Updated: Nov 17, 2019

Pushkar, home of the world-famous Camel Fair.

Every year in winter, the Pushkar Mela (a camel and horse festival) takes place in the small town of Pushkar in Rajasthan.

Several thousand camels and their drivers camp outside the city in the golden desert sand at this time.

A Nomad and his camel. Pushkar Mela, Rajasthan - India. Picture by Runa Lindberg
Pushkar Mela, Rajasthan - India

To reach pushkar Mela, the nomads and their herds often have to travel through the desert for many days. On the way to Pushkar I could meet some of them as you can see in the short video.

But Pushkar has much more to offer than the Camel Fair. "Pushkar lake" is the centre of the small town. It is believed that a dip in the lake washes away all sins.

For this reason, ceremonies are held there every evening, especially during the Mela

For anyone who is interested in travel photography trips in India, "Pushkar Mela" creates a fantastic opportunity. Not only do the camels create a beautiful photo opportunity, but the games in the sandy arena of the city are also something truly special.

Here, men compete for who owns the most beautiful beard, the fastest horse or the most beautifully decorated camel.

Mela Ground, Pushkar Mela, Rajasthan - India. Picture by Runa Lindberg
Horseman gather at the Arena

Dancers at the Parade, Pushkar Mela, Pushkar - India. Picture by Runa Lindberg
Procession in honor of the gods

The children and the younger generation in the city also make the Mela to something very special, dressed up as Hindu-Gods, each colored with exceptionally creative makeup. Here they perform little dances or make jokes with the tourists – something that makes me smile again and again!

Pushkar Mela, Pushkar, Rajasthan - India. Picture by Runa Lindberg
Young boy dressed up as Hindu-God "Krishna"

The "little donation for the gods" they ask the tourists for is then often not at all so small. These kids cleverly contain their surprise and happiness about a very proper donation and might add a little extra RS on top of it.

Pushkar Mela, Pushkar, Rajasthan - India. Picture by Runa Lindberg.
Kalbelia or Kabeliya is a dance from Rajasthan which is performed by the tribe of the same name. The dance is an integral part of their culture and is performed by men and women.

During this photography workshop, which was actually the first Mela for me, I was very glad to be a part of "Tejas Soni" Photography Workshop.

He immediately knew the best places to take some extraordinary pictures.

Camel Ground, Pushkar Mela, Rajasthan - India. Picture by Runa Lindberg.
This decorated Camel has just changed hands.

We started the workshop a few days before the Mela officially begun - which gave us the opportunity to observe the camel traders during their traditional camel "spruce ups," and this also gave us the opportunity to take quite a lot of unique photographs.