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Fairs & Festivals in India

India is the land of festivals, which brings to one place its people, colors, arts, folks, religion, dance, music, fun, food and so much more.  Time your Indian Tours and holidays around any of  these Fairs and Festivals to double the value of  your journey. here is the list of the festivals and fairs topping the list.

Camel Festival, Bikaner An enchanting desert city which comes alive with music and dance. It is fast gaining popularity as the visitor finds an opportunity to see some unusual folk performances,camel, race camel dance etc. here. The Camel fair at Bikaner, Rajasthan is famous all over India. For decades people have visited this colorful and lively festival. This camel fair is extremely popular for its camel races, folk dance performances, fire dances, fire works and other interesting activities. This festival is held every year in Bikaner during the month of January. The event is organized by the Department of Tourism, Art and Culture, Rajasthan, annually. The festival begins with a camel procession; these camels are especially decorated and bedecked with jewelry and decorative cloth with intricate gold work and embroidery. This procession forms a picturesque backdrop against the Junagarh fort, Bikaner. The main attractions of this fair are the tug-of-war games, acrobatics and of course the camel races

Nagaur Fair, Nagaur (Rajasthan) Essentially an animal fair, it provides an opportunity to participate in some of the local sports. The Nagaur fair is usually held in the months of January or February in Nagaur, Rajasthan. The festival is basically a four-day affair. The fair is popular for its festivities but it is mainly a cattle fair. The most important activity that takes place in this fair is the buying and selling of cattle in Nagaur. Interesting activities that form an important part of this festival are cockfights and bullfights. Jugglers, puppeteers and storytellers make every effort to entertain tourists. Special campfire evenings are held where folk dancers and musicians give performances. The state department in Nagaur makes it a point make arrangements for accommodating tourists who visit this festival.

Desert Festival, Jaisalmer Held In the Month Of Jan-Feb it is one of the most popular of all festivals it is a journey into the heart of the desert,the golden city of Jaisalmer that has a charm of its own. A true show on the sands which attracts even the much traveled visitor. The desert festival is held in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan in the month of February every year. This desert festival is known for its snake charmers, puppeteers, acrobats and folk performers who do rapid trade. Camels are a special attraction at this fair. Men from the nearby villages in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan, come dressed in colorful attires with decorative turbans, astride their camels, to participate in the camel dances, camel acrobatics and other competitions. The important activities at the fair include camel polo, tug of war, tourist dances and turban tying competitions. The Mr. Desert competition that is focused around the length of moustaches of the village men is one of the prime attractions of this fair.

Elephant Festival, Jaipur Held In the Month Of March-April it is 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.The Elephant festival is held in Jaipur, Rajasthan in the month of March-April every year. This festival is held to celebrate the festival of Holi. Elephants are an important attraction at this fair. This festival begins with a procession of jeweled and bedecked elephants, horses and folk dances. There are several elephant activities, like elephant races, tug of war in between, an elephant on one side and 19 men and women on the other side. The most attractive activity that takes place in this fair is the playing of Holi from elephant backs. The Jaipur Chaugan Stadium is the venue where elephants parade gracefully in rows.

Mewar Festival,Udaipur Held In the Month Of March-April it is a festival to welcome the spring season. There is song, dance, processions,devotional music and fireworks where almost everybody participates eagerly. The Mewar festival is held in Udaipur, Rajasthan with the main objective of celebrating the onset of spring in the month of March-April. The festival is symbolic of marital happiness and the women from the nearby villages in Udaipur make it a point to participate in the festivities. The spotlight in this festival is on heavily dressed and bejeweled women who participate in a procession and carry statues of the goddess Gauri to the Lake Pichola near Udaipur, Rajasthan. Joyous diversions at this event include folk song and dance performances, music concerts and colorful display of fireworks. Gangaur,Jaipur Gangaur, JaipurHeld In the Month Of March-April it is a festival devoted to Goddess Parvati,the consort of Lord Shiva. It is time for young girls to dress up in their finery and pray for grooms of their choice while the married women pray for the well-being of their husbands. This 18-day festival is laced with various activities and culminates in a grand procession marking the arrival of Shiva to escort his bride homefinery.The women in Jaipur celebrate the Gangaur festival. This festival has a special significance. Young girls offer prayers to the goddess Parvati, who in the Indian mythology is a symbol of virtue and fidelity. According to common belief young girls in Jaipur who observe all the rituals of this festival, get married to the spouse of their choice and married women observe the same for the happiness of their husbands. The girls start praying to the goddess Parvati fourteen days in advance of the actual fair. Women come out in colorful processions carrying idols of goddess Parvati in Jaipur, Rajasthan. Young girls and boys meet each other and choose their spouses at this festival.

