Annual Pushkar Mela of Rajasthan Returns After a Hiatus

The Pushkar Fair is held around Kartik Purnima, which falls on November 19 this year. Although a shadow of its earlier colourful editions, the holding of the event has been a big relief for traders
The Pushkar Mela is said to be largest camel trade fair in India
The Pushkar Mela is said to be largest camel trade fair in India

Standing at the edge of the fairground, peering at the desert, camels, and the people, is like seeing through a kaleidoscopic. The scenery changes endlessly. Men in a huddle discussing prices of the animals to be sold or bought, the camels looking balefully at the crowd, women in colourful clothes minding the children and trying to cook in the shadow of the caravans, curious onlookers, photographers, everyone busy with their own thing.

Considered one of India&rsquos largest camel and livestock trade fairs, the Pushkar Mela of Rajasthan, is held on the edge of the holy city, around Kartik Purnima (in November). Usually lasting around seven days, this traditional fair became a global attraction after the state tourism began to showcase it. Accommodation was provided in tents with all amenities, entertainment programmes were organised, and competitions held. The landscape, the people and the animals offered great photo opportunities.

Unfortunately, in 2020, the fair had to be cancelled owing to the pandemic situation. But this year it is back. The herders have started arriving with their animals and the sellers too. While trading will take place, the local administration is yet to decide if the competitions for the camel herders or the cultural programmes will take place, media reports said.

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