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Indian festival to lure thousands

09 May 2013 09:32

Thousands of camels, cattle and horses are on show at the fair

Thousands of camels, cattle and horses are on show at the fair

An event which was set up to boost business for Indian camel traders is expected to attract hundreds of thousands of visitors this autumn. The Pushkar Camel Fair is one of the most colourful sights in India, and regularly attracts about 300,000 people who come to see 20,000 camels, cattle and horses.

Since being set up to boost trade during the Kartik Purnima festival, the event's popularity has rocketed and now those buying and selling livestock from across Rajasthan mix with international visitors at the event. This year the fair will take place between 9 and 17 November. For those booking trips, it is important to take out relevant travel insurance.

There's an array of activities on offer, from musicians and dancers to comedians and acrobats, while authentic Marwari cuisine is also available. The fair is attended by thousands of pilgrims, who travel from across the country to take a dip in the Sarovar Lake.