Welcome to the glorious Rajasthan which is the “land of kings”. Architecture, history, culture and art’s treasure trove is Rajasthan. All about culture, celebration, camel, royalty and color is Rajasthan which is also famous for majestic dessert, forts, lakes and historical places. Desert Festival, Urs Fair, Camel Festival and Pushkar Fair is some of the famous fairs and festivals of Rajasthan. You must experience at least once in your lifetime here are some of the Rajasthani festivals. Summer Festival, Kite Festival, Sheetla Mata Fair, Angaur Festival, Marwar Festival, Baneshwar Fair included other festivals. Folk music, puppet shows, camel races and dance performances, bull fighting, cock fighting, trading of camels or other cattle and camel trouping are some of the major highlights of fairs and festivals of Rajasthan.
Celebrate all the Rajasthan fairs and festivals with enthusiasm and zeal and examine the colorful handicraft. The fireworks impressive display and see cultural dances. During the fair and festivals, tour to Rajasthan, guarantees to give delightful time. Rajasthan proudly present its heritage and rich culture with its fairs and festivals to the tourists.
An annual event organized in the Rajasthan’s golden city Jaisalmer makes the desert come alive with vibrant and bright colors during the winters. Jaisalmer’s entire city is bustling with dance, music and colors, women and men of Rajasthan dressed beautifully in dance on the haunting ballads of tragedy, valour and romance and in hued costumes sing. One can find the very great of singers and dancers showcasing their splendid talent on the dance floor. Desert festival is a three day event and it was started for foreign tourists. The cultural backdrop of Rajasthan and many facets is squeezed into the itinerary in these days. This festival celebrated in the Sam sand dunes of Jaisalmer, people drive to the desert in camels or 4WD to enjoy interesting events such belly dance, moustache competition, camel races, turban tying festival, etc.
The second longest fair in India is the Nagaur Fair. Focuses on oxen, cows, camels and other animals are on this another fair. Every year visited by many tourists. Organize the various games for the tourist’s entertainment such camel races, cock fights, tug- of- war etc. Between the months of January and February this festival is held every year. One of the bizarre but tropical fairs and festivals is Nagaur Fair of Rajasthan. The most famous of all sporting events is cock fighting. The ground turns into an open- air theatre as the evening approaches where people exhibit their talents in local music and dance forms. Popular as cattle fair as it boasts of trading about cows, horses, 70,000 bullocks and camels is the Nagaur Fair. During the fair several sports are also held. Trades are sheep, spices, cattle and horses are besides.
One of the largest camel fairs is the famed Pushkar fair in the world. The trading livestock like horses, cattle, camels and horses between villagers who come from different parts of the state which is the main activity of the fair. Many tourists attend this annual fair with great joy which is one of the major tourist attractions of India is Pushkar Fair. The fairs parts are some of the enthralling competitions like longest moustache, balancing on camel contests, matka phod and turban tying. Between a team of foreign tourists and the local Pushkar club, the fair has also included an exhibition cricket match in recent years. A majestic five- day camel and livestock fair held in the Pushkar’s town on the banks of the Pushkar Lake is Pushkar Fair, Rajasthan.
Also the festival event of host’s horse racing, CRPF band show, tug of war, boat races on the Nakki Lake and skating races along with a folk culture’s colorful showcase. A splendid chance to have a sneak in the life of tribal and culture of Rajasthan is summer festival which is three day festival held serene lake, amidst steep rocks and Mount Abu’s pleasant climate. In Mount Abu, summer (May) and winter (December) these are two different festivals. A rare combination of cultural vibrancy, delicious food, stunning handicrafts and set against a picturesque backdrop is the much talked about this event.
The Marwar Festival is one of the most famous festivals among several Jodhpur festivals. The folk dance and music performances are the festivals highlight which celebrated over two days. During between September and October in the month of Ashwin, the Marwar Festival is held which is originally known as the Maand Festival. Some other highlights of the festival are camel polo and camel tattoo show. The main venues are the Umaid Bhawan Palace and Mehrangarh Fort for this. Specific to the Marwar region in Rajasthan is the performance of dance and music. The Marwar festival is equally significanct for the womenfolk coinciding with the Gangaur festival of Rajasthan.
Celebrates a spectacular festival in Bikaner which is the camel festival organized in the honor of the ship of the desert. A two day long affair is the Camel festival with a colorful parade of the decked up camels against the backdrop of the splendid fort of Junagarh. The traditional folk performance of Rajasthan is also included in this festival though celebrated to glorify the Rajasthani camels. The Camel festival is a chance to display tradition, arts, heritage and crafts of the place apart from that. Camels have always been part of daily life is as Bikaner in the Thar Desert. During this time, there are many camel events lined up. Camel races, camel dances, camel processions, camel dressing competitions and tug- of- war are some of them.
