A Visual Journey Through an Unusual Indian Festival

The small, sleepy town of Pushkar in Rajasthan, India, awakens every year around October/ November as it welcomes roughly 50,000 camels and 200,000 people to the spectacular camel fair. In 2014, the fair will be held from October 31st to November 6th. As locals are busy preparing for the upcoming Mela, we wanted to share 8 stunning images from the past years. Kids will enjoy learning about this traditional and unusual festival of India!

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Camels converge on the tiny desert town of Pushkar

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A mustache competition is just one of many peculiar exhibitions at the Pushkar camel fair

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The beautiful ghats of Lake Pushkar – where visitors bathe on the day of the full moon

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Believed to be about 2000 years old, this temple is one of very few existing temples dedicated to Lord Brahma

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It is possible to avoid the crowds and have a bird’s eye view of the goings-on from a hot air balloon

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Desert beauties pose for the camera

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Sunset over the fair

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Proudly parading at the camel beauty contest