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  • PUSHKAR FAIR

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    PUSHKAR FAIR

    The Pushkar Fair (Pushkar Camel Fair) or Pushkar Mela, as it is locally known as, is an annual weeklong camel and livestock fair held in the town of Pushkar between the months of October and November. It is one of the world's largest camel...

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    PUSHKAR FAIR

    The Pushkar Fair (Pushkar Camel Fair) or Pushkar Mela, as it is locally known as, is an annual weeklong camel and livestock fair held in the town of Pushkar between the months of October and November. It is one of the world's largest camel fairs. Apart from the buying and selling of livestock, it has become an important tourist attraction. Competitions such as the ‘matka phod’, ‘longest moustache’ and ‘bridal competition’ are the main draws for this fair which attracts thousands of tourists. In recent years, the fair has also included an exhibition cricket match between the local Pushkar Club and a team of foreign tourists.

    Pushkar
  • KOLAYAT FAIR

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    KOLAYAT FAIR

    The Kolayat Fair of Bikaner holds great importance for the locals who eagerly await it. Tourists also experience a great time as the fair is celebrated on an expansive scale. Also known as ‘Kapil Muni Fair’, it is held in the month of...

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    KOLAYAT FAIR

    The Kolayat Fair of Bikaner holds great importance for the locals who eagerly await it. Tourists also experience a great time as the fair is celebrated on an expansive scale. Also known as ‘Kapil Muni Fair’, it is held in the month of November. The pomp and show of the fair is not its only attraction as it also possesses great religious significance. A large number of devotees visit the fair to take a holy dip in the Kolayat Lake. It is believed that a holy dip can absolve them of all their sins.

    Bikaner
  • CHANDRABHAGA FAIR

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    CHANDRABHAGA FAIR

    Every year, the Chandrabhaga Fair in Rajasthan welcomes thousands of visitors and participants from all over the nation. It is held at Jhalrapatan, situated at a distance of about six kilometres from Jhalawar, in the month of Kartik (...

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    CHANDRABHAGA FAIR

    Every year, the Chandrabhaga Fair in Rajasthan welcomes thousands of visitors and participants from all over the nation. It is held at Jhalrapatan, situated at a distance of about six kilometres from Jhalawar, in the month of Kartik (October and November). This fair attracts travellers, pilgrims and explorers alike with rituals and traditions practiced in this region. A lot of pilgrims assemble on the banks of river Chandrabhaga during the fair and participate in this gala event. The festival, named after the river Chrandrabhaga, is considered very sacred by the people of Rajasthan. People travel from far just for a dip in the river as they believe this will purify their souls. A huge cattle fair is also organised here, where livestock such as cows, horses, buffaloes, camels and bullocks are purchased from various parts for resale. The fair includes several spiritual and traditional activities. During the fair, the Department of Tourism organises activities over a course of 3 days like traditional Deepdan, Shobha Yatra and various competitions as well as cultural evenings.

    Jhalawar
  • MATSYA FESTIVAL

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    MATSYA FESTIVAL

    The Matsya festival of Alwar held in November over two days is the foremost of all fairs and festivals of Rajasthan. It is celebrated to glorify the prosperity, traditional values and colourful customs of the region. This festival is...

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    MATSYA FESTIVAL

    The Matsya festival of Alwar held in November over two days is the foremost of all fairs and festivals of Rajasthan. It is celebrated to glorify the prosperity, traditional values and colourful customs of the region. This festival is renowned for its colourful processions, cultural performances, an array of sporting events and impressive artistic exhibitions. The magnificence of Alwar’s numerous palaces and forts, lakes, hunting lodges, archaeological sites and thick forests, make it a delightful setting for a flamboyant celebration.

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  • BUNDI FESTIVAL

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    BUNDI FESTIVAL

    The Bundi Festival is celebrated in the month of Kartik (October-November) and includes several spiritual and traditional activities. It is a remarkable cluster of traditional art, culture and craftsmanship and visitors are left charmed by...

