The wonderful land of Kings and Rajwadas, Rajasthan has its own enriched with colorful culture and heritage. From endless sand dunes to splendid lakes, this royal state allures a huge of tourists including domestic as well as travelers from abroad. Besides the vibrant culture, wildlife safaris, scrumptious cuisine and camel safaris, the enthralling essence of Rajasthan is simply expressed in its regional fairs and colorful festivals. Read on to know more about the glory of these fairs and festivals, also know when you should travel to this beautiful city to witness these festivals.
Brij Mahotsav (Festival), Bharatpur
Celebrated in the month of March some days before Holi (the Indian festival of colors), Brij Mahotsav is commemorated with enormous fanfare in Bharatpur, Rajasthan. This colorful festival is celebrated in the honour of Hindu God, Lord Krishna who was believed to be grown up in Brij Bhumi. A major attraction of this celebration is special Raslila Dance (dance projecting the eternal love-story of Radha and Krishna), which is performed by local villagers of Bharatpur in multitued dresses.
Pushkar Mela (Fair), Pushkar
As the name says, Pushkar Mela (Fair) is conducted in Pushkar, a small yet renowned town, situated in the hinterlands of the state of Rajasthan. Representing the real culture, color and art of this town, ‘Pushkar Fair’ is a five-day camel fair organized by the Tourism Department of Rajasthan. This fair is one of the biggest and one-of-its kind unique animal fair in the entire world. Apart from the cattle trading, the colorfully dressed folk dancers, comedy shows, acrobatic acts and puppet shows are some of the major highlights of Pushkar Mela.
Desert Festival, Jaisalmer
Conducted in the winter season (during the months of January-February) by the Department of Tourism of Rajasthan, the ‘Desert festival’ is one of the most famous festivals of Rajasthan. The festival is celebrated on the shimmering yellow sands of the endless Thar Desert and the empty Thar Desert near Jaisalmer. The Desert Festival is a three day celebration that makes the colorful and vibrant folk culture of the region simply alive. It attracts a large number of foreign tourists because, the celebration includes local men and women (traditionally attired) sing and dance lasting ballads of valor, romance and tragedy.
Summer Festival, Mount Abu
As the name suggests, the ‘Summer Festival’ is conducted every year in the month of June in Mount Abu, the only hill station in the deserted land of Rajasthan. It is a three day festival that commemorates the tribal culture and life of the state of Rajasthan amidst the pleasing climate, quiet lake and steep rocks in Mount Abu. This charismatic festival features notable folk music & dance shows, sporting boat race over the Nakki Lake and Sham-e-Qawwali etc. The last event to mark the end of the festival is the dazzling fireworks.
Apart from these, Camel Festival, Gangaur Festival, Marwar Festival, Teej Festival, Kite Festival, Kota Dussehra, Karni Mata Fair, Sheetla Mata Fair, Urs Fair (Ajmer) are some of the other most popular fairs and festivals celebrated in Rajasthan.