Abhishek singh who is a solo traveler and photographer based in ratlam (M.P.) shares his experience of visiting the Pushkar camel fair in Rajasthan. The photos will convey to you the culture and vibrant colors of Rajasthan. See more of his work on his Instagram here. Hope you enjoy this real travel story!
His experience in his words:
Ever since I picked up the camera and started clicking pictures of my family, strangers, landscapes on my vacations, my passion is just increasing day by day for photography and travel. From last 3 years I started solo travel with a backpack on my back and camera in my hands. This month I visited the Grande Pushkar Camel Fair after I got to know that it is a big tourist attraction for foreign travellers, photographers as well as local people of Rajasthan
The Pushkar Camel fair (or locally known as ‘Pushkar ka mela’) is a five day camel or livestock fair, which is held for five days from the Kartik Ekadashi to Kartik Poornima, the full moon day (the 15th) of Kartik (October–November) in Hindu Calender. Pushkar is a town situated 14km northwest of Ajmer district in the Indian State of Rajasthan.
I have a special love for Rajasthan because of its tradition, culture, colors and food. Basically, love everything about Rajasthan as a travel photographer. Since I know that it has some of the best and most beautiful places around the world like majestic forts, beautiful lakes, golden thar Desert and royal Palaces.
I was in Pushkar for two days. This year it was held from 8 to 14 November. The weather was pretty nice, I reached Ajmer in the morning of the 8th, later hired a taxi and I was in Pushkar by 7:30 am. There I also met one of my followers on Instagram and then we decided to visit the whole area around the town where the Fair was held. A huge carnival was held for the camel traders as well as many musicians, Rajasthani folk dancers, acrobats, snake charmers and carousel rides to entertain people.
There were a huge number of camel traders as well as photographers to capture this iconic festival/fair. I saw more than 5000 photographers, some of them were in the group of foreigners while others were solo photographers like myself. You will find travelers from almost every country around the world because of the tradition, culture and colors of Rajasthan and India.
There is a holy Importance of the beautiful Pushkar lake (kund) which is situated in the middle of the town and near the holy temple of lord Brahma. Thousands of devotees and pilgrims visit Pushkar to take a holy dip in to the Pushkar lake during this festival.
The hot air balloon and camel safari were the eye catching adventures for tourists and locals. It is organized every yyear during the fair. There were some licensed and approved hot air balloon companies who run the show for tourist and with whom you can fly in the air to catch the birds eye view of Pushkar fair. In pictures you can see the hot air balloon getting ready to fly from the Pushkar Stadium. I captured these images early in the morning on second day.
The birds eye view of Pushkar from the top of the Savitri mata temple situated on a peak. One can reach there easily by the rope way cabin or can take satires too.
There are many hotels and resorts in Pushkar for a stay, anyone can find them easily at suitable cost. Some of them are near the lake side so that you can visit the beautiful lake, view sunset and sunrise through your room window.
I also explored the fair area where the camel and their owner were staying, the main area of Pushkar fair. There were thousands numbers of camels, horses and other animals that came in the fair for sales and purchase with their owner. I explored the whole area and got some good shots which you can see below.
Capturing this in the golden hour was the reward of getting up early in the morning.
Portraits are one of my favorite subjects in photography because I click portraits with the motto that “portraits are more about the photographer than the people they photograph” .Here is a portrait of a camel trader wearing the traditional Rajasthani turban.
These two days at Pushkar fair were just awesome for me. I got to see many new things as well as i learned a lot about myself. The experience I gained, new people I met as well as my instagram follower and the shots i got, everything is just a part of the unforgettable experience for me. I am sharing this experience with you all through my pictures but I recommend that you must visit this fair once in your life. This Grande occasion is definitely priceless treat for those who wish to eye the vibrant culture and tradition of Rajasthan.
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