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    BUNDI FESTIVAL

    The Bundi Festival is celebrated in the month of Kartik (October-November) and includes several spiritual and traditional activities. It is a remarkable cluster of traditional art, culture and craftsmanship and visitors are left charmed by its magnificence. The program includes a colourful Shobha Yatra, arts & crafts fair, ethnic sports, cultural exhibition, classical music & dance program, turban competitions, bridal clothing, musical band competitions, and a sparkling fireworks display. Early in the morning, after the full moon night of Kartik Purnima, women and men clad in attractive colourful costumes light diyas or lamps on the banks of River Chambal and seek blessings.

    Bundi
  • KUMBHALGARH FESTIVAL

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    KUMBHALGARH FESTIVAL

    The Kumbhalgarh fort, cradled in the Aravali Ranges, north of Udaipur, hosts the vibrant and colourful Kumbhalgarh Festival. This three-day festival is an incredible effort by the Department Of Tourism of the state to promote the culture...

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    KUMBHALGARH FESTIVAL

    The Kumbhalgarh fort, cradled in the Aravali Ranges, north of Udaipur, hosts the vibrant and colourful Kumbhalgarh Festival. This three-day festival is an incredible effort by the Department Of Tourism of the state to promote the culture and heritage of Rajasthan. The event is divided into two parts- day and night. In the daytime there is the folk performances by traditional artistes and competitions like turban tying and henna applying. On the other hand, the night is filled with impressive explosions of lights, sound, colours and dance. The Kumbhalgarh Festival is a must visit for ardent patrons of art, music and dance. Visit Rajasthan Tourism Facebook Page for more details. The Udaipur Airport is the closest and is located 98 kilometres away.

    Udaipur
  • RANAKPUR FESTIVAL

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    RANAKPUR FESTIVAL

    Located in district Pali is the city of Ranakpur that becomes the delightful setting for one of the most popular festivals of Rajasthan. Organized by the Department of Tourism, this festival offers a unique insight into the local culture...

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    RANAKPUR FESTIVAL

    Located in district Pali is the city of Ranakpur that becomes the delightful setting for one of the most popular festivals of Rajasthan. Organized by the Department of Tourism, this festival offers a unique insight into the local culture and heritage. With fun activities like yoga, nature walks at the foothills in forests of aravallis, visits to the Ranakpur Jain temple, hot air ballooning, interesting activities like : tug of war, beautiful decorations, cultural programmes, the open air amphitheater at Sun Temple showcases attractive folk and classical performances every evening and much more, the Ranakpur Festival is something you simply cannot miss. This festival is usually held on the 21st and 22nd of December every year, playing host to tourists from all corners of the globe, to immerse them in a colorful affair of cultural festivity.

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  • WINTER FESTIVAL – MT. ABU

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    WINTER FESTIVAL – MT. ABU

    The annual Winter Festival held at Mount Abu in December pays homage to the rich culture and tradition of Rajasthan. The much-talked about event is a rare combination of cultural vibrancy, stunning handicrafts and delicious food, set...

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    WINTER FESTIVAL – MT. ABU

    The annual Winter Festival held at Mount Abu in December pays homage to the rich culture and tradition of Rajasthan. The much-talked about event is a rare combination of cultural vibrancy, stunning handicrafts and delicious food, set against a scenic backdrop. This three day extravaganza brings together craftsmen and performers from every corner of the state. It is also known for its sporting and entertainment events, such as kite flying, rowing competitions and poetry reading sessions. Also, it is the only festival in Rajasthan where cricket has been introduced as a part of the celebration. A grand procession marks the beginning of the festival. It culminates at the Nakki Lake with the ‘Deepdaan’ ceremony in the evening, where hundreds of diyas (earthen lamps) are set afloat in the water as a form of respect. A stunning display of fireworks ends the festival on a spectacular note. The dates for 2016 are 29th December and 30th December. The Udaipur Airport is the closest and is located 175 kilometres away.

