Camel Fair

An astonishing 30,000 camels converge on the tiny desert town of Pushkar, in India’s state of Rajasthan, for the annual Camel Fair. It’s a fascinating and peculiar sight. Originally a camel trading event, the mela has grown to include cultural events and even a camel beauty pageant. The Camel Fair alone attracts over 100,000 visitors.


Sadhus

For thousands of years they have been around. Once they must have been more numerous, but even today there are still four to five million sadhus, constituting about half a percent of the total Indian population. Sadhus leave their home and family, and reject an earthly life, which includes all their worldly attachments. As part of this renunciation, they also leave behind their clothes, food and shelter. Sadhus don’t lead a normal life like others; they choose to live poorly and only find richness in spirit and humanity.


Poverty In India

Two-thirds of people in India live in poverty: 68.8% of the Indian population lives on less than $2 a day. Over 30% even have less than $1.25 per day available - they are considered extremely poor. This makes the Indian subcontinent one of the poorest countries in the world; women and children, the weakest members of Indian society, suffer most.

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