Annual Pushkar Fair 2012

The Pushkar Fair, or Pushkar ka Mela, is the annual five-day camel and livestock fair, held in the town of Pushkar in the state of Rajasthan, India. It is one of the world's largest camel fairs, and apart from buying and selling of livestock it has become an important tourist attraction and its highlights have become competitions such as the "matka phod", "longest moustache", and "bridal competition" are the main draws for this fair which attracts thousands of tourists. [27 photos total]

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Indian camel traders arrive with their livestock for the annual Pushkar fair in Pushkar, Rajasthan state, India, Monday, Nov. 19, 2012. (AP / Deepak Sharma) #
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An Indian camel herder chases a camel in his herd as he arrives to sell his camels at the annual Pushkar Fair in Pushkar, Rajasthan, India, Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012. (AP / Kevin Frayer) #
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Indian camel herders walk with their herd as they arrive to sell their camels at the annual Pushkar Fair in Pushkar, Rajasthan, India, Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012. (AP / Rajesh Kumar Singh) #
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Indian camel herders walk with their herd as they arrive to sell their camels at the annual Pushkar Fair in Pushkar, Rajasthan, India, Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012. (AP / Rajesh Kumar Singh) #
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Indian camel herders walk with their herd as they arrive to sell their camels at the annual Pushkar Fair in Pushkar, Rajasthan, India, Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012. (AP / Kevin Frayer) #
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Indian camel traders arrive with their livestock for the annual Pushkar fair in Pushkar, Rajasthan state, India, Sunday, Nov.18, 2012. (AP / Deepak Sharma) #
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An Indian camel herder leads his herd at the annual Pushkar Fair in Pushkar, Rajasthan, India on Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012. (AP / Kevin Frayer) #
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A camel herder arrives with his livestock for the annual Pushkar Fair in Pushkar, India, Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012. (AP / Deepak Sharma) #
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An Indian camel herder sits next to a fire at the annual Pushkar Fair in Pushkar, Rajasthan, India on Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012. (AP / Kevin Frayer) #
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A camel herder waits for customers at the annual Pushkar Fair in Pushkar, Rajasthan, India, Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012. (AP / Rajesh Kumar Singh) #
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Indian camel herders lead their herd at the annual Pushkar Fair in Pushkar, Rajasthan, India on Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012. (AP / Kevin Frayer) #
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Indian camel herders sit next to their herd at the annual Pushkar Fair in Pushkar, Rajasthan, India on Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012. (AP / Kevin Frayer) #
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An Indian camel herder puts a harness on a camel at the annual Pushkar Fair in Pushkar, Rajasthan, India on Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012. (AP / Kevin Frayer) #
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An Indian camel herder pulls a reluctant camel at the annual Pushkar Fair in Pushkar, Rajasthan, India on Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012. (AP / Kevin Frayer) #
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An Indian man rides a camel as he pursues another during a camel race at the annual Pushkar Fair in Pushkar, Rajasthan, India, Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012. (AP / Kevin Frayer) #
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Indian camel herders gather in the morning at the annual Pushkar Fair in Pushkar, Rajasthan, India, Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012. (AP / Kevin Frayer) #
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Indian herders and their camels gather at the annual Pushkar Fair in Pushkar, Rajasthan, India, Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012. (AP / Kevin Frayer) #
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Indian camel herders sit together at the annual Pushkar Fair in Pushkar, Rajasthan, India on Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012. (AP / Kevin Frayer) #
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Indian camel herders sit next to a fire at the annual Pushkar Fair in Pushkar, Rajasthan, India on Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012. (AP / Kevin Frayer) #
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Indian camel herders sit near their herd as they wait to sell their camels at the annual Pushkar Fair in Pushkar, Rajasthan, India, Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012. (AP / Kevin Frayer) #
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A camel rests as Indian camel herders sit next to a fire at the annual Pushkar Fair in Pushkar, Rajasthan, India on Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012. (AP / Kevin Frayer) #
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A young Indian camel herder carries feed for his camels at the annual Pushkar Fair in Pushkar, Rajasthan, India, Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012. (AP / Kevin Frayer) #
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An Indian camel herder stands with his herd at the annual Pushkar Fair in Pushkar, Rajasthan, India, Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012. (AP / Kevin Frayer) #
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An Indian camel herder smokes marijuana as he sits with others at the annual Pushkar Fair in Pushkar, Rajasthan, India, Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012. (AP / Kevin Frayer) #
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An Indian woman sits in a cart with her children after waking up at the annual Pushkar Fair in Pushkar, Rajasthan, India, Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012. (AP / Kevin Frayer) #
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Indian girls dressed in traditional attire wait to perform a dance at the annual Pushkar Fair in Pushkar, Rajasthan, India, Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012. (AP / Kevin Frayer) #
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The bones of a camel are seen at the annual Pushkar Fair in Pushkar, Rajasthan, India. (AP / Kevin Frayer) #

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