    Udaipur
  • FESTIVALS

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    CAMEL FESTIVAL

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    Bikaner Camel Festival is an annual festival dedicated to the ship of the desert. Organised by Rajasthan Tourism in the month of January, the celebrations include camel races, camel milking, fur cutting design, best breed competition, camel...

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    FESTIVALS

    Bikaner Camel Festival is an annual festival dedicated to the ship of the desert. Organised by Rajasthan Tourism in the month of January, the celebrations include camel races, camel milking, fur cutting design, best breed competition, camel acrobatics and camel beauty pageants. The camels themselves are beautifully bedecked and form a colourful spectacle against the red backdrop of the Junagarh Fort. There's plenty of scope for eating, souvenir-shopping and photography at this festival. Other sights to watch out for include the skirt-swirling folk dancers, fire dancers and the spectacular fireworks show, that lights up the night sky above the fortified Desert City.

    Bikaner
  • KITE FESTIVAL

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    KITE FESTIVAL

    The Kite Festival is a bright celebration unique to Rajasthan. This festival is a wonderful spectacle as kites take to the sky all across the state. While one can enjoy colourful kites in a variety of shapes and sizes, the celebration looks...

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    KITE FESTIVAL

    The Kite Festival is a bright celebration unique to Rajasthan. This festival is a wonderful spectacle as kites take to the sky all across the state. While one can enjoy colourful kites in a variety of shapes and sizes, the celebration looks truly spectacular in the evening, when fireworks alongside kites with lights in them, brighten the city’s skyline. Celebrated across the state of Rajasthan, the festivities peak in Jaipur. If you enjoy kite flying, you should visit the city on or around 14th January of any year. On this occassion, the Department of Tourism organizes a festival where tourists can enjoy kite flying along with various cultural performances.

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  • JAIPUR LITERATURE FEST

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    JAIPUR LITERATURE FEST

    Expanding the horizons of literature, the Jaipur Literature Festival taking...

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    JAIPUR LITERATURE FEST

    Expanding the horizons of literature, the Jaipur Literature Festival taking place at the Diggi Palace, Jaipur from 19th to 23rd January, 2017 invites some of the finest writers rather, the crème de la crème of the literary landscape under one roof. Described as the ‘greatest literary show on Earth’, this festival celebrates writers from all across the world. The Jaipur Literature Festival marks that period in the month of January when readers flock to satiate their voracious appetite for deep thoughts and being an inch closer to their favourite writers.

    Jaipur
  • NAGAUR FAIR

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    NAGAUR FAIR

    The Nagaur Fair is the second biggest fair in India. Held every year between the months of January and February, it is popularly known as the Cattle Fair of Nagaur as this is where owners gather to trade animals. Approximately 70,000...

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    NAGAUR FAIR

    The Nagaur Fair is the second biggest fair in India. Held every year between the months of January and February, it is popularly known as the Cattle Fair of Nagaur as this is where owners gather to trade animals. Approximately 70,000 bullocks, camels and horses are traded every year at this fair. The animals are lavishly decorated and even their owners dress up with colourful turbans and long moustaches. Besides cattle, sheep, horses and even spices are traded. Other attractions include the Mirchi Bazaar (largest red chilli market of India), sale of wooden items, iron-crafts and camel leather accessories. Several sports are also held during the fair. These include tug-of-war, camel races and bullock races. Nagaur fair is also famous for its jugglers, puppeteers, storytellers, etc.

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  • LAKE FESTIVAL

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    LAKE FESTIVAL

    Often referred to as the ‘Venice of the East’, Udaipur is the host to the...

