Rajasthan Fairs & Festivals
Chambal adventure fair is celebrated at Kota during the month of February. Many adventurous events are organized. You may opt for boating in Chambal River between Kota and Jawahar Sagar dam.
Kite festival : is celebrated at Jaipur on 14th of January on occasion of Makar Sakranti. In Jaipur the kites virtually blot out the sky in Jaipur. Some kites are as vast as 1.6 km in length.
No other State is known to witness such diverse forms of fairs and festivals like religious festivals, traditional and cultural fairs, animal fairs, festivals to mark the culmination of a season and advent of another etc. Plan your Rajasthan holiday with GeTS Holidays and we will fill colour of these festivals in your life.
Pushkar Camel fair : is one of the largest in India and also unique in character. It is held during 17 to 24 November and has religious value. Devotees take holy dip in sacred Pushkar Lake and offer worship in nearby Brahma temple. This small town, becomes a cultural phenomenon with colourfully dressed devotees, musicians, acrobats, folk dancers, traders, comedians, sadhus and tourists.
The Desert festival : is one of the most awaited festivals in the calendar of the state. Held at Jaisalmer, the golden city of the state; the overall ambience is enchanting for even the most traveled globe trotter. This is a cultural festival celebrated during winters (19th to 21st of February). It is a festival of colour music and laughter. Rajasthani men and dusky beautiful women perform ballads of gallantry and tragedy. Camel safari and night stay at camp are added attractions.
The Baneshwar fair : is a conglomeration of locals and tourists from the neighboring states of Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh who joins their brethrens in Rajasthan in offering prayers to Lord Shiva. It is a festival of Bhils (tribals famous for their skill in archery) celebrated at Dungerpur.
The Gangaur festival : is devoted to goddess Parvati and is an occasion where young girls dress up in their finest of traditional attires and accessories and pray for the groom of their choice. It is also an occasion when married women pray for the well being of their husbands.
The Marwar festival : is an occasion to mark the advent of the spring. Games, rituals and fireworks charm the novices as natives from all sections of the society surrender themselves in the festivity. The Marwar Festival is held every year in memory of the heroes of Rajasthan. The festival is held in the month of Ashwin (Sept-Oct) in Jodhpur, for two days during the full moon. Originally known as Maand festival, this festival features folk music displaying valour of the region, camel tattoo shows and camel polo.
Banganga fair : Devotees gather at the Radha Krishnaji temple at Bairat, 85 km from Jaipur) in the morning for the holy bath in rivulet Banganga and worship. This festival is celebrated on full moon day of Vaishakh (April-May). The people then visit shrines of Hanuman and Ganga Bihari and also visit the Shiva temple and the Math of Goswamiji.
Karni mata festival : The Karni mata festival celebrated twice a year (April-May and September-October) at Karni mata temple at Deshnok 30 km from Bikaner. The rulers of Bikaner also regard Karni mata as patron deity. The most unique feature of the temple is the swarm of brown rats wandering at leisure inside the temple. The rats are believed to be lucky.
Sitabari fair : is held near the charming village Kelbara in Baran, 120km from Kota just prior to the Dussehara. Sitabari is considered as the place where Sita left Laxman to serve her banishment. People take bath in the holy pond and spend their day in worshiping at nearby temple and shopping at fair.
Mahavirjee fair : is celebrated during March-April in the memory of the 24th Jain tirthankar Mahavir in Chandangaon, 176km from Jaipur. There is a Mahavir temple and a Man Stambha is located in front of it. The major attraction is rath yatra, a golden chariot drawn by four bullocks.
Mewar festival : is celebrated in the advent of spring from 8-10 April. The festival has religious as well as cultural elements and is celebrated in the picturesque city of Udaipur-the most romantic city of Asia. It also has an impressive firework display. The boat ride in Lake Pichhola is an added attraction.
Summer festival : is held at Mount Abu during the month of May on Buddha Poornima. Traditional hospitality, exotic cuisine, colourful people and exotic location of Lake Nikki make it a lifetime experience. This is a three days festival with added attractions of skating race, boat race, horse races etc.
The Nagaur fair : held during the month of January and February is traditionally an animal fair which is known to organize camel races for tourists and also offers opportunities to its guests and visitors to participate in local sports.
Braj Mahotssav : is celebrated a few days prior to the Holi, during month of March at Bharatpur. It is a festival to worship Lord Krishna. Colourful village folks perform ‘Raas-Lila’, traditional ballads of love depicting immortal love of Radha & Krishna.
Teej festival : a ‘Sawan’ festival is celebrated during month July in the whole of Rajasthan with unique features like swings, traditional songs and dances. The best place to experience Teej is Jaipur. You may enjoy exotic local sweets like ‘ghewar’, ‘malpuas’ and ‘fenis’.
Camel festival : is a lively and colourful festival, celebrated in the desert city of Bikaner during month of January. This festival is celebrated in the background of historical Junagad fort with events like camel dance, acrobatics, tug of war, folk music & dance.
Elephant fair : is celebrated at Jaipur Chaugan stadium, during March. The prize moment is elephant polo. A ceremonial procession is recreated with caparisoned elephants, lancers on horses, chariots, camels, cannons, and palanquins. At the end of festival tourists are invited to mount on elephants and play Holi, the festival of colour.
Chambal adventure fair : is organized at Kota during month of February. Many adventurous events are organized. The boating facility in Chambal River between Kota and Jawahar Sagar is also available.
Kite festival : is organized at Jaipur on 14th of January to celebrate commencement of Makar Sakranti. In Jaipur kites virtually blot out the sky. There are kites as vast as 1.5 km in size.
Ajmer Urs : is an annual event to celebrate memory of famous Sufi Saint Khwaja mouin-ud-Din Chistie.This event held during first seven days of Rajab (seventh month of Islamic calendar).
Shekhawati fair : is held on 10th and 11th of February every year at headquarters of three districts of Rajasthan namely Sikar, Jhunjhunu and Churu. Shekhawati is famous for its havelies and this fair is an attempt to promote rural tourism in the region.
Winter festival : is another fair organized at Mount Abu, during last week of December. The centre of attraction is Nakki Lake with possession of classical dance of Haryana, Punjab and Rajasthan lasting three.
There are hardly any other social, traditional or historical aspects that can say so much about the society as the fairs and festivals of a region. And when you place them in a setting surrounded by locals in colorful and vibrant attires and gigantic yet magnificent Palaces, the result is an awesome experience that should not be missed.