Festival of Rajasthan
The Rajasthani's for colour and joyous celebrations, music, dance and festivals
makes it one of the most colourful desert in the world. We have numerous fairs and
festivals of the region. In addition to the festivals celebrated by the Hindus,
Muslims and others, there are also the traditional fairs.
We have all sorts of fair and festivals like animal fairs, religious fairs and there
are fairs to mark the changing seasons. In fact, celebrations occur almost round
the year and are a splendid opportunity for you to gain an insight into the life
of the Rajasthani. Other than the traditional fairs, recently established festivals
which involve elephants, camel races, dance and music have been specially organized
for the tourists. I recommend you to plan your tour in a way that you are a part
of any of the following fairs and festival to truly know the rich heritage and culture
Nagaur Fair, Nagaur (Jan-Feb.) Essentially an cattle fair, it provides an
opportunity to participate in some of the local sports.
Kite Festival (held on 14th Jan of every year) A festival with a difference - as
kites take to the sky all over Rajasthan. In the evening, kites with lights in them
and fireworks brighten the skies above. The main celebrations are in Jaipur and
Jodhpur. If you like kite flying, you should be here.
Desert Festival, Jaisalmer (Jan-Feb.) One of the most popular of all festivals it
is a journey into the heart of the desert, the golden city of Jaisalmer that has
a charm of its own. A true show on the sands which attracts even the much traveled
visitor. Highly recommended. Be there.
Baneshwar Fair, Baneshwar (Jan-Feb.) A religious festival with simple and traditional
rituals. This fair is the centre of attraction of a large number of tribal from
the neighboring states of Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat who join their brethren from
Rajasthan in offering prayers to Lord Shiva.
Gangaur Festival, Jaipur (March-April) A festival devoted to Goddess Parvati, the
consort of Lord Shiva. It is time for young girls to dress up in their finery and
pray for grooms of their choice while the married women pray for the well-being
of their husbands. This 18-day festival is laced with various activities and culminates
in a grand procession marking the arrival of Shiva to escort his bride home.
Mewar Festival, Udaipur (March-April) A festival to welcome the spring season. There
is song, dance, processions, devotional music and fireworks where almost everybody
Elephant Festival, Jaipur (March-April) A festival to celebrate Holi, this is a
great occasion for the visitor to watch several elephant sports and also play this
festival of colours. A show is organized with the elephants turning out in their
Urs Ajmer Sharif, Ajmer (According to Lunar Calendar) Held in the memory of the
revered Sufi saint Khawaja Moinuddin Chisti, it is an occasion for thousands of
believers to congregate at the shrine and offer their prayers. All of Ajmer seems
to take on a festive air and several programmes are organized to mark the festivals.
Summer Festival, Mt.Abu (June) Organized in the only hill station of Rajasthan,
this is the coldest place at this time of the year. Folk dances and a general atmosphere
of gaiety prevails in this tiny hill resort and the tourist has ample time to relax
and enjoy himself.
Teej Festival, Jaipur (July-August) A festival to mark the advent of monsoon. Women dressed
in bright colors and a lot of merriment prevails during Teej. Essentially a women's festival, it is interesting to watch them enjoying in groups and at various bazaars
where they turn up to shop in all their finery.
Marwar Festival, Jodhpur (October) A festival devoted mainly to the music and dance
of the Marwar region. This is a festival that allows the visitor to understand and
enjoy the folk traditions of this part of the state.
Pushkar Fair, Ajmer (November) The well-known and marked with largest participation
of all the festivals of Rajasthan, Pushkar is an important pilgrimage as well as
the venue of a mammoth cattle fair. Bazaars, auctions, music and sorts are highlight
of this event. Recommended.
Camel Festival, Bikaner (January) An enchanting desert city which comes alive with
music and dance. It is fast gaining popularity as the visitor finds an opportunity
to see some unusual folk performances, camel, race camel dance etc. here.