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    LAKE FESTIVAL

    Often referred to as the ‘Venice of the East’, Udaipur is the host to the upcoming Udaipur Lake Festival, free for the entrants. Beginning on 11th Feb, 2016, the Lake Festival is a four day long affair held at the banks of Fatehsagar Lake and Lake Pichola inviting some of the most eminent music artists like Indian Ocean and Prem Joshua & Band to perform live on a floating stage. One shall also get to watch and experience a few competitive disciplines like kayaking, canoeing and rowing. The programme starts with a National Championship of Dragon Boat and Canoe Polo. Following to which the still waters shall reflect the colours of the beautiful kites soaring high in the sky. Band Display, Night Glow, Magical Moments etc are other highlights of this amazing festival. However, the last day is embellished with a Floating Market in the Pichola Lake along with a Srinathji boat Tableau on display. The myriad of colours exhibited under the evening skies during the Light and Sound Show at the Gangur Ghat will steal your heart Programme Schedule at Fateh Sagar Lake 11th Feb Opening Ceremony at 12.15 pm followed by Open National Championship of Dragon Boat & Canoe Polo 11th Feb-14th Feb (all day long) • Kite Flying & Kite Exhibition • Dragon Boat & Canoe Polo • Demonstration of Kayaking, Canoeing & Rowing 11th Feb- 14th Feb (5 pm onwards) • Band Display • Night Glow • Magical Moments 11th Feb- 12th Feb (7.30 pm) • Cultural Evenings Programme Schedule at Lake Pichola 11th Feb- 14th Feb • Floating Market (9am Onwards) • Shrinathji Boat Tableau (9am Onwards) • Light & Sound show on water curtain at Gangaur Ghat (7 pm onwards) *Programmes are subject to change

    Udaipur
  • BANESHWAR FAIR

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    BANESHWAR FAIR

    Baneshwar Fair is a popular tribal festival held in the Baneshwar Temple of Dungarpur. This festival, held on the full moon day of February or Magh Shukla Purnima, attracts a large number of tourists. On this pious occasion, Bhils travel...

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    BANESHWAR FAIR

    Baneshwar Fair is a popular tribal festival held in the Baneshwar Temple of Dungarpur. This festival, held on the full moon day of February or Magh Shukla Purnima, attracts a large number of tourists. On this pious occasion, Bhils travel all the way from Gujarat, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh to take a dip at the confluence of the rivers, Mahi and Som. In addition to this fair, the Vagad Festival is also one of the popular celebrations of Dungarpur. This festival showcases dance forms and music from the region. Holi, the popular Hindu festival, is celebrated here with tribal dances.

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  • UDAIPUR WORLD MUSIC FESTIVAL

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    UDAIPUR WORLD MUSIC FESTIVAL

    The City of Lakes sings a different tune come February. Udaipur plays host to the fourth edition of the Udaipur World Music Festival...

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    UDAIPUR WORLD MUSIC FESTIVAL

    The City of Lakes sings a different tune come February. Udaipur plays host to the fourth edition of the Udaipur World Music Festival. Organized by SEHER, this festival brings together global artists and ensembles from over 20 countries including Iran, Spain, Brazil, Senegal, France, Portugal, Italy and India, amongst other nations. The event is designed to cater to the music sensibilities of people across different ages and from all walks of life. An absolute once-in-a-lifetime experience, this one is a sheer treat for lovers of good music.

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  • DESERT FESTIVAL

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    DESERT FESTIVAL

    Once a year, the empty sands around Jaisalmer come alive with a mesmerising performance on the sand dunes in the form of the Desert Festival. The festival, organised by the Department of Tourism around January-February, goes on for three...

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    DESERT FESTIVAL

    Once a year, the empty sands around Jaisalmer come alive with a mesmerising performance on the sand dunes in the form of the Desert Festival. The festival, organised by the Department of Tourism around January-February, goes on for three whole days and lets you enjoy the rich and colourful Rajasthani folk culture. Rajasthani men and tall, beautiful women dressed in their best and brightest costumes dance and sing ballads of valour, romance and tragedy, while traditional musicians attempt to outdo each other to showcase their musical superiority. The high points of the festival are puppeteers, acrobats, camel tattoo shows, camel races, camel polo, traditional processions, camel mounted bands, folk dances, etc.

