The Indian festival of Kartik Poornima,is celebrated with particular fervour annually in October or November in Pushkar, Rajasthan. Its held in the honour of god Brahma, whose temple stands at Pushkar. The mela commences on Prabodhini Ekadashi in the Hindu calendar and culminates on Kartik Purnima which is the full moon day and the most important. On the morning of Kartik Poornima thousands of devout Hindus take a ritual bath in the Pushkar Lake which is considered to lead one to salvation and the mela attracts over 200,000 visitors and pilgrims. Running concurrently with the Pushkar Festival is a huge cattle and camel fair. Semi-nomadic tribal people with hordes of cattle, camels and horses descend upon the town setting up a vast camp on the outskirts of the ancient town. Serious cattle trading takes place before the official opening of the mela between farmers, breeders and camel traders. Events begin four to five days before the full moon and include camel and horse races, a tug of war between Rajastanis and foreigners, a Sari fashion show and competitions of horse and camel ‘dancing’. Jugglers, acrobats, magicians and folk dancers abound while salesman of equestrian and camel-related merchandise do a roaring trade in the bustling camp. A visit to the fair is an essential Indian experience especially for a photographer. The images here are a small edit from those I took during recent visits to the fair.