Summer Festival, Mt.Abu Held In the Month of June, it is organised in the one and only hill station of Rajasthan, which 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. The summer festival is held every year at Mount Abu during the month of June. This is a three-day festival and is marked by folk music and dance performances. Several sporting activities like boat races mark this fair. The singing of a traditional ballad marks the beginning of this festival that is followed by traditional Ghoomar, Gair and Dhap dance performances. A special qawwali singing extravaganza is held for the benefit of the tourists. Mount Abu is a picturesque Rajasthani hill station, with steep hills and lakes. Teej, Jaipur Held In the Month of July-August, it is 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. The women in Jaipur, Rajasthan, celebrate the festival of Teej. According to legend it is believed that on this day goddess Parvati was united with Lord Shiva after completing a penance of a hundred years. Rajasthani women believe that the invocation of Parvati’s blessings on this day will lead to marital bliss. Young girls who are engaged to be married in Rajasthan receive a gift pack called shrinjhara from their in-laws. This gift pack consists of henna, bangles, a special dress made of tie and dye fabric and a sweet. The festival of Teej heralds the onset of monsoons, in Jaipur, Rajasthan.

Marwar Festival, Jodhpur Marwar Festival, Jodhpur, Held In the Month of October it is a festival devoted mainly to the music and dance of the Marwar region. This is a festival that allows the visitor to understand and enjoy the folk traditions of this part of the state. The Marwar festival is held in the month of October every year in Jodhpur, Rajasthan. The Marwar festival is popularly known as the Maand festival. This is a two-day festival that is held during the time of Sharad Purnima. This festival celebrates the folk songs and dances of Rajasthan. The folk songs that are popularly sung at this fair reflect the romantic lifestyle of the rulers of Rajasthan. Apart from music performances this popular Jodhpur festival is known for its camel tattoos and polo games. The festival also celebrates the warriors who have distinguished themselves in the wars fought in Rajasthan

Pushkar Fair, Ajmer Held In the Month of November it is the well-known and marked with largest participation of all the festivals of Rajasthan. Pushkar is an important pilgrimage as well as the venue of a mammoth cattle fair. Bazaars, auctions, music and sports are highlight of this event. Pushkar in Rajasthan is an important Hindu pilgrimage center. The Pushkar fair is held every year in the month of November. This is a mammoth cattle fair. Other important attractions of this site are its bazaars, auctions, music performances and sports. This fair is famous all over the world for the fact that camels are bought and sold on a large scale at this fair. The Rajasthan government sets up a self-sufficient village complete with a dining hall and a coffee shop. Traders from all over Rajasthan set up stalls at Pushkar with the aim of popularizing their traditional products like bead necklaces, clothing etc. Other activities like horse racing, body tattooing and donkey races are events that form an important part of joyous diversions at Pushkar Festival Tour, Rajasthan.

 

Rajasthan Fairs and Festivals Calendar

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Camel Festival Bikaner 26-27 Jan 15-16 Jan 4-5 Jan
Nagaur Fair Nagaur 17-20 Feb 6-9 Feb 26-29 Jan
Desert Festival Jaisalmer 23-25 Feb 12-14 Feb 1-3 Feb
Beneshwar Fair Dungarpur 21-25 Feb 10-14 Feb 1-3 Feb
Braj Festival Bharatpur 2-4 Feb 2-4 Feb 2-4 Feb
Elephant Festival Jaipur 26 Mar 16 Mar 5 Mar
Kailadevi Fair Karauli 7 Apr 28 Mar 17 Mar
Gangaur Festival Jaipur 13-14 Apr 2-3 Apr 22-23 Mar
Mewar Festival Udaipur 13-15 Apr 2-4 Apr 22-24 Mar
Mahaveerji Fair Mahaveerji 20-25 Apr 8-15 Apr 28Mar-4Apr
Summer Festival Mt. Abu 23-25 May 12-14 May 2-4 May
Teej Festival Jaipur 9-10 Aug 30-31 Jul 17-18 Aug
Kajli Teej Bundi 22-23 Aug 12-13 Aug 31Aug-1 Sep
Dussehra Festival Kota 12-14 Oct 1-3 Oct 21-22 Oct
Matasya Festival Alwar 12-13 Oct 2-3 Oct 21-22 Oct
Marwar Festival Jodhpur 17-18 Oct 7-8 Oct 26-27 Oct
Puskhar Fair Pushkar (Ajmer ) 9-17 Nov 30Oct-6 Nov 18-25 Nov
Chandrabhaga Fair Jhalawar 16-18 Nov 5-7 Nov 24-26 Nov
Winter Festival Mt. Abu 29-31 Dec 29-31 Dec 29-31 Dec