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Festivals and Events in Rajasthan

January/February

Camel Festival at Bikaner is a festival dedicated to the indispensable ‘ship of the desert’. The festival starts with a colourful procession of decorated camels followed by displays and the music and rhythm that make up Rajasthan. Nagaur Fair held in Nagaur is one of the largest cattle fairs bustling with activities, games and camel races.

The Desert Festival at Jaisalmer is a three-day extravaganza of colour, music and gaiety. ‘Gair’ and fire dancers sway to traditional tunes. A turban tying competition and a Mr. Desert contest, camel rides and folk dances on the sand dunes at Sam are part of the festivities.

March

Elephant Festival in Jaipur feature pachyderms in a big way with elephant races, elephant polo and elephant tug-of-war (between animal and man)! Gangaur Festival heralds in 18 days of festivities all across Rajasthan, dedicated to Gauri (consort of Lord Shiva). Colourful processions with the town band, horses and elaborate palanquins make it a fascinating experience in Jaipur.

Mewar Festival (Udaipur)

This is a festival welcoming spring with food, song and dance. Colourfully attired women take images of Goddess Gauri to Lake Pichola for immersion in a procession of boats that signals the culmination of the celebrations.

May

The Urs of the Sufi saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti is held at his Dargah (mausoleum) in Ajmer. The Urs is an annual gathering of people from all religions and all walks of life who come to pay homage to the saint on his death anniversary. A huge fair offers religious books, rosaries, mementoes, embroidered carpets and silver ornaments for sale.

June

Summer Festival celebrates the warmth of the season in the cooler environs of Rajasthan’s only hill station, Mt Abu. Exuberant celebrations in this sylvan retreat with tribal festivities, folk and classical music amidst verdant settings make this a joyous event.

July

Teej Fair (Jaipur) The festival of swings heralds the advent of the monsoons. Colourfully attired women sway on decorated swings hung from trees, and sing joyous songs.

October/November

Marwar Festival (Jodhpur) Folk artistes bring alive the legends of earlier times narrating through song and dance the romance and chivalry of the life and times of the region’s heroes and heroines. Pushkar Mela (Pushkar) is a `mela’ or fair famous for cattle and camel trading. Camel racing adds flavour to the `business’ environment while the spiritual throng the Brahma temple, the only one dedicated to the creator of the Hindu universe.


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