Rajasthan is a land of rich cultural heritage and tradition. This one uniqueness is exhibited in everything related to this royal land of Maharajas. It is filled with colours of customs, beautiful dance forms and exquisite cuisine. Rajasthan holds a rich glorious history that entices a huge number of visitors from all over the world to book flights to India and get a glimpse of the great grandeur of Rajasthan. This state of India is a home to some colourful festivals and wonderful fairs too. Let’s get a glimpse of few of the popular festivals in Rajasthan.
1. Pushkar Fair, Pushkar
Pushkar Fair is organized in the months of October/November with great vigour and zest by the locals. The fair attracts a lot number of tourists to the event every year. Pushkar Camel Fair is a custom in Pushkar, Rajasthan that involves activities such as cultural events, activities, camel safari and musical events. Here, one can also be a part of cattle trading show with a huge display of cattle including goats, sheep, camels etc.
Event Name :Pushkar Fair 2018
Start Date :Thursday, 15-Nov-2018
End Date :Friday, 23-Nov-2018
2. Camel Festival, Bikaner
This amazing fest is enjoyed at the big parklands that have Junagarh Fort at their backdrop. The festival commences with a gorgeous march of adorned camels in Rajasthani attire with vibrant colours and accessories. On the first day of the festival a camel show is organised and hence the decorated camels proceed towards the open sand grounds.
Event Name :Camel Festival 2018
Venue :Bikaner, Rajasthan
Start Date :Thursday, 15 November-2018
End Date :Friday, 23 November-2018
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3. Gangaur Festival, Rajasthan
Gangaur Festival is celebrated in the month of April or March every year in veneration of Goddess Parvati and Lord Shiva and their strong bond of companionship. The unmarried women do prayers and offer other things in order to get blessings for a good husband and a happy married life while the married ones pray for long life and welfare of their husbands. Gangaur, being one of the most important festivals in Rajasthan, is celebrated in big cities like Bikaner, Jaipur, Jaisalmer and Nathdwara.
Event Name :Gangaur Festival 2018
Start Date :Friday, 02-Mar-2018
End Date :Tuesday, 20-Mar-2018
4. Desert Festival, Jaisalmer
Desert Festival is one of the beautiful festivals of Rajasthan. If you are planning to book cheap flights to Rajasthan and visit this beautiful place during the month of February then you could be lucky as the famous desert festival would welcome you. Here you will see the true authentic colours of Rajasthan and will meet the visitors from all over the world. One can enjoy the folk dance of Rajasthan, acrobatics and other open air performances too.
Event Name :Desert Festival, 2018
Venue :Jaisalmer, Rajasthan
Start Date :Monday, 29 January-2018
End Date :Wednesday, 31 January-2018
5. Mewar Festival, Udaipur
The Mewar Festival is organized every year in the months of September or October in the fond memory of the heroes of Rajasthan, for two consecutive days during the full moon nights of Sharad Purnima in city of Jodhpur. It is a festival devoted to dance and music. An extravagant music and dance show is organized for an entertainment pack event. Renowned artists perform and display their extraordinary talent. Other attractions of the festival are polo and camel tattoo show.
Event Name :Mewar Festival, 2018
Venue :Udaipur, Rajasthan
Start Date :Mar 18, 2018
End Date :Mar 20, 2018
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6. Nagaur Cattle Fair, Nagaur
Nagaur Festival lures several merchants and traders from different parts of the country that come with their cattle stock which includes a huge variety of horses, camels, bullocks and sheep. It is estimated that around 70,000 livestock are moved to the carnival each time. The cattle are decorated in generous jewels that look very elegant as if they are getting prepared for a parade. Even the cattle vendors join the festival wearing colourful turbans and clothing with beautifully trimmed long whiskers.
Event Name :Nagaur Festival, 2018
Venue :Nagaur, Rajasthan
Start Date :Feb 22, 2018
End Date :Feb 25, 2018
7. Teej Festival, Rajasthan
The Hindu festival of Teej is organized in July/August months and the festival is chiefly the festival of ladies. It symbolizes the holy union of Lord Shiva and Parvati and the festivity lasts for three days where women pray for maternal bliss and blessings. The Teej Festival depicts colourful parties, especially by the women who enjoy singing, dancing and swaying on rides. They wear colourful clothes, apply henna and perform festive rituals.
