Spice up your travel with some vibrant Fairs and Festivals of Rajasthan
Do you want to experience the rich Indian culture and tradition?
How about jumping into the colourful fairs and festivals of Rajasthan?
Rajasthan is the land of royal palaces and beautiful architecture. If you want to feel the essence of Rajasthan, then you must not ignore those vibrant festivals and fairs. There are a number of festivals celebrated in Rajasthan and each one of those is significantly important. By attending these festivals, you will get to observe the lovely local music, games and some mouthwatering dishes. Festivals are a medium for locals to showcase their talent and the skills they possess are just amazing.
If you are on your itinerary to Rajasthan, then don’t forget to attend the popular fair and festivals. Be a part of the cultural heritage and delight your eyes with the beautiful sight of vibrant articles, handicraft and mirror works. The bazaars of festivals are not lesser than any paradise for travellers. Let’s look at some of the most popular fairs and festivals of Rajasthan.
Some Popular Fairs & Festivals of Rajasthan
Pushkar Camel Fair, Pushkar
Date of the fair: November
In 2021 – 11 November till 19 November
Pushkar Camel Fair is a beautiful festival of Rajasthan and is celebrated in the month of October/November. Pushkar is one of the most popular cities of Rajasthan and hence Pushkar Camel Fair hosts a lot of tourists. This fair is so popular among the visitors. There are several competitions held at Pushkar Camel Fair such as matka phod, bridal competition and competition of longest moustache. Tourists love the city of Pushkar, and lakes, forts or temples are not the only reason behind this. Pushkar Camel Fair is also the reason people love to visit Pushkar.
Gangaur Festival, Jaipur
Date of the fair: April
In 2022 – 4 april 2022
Attend this festival in March/April at the pink city of Jaipur. This festival is all about worship and love. You will see the beautiful henna designs on every woman’s hand. They dress up elegantly in colourful traditional attire and perform puja on the eve of Gangaur Festival. People worship Goddess Parvati and celebrate marriage and love. Clays of Shiva and Parvati are decorated with beautiful dresses and jewelleries. Gangaur Festival is very important for locals.
Camel Festival, Bikaner
Date of the fair: January
In 2022 – 8/9 January 2022
Every year an event named Bikaner Camel Festival is organised by the department of tourism, art and culture of Rajasthan in the month of January. This festival is celebrated in the honour of the ship of the desert, camel. People gather to see the amazing camel performances like camel races, camel dance, neck shaking camel rides etc. This festival is as famous as the other festivals in Bikaner. Every year, this festival is celebrated in the pleasant weather of January. In 2021 this festival was celebrated from 12th to 13th January. There is no need to buy tickets, this festival is free for everybody, anyone can come and be a part of the festival.
Kite Festival, Jaipur
Date of festival: January
In 2022 – 14 January
Kite festival jaipur has a very long historical story. The kite flying ritual is associated with MakarSankranti. From their rooftops people fly kites in order to celebrate this festival. There are kites flying contests organised at several places on this day. The scientific reason behind this festival is that during the winter season our body gets infected with cold and cough and skin becomes dry due to less exposure with the sun, so due to continuous exposure with the sun its rays acts as medicine for our body.
Summer Festival, Mount Abu
Date of festival: May
In 2022: On the date of Buddha Purnima
A one of its kind festivals, the Summer Festival is celebrated in one and only hill station of Rajasthan, Mount Abu. The weather is pleasant throughout the whole year in Mount Abu. The Summer Festival is celebrated with great enthusiasm because of the natural beauty, great hill rocks and amazing, lush green landscapes of Mount Abu. This festival is the most popular festival of mount abu which gives the whole city a complete festive makeover. It is celebrated in May. First day starts with the Hindu Festival called Buddha Purnima.
Desert Festival, Jaisalmer
Date of the festival: February
In 2022 – 14 feb to 16 feb 2022
In the month of February people of Jaisalmer celebrate the desert festival. Three days prior to the full moon, in the month of Magh(February) this festival is celebrated. The location of this festival is in the sand dunes, the beautiful dunes of Thar Desert which is 42 Kilometres from Jaisalmer.
Braj Holi, Bharatpur
Date of the festival: March
In 2022: 17 march till 18 march
Few days ahead of the main Holi, this festival is celebrated in the city of Braj. This festival is dedicated to the lord krishna and the eternal love between Radha and Krishna. Rasleela dance performed by the local men and women is the main highlight of this festival. Some delicious sweets are made and distributed among everyone and people experience the bhang and thandai, a popular drink.
Jaipur Literature Festival, Jaipur
Date of festival: January
In 2022: 28 January to 1st February
In the month of January this literature festival takes place in the city of jaipur. The main venue for this festival is the Diggi Palace Hotel. The sessions are held in the hall of audience and throughout the gardens of this palace. The directors of this festival are Namita Gokhale, and William Dalrymple and the festival is produced by Sanjoy Roy of teamwork Arta.
Urs Festival, Ajmer
Date of festival: February
In 2022: According to full moon day in February
This festival commemorates the anniversary death of sufi saint moinuddin chishti. Night long zikr qawwali singing takes place for over six days. The anniversary is celebrated in the seventh month according to the Islamic calendar. This beautiful event takes place in the city of Ajmer.
Rajasthan International Folk Festival, Jodhpur
Date of the festival: October
In 2022: Date to be decided
This is an annual music and arts festival organised to promote traditional folk music and arts and is held at Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur Rajasthan. This festival is supported by UNESCO. Mehrangarh museum trust and jaipur virasat foundation organised this festival as a not-for-profit partnership.
Karni Mata Fair, Bikaner
Date of festival: January
In 2022: 12th and 13th January
The idol of the goddess Karni Mata is decorated with the golden crown, garlands, and jewellery at the start of this fair. The gate of the temple opens at 4 am for the devotees. Then the priest performs the ceremonial rituals and then offers the bhog to the deity. The local committee of the temple organises the fair. You can also enjoy many cultural and religious programs besides the religious sentiments associated with the fair.
Rajasthan has a variety of fairs and festivals and each one represents the ethnicity, heritage and culture of Rajasthan. So, if you are planning to visit Rajasthan then make sure you celebrate life, culture, and history of the desert. Afterall the sweetest welcome of Padharo Mhare Desh (Welcome to our state – Rajasthan) means to celebrate the rich culture of Rajasthan.