Pushkar Tucked away beside a lake, in the north-west of the Ajmer district in Rajasthan, Pushkar is one of the oldest towns in India. The .For most part of the year, the town is a haven for pilgrims from across the country, seeking a dip in the lake. As the year ends, however, one sees the other face of Pushkar – vibrant, colourful, noisy and buzzing with activity. This is when the town plays host to the annual Pushkar Mela, also known as the Pushkar Camel Fair.
Every November, in accordance with the lunar cycle, the normally tranquil lakeside town of Pushkar changes completely, thanks to the camel festival. Thousands of colourful Rajasthanis come to trade and race camels or to enjoy the annual celebrations as the desert transforms into a huge tented city. The festivities are concentrated into a one week period, but the days preceding the fair are just as exciting as the participants arrive from all corners of Rajasthan.