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  • JAIPUR PHOTO

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    JAIPUR PHOTO

    Imagine taking a stroll across the most intricately designed heritage properties...

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    JAIPUR PHOTO

    Imagine taking a stroll across the most intricately designed heritage properties in Jaipur. And then chancing upon contemporary art in the form of picture perfect photographs. These admirable pictures will teleport you a different world altogether. Well, here's some good news: this is not just a fraction of your imagination but actually takes place at the Jaipur Photo. Held every year in the month of February, this event sees internationally renowned guest curators set up this exceptional display. It is not only a great platform for photography enthusiasts but is also known to propagate contemporary visual culture.

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  • Jaipur International Jazz & Blues Festival

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    Jaipur International Jazz & Blues Festival

    The Jaipur International Jazz and Blues Festival is a dynamic festival that aims to open the world of Jazz and Blues to a wider audience. Jaipur will have its first true Jazz and Blues Festival at the iconic Central Park...

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    Jaipur International Jazz & Blues Festival

    The Jaipur International Jazz and Blues Festival is a dynamic festival that aims to open the world of Jazz and Blues to a wider audience. Jaipur will have its first true Jazz and Blues Festival at the iconic Central Park. Jazz & Blues are often referred to as cousins, with varying theories that one has its roots in the other. Having spread around the world, they have drawn on local, national, and regional musical cultures, their aesthetics adapted to varied environments, giving rise to many distinctive sub genres. This festival will showcase Jazz & Blues Bands from different countries including India.

    Jaipur
  • BRAJ HOLI

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    BRAJ HOLI

    The Braj festival in Rajasthan is held every year for two days in the Shukla Paksha of the Phalgun month, a few days prior to Holi. This festival is dedicated to Lord Krishna who is believed to have spent a considerable amount of time in a...

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    BRAJ HOLI

    The Braj festival in Rajasthan is held every year for two days in the Shukla Paksha of the Phalgun month, a few days prior to Holi. This festival is dedicated to Lord Krishna who is believed to have spent a considerable amount of time in a region called Braj in Rajasthan. This festival not only replicates the spirit of Holi but also impersonates the timeless love of Radha and Krishna. The highlight of this festival is the Raslila dance performed with great zest and unity. The entire town is painted and no one is spared from being splashed with colours. The festival is celebrated with great pomp and ceremony in Deeg, Kaman and Bharatpur in the Bharatpur District.

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  • DHULANDI FESTIVAL

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    DHULANDI FESTIVAL

    Dhulandi Festival (Festival of Colours) is celebrated all over India a day after Holika Dahan and marks the beginning of spring. On this day, young and old alike play with colours and water, and the celebrations can last for the better part...

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    DHULANDI FESTIVAL

    Dhulandi Festival (Festival of Colours) is celebrated all over India a day after Holika Dahan and marks the beginning of spring. On this day, young and old alike play with colours and water, and the celebrations can last for the better part of the day. The festival is celebrated in a very special way in Jaipur, where the Department of Tourism organizes an event meant especially for foreign tourists. The event is held on the lawns of the Khasa Kothi hotel and visitors to the event can have a grand time playing with dry colours while dancing to Rajasthani folk music performed by local artists. Come envelop yourself in the colours of spring! Witness stunning cultural performances by folk artists.

    Jaipur
  • RAJASTHAN FESTIVAL

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    RAJASTHAN FESTIVAL

    Bright, multihued and the 'Land of Kings' - Rajasthan, celebrates its foundation day in a radiant and invigorating 3 day event. Celebrated as Rajasthan Festival – 3 day long festival will be celebrated in Jaipur and all over the State, reliving its heritage and stories. Organised by Tourism Department of Rajasthan, this long festivity has day packed programmes ranging from morning chants to musical evenings...

