The state of Rajasthan is known for its vibrancy of colours in everyday life, even in the heart of the arid Thar Desert. A diversity of fairs and festivals entice both local and foreign toursists to indulge in the display of Rajasthani lifestyle. Discover the many fairs and festivals of Rajasthan and you will be left with unforgettable experiences.
22nd - 24th March 2015
L: One of many things to expect at the Mewar Festival
R: Women at the Gangaur Festival
The annual Mewar Festival in Udaipur is a World Living Heritage festival that welcomes the spring season. Udaipur is a city steeped with the history, arts, culture and landmarks of the Mewar kingdom throughout the Rajputana Agency. This festival of Rajasthan, which closes with a spectacular firework display, is a celebration of Mewar heritage. The city bursts into a plethora of colours and festivities. See the finest, most intricate traditional Rajasthani costumes adorned by women, watch exuberant performances of folk songs and dances, and discover the traditional Mewar handicrafts and its artisans. The Mewar Festival coincides with the religious Gangaur Festival, where girls and women pay tribute to the union of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati.
2nd - 4th May 2015
The Summer Festival at Mount Abu
The three-day summer festival is held in the hill station town of Mount Abu each May on Buddha Purnima, otherwise known as Wesak. This festival is only celebrated at Mount Abu, in celebration of the traditions and cheery culture of the people who have resided there for generations, since the time of the British Raj. Much like the Rajput Kings of the past, who made Mount Abu their summer resort, tourists can relax in this retreat of one of the most entertaining festivals of Rajasthan. From the morning to the night, one can immerse themselves in the captivating folk performances, from ballads to dances. Beginning at the RTDC Hotel Shikhar, celebrations proceed to the Nakki Lake Chowk where rowing commences. Throughout the last two days, one can get lost in the array of fun-filled races, from skating to boating to Panihari Matka.
7th - 14th November 2016
The Pushkar Camel Fair
A visit to Rajasthan is incomplete without having experienced the Pushkar Camel Fair, one of the most especial festivals of Rajasthan. The Pushkar Camel Fair, locally known as Pushkar ka Mela, is held for two weeks every November, in conjunction with the Kartik Purnima full moon. This traditional unique festival of Rajasthan is an extravagant experience and spectacle that attracts not only over 400,00 humans, but also 11,000 camels, horses and cattle. The fair boasts attractions other than the buying and selling of livestock. Visitors are treated to eclectic competitions such as bridal competitions and who has the longest moustache. Sports lovers from around the world can even play a match of cricket with the local Pushkar club. When planning your visit to the fair, be sure to book your place at Camp Bliss. The tented luxury camp for one to stay at throughout their experience at the Pushkar Camel Fair, one of the most long-standing traditional festivals of Rajasthan.
Images: One Tikk, Wikipedia, Pushkar Camel Fair, Travel Ideas