November 6 – Pushkar Camel Fair Begins

Posted November 6, 2013

Would you like to visit Pushkar, India, alongside hundreds of thousands of people and thousands of camels, cattle, and horses?

Would you like to stay in a luxury tented camp as you smell and taste, hear and see, and experience all the varied cultural offerings? Or perhaps you would rather stay in one of the hotels tucked between bazaars and cafes in the medieval town.

Whether it's going to the Pushkar Lake to watch the buying, selling, and trading of livestock, or it's browsing the stalls full of fabrics and clothing, jewelry and trinkets, handicrafts of all sorts—the Pushkar Camel Fair promises to be a lively spot!

Aside from all of that, there are processions and parades, contests such as the Longest Mustache Contest, races, exhibits, cricket exhibitions, and fairground rides. Of course there is music and dancing and good food! Many visitors bathe in the lake, which is said to be holy, and there are religious festivities on the last day (which, in 2013, is on November 17).
This video gives you a nice taste of the Pushkar Camel Fair. (It would be even nicer if you could actually taste the food in the video!)

One Hump or Two?

The kind of camels traded in this Northern Indian fair are called dromedary camels. They have one hump, live in drier, sandier locations, and have shorter hair than the other variety, the two-humped Bactrian camels.

Which sort of camel do you think has bushy eyebrows and two rows of thick eyelashes to protect from blowing sand? Which has wide feet with cushion-like pads to make it easier to walk on loose sand or rocky terrain? Which can go from days to weeks without food or water?

If you answered “both of them.” good for you! Both dromedaries and Bactrians have these adaptations that help them live in the harsh desert environment.

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