In pictures

Every year the Indian town of Pushkar in Rajisthan holds a five day camel fair, one of the world’s largest livestock fairs, which takes place by the banks of the Pushkar Lake.

Camel Fair, Pushkar, Rajasthan state, India, Asia
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Groups of traders and herders set up camp in the dunes around Pushkar, bringing around 50,000 camels.

Women from villages crowd the street at the Camel Fair, Pushkar, Rajasthan state, India, Asia
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Colourful crowds arrive at the camel fair from all over the region.

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A visitor to the fair in a brightly coloured turban.

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A mother and child visit the camel fair.

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Some decorate their camels with ornate beads and weavings.

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The fair’s main day is celebrated on full moon day, when the Hindu god Brahma was said to have emerged from the Lake. For this reason, many people swim in its waters during the event.

Pilgrims bathing in the Pushkar Holy lake during the Pushkar camel fair, Pushkar, Rajasthan, India, Asia
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Night falls and livestock owners cook around small fires.

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See more images from the Pushkar Camel Fair here

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