In November, as the moon waxes more brilliantly night by night towards the full brightness of Kartik Purnima, the town of Pushkar, Rajasthan awakens from a year long slumber for the mother of all camel melas The Pushkar camel fair.

Overnight this drowsy tiny town on the edge of the Thar Desert is transformed. Packs of devotees, traders, musicians, jugglers and tourist flock to the town. Pushkar seethes with colour, dust, crowds and gaiety during the week of the autumn full moon.