If you really want an experience, go to Pushkar during its famous five-day annual Camel Fair, the largest in the world. Every October or November—depending on the lunar calendar—during the full moon (Kartik Purnima), people flock here by the many thousands to see the finest camels parade around the fairground, edging the sand dunes, in colorful costumes. People come to buy, sell, and trade camels, and to race one camel against another, and it is a treat to see Rajasthanis, who already dress in bright colors, kitted out in their best. A good male camel goes for at least US$400 although some of the popular Marwari horses go for much more. Other types of livestock are also sold. In addition to the camel activities, there are cultural programs, cricket matches, competitons during the day and all kinds of spontaneous music, dance and folk performances in the evenings. The town is packed during festival time, so make sure you reserve a room at least several weeks—if not much longer—ahead of time. Several tented camps with modern conveniences also mushroom during the fair. Contact the Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation (RTDC) in Jaipur for more details.
Pushkar, Rajasthan, India