CAMELS AND OTHER ANIMALS OF PUSHKAR FAIR: THE GOOD, BAD AND UGLY! INCREDIBLE INDIA.

CAMELS AND OTHER ANIMALS OF PUSHKAR FAIR: THE GOOD, BAD AND UGLY! INCREDIBLE INDIA.
 
This blog is a part of my series on the Pushkar fair of Rajasthan in Incredible India. I traveled solo in shoestring budget to Pushkar fair. Check out all my blogs in the series which apart from many interesting aspects of Pushkar fair, lists down information like – Best time to go to Pushkar, Best things to eat in Pushkar Fair, How to reach Pushkar Fair, Offbeat things to do in Pushkar etc. This blog is about the camels and other animals like horses of Pushkar fair, Rajasthan. It’s a cattle fair after all! Incredible India!
IMG_3736
Camels are the biggest draw at the Pushkar fair. The foreign tourists lapped up the touristy camel rides and the grin on their faces told me they were even enjoying the mad rides in the sweltering heat of Rajasthan hinterland. I personally never take a camel ride or ride on any animal for that matter. I find it unethical. Humans are not supposed to use animals as vehicles. Period!
IMG_5029
The families hopped on to another version of camel ride on a cart with a ‘room’ created on a wooden plank on the rear of the cart. The room was embellished with knick knacks and decorated in ethnic Rajasthani tradition, alongwith curtains.
IMG_5044
The poor camel had the onus to pull this makeshift home and its temporary inhabitants in all sizes and forms. Personally, I find camel ride and other animal rides unethical and have always advised people to boycott it.
IMG_5010
The camels which were employed for the ‘entertainment’ of the tourists were painted in curious camel art. Their skin was shaved in interesting patterns such as moon, sun, mountains etc. The most outrageous though was a Giant ‘Merry Go Round’ painted on the poor camel. Perhaps to go with the Pushkar fair theme.
IMG_5022
Painting on their body in black ink was also popular. Incongruous motifs were painted on them such as peacocks, faces, and sceneries. I saw ‘Ram Ram Sa’ written on one. It’s a way of greeting in Rajasthan. Tail art was also very prominent. Some were even wearing ‘ghunghroo’ in their legs. No stones were left unturned to doll them up so as to grab maximum eyeballs which translate into business.
IMG_5116
Coming back to the stadium area, I saw a mob gathering around a tall sturdy horse. He looked majestic in his shiny golden brown coat. He was a very well built muscular horse. What made him more attractive was his shiny golden mane and hair falling on the forehead.
IMG_5114
But instead of basking in the glory he got intimidated with all the attention and started jumping. He was made to parade in front of the prospective buyers. Before things could go out of hand, the owner brought him to control.
IMG_5138
He particularly got irked when his prospective buyers started touching his testicles repeatedly. Wonder why? My guess is it their way of judging the quality of the horse. My guess was this particular horse must have fetched a handsome amount.
IMG_5002
Though the Pushkar fair belongs to predominantly camels but a high quality horse will anyday fetch much higher price than a camel would dream of. While a camel may be sold for between Rs.20,000 to 40,000/- a horse’s price range is more dramatic, falling in the range of Rs.15,000 to an astronomical Rs.400,000/- How do you determine the quality and price? Factors like age, skin quality, hair, fitness, condition of muscles etc. count here. So, a lot is at stake here!
IMG_3872
My eyes settled at a horse struggling to adjust the fodder bag. His upper jaw had somehow come out of the bag while lower jaw remained inside the bag. Not only was he not able to eat it but it was also an irritating situation for him to be in. The XL size heart that I am the owner of, I helped the poor chap re-adjust it and he chomped merrily ever after.
IMG_5016
Then suddenly I saw a black dog standing in peace in the middle of all the chaos. He stared at me and made me gloomy as he reminded me of my black Pomeranian pet Henry (aka Hen) who passed away recently due to old age. His face and mannerisms matched with that of Hen. It was amusing to see that in this cattle dominated fair , there were many dog owners, who pampered and loved their dogs despite being poor themselves.
IMG_5036
There were all kinds of cattles there, old, weary, experienced, inexperienced. For many animals it was their 1st Pushkar fair. I could see a lot of baby horses and some baby camels. But for some, it was their last.
IMG_3875
My heart saddened at the sight of a crow feasting on a freshly dead camel. Perhaps, he was too old to take the arduous journey to Pushkar. The medical facilities for animals were not up to the mark either. I could also see a lot of camel bones scattered around in the camp site area, revealing the unsaid state of animals.
IMG_3905
Most animals I saw were made to stand in harsh sun for hours. Few lucky ones got the shade. There were huge cemented drinking troughs for cattle from where all animals quenched their thirst. However, some cattle owners also used it to wash themselves and their utensils etc. Eeewww!
 
