All the bright colours of art, dance and music is a part of
Rajasthani life. Various fairs and festivals are celebrated
here throughout the year with great joy and enthusiasm. Along
with all the religious festivals, Rajasthan also celebrates
many traditional fairs. There are animal fairs, religious
fairs and there are other fairs to mark the changing colourful
seasons. One can visit Rajasthan any time of the year and
be a part of the Rajasthani traditional fairs that involves
elephants, camel races, dance and music specially organised
for the tourists.
Nagaur Fair, is a famous fair of Rajasthan. It is celebrated
in the month of January-February. The fair is essentially
organised an animal fair and it provides an opportunity to
participate in some of the local sports.
Desert Festival is celebrated in Jaisalmer in the same
months as Nagaur fair. The special feature of this festival
is an unforgettable journey through a deserted land to the
golden city of Jaisalmer that stands with the charm of its
own. This festival is a major tourist attraction of Rajasthan.
Baneshwar Fair is also arranged in the month of January
and February. It is 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 the fair with the people of Rajasthan
to offer prayers to Lord Shiva.
Gangaur festival is celebrated in a famous city of
Jaipur in the month of March-April. The festival is devoted
to Goddess Parvati. 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 festival is celebrated for 18 days along with various
activities and concludes in a grand procession marking the
arrival of Shiva to escort his bride home.
Mewar Festival, Udaipur is celebrated to welcome the
arrival of spring season in the month of March and April.
There is song, dance processions, devotional music and fireworks
where almost all people participate.
Elephant Festival is a tourist attraction of Jaipur,
which is celebrated during the holi in March and April. Elephant
festivals enables the tourists to witness several elephant
sports and also participate this festival of colours. An elephant
show is organised..
Urs Ajmer Sharif, festival is arranged in the memory of
the respected Sufi Saint Khawaja Moinuddin Chisti. A large
number of people gather at the shrine and offer prayers. Several
programmes are organised to mark the festivals.
Summer Festival of Mt. Abu in organised in the month
of June. Mount Abu 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 tourists enjoy this festival
with great enthusiasm.
Teej, is another famous festival of Rajasthan. The
festival is celebrated in Jaipur in the month of July and
August. This festival welcomes the beginning of monsoon. Essentially
being a women’s festival, women celebrate it with a great
fervour, they dress up in bright colour outfits and a lot
of merriment prevails during Teej.
Marwar Festival is celebrated in Jodhpur in the month
of October. A festival is mainly a celebration of music and
dance of the Marwar region. This festival allows the visitor
enjoy the folk traditions of this part of the state.
Pushkar Fair is celebrated in Ajmer in the month of
November. This festival is 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 cattle fair.
Bazaars, auctions, music and sports are a highlight of this
Camel Festival is a part of Bikaner and is celebrated
in the month of January. It is an enchanting desert city which
comes alive with music and dance. Camel festival is becoming
popular as the visitor gets an opportunity to participate
some unusual folk performances like camel race, camel dance