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    RAJASTHAN FESTIVAL

    Bright, multihued and the 'Land of Kings' - Rajasthan, celebrates its foundation day in a radiant and invigorating 3 day event. Celebrated as Rajasthan Festival – 3 day long festival will be celebrated in Jaipur and all over the State, reliving its heritage and stories. Organised by Tourism Department of Rajasthan, this long festivity has day packed programmes ranging from morning chants to musical evenings. With something that connects with every age group, Rajasthan Festival will be a testimony of vivacious musical concerts, harmonious religious chants, captivating film festivals, musical night, army pageant, police tattoo show, heritage fashion show, grand closing ceremony and much more. Delightful weather, vibrating liveliness and revitalizing culture of Rajasthan to cheer up, this March, come and experience this fun filled journey.

    Jaipur
  • GANGAUR FESTIVAL

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    GANGAUR FESTIVAL

    Gangaur is one of the most important festivals in Rajasthan. In some form or the other, it is celebrated all over Rajasthan. “Gan” is a synonym for Lord Shiva & “Gauri” or “Gaur” stands for Goddess Parvati, the heavenly consort of Lord...

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    GANGAUR FESTIVAL

    Gangaur is one of the most important festivals in Rajasthan. In some form or the other, it is celebrated all over Rajasthan. “Gan” is a synonym for Lord Shiva & “Gauri” or “Gaur” stands for Goddess Parvati, the heavenly consort of Lord Shiva. Gangaur celebrates the union of the two and is a symbol of conjugal & marital happiness. Gangaur is celebrated in the month of Chaitra (March-April), the first month of the Hindu calendar. This month marks the end of winter & the onset of spring. This festival is celebrated especially by women, who worship clay idols of “Gan” & “Gauri” in their houses. These idols are worshipped by unmarried girls who seek the blessings of Gan & Gauri for a good husband, while the married women pray for the good health and long life of their husbands. This worship which starts from the first day of the chaitra month culminates on the 18th day into Gangaur festival with a great religious fervor. On the eve of Gangaur festival, women decorate their palms and fingers with henna. The idols of Gan and Gauri are immersed in a pond or in a nearby lake on the last day of the festival. A traditional procession of Gangaur commences form the Zanani-Deodhi of the City Palace, passing through Tripolia Bazaar, Chhoti Chaupar, Gangauri Bazaar, Chaugan stadium and finally converges near the Talkatora. The procession is headed by a colorful pageantry of old palanquins, chariots, bullock carts and performing folk artists.

    Jaipur
  • MEWAR FESTIVAL

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    MEWAR FESTIVAL

    To experience the colour and joy that fills the people of Rajasthan, visiting Udaipur during the Mewar festival is a highly recommended experience. The festival is observed to welcome the arrival of spring. The spirit of the festival can be...

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    MEWAR FESTIVAL

    To experience the colour and joy that fills the people of Rajasthan, visiting Udaipur during the Mewar festival is a highly recommended experience. The festival is observed to welcome the arrival of spring. The spirit of the festival can be seen throughout the state, but since Udaipur has always been the governing place of Mewar rulers, one can observe the distinct flavours of the festival here. The whole of Udaipur gets drenched in vibrant colours. Local markets and shops decorate their facades with bright lights and decorations. Coinciding with the Gangaur festival, the Mewar festival is equally significant for the womenfolk of Rajasthan. The festival is especially meant for women and presents them with an opportunity to dress in their finest and join the celebrations. Women assemble to dress the images of Isar (Lord Shiva) and Gangaur (Goddess Parvati) and carry them in a procession through the city, finally immersing them in the middle of Pichola Lake. Dances, songs, cultural events and a firework display are highlights of the festival.

