Fair & Festivals in Rajasthan
Festivals of Rajasthan
Fair : -
Nagaur bustles with life during its annual cattle fair which is
one of the largest in the country. Exciting games and races are
part of the festivities.
Elephant Festival (March) :-
A festival where elephants are the centre of attraction. The
festival begins with a procession of elephants, camels and horses,
followed by lively folk dancers. Elephant races, elephant polo
matches and a most interesting tug of war between elephants and
men, are all parts of this spectacular event.
Gangaur (April) :-
The most important local festival in Rajasthan, Gangaur
celebrations last for 18 days. It is dedicated to Gauri, a
manifestation of goddess Parvati. The festival is celebrated by
girls and married women throughout Rajasthan. The images of Gauri
are ornamented and offerings are made. This is also an auspicious
day for young people to select their life partners. Colourful
procession with the town band playing, horses and elaborate
palanquins make it a fascinating spectacle.
Urs (May) :-
The Urs are held every year at the dargah of Sufi Saint Khwaja
Moinuddin Chisti, commemorating his symbolic union with god.
Pilgrims from all over the world gather to pay homage. Qawalis and
poems are presented in the saint's honour.
Teej (August) :-
This swing festival welcomes the advent of the monsoon. Swings are
hung from trees and decorated with flowers. Women, colourful and
attired, swing on them and sing songs in celebration.
Shilpigram Craft Mela (December) :-
Some of the magnificent crafts of Rajasthan displayed at a
colourful festival held in Udaipur.
Mewar Festival - Udaipur (March -April)
This festival welcomes spring, offering the best overview of
Rajasthani culture through songs, dances, processions, devotional
music and firework displays. Groups of women dressed in bright
colors carry images in a procession to the gangaur ghat of Lake
Desert Festival - Jaisalmer :-
Desert festival of Jaisalmer is a magnifgicent spectacle of color,
music and festivity. It coincides with the full moon in February
when the cherished moments of its glorious past and rich colors
are on display . The famous Gair dancers and the Fire dancers are
the special highlights of the festival. Further excitement is in
the air with the turban-lying competition and Mr. desert contest.
The grand finale is a trip to the Sam sand dunes where one can
have the pleasure of a camel ride and also view the musicians and
dancers performing on the dunes.
Kartik Fair/Chandrabhaga Fair - Jhalawar
A cattle fair which takes place at Chandrabhaga near Jhalarapatan.
On kartik purnima day devotees throng this place and take a dip in
the holy river.
Pushkar Fair - Ajmer (Nov.) :-
On kartik poornima, thousands of pilgrims come to take bath in the
holy water of the Pushkar lake. The fair is overwhelming in its
magnitude and its visual impact. Beautiful camels are also bought
and sold. The visit to all the shrines is completed in seven days
and is known as chaubis-kosi-parikrama.
Camel Festival - Bikaner :-
Ships of desert begin there show with an enchanting procession.
The camels enthrall visitors with their stunning feats and natural
grace and the festival sways to the sound of joyous music. On this
occasion various contests are also held.
Karni Mata Fair - Bikaner :-
Celebrated on the ninth day of Navratra. It is held twice a year -
April/May and Oct./Nov. Devotees come to Deshnoke to attend this
fair and offerings are made to the charan mystic karni mata . This
festival has a distinct religious flavour.
Summer Festival - Mount Abu (June) :-
Mount Abu, the venue for the Summer festival, is covered with
mango groves, beautiful bauhinia trees and thickets of wild
berries. Rocks and lakes of Abu combined with the folk and
classical music are a window to the tribal festivities.
Marwar Festival - Jodhpur :-
Organised by the Department of Tourism, Government of Rajasthan,
it was originally known as the "Maand Festival". Maand is a
classical style of the folk music centered on the romantic life
style of Rajasthan's rulers. It is held for two days during the
full moon of sharad purnima.
Sitabari Fair - Kota (May-June) :-
A small place near village Kelwara of Barran district, this fair
of religious importance, is held from Baisakh sudi punam to Jeth
amavas. The fair is at its peak on Chandra amavas and Padwa dooj.
Thousands of people take a body dip in tanks called Sita kund,
Laxman kund and Suraj kund. Sitabari marks the place where Sita
was left by Lakshman in the forest.
Attractions of Rajasthan
The city of Jaipur is capital to the northern Indian state of Rajasthan,
famous for its colorful culture, forts, palaces, and lakes. . Main
places to visit are :- Hawa Mahal,
Jodhpur is situated at the edge of the Thar Desert with Jaisalmer on its
west, Barmar, Jalor and Pali on its south, Bikaner on its north, and
Nagaur on the eastern side and Nagaur on the eastern side. The city is
like an oasis in the vast desert, with a variety of thorny shrubs all
over the area.. Main places to visit are :-
Umaid Bhawan Palace, Mehrangarh Fort
, Jaswant Thade.
Udaipur is a one of the better-known tourist destinations of India and
an integral part of any itinerary for Rajasthan, famous for its forts,
palaces, and lakes. Main places to visit are :-
Lake Palace, Jag Mandir.
Other Tourist Destination in Rajasthan
Jaisalmer, Mandawa, Alwar,
Bikaner, Mukundgarh , Bundi, Kota, Samode,