Famous Colourful Fairs and Festivals of Rajasthan
Rajasthan is all about royalty, culture, color, camel and celebration. Rajasthan is also famous for mesmerising lakes, dessert, historical places & forts. A Rajasthan festival includes interesting rituals,ethnicity, tradition festivals and celebrations.
Here are the top festivals and fairs of Rajasthan that you ought to be a part of it.
Rajasthan International Folk Festival
RIFF is Celebrated in Jodhpur, this festival is a celebration that focuses on traditional dance, music and art. The festival is celebrated in Mehrangarh fort. More than 200 artists of different genre visit this venue to exhibit their talents. You can find many fairs, exhibition and shows of different styles during this festival.
Date: 24th -28th Oct 2018
Celebrated in the Sam sand dunes of Jaisalmer, this festival focuses entirely on the desert. People drive to the desert in 4WD or camels to enjoy interesting events like camel races, belly dance, turban tying festival, moustache competition, gymnastic stunts and so on. The festival takes place for three days and people prefer night camping in the desert & camel desert safari to enjoy the evening activities. You can find many stalls find with unique handicrafts and souvenirs.
Date: 29th – 31st January 2018
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Pushkar Camel Fair
Based on the banks of Puskhar Lake, this camel fair attracts tourists and merchants alike. This festival takes place for five days and it is five days of just camels. You can enjoy interesting events like camel race, camel beauty contest, puppet shows, camel trading, music and dance performances. In the morning the ground turns to be a trading center and by the evening people join together to celebrate with music and dance. This is the right place to buy camel souvenirs like camel leather articles, camel hair accessories and others. You can enjoy many local delicacies during this fair.
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Date: 15th – 23rd Nov 2018
This festival is celebrated throughout the state. However, this festival is commercialized in Jaipur. You can find many celebrations that involve the women of native. You can find interesting rituals in the temples. Street procession of the goddess with thousands of devotees dancing around with chariot bands, music, antique palanquins and much more is the iconic element of this festival.
Date: 13th August 2018
This is another fair that focuses on camels, oxen, cows and other animals. This fair takes place in Nagaur and is famous for animal races, cock fighting and much more. As the evening approaches, the ground turns into an open-air theatre where people exhibit their talents in local dance and music forms. Although not as famous as the Pushkar Camel Fair, it is a delight to watch and enjoy.
Date: 22nd -25th Feb 2018
Summer and Winter Festival
These are two different festivals, which take place in Summer (May) and Winter (December) in Mount Abu. These festivals focus on the local dance and music forms. You can enjoy fireworks at the night. Many people prefer camping near hot spots to enjoy many interesting activities in the night. The festival takes place for three days.
Date: 29th – 30th April 2018
This is the iconic festival of Jodhpur, which takes place during January as a part of harvest festival. This three-day festival is all about flying and floating. You can enjoy kite competitions, helicopters releasing kites, balloon releasing and much more. This three-day festival is filled with fairs, exhibitions, stalls and much more. It is a very colorful festival to watch.
Date: 14th January 2018
This is an ancient festival of Mewar region (now today’s celebrated in Udaipur). This festival marks the welcome of spring. The town will be colorfully lit with bright lights and decorations. You can find traditional processions, cultural events, exhibitions, stalls and much more. Each region celebrates this festival in a different manner and if you love to enjoy the culture of the land, this is the best festival to enjoy. Many stalls will be set up for selling souvenirs and handicrafts during this festival.
Date: 18th – 20th March
This is one of the grandest festivals of Rajasthan. It is celebrated in the Brij region of Bharatpur as a pre-festival of Holi, the festival of colors. You can find interesting rituals in the temples and people sing and dance during this festival. You can find fancy dress competition, unique religious dance forms and much more. The people enjoy by throwing color powders at each other. This is a colorful religious celebration of Rajasthan.
Date: 23rd February 2018
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Kota Adventure Festival
Celebrated in the month of October in Kota, this festival attracts all adventure lovers. You can find numerous adventure activities like rafting, rock climbing, parasailing, trekking, angling, excursion, climbing and much more. Name an adventure activity and you will find it in this festival. This festival is completely about adventure and adrenaline pumping. If you are looking for a pulsating festival, this is the right festival to engage and enjoy.
Apart from these, you can enjoy Elephant festival of Jaipur, Jhalawar’s Chandrabhaga fair, Urs festival of Ajmer, World Sufi spirit festival of Jodhpur and much more here. Rajasthan is all about celebration and no matter when you visit, there will always be festival round the corner.
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