Gangaur festival is celebrated for eighteen long days and one of the most important festivals for women of Rajasthan. The Lord Shiva’s heavenly consort is “Gan” which is a synonym for Lord Shiva & “Gauri” or “Gaur” stands for Goddess Parvati. In the month of Chaitra (March- April) which is the first month of the Hindu calendar celebrates the Gangaur. Women decorate their fingers and palms with mehndi (henna) on the eve of Gangaur festival and immersed in a ponds or in a nearby lake are the idols of Gan and Gauri on the last day of the festival. Gangaur is celebrated with huge fanfare by women of Rajasthan which is another festival that commemorates the goddess Parvati and her home- coming.
Different festivals which celebrate all over Rajasthan and some North India’s part are Teej but joy of this festival and the real fun can be seen in only Jaipur. In many parts of India, Teej festival is dedicated to Goddess Parvati which is also known as Teej Mata and women pray to goddess for seeking the wellness to their husband. Goddess Teej comprising of camels a royal processions, bullock and chariots carts, dancing folk artists, royal palanquins, Chhoti Chaupar on both days, winding its way through Tripolia Bazaar which begins from this City Palace on this occasion. Filled to the brim with attractive sweets such Malpua and Ghewar, clothes and jewellery are the bazaars and markets of Jaipur. Between July and August, during the monsoon season celebrates the Teej festival. Dance and sing and invoke the blessings of the almighty by the married women during this time. Hung from trees in various lawns and gardens sing songs to welcome monsoon and all over on which girls and women themselves are decorated swings.
The Elephant festival is a different event held in the Jaipur which is the capital of Rajasthan which is organized by the Rajasthan Tourism. During the time of Holi, the festival takes place and is organized to highlight the importance of elephants in Rajasthan. The tourist attraction of elephant festival is games such elephant race, elephant decoration, tug- of- war and elephant polo. A divinity with an elephant head is a famous Indian god Lord Ganesha. Owing to the popularity of Lord Ganesha, elephant festival is chiefly that elephants have become famous in the Rajasthani fair.
One of the significant and most important festivals of the India’s Muslim community as it the death anniversary of mark of the Khwaja Moin- ud- din Chisti, Sufi saint is Urs Festival. This festival is usually held in the month of May and June. The largest Muslim fair is Urs Festival in the country which is held at the Dargah Sharif in Ajmer. Qawwalis are sung at the time of these activities. At the lakeside Ajmer city is celebrates the Urs festival in Rajasthan where the holy Dargah Sharif is situated which houses the remains of mortal of the saint. From all over the countries gather devotees, to pay their respects, at the Ajmer Dargah Sharif, to the Khuwaja. During these six sacred days, his followers throng Ajmer to seek his blessings from all over the world.
A few days ahead before Holi the most loved festival is celebrated in an elaborate and grand style this is located in the Brij region of Bharatpur, Rajasthan. During this time, immersed in the colors of Holi is the entire region and at the merriest self are the people. During the Brij Holi, the spirit of the city comes alive with people dressed in their attire of brightest and song of colorful singing. A few days before to Holi, every year for two days in the Shukla Paksha (Phalgun month) the festival is held. The Rasilla dance performed with best unity and zest is the highlight of the Brij Holi festival. The entire town is painted in colorful hues and its people splashed with colors during Brij holi in Bharatpur, Rajasthan.
One of the most popular fairs and festivals is Kite Festival of Jaipur which is celebrated in the month of January. Kite festival is famous in Jodhpur and Jaipur. During the night, Flown are kites with lights that light up the sky. The Mecca of it all is Kite festival for those who love about it and enjoy flying kites. Offers their prayers to the God Sun and take bath in the River of Galtaji on the day of the Kite festival. All about floating and flying is these three days. A very colorful festival with joy to watch is the Kite festival. The festivities peak is celebrated across the Rajasthan’s state. You should visit the city on or around 14th January of any year if you enjoy kite flying. Along with various performance of cultural, the tourism department organizes a festival where tourists can enjoy kite flying.
All over the country celebrates a Hindu festival in Kote is Dussehra. Quite a different festival for tourists and residents both is the Dussehra Festival. Include scintillating performances and organized by well known artists are cultural festivals. The theatrical representation of the encounter famously known as “Ramleela” is the best part of the Dussehra festival. A unique experience for tourists is the Dussehra Festival at Kota. Hindu Mythology says that the skit is performed by actors and gives insights into what elapsed several millions of years ago. Dramatic is the conclusion of the skit. These statues are 75 feet tall stuffed with crackers and they burst to create an overgenerous show when once set on fire.
A unique to the Bundi city is Kajli Teej festival which is held in the month of July – August (Bhadra) in every year. By the seekers of marital love and bliss, with fanfare and gaiety pays homage to Goddess Uma, this week long celebration fills. New sets of bangles, colorful traditional costumes wearing by women and decorate their hands with pretty design of henna. Around Bundi, a local fair is held nearby, extremely famous with the rural folk.
This is known for its natural beauty which is located in the Kota district of Rajasthan. Culmination of arts, crafts and culture is the Bundi festival which is held between November and December. During this time, there are countless activities lined up such as sightseeing expeditions, dances, sporting events and musical performances. There are many things happening at a single point of time during the festival.