By Achin Gupta
The Sleepy town of Pushkar, in the Indian state of Rajasthan comes alive during the month of November, when a grand event starts its week long schedule.
I visited Pushkar back in 2014 to attend biggest spectacle of cattle trading on Earth. Yes, the ‘Pushkar Fair’. I was part of a group, full of photography enthusiasts and our sole purpose was to indulge in culture and street photography. We used to wake at 4 am to witness groups of camels coming with their herders to the fair ground where they spent the rest of the day. Clicking these herds in the dramatic light of sunrise was our sole aim in the morning session.
Camels approaching ‘Fair’ ground early morning
In addition to cattle trading, Pushkar Fair is a confluence of Indian culture. Vibrantly colored handicrafts, artisans from near and far off villages showcasing their skills, cultural dances and adventure sports, all are an indivisible part of this large gathering.
Thousands of cattle are brought to this venue from across India for trading, but majority of them are from the states of Rajasthan, Gujarat & Uttar Pradesh.
The Three Musketeers
The Fair provides ample opportunities for street photography. People dressed in colourful religious clothes and portraying various forms of God is a common sight.
Innocence: Children dressed in various Indian God forms
Thousands of devotees take a dip in the sacred Pushkar Lake during this time.
It is a must visit at least once in a lifetime. You will be spellbound by the energy, motivation and dedication of all the villagers who begin their day early to spend rest of day in heat and dust. Their enthusiasm never dies.
I got some great shots, learned some lessons and made new friends. Who knows, you will do much more!
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Achin Gupta is Delhi based IT engineer who follows travel photography and writing as his only passions. In the pursuit of his dream to see the world, he has travelled many parts of India and a few places abroad as well.