Photos: 8 day Pushkar camel fair underway in Rajasthan

The eight-day long Pushkar fair also known as Pushkar ka Mela began on Saturday, October 28, 2017 with the ceremonial hoisting of the tricolour at the mela grounds amid chants of vedic mantras. The fair will close on November 04, 2017 coinciding with Kartik Purnima, the full moon day.

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A trader arrives with his camels to be sold at Pushkar Fair on Sunday in the state of Rajasthan. The Pushkar Fair, better known as Pushkar ka mela is an eight day long fair which began on Saturday, October 28 with a ceremonial hoisting of the national flag amid chanting of vedic mantras. The multi-day livestock fair and cultural festival is one of the largest camel, horse and cattle fairs in the country. (Himanshu Sharma / REUTERS)

A trader arrives with his camels to be sold at Pushkar Fair on Sunday in the state of Rajasthan. The Pushkar Fair, better known as Pushkar ka mela is an eight day long fair which began on Saturday, October 28 with a ceremonial hoisting of the national flag amid chanting of vedic mantras. The multi-day livestock fair and cultural festival is one of the largest camel, horse and cattle fairs in the country. (Himanshu Sharma / REUTERS)

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A man rides on the back of his camel during the Pushkar Camel Fair in Pushkar, Rajasthan. (Dominique Faget / AFP)

A man rides on the back of his camel during the Pushkar Camel Fair in Pushkar, Rajasthan. (Dominique Faget / AFP)

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A snake charmer smokes tobacco as he sits next to camels at the annual cattle fair in Pushkar. Pushkar fair, over the years has become a significant tourist attraction for both national and international travellers. (Deepak Sharma / AP)

A snake charmer smokes tobacco as he sits next to camels at the annual cattle fair in Pushkar. Pushkar fair, over the years has become a significant tourist attraction for both national and international travellers. (Deepak Sharma / AP)

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Since the festival usually overlaps in the month of late October and early November, temperatures across the arid desert are much cooler and pleasant for tourists. (PTI)

Since the festival usually overlaps in the month of late October and early November, temperatures across the arid desert are much cooler and pleasant for tourists. (PTI)

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A camel entertains tourists at the International Camel Fair in Pushkar, Rajasthan. The fair is known for its colourful cultural theme, including various competitions such as ‘tug of war’, ‘longest moustache competition’, and camel races among many others. (PTI)

A camel entertains tourists at the International Camel Fair in Pushkar, Rajasthan. The fair is known for its colourful cultural theme, including various competitions such as ‘tug of war’, ‘longest moustache competition’, and camel races among many others. (PTI)

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Tourists enjoy a camel ride during the International Camel Fair in Rajasthan. The peak celebrations generally occur in the last five days with the festival ending on Kartik Poornima, the full moon day of Kartik in Hindu calendar. (PTI)

Tourists enjoy a camel ride during the International Camel Fair in Rajasthan. The peak celebrations generally occur in the last five days with the festival ending on Kartik Poornima, the full moon day of Kartik in Hindu calendar. (PTI)

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A camel owner walks with his livestock during sunset at the Pushkar Camel Fair in Pushkar in Rajasthan. (Dominique Faget / AFP)

A camel owner walks with his livestock during sunset at the Pushkar Camel Fair in Pushkar in Rajasthan. (Dominique Faget / AFP)

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A boy rides a decorated cart pulled by a camel at the Camel Fair in Pushkar. (Dominique Faget / AFP)

A boy rides a decorated cart pulled by a camel at the Camel Fair in Pushkar. (Dominique Faget / AFP)

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A farmer caresses his camel at the International Camel Fair in Pushkar, Rajasthan. (Dominique Faget / AFP)

A farmer caresses his camel at the International Camel Fair in Pushkar, Rajasthan. (Dominique Faget / AFP)

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A camel owner is seen walking with his livestock during sunset at the Pushkar Camel Fair in Rajasthan. (Dominique Faget / AFP)

A camel owner is seen walking with his livestock during sunset at the Pushkar Camel Fair in Rajasthan. (Dominique Faget / AFP)

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