Event Name :Teej Festival 2018
Start Date :Monday, 13-Aug-2018
End Date :Monday, 13-Aug-2018
8. Baneshwar Fair, Dungarpur
The Baneshwar festival takes place on the banks of Som and Mahi River. It is a tribal festival that is celebrated during the months of January or February. This fair is held for Lord Shiva and millions of people travel to this place to be a part of the celebration. During the festival the devotees offer prayers and food in form of rice, pulses, ghee, salt, wheat flour, salt, chillies and coconut. The temple of Lord Shiva remains open from 5:00 am to 11:00 pm during the festival. Folk dances, aerobic feats, magic shows etc are also a crucial part of this festive fervour.
Event Name :Baneshwar festival 2018
Venue :Dungarpur, Rajasthan
Start Date :Saturday, January 27, 2018
End Date :January 31, 2018
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9. Urs Festival Ajmer, Ajmer
This festival is everything about religion. It is a sacred place for Muslims but it is also visited by the people of different religions. It is delight to visit the Dargah during the Urs Festival. The ambience of the place is truly enthralling. One would love to be a part of this ceremonial ritual. The pilgrims come to seek blessings of Khwaja and rich offerings are made to the place where the saint was entombed. Besides jasmine and rose flowers, incense sticks, perfumes etc they also offer ghilaph, chadar and nima. The strong aromatic aura envelops the place where the shrine is. Professional singers could be spotted singing qawallis to applaud the great deeds of their saint.
Event Name :Urs Ajmer Fair 2018
Venue :Ajmer, Rajasthan
Start Date :Wednesday, 14-Mar-2018
End Date :Tuesday, 27-Mar-2018
10. Jaipur Literature Festival, Jaipur
This is one of the gems from the list of fairs and festivals of Rajasthan. This festival started in the year 2006 and is still going on and the credit truly goes to fondness of literature lovers. Many famous authors and literature experts join together to take part in this literature festival. This festival offers a wide variety of books, journals, magazines and study material on different topics. You would surely enjoy this place a lot.
Event Name :Jaipur Literature Festival 2018
Venue :Jaipur, Rajasthan
Start Date :Wednesday, 24 January-2018
End Date :Monday, 29 January-2018
11. Ramdevra Fair, Rajasthan
Ramdevra Fair is not so famous but a lovely thing to get involved in. Each year it is organized in Ramdevra Village in memory of Baba Ramdev. It is a unique fair that is not bifurcated in terms of caste, religion and creed. It is indeed celebrated to ask blessings for love, health, peace and money. Regardless of the religion and culture people visit the place to pray and restore their faith in the omnipotent saviour of humanity.
Event Name :Ramdevra Fair 2018
Venue : Rajasthan
12. Chandrabhaga Fair, Jhalawar
The Chandrabhaga Fair is organized in the months of October-November. Thousands of devotee pilgrims visit the Chandrabhaga River, which is considered a holy river. On the last day of Kartik, the fair is organized and thousands of devotees plunge into the pious river as a ritual. This fair is a combination of religion, commerce and trade. One can explore the true colours of Rajasthan in this fair.
Event Name :Chandrabhaga Fair 2018
Venue :Jhalawar, Rajasthan
Dates: To be Announced
13. Kumbhalgarh Festival, Rajasthan
This festival is famous among other fairs and festivals of Rajasthan and is solely for the purpose of promotion of trade and tourism of Rajasthan. The real artistic culture of Rajasthan is depicted in the fair in the form of handicrafts and other traditional items. There are also music and dance performances by some of the renowned artists.
Event Name :Kumbhalgarh Festival 2018
14. Winter Festival, Mount Abu
The Winter Festival in Mount Abu will surely steal your heart away. If you happen to book your flights to India and visit this place during the last week of December then you must not miss the excitement to be part of this three days festivity. Packed with back to back events for three consecutive days namely the artistic performances of folk dances like ghoomar, daph and ghair, cultural programs and sports activities and ‘deep-daan’ i.e offering of diyas in the Nakki lake.
Event Name :Winter Festival 2018
Venue :Mount Abu, Rajasthan
Start Date :Saturday, 29 December
End Date :Monday, 31 December
15. Kota Adventure Festival, Kota
This festival is quite different from the regular cultural festivals in Rajasthan as it is an adventure packed event. It is held every year in the month of October that originally started to boost tourism and is a favorite fair of sports lovers. Here, at the festival people get ample opportunities to get involved into activities like rafting, wind surfing, parasailing, water skiing and kayaking. Trekking and rural excursions could also be enjoyed during this festival.
Event Name :Kota Adventure Festival 2018
Venue :Kota, Rajasthan
This year gift yourself an amazing bunch of holidays to this exotic land of Rajasthan. It will indeed be an awesome combination of fun and frivolity.