FAIRS & FESTIVALS

 


Desert Festival, Jaisalmer
 
Held in the month of January-February, the Desert Festival of Jaisalmer is one of the most popular among the festivals of Rajasthan. During the three days event, Jaisalmer comes to life with colourfully dressed people, traditional dance, music, camel races and dances, puppet show, camel polo etc. It attracts visitors from all over the world.

( January - February )




Elephant Festival, Jaipur

 

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 organised with the elephants turning out in their best finery.


( March - April )




Gangaur Festival

 

It is one of the most important local festival of Rajasthan celebrated in the month of March-April. Gan is the name of Lord Shiva and Gaur stands for Gauri or Parvati, the consort of Lord Shiva. During this festival, young girls worship Goddess Parvati for being blessed with good husbands while married women do so for the welfare, health and long life of their spouses.

( March - April )




Marwar Festival, Jodhpur


Organised by the Department of Tourism, Government of Rajasthan, it is held every year in the months of September-October. This festival of Jodhpur is celebrated in the memory of the heroes of Rajasthan. This two days long festival showcases the folk dance and music of Marwar.

( October )




Camel Festival, Bikaner


An enchanting desert city which comes alive with music and dance during the famed Camel Festival of Bikaner. It is fast gaining popularity as the visitor finds an opportunity to see some unusual folk performances, camel, race camel dance etc.

( January )




Teej Festival, Jaipur


A festival to mark the advent of monsoon. Processions, women dressed in bright colours 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.

( July - August )




Nagaur Fair, Nagaur


Held every year during the month of January and February, in Nagaur, it is essentially a cattle fair. Besides, trading of cattle takes place, various local games, camel & horse races, cock fights are organised in this four day festival. The local music and dance creates a joyous atmosphere across the tranquil desert sand.

( January - February )




Baneshwar Fair, Baneshwar


A religious festival with simple and traditional rituals. This fair is the centre of attraction of a large number of tribals from the neighboring states of Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat who join their brethren from Rajasthan in offering prayers to Lord Shiva.

( January - February )




Mewar Festival, Udaipur


A festival to welcome the spring season. There is song, dance, processions, devotional music and fireworks where almost everybody participates. Not to be missed during your Rajasthan tour and travel.



( March - April )




Urs Ajmer Sharif, Ajmer


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 organised to mark the festival.

( According to Lunar Calendar )




Summer Festival, Mount Abu


Organised 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.

( June )




Shekhawati Festival


Held on the 10th and 11th February every year, the Shekhawati Festival represents the culture of Shekhawati region. Camel & jeep safaris, rural games, cultural programmes, fire works are some prime events of the festival.

( February )




Pushkar Fair, Pushkar


Every November, the sleepy little township of Pushkar in Rajasthan, India comes alive with a riot of colors and a frenzied burst of activity. The occasion: PUSHKAR FAIR. Very few, if at all any, fairs in the world can match the liveliness of Pushkar. Most people associate the Pushkar Fair with the world's largest camel fair. But it is much more than that.

( November )