Festivals (Fairs)

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There are animal fairs, there are religious fairs and there are fairs to make the changing seasons. Infact, celebrations occur almost round the year and are a splendid opportunity for the visitor to experience festivals which involve elephants, camel races, dances and music have been specially organised for the tourists. Among the better know fairs of Rajasthan are:

Urs Ajmer Sharif, Ajmer (According to Lunar Calendar): Held in the memory of the revered Sufi saint Khawaja Moinuddin Chisti, it is an occasion for thousands of believers to congregate at the shrine and offer their prayers. All of Ajmer seems to take on a festive air and several programmes are organised to mark the festivals.

Nagaur Fair, Nagaur (Jan-Feb.): Essentially an animal fair, it provides an opportunity to participate in some of the local sports.

Desert Festival, Jaisalmer (Jan-Feb.): One of the most popular of all festivals it is a journey into the heart of the desert, the golden city of Jaisalmer that has a charm of its own. A true show on the sands which attracts even the much-travelled visitor.

Baneshwar Fair, Baneshwar (Jan-Feb.): A religious festival with simple and traditional rituals. This fair is the centre of attraction of a large number of a larger number of tribals from the neighboring states of Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat who join their brethren from Rajasthan in offering prayers to Lord Shiva.

Gangaur, Jaipur (March-April): A festival devoted t Goddess Paravati, the consort of Lord Shiva. It is time for young girls to dress up in their finery and pray for grooms of their choice while the married womenpray for the well being of their husbands. This 18-days festival is laces with various activities and culminates in a grand procession marking the arrival of Shiva to excort his bride home.

Pushkar Fair, Ajmer (November): The well-know and marked with largest participation of all the festivals of Rajasthan, pushkar is an important pilgrimage as well as the venue of a mammoth cattle fair. Bazaars, auctions, music and sports are highlight of this event.

Mewar Festival, Udaipur (March-April): A festival to welcome the spring season. There is song, dance, processions, devotional music and fireworks where almost everybody participates.

Elephant Festival, Jaipur (March-April): A festival to celebrate Holi, this is a great occasion for the visitor to watch several elephant sports and also play this festival of colours. A show is organised with the elephants turning out in their best finery.

Summer Festival, Mt. Abu (June): Organised in the only hill station of Rajasthan, this is the coldest places at this time of the year. Folk dances and a general atmosphere of gaiety prevails in this tiny hills resort and the tourist has ample time to relax and enjoy himself.

Chandra Baga Fair At Jhalawar

Dusshera Mela At Kota

 

RAJASTHAN TOURISM FESTIVAL CALENDAR (2000 -2010)

 

Fair Festival

Place

Vikram

Samvat

2010

Camel Festival

Bikaner

Paush-Shukla

31 Dec. 09- 1 Jan. 10

Kite Festival

Jaipur

Makar Sankranti

14 Jan.

Bird Watching

Jaipur

World Wetland Day

1 Feb.

Vintage Car Rally

Jaipur

 

2nd Sun. of Feb.

Nagaur Fair Ramdeoji Cattle Fair

Nagaur

Magh -S (7-10)

22-25 Jan.

Desert Festival

Jaisalmer

Magh - S (13-15)

28-30 Jan.

Baneshwar Fair

Baneshwar

(Dungarpur)

Magh - S (11-15)

26-30 Jan.

Elephant Festival

Jaipur

Phalgun- S -15

28 Feb.

Brij Festival

Jaipur

Phalgun- S (11-13)

25-27 Feb.

Shitala Ashtami

Chaksu

(Jaipur)

Chaitra- K- 8

8 March

Gangaur Festival

Jaipur

Chaitra- S (3-4)

18-19 March

Mewar Festival

Udaipur

Chaitra- S (3-4)

18-19 March

Keladeve Fair

Karauli (S.M'pur)

Chaitra- K (12)

12 March

Mahaveerji Fair

Mahaveerji

Chaitra-

S (9-15)

24-30 April

Summer Festival

Mt. Abu

Fixed Dates

1-3 June

Teej Festival

Jaipur

Shravan- S (3-4)

12-13 Aug.

Gogamedi Fair

Gogamedi

(Ganganagar)

Shravan- S Bhadra

24 Aug.- 23 Sep.

Kajli Teej

Bundi

Bhadra- K (2-3)

26-27 Aug.

Ramdeora Fair

Pokaran

(Jaisalmer)

Bhadra- S (9-10)

17-18 Sep.

Marwar Festival

Jodhpur

Ashwin- S (14-15)

21-22 Oct.

Dussehra Festival

Kota

Ashwin- S

(8-10)

15-17 Oct.

Pushkar Fair

Pushkar
(Ajmer)

Kartik- S (12-15)

18-21 Nov.

Chandrabhaga Fair

Jhalawar

Kartik- S -14

20-22 Nov.

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