    Udaipur
  • SUMMER FESTIVAL - MT. ABU

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    SUMMER FESTIVAL - MT. ABU

    When the harsh summer beats down on the arid land of Rajasthan, its only hill station – Mount Abu provides more than respite as it comes alive with its unique two-day summer festival. Starting on the day of Buddha Poornima, the summer...

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    SUMMER FESTIVAL - MT. ABU

    When the harsh summer beats down on the arid land of Rajasthan, its only hill station – Mount Abu provides more than respite as it comes alive with its unique two-day summer festival. Starting on the day of Buddha Poornima, the summer festival celebrates the vibrancy of Rajasthani culture for over three days. Soulful ballad singing kicks off the summer festival in style and is followed by mesmerizing folk dance styles of Gair, Ghoomar and Daph. The highlight is undoubtedly the Sham-e-Qawwali, which features some of the best folk singers from various parts of India. Along with a colourful showcase of folk culture, the festival also hosts horse racing events, tug of war, skating races, CRPF band show and boat races on the Nakki Lake. The festival concludes with a dazzling display of fireworks and the gorgeous landscape of Mount Abu, with its verdant hills and lakes, make it a one-of-its-kind experience. The Udaipur Airport is the closest and is located 175 kilometres away.

    Udaipur
  • TEEJ FESTIVAL

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    TEEJ FESTIVAL

    Teej refers to all the monsoon festivals observed particularly in the western...

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    TEEJ FESTIVAL

    Teej refers to all the monsoon festivals observed particularly in the western and northern states of India. The festivals celebrate the bounty of nature, arrival of the monsoon, greenery and birds with social activities, rituals & customs. The festival is mainly for women, and includes dancing, singing, getting together with friends and narrating stories, applying henna on hands and feet, wearing brightly coloured lehariya saris, sharing festive foods and playing under trees on swings on Haryali Teej. The festivals are dedicated, in many parts of India, to Goddess Parvati, also known as Teej Mata. Women pray to the goddess seeking the wellness of their husband. On this occassion, a royal procession of Goddess Teej comprising of camels, dancing folk artists, royal palanquins, chariots and bullock carts, starts from the City Palace, winding its way through Tripolia Bazaar and Chhoti Chaupar on both days. The traditional sweet Ghewar is closely associated with the festival and enjoyed heartily over its duration.

    Jaipur
  • KAJLI TEEJ

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    KAJLI TEEJ

    The festival of Kajli Teej is unique to the city of Bundi. A dazzlingly...

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    KAJLI TEEJ

    The festival of Kajli Teej is unique to the city of Bundi. A dazzlingly theatrical and lively event, it is held every year in the month of Bhadra (July-August). This week-long celebration filled with gaiety and fanfare pays homage to Goddess Uma by the seekers of marital bliss and love. Women wear colourful traditional costumes, new sets of bangles and decorate their hands with beautiful henna designs. A local fair is held nearby which is extremely popular with the rural folk around Bundi. Handicrafts such as traditional kataar, paintings, bangles, rural handicrafts and fancy eatables attract many people from Rajasthan, other parts of India and foreign shores. BUNDI

    Bundi
  • ABHANERI FESTIVAL

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    ABHANERI FESTIVAL

    ‘Abhaneri festival’ is named after the village Abhaneri in the Dausa district which is around 90 km from Jaipur on the Agra road. This two-day festival has gained immense popularity amongst the tourists around the globe...

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    ABHANERI FESTIVAL

    ‘Abhaneri festival’ is named after the village Abhaneri in the Dausa district which is around 90 km from Jaipur on the Agra road. This two-day festival has gained immense popularity amongst the tourists around the globe. This year, it will commence from 11th to 12th October with various Rajasthani & local folk performances like Kachhi Ghori, Kalbeliya, Ghoomar, and Bhawai. Festival was initiated by Rajasthan Tourism in 2008, it is of great significance for Rajasthan. The village of Abhaneri was originally named Abha Nagri, meaning "city of brightness”. The place is popular for the Chand Baori-step well, one of the largest step wells built over a thousand years ago. Be a part of the celebrations at Abhaneri and dip into the rustic charm of traditional Rajasthani music.

