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Video of the Week: Camels, cows, horses, thousands of people!…Pushkar!

The Pushkar Camel Fair is one of India’s most well-known festivals. Attracting thousands of people and their livestock, the festival is a great opportunity to immerse oneself in the culture and learn something about the customs of Rajasthan. Enjoy this quirky little time-lapse video of the festival (in full-screen), and read more about the Pushkar Camel Fair.

Camels, cows, horses, thousands of people!…Pushkar! from Gautam Pandey on Vimeo.

Aside from the serious business of camel trading, there are loads of other things to see and do at the Pushkar Camel Fair. Take a peek at the longest moustache competition, keep score at the cricket match between the local Pushkar club and a random assortment of tourists. Wander through stalls packed with textiles, jewellery and other treasures from the surrounding area, and explore Pushkar itself, one of the five most holy pilgrimage sites in India for Hindus.

Life in Pushkar is closely related to the ancient lake to which the town clings. Legend has it that the lake was formed when a lotus flower fell from the hands of Brahma and into the valley, and the lake water is believed to have special curative powers. With almost 500 temples and 52 bathing ghats surrounding the lake, the most popular of the ghats is Gau Ghat, where visiting dignitaries often come to worship, and from which the ashes of Mahatma Ghandi and Jawaharlal Nehru were scattered.

The Brahma temple here is the only one in all of India and definitely a sight to see, while Brahma Ghat marks the spot where Brahma himself is said to have worshipped. The full moon phase of Kartik Purnima  in October / November  is a period during which the lake’s waters are believed to cleanse the soul of all impurities, drawing pilgrims from across the nation.

Have you been to the Pushkar Camel Fair, or any of the other colourful festivals in India? Tell us about it in the comments below…

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