The Pushkar Mela is held in the town of Pushkar in Rajasthan. In this annual five day camel and livestock fair, over 25,000 camels are traded each year. The fair draws thousands of tourists, camels, camel traders, camel racers and locals, besides religious leaders who come to bathe in the sanctified Lake Pushkar on the final auspicious day which falls on Kartik Poornima, or the full moon day of the month of Kartik or krittika. The camels are decorated with jewellery to fetch a better price. Camel races are organised to showcase the camels' prowess in darting across the desert plains. The cattle fair at Pushkar has a long history, believed to date back to the time of Emperor Jehangir. Traditionally a camel trading event, the Pushkar Mela has now become an international tourist attraction.
Contributed by: Prarthana, CEE Ahmedabad