You’ve heard a lot about the Pushkar Mela, often considered to experience it but haven’t managed just yet?
The Pushkar Camel Fair is one of the worlds largest camel fair, held annually for five days in the town of Pushkar in Rajasthan, India, during kartik ekadashi to kartik poornima, the full moon day of Kartik (October-November) in the Hindu calendar. The full moon day is the main day and according to legend, the day when Brahma sprung up Pushkar Lake; hence hundreds of people grasp the opportunity to swim in its sacred water.
The festival usually starts off with a camel race, with music and exhibitions to follow. And while the men are occupied buying and selling livestock, the women browse for clothes, bangles, fabrics.
Here some glimpses from last year’s event. And if you tune in deeply enough you will even catch a whiff of food, incense, sand and – ah yes, camels…
Photographer: Nicole Périat – iconico.net – 2014