Rajasthan is not only known for its lavish forts and monuments but its vivid culture is equally famous in all around the globe, for which it hosts many fairs and festivals showing up its rich heritage. These fairs and festivals have their own significance in the state, and attract millions of visitors from all around the world.
The rich culture of Rajasthan is expressed through these festivals and they are immensely beautiful and include many art forms of the state, including the folk dance, folk singing performances and many others. These cultures are passed from one generation to other with the same significance and tradition which are expressed through these festivals.
These fairs and festivals are so colourful that the visitors who visit there to attend then would never forgot the beauty of these carnivals. The peak season for these festivals is winters and people love to visit on the sand dunes to see the women cladded in vibrant lehangas dancing with fire plates on their head. And there are many fantastic trips will be there during these festivals that will not only get you a great memory but they can really make a picture of lifetime of your Rajasthan tours.
This is one of the most ancient yet interesting fairs of Rajasthan which is popular worldwide for its thousands of camels which are decorated and paraded in the fair. The Pushkar Fair is also held for a holy reason when the city of Pushkar is decorated for the worship of Lord Brahma, in the occasion of Karthik Purnima. The fair is held during this period where the Brahma Temple (which is the only temple in the world dedicated to Lord Brahma) is visited by millions of viewers. The time is considered very auspicious and it would be unique experience for theas they can see this unique fair once in their life where they get an opportunity to observe the vibrant carnival which is the state’s best traditional showcase.
During this fair the farmers, villagers; traders bring livestock, from all over Rajasthan. Apart from camel’s huge number of goats, bulls, cows are sold and this could be an unique experience by the spectators. Besides, selling the livestock the camel race is one of the most unique things that happen here, where more than 30,000 camels are decorated and paraded to participate in a marathon, and the master of the winning camels wins big money. The visitors can also enjoy in the International Hot Air Balloon Festival.
Time : Every Year during Karthik Purnima (October-November)
Place : Pushkar, 146 km away from Jaipur airport
This is a fair which is celebrated in the beautiful city of Bikaner, and also called Kapil Muni Fair. The fair is dedicated to Sage Kapil. The natural beauty of Rajasthan gets more beautiful during this fair and during the time of this fair attracts thousands of devotees visit this city as it has a religious significance. The devotees visit the city to take a holy dip in the Kolayat River, where they believe if they take a dip in this river, then all of their sins will get washed away. There are 52 Ghats in this river, and all of them are beautifully decorated with flowers and lights, and the entire scene becomes picturesque.
The devotees also float lamps in the river believing that their unfulfilled wishes will be true, and they also offer sweetmeats, rice pudding to the deity of sage Kapila. The religious significance of this festival is very strong and devotees from all over the country visit this place. The name of the fair is kept after the name of this river.
Time : November
Place : Bikaner 335 Kilometres from Jaipur
This festival is celebrated in the princely state of Jhalawar where this beautiful fair is organized that actually started by the Jhala Clan of Rajputs. The fair is organized near the banks of the beautiful Chandrabhaga River, where thousands of devotees come to take a dip in the river. The fair is actually celebrated in Jhalarapatan which is a few kilometres away from Jhalawar and celebrate the occasion of Karthik Purnima.
The holy dip which is taken in this river is known as “Chandrawati” and it is done on the last day of the month of Karthik. During this fair, a huge livestock andcattle fair is also organized and it becomes a great scene for the visitors.
Time : Karthik Purnima October-November
Place : Jhalawar, 85 km from Kota and 301 km from Jaipur
The festival is celebrated in the beautiful city of Bundi which is located amidst the Aravalli Hills and surrounding the beautiful forts and palaces. The fair is organized by the Rajasthan State Tourism Department very gracefully to showcase the arts, heritage, Rajasthani royalty, handicrafts, Rajasthani attires and the folk culture of the state. This fair is a two days affair where thousands of visitors visit here to buy the unique collection of this vivid culture. The visitors can also enjoy the folk dances where the female dances dance with fire pots on their heads and folk song performances by the local artists.
The main attraction of this fair is the a Shobha Yatra or procession, where one can see ethnic sports, folk dance performances, cultural programs and bridal attire competitions. The best part of this procession is the Sparkling fireworks which is a not to miss affair.
Time : November
Place : Bundi, situated at a distance of 210 km from Jaipur airport
This festival is one of the most prominent festivals of the state and the festival is known for its vibrant colours where people celebrate their traditional heritage by wearing colourful costumes and presenting them in different forms. The festival is organized in Alwar every year and the main attraction of this festival is the folk music and dance performances performed by the local artists. People also go for colourful processions which depict the Matsya Desh or the Land of Fish. This fair is a two days affair and includes many adventure sports such as zorbelling ball, parasailing, and hot air ballooning.
The main motive of this fair is to highlight the local adventurous sports and to showcase the Alwar tourism.
Time : November
Place : Alwar, 162 km from Jaipur airport and 167 km from Delhi by road
This unique festival is dedicated to folk music of Rajasthan where the various folk singers participate to showcase their folk culture and music. The festival is held for a week and it could be dedicated as a festival dedicated to music organized by “Lokayan”. The festival is very unique as it is a festival that presents travelling music program comprised of film screenings of Hindi documentaries on Kabir alongside with music performances by local Rajasthani and other national artists.