Desi Girl Traveler: Pushkar in Pictures

Rutavi Mehta , 24 Dec 2012

Rutavi has a passion for photography and travelling (especially when cruising on her beloved Royal Enfield!) Her travels have taken her to Venice, Italy, Switzerland, the Himalayas, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Goa and the rural palaces of Maharashtra. Travelling is a religion… pursue it with patriotism. And for now, check out her pix from Pushkar! xoxo

Rutavi Mehta
Rutavi Mehta
Bird's eye view of Pushkar
Bird's eye view of Pushkar

Here are my most memorable photos from Pushkar:

There 52 ghats in Pushkar lake, and of each of these ghats is said to possess miraculous medicinal powers. Pushkar lake is considered to be holy by most Hindus, and a dip in the lake is held to be very fortunate. The waters during the sunset at these ghats, maha arti is done by the Pujaris which is like an offering to the God of sunset.

Sunset at Brahma Ghat
Sunset at Brahma Ghat

Camels are held each November at the time of the full moon in the Indian month of Kartik. Pushkar Camel Fair is a grand spectacular event, attracting 300,000 people and up to 50,000 camels.

Pushkar Camel Fair
Pushkar Camel Fair

Nearly 50,000 camels and around 10,000 horses are brought to Pushkar each year for trading. Here a Rajasthani men deals with another trader for his camel.

Rajasthani camel trader
Rajasthani camel trader

And of course with all those camels, you need a lot of camel feed.

Rajasthani women selling camel feed
Rajasthani women selling camel feed

Pushkar is considered to be pilgrimage spot by Hindus. Sadhus are holy men who have freed themselves from wordly possessions and lead free lives. These sadhus come here for Pushkar Fair and they form a noteworthy part of the whole ambiance. Dressed in saffron clothes and garlands of flowers, they attract the cameras of many photographers interested in capturing the essence of Pushkar culture.

Sadhus of Pushkar
Sadhus of Pushkar

Rajasthani women wear vivid colors like red, pink, yellow and green to contrast the monotony of the yellow sands. The dresses of the native Rajasthanis are a spectacular combination of cultural heredity and weather proof designing.

Rajasthani woman wearing traditional clothing
Rajasthani woman wearing traditional clothing

Rajasthani women embellish themselves from head to toe. The bor is usually placed right in the middle of the forehead. This symbolizes the essential part of marriage as is worn after the wedding rituals are completed.

Rajasthani woman with maang tikka bor
Rajasthani woman with maang tikka bor

All the action at Pushkar attracts the attention of curious children.

A young boy looks curiously
A young Rajasthani boy

Pushkar fair is one of the largest camel fairs in the world. During 1990 an attendance of 100,000 pilgrims was confirmed from cross countries. Foreign tourists find fancy to see competition like bridal show, moustache completion, etc.

Foreign tourists at Pushkar Fair
Foreign tourists at Pushkar Fair

For more info on Pushkar Fair click here.

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