Once a year, in the depths of Rajasthan and on the edge of the Thar Desert, around the full moon of November, stands the huge camel fair in Pushkar. Every year some 200,000 people converge here, bringing 50,000 camels. The city turns into a whirlwind of colors, sounds and movements, or mix musicians, mystics, traders, tourists, devotees and animals.
It's out of town, in the desert made of sand and scrub that stretches between the modest mountain Rajasthan, the camels and their masters have elected domicile at the time. Imagine falling in a vast dusty plain, drained by the sun and the lack of water, dotted with nomad tents, men in white tunics, to the eternal long mustache and multicolored turban with, not the desert as one might expect, but tens of thousands of camels that have invaded the scene until the eye can see. Standing in an uproar, under a scorching sun, enveloped in clouds of dust that floats in the air continually seen the movie room.
The Pushkar mela is a moment of pure magic. This is an increase of hundreds of years ago, back in the days of caravans, where people lived as nomads in the desert with the fire of precious water supplies and food, tents with their wives and children, moving from place to place to do their business.
In the plain, no one really know where to look at exactly, having their attention caught either by the activities that take place there, or by the simple beauty of all these tribes arriving here from all over the Rajasthan.
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