    Dausa
  • RAJASTHAN KABIR YATRA

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    RAJASTHAN KABIR YATRA

    The Rajasthan Kabir Yatra is a travelling music festival which will journey over...

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    RAJASTHAN KABIR YATRA

    The Rajasthan Kabir Yatra is a travelling music festival which will journey over 6 days in and around Bikaner region, from 11-16 November 2016, creating a space where musicians, artists, scholars, students and seekers can immerse themselves in the voices of Bhakti and Sufi saint-poets such as Kabir, Mira, Bulleh Shah, questioning and dissolving boundaries of caste, class, religion and identity.

    Bikaner
  • ADVENTURE FESTIVAL

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    ADVENTURE FESTIVAL

    The Kota Adventure Festival is held every year during Dusserha (October). Originally started off to boost tourism, this festival is a paradise for adventure-sports lovers. Tourists from across the world can witness various events such...

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    ADVENTURE FESTIVAL

    ADVENTURE FESTIVAL The Kota Adventure Festival is held every year during Dusserha (October). Originally started off to boost tourism, this festival is a paradise for adventure-sports lovers. Tourists from across the world can witness various events such parasailing, rafting, wind surfing, water skiing and kayaking. Apart from these activities, visitors can also indulge in rock climbing, gliding, trekking, angling and rural excursions. The panoramic and stunning view of the Chambal River adds to the beauty and excitement of the Adventure Festival. KOTA

    KOTA
  • DUSSEHRA

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    DUSSEHRA

    Dussehra is a Hindu festival celebrated all over the country. As the name suggests, it is the ‘Tenth Day’ of the fierce battle fought; when Lord Rama killed King Ravana. This holy day marks the victory of good over evil...

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    DUSSEHRA

    Dussehra is a Hindu festival celebrated all over the country. As the name suggests, it is the ‘Tenth Day’ of the fierce battle fought; when Lord Rama killed King Ravana. This holy day marks the victory of good over evil. The Dussehra Festival of Kota is quite a unique experience for both, the residents and tourists. Villagers dress themselves in colourful traditional wear and join long processions to offer their prayers to Lord Rama. Cultural programmes are organised and include scintillating performances by well-known artists. However, the highlight of the festivities is the theatrical representation of the encounter popularly known as ‘Ramleela’. The drama is so highly anticipated among the locals that spectators start chanting the name of Lord Rama during the show. The climax of the show holds most appeal as it ends with setting alight gigantic effigies of the 10-headed Ravana along with his brother Kumbhkarana and his son Meghnath. These 75-feet tall statues are stuffed with crackers and once set on fire, they burst to create an extravagant show.

    KOTA
  • MARWAR FESTIVAL

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    MARWAR FESTIVAL

    The most popular festival in Jodhpur is the Marwar Festival. The two-day festival is held every year in the month of Ashwin (between September and October) in memory of the heroes of Rajasthan. It was originally known as the Maand Festival...

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    MARWAR FESTIVAL

    The most popular festival in Jodhpur is the Marwar Festival. The two-day festival is held every year in the month of Ashwin (between September and October) in memory of the heroes of Rajasthan. It was originally known as the Maand Festival. The main attraction of this festival is the folk music centering around the romantic lifestyle of Rajasthan's rulers. The music and dance of the Marwar region is the main theme of this festival. The folk dancers and singers assemble at the festival and provide lively entertainment. These folk artists give you a peek into the days of yore, of battles and of heroes who live on through their songs. Among other attractions at the festival is the Camel Tattoo Show and various competitions like Moustache, Turban Tying, Tug of War, Matka Race, Traditional Dress Competition and many more. The venues of this festival include the famous Clock Tower & Osian’s sand dunes.

    Jodhpur