IMG_4997

Spread the love, share this blog

Got any question/comments, ask in the comment section below so that it can benefit other readers.

Email me for collaboration: 21abhinav21@gmail.com

 

IMG_5062

Be a part of my journey on social media. The travel content I create there is different from this blog.

 

IMG_5067

Pls subscribe/follow/like:

You Tube

Twitter

Instagram

Facebook

IMG_3907

WARNING : COPYRIGHT TO ALL THE TEXT SHARED HERE REMAINS WITH ME. YOU CAN NOT JUST LIFT THE CONTENT AND USE IT WITHOUT MY PERMISSION. STRICT LEGAL ACTION WILL BE TAKEN IF CONTENT IS STOLEN. YES, I AM SERIOUS.

 

IMG_3881IMG_5008IMG_5026

Advertisements

13 thoughts on “CAMELS AND OTHER ANIMALS OF PUSHKAR FAIR: THE GOOD, BAD AND UGLY! INCREDIBLE INDIA.

  1. Hats off to your policy of never taking any ride on any animal, coz they aren’t the vehicles of humans. It does look sad to see the animals being used as a tourist trap here. Btw, I thought, a horse’s health & age is judged by its teeth!!!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. I saw camels for the first time in Morocco, and loved them. This fair is very raw and shows the real treatment of camels in your country. It would be good to know they’re being looked after, but it’s something I can’t be sure of unfortunately…

    Liked by 1 person

  3. This Fair doesn’t sound like a good time for the animals at all. The practice of drawing on the animals or shaving them seems like insult to injury. I hope people start to realize how unkind this type of tourist attraction really is.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. I have to congratulate you for the photos, they are fantastic! I have been to Pushkar twice, but I was never there for the camel festival. I know the amazing vibe of the city and it’s definitely one of those places that you must see in India, both spiritual and incredible interesting.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. That is devastating! I had an impression that the fair was supposed to celebrate the animals but it doesn’t seem that way. I hope this will raise the awareness of those planning to visit the fair.

    Liked by 1 person

  6. A very interesting post especially since you not just capture the beauty of the fair but also the stark reality of it all. My sister went to Pushkar this year and came back not really impressed. It does have a certain appeal to it, but over the years it seems part of the focus has shifted it from being a local fair to an international one and thus more of a show. Nevertheless, I would one day like to experience it for myself.

    Liked by 1 person

  7. The photographs are fantastic. You have quite effectively tried to capture the whole essence of fair. However, I have a different opinion about riding an animal. Humans are animals too. And riding an animal can be seen as a symbiotic relationship in context to domesticated animals like camel or horse but the condition is they shouldn’t be changed or made to live in extreme conditions.

    Liked by 1 person

  8. Coincidently, just today I posted my bit about painting horses . I am getting more and more conscious about this and am glad people around me too, are . This is quite pitiful to see what goes behind the Pushkar fair and kudos to you for having brought that up.

    Liked by 1 person

  9. Glad that you wrote about it. This is the downside of anything that grows too popular. During my visit a couple of years ago, I faced a near stampede-like situation. Also, there are some kids who will pose for photos and demand money for clicking the picture. But I guess this is their only opportunity to earn in the whole year.

    Liked by 1 person

  10. I agree that these are such unethical and cruel actions! Animals shouldn’t be treated like this. If there is no demands, there is no supply. We should recognize it and get rid of our selfishness. Animals deserve better environment to live, no to be used as our own sakes.

    Liked by 1 person

  11. I fail to understand people taking elephant and camel rides and enjoying it at the expense of the poor animals. Pushkar is indeed a great conglomeration of man and beast, man of how own free will and the animals by compulsion.Your pictures capture the raw intensity of the plight of the animals.

    Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s