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The Most Exciting Way To See Pushkar Is On A Rs.15000 Hot Air Balloon Ride

The Most Exciting Way To See Pushkar Is On A Rs.15000 Hot Air Balloon Ride

That explains why my shots are all from the ground.

The Pushkar Fair is one of India's last great traditional melas. Held every year in November, it’s renowned for its animal trade. But that's during the day. At night, Pushkar Mela is something else all together. It’s when the mela of Pushkar comes alive. 

From Pushkar Lake to the mela grounds, the night sky lights up with colour. Tired camel traders settle down for some rest and relaxation on the sand dunes. Pilgrims come together at the Pushkar lake to light lamps and set them afloat on the lake as a form of worship. Every evening an, 'Aarti' (prayer) is offered to the lake. 

As the night progresses, so do the activities: performances by different entertainers and musicians are scheduled through the night. The most exhilarating way, and probably the only way to capture all of the above in one snapshot, one sighting is by taking a hot air balloon ride over Pushkar. The sights you'll see are one-in-a-lifetime. It explains the Rs.15000 per person, per hour cost for the tickets. And why yours truly didn’t partake of it. 

These are my snapshots of Pushkar by night. Ground level of course.

Camel herders settle down after a hard days workCamel herders settle down after a hard days work

Priest offering aarti at the Pushkar lakePriest offering aarti at the Pushkar lake

Everyone becomes a pilgrimEveryone becomes a pilgrim

Lake is dressed like a brideLake is dressed like a bride

Related: In November, Pushkar Becomes The Most Un-Deserted Desert In India

Adapting to customsAdapting to customs

Giant wheels offer a view from the topGiant wheels offer a view from the top

A camel gets ready for a night rideA camel gets ready for a night ride

Related: The Pushkar Camel Fair Might Soon Have To Drop 'Camel' From Its Name

Rs.15000 per person per hourRs.15000 per person per hour

Stage set for performancesStage set for performances

Performers start youngPerformers start young

Related: Despite The Horse Entry Ban, Pushkar Mela Saw Some Amazing Horses

There’s music to suit all agesThere’s music to suit all ages

 

 

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By Vijayaraj PS
Photographs by Vijayaraj PS