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The Pull of Pushkar

by Meredith Mullins on November 22, 2016

Camel cart at the Pushkar Camel Fair in Rajasthan, India, a place for travel adventures in the desert. (Image © Meredith Mullins.)

The Pushkar Camel Fair
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Travel Adventures in Rajasthan

The naïve traveler might say that if you’ve seen one camel fair, you’ve seen them all.

Not true.

Those looking for real travel adventures know that there is no such thing as too many camel fairs, especially when it comes to one of the largest camel fairs in the world. The Pushkar ka Mela is different.

Livestock food sellers at the Pushkar Camel Fair in Rajasthan, India, a place for travel adventures. (Image © Meredith Mullins.)

A bounty of color 
© Meredith Mullins

The annual Pushkar festival in Rajasthan, India, is the ultimate blend of camels, dust, color, cattle, horses, music, smoke and spice, camel bling, acrobats, more dust, snake charmers, dancers, temple bells, more camels, carnival rides, competitions, and endless market stalls.

India—Cultural Encounters of the Colorful Kind

by Meredith Mullins on March 16, 2015

Flower seller, car-to-car, cultural encounters in Northern India that provide travel inspiration. (Image © Meredith Mullins)

A car-to-car flower seller in Delhi
© Meredith Mullins

Travel Inspiration from Northern India

I expected sensory overload . . . and India delivered.

  • Bright colors warmed by the sun
  • Labyrinthine bazaars, far more organized than first glance implies
  • Horn blasts and shrill shouts from streets crowded with cars, rickshaws, animals, cycles, and carts
  • Spices that pervade the body—smell, taste, and touch
  • Dust and wood-fire smoke permeating air and clothes
  • Mounds of golden flowers—in markets and on shrines to the gods
  • People living their lives in the open—in the streets, on rooftops, in alleys, in unwalled shops, or in just about any open space
Rooftop in Old Delhi, cultural encounters in Northern India that provide travel inspiration. (Image © Meredith Mullins)

Up on the roof . . . in Old Delhi
© Meredith Mullins

What I did not expect was the depth of hospitality or the pride of place that I experienced from the people of India.

A Color-Saturated Cultural Tradition: Playing Holi

by Janine Boylan on March 25, 2013

A Young Boy Playing Holi, a Hindu Cultural Tradition

A young boy laughs with glee during Holi.
© Nitesh Chakravarti

Painting the Town Red (and Yellow and Green and Blue . . .)

Not long ago, richly-hued photos of people rejoicing during Holi, a Hindu tradition, caught my eye.

What is this crayon-colored holiday all about?

After some research, I learned that Holi is celebrated to welcome spring (this year it is celebrated on March 27). It is observed primarily in India and Nepal, but its popularity is growing world-wide. And it has been celebrated for centuries.

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