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Fairs & Festivals in Rajasthan

The Rajasthanis' love for colour and joyous celebrations is proved by the elaborate rituals and the gay abandon with which he surrenders him self to the numerous fairs and festivals of the region. In addition to the festivals celebrated by the Hindus, Muslims and others, there are also the traditional fairs.

Fairs & Festivals Calendar

Pushkar Fair, Ajmer (November)

The well - known and marked with largest participation of all the festivals of Rajasthan. Pushkar is an important pilgrimage s well as the venue of a mammoth cattle fair, bazaars, auctions, music and sport are hightlight of this event.

Camel Festival, Bikaner (January)

An enchanting desert city which come alive with music and dance. It is fast ganing popularity as the visitor finds an opportunity to see some unusual folk performances, camel race, camel dance etc. here.

Nagaur Fair, Nagaur (January - February)

Essentially an animal fair, it provides an opportunity to participate in some of the local sports.

Desert Festival, Jaisalmer (January - Febreary)

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 chram of its own. A true show on the sands which attracts even the much travelled visitor.

Baneshwar Fair, Baneshwar (January - February)

A religious festival with simple and traditional rituals. This fair is the center of attraction of a large number of tribals from the neighbouring state of Madhya Pradesh and Gujrat who join their brethren from Rajasthan in offering prayers to lord shiva.

Gangaur, Jaipur (March - Apil)

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 home.

Mewar Festival, Udaipur (March - April)

A festival to welcome the spring sesion. There is song, dance, processions, devotional music and fire work where almost every body participates.

Elephant Festival, Jaipur (March - April)

A festival to celebrate holy, this is a great occasion for the visitor to watch several elephant sports and also play this festival of colour. A show is organised with the elephant turning out in there best finery.

Summer Festival, Mount Abu (June)

Organized in the only hill station of Rajasthan, this is the coldest place at this time of the year. Folk dances and the general atmosphere of gaiety prevails in this tiny hill resort and the tourist has ample time to relax and enjoy him self.

Teej, Jaipur (July - August)

A festival to mark the advent of monsoon. Procession, women dressed in bright colours and a lot of merriment prevails during Teej essentially a women's festivals, it is interesting to watch them enjoying in groups and at various bazaars where they turn up to shop in all their finery.

Marwar Festival, Jodhpur (October)

A festival devoted mainly to the music and dance of the Mawar region. This is the festival that allows the visitor to understand and enjoy the folk traditions of this part of the state.

Urs Ajmer Sharif, Ajmer (According to Lunar calendar)

Held in a the memory of the revered Sufi Saint Khawaja Moinuddin Chisti, it is an occasion for thousand 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 organized to mark the festival.

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