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Camels at the camel trading ground in Pushkar.  Pushkar during its famous Camel Fair gives a rare glimpse of earthy village life with a heady mix of colours, faith and frenzy - things that define "Indianness" to a tourist's eyes. The town nestled at the foothills of the rugged Aravalli in Rajasthan, owes its raison d'être to the sacred Pushkar lake surrounded by more than 500 Hindu shrines. This November, begins the camel (and horse) fair - one of the biggest animal fairs on earth. Though chiefly a secular occasion, like most of the Indian fairs Pushkar fair too merges with a Hindu rite of bathing on the full-moon day. It's a visitor's delight to watch waves after waves of colourfully clad people arriving for holy dips in the lake. During this fortnight long festival, Pushkar becomes a temporary home for holy men, con men, devotees, salesmen - in brief, all kinds of men and women. The camel trading yard spreads across the desert-stretch fringing the little town. It shelters some 50,000 camels and their brightly turbaned owners/buyers from all over Rajasthan. While the desert comes alive with the performances of tribal musicians and dancers, the animal traders negotiate deals with the buyers; or roll out bread for lunch. The bleating of camels, hurtling of scruffy boys to get a share of animal dung - create an ambience of unadulterated simplicity. Arindam Mukherjee
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Camels at the camel trading ground in Pushkar. Pushkar during its famous Camel Fair gives a rare glimpse of earthy village life with a heady mix of colours, faith and frenzy - things that define "Indianness" to a tourist's eyes. The town nestled at the foothills of the rugged Aravalli in Rajasthan, owes its raison d'être to the sacred Pushkar lake surrounded by more than 500 Hindu shrines. This November, begins the camel (and horse) fair - one of the biggest animal fairs on...
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