I always have to laugh when I read blogposts by photographers who say that Pushkar Fair isn’t worth shooting any more. That’s like saying Mardi Gras or Carnival isn’t worth shooting because there are too many tourists. Nothing could be further from the truth. The Pushkar Fair, like Marti Gras or Carnival, is as much about the people who attend it, as it is about the event itself. It’s all the people who come to the fair that makes it great, tourists, both international and domestic as well as the hawkers, herders, heretics, mystics, sadhus and holy men.
Perhaps I should be happy that some photographers publicly dissuade photographers from attending the Pushkar fair, because it might mean that less will attend, but in reality, no matter how many camera touting tourists there are, there’s still plenty of room for everyone at Pushkar. The photo ops are tremendously plentiful between Pushkar town, the the fairgrounds and the camel and livestock trading area.
This was my 10th Pushkar Fair and I never tire of the amazing visual feast. This year, again, my group had the fun of meeting up with National Geographic photographer Nevada Weir’s group. Like me, Nevada has been leading photo groups to the Pushkar Fair for as long as I can remember.
As an extra special surprise, a former Jim Cline photo tour participant and friend, Nancy Powell, who is currently the US Ambassador to India joined us in our tented camp for cocktails one evening during the fair. Nancy, an avid photographer, was attending the Pushkar fair with friends to avail herself to the amazing photo opportunities that Pushkar has to offer.
Here are 27 images from this year’s Pushkar Fair, still one of world’s greatest photo-shoots.