

Competitors in the mustache event. Since so many tourists go now, they have these crazy competitions – longest mustache competition, turban tying contest, etc.