Arguably, Rajasthan is the only state in the entire country that has the most colorful culture and traditions. No wonder why most of the foreign tourists choose this north Indian dry state to start their Indian tour. The major credit goes to the festivals that get celebrated all across the year in this wonderful historic land.
Here are few such festivals that are celebrated in Rajasthan that you must visit.
Bikaner Camel Festival- Known as the ship of the desert, the camel is one of the most favorite animals of the state. In order to celebrate the grandeur of this huge animal, the annual camel festival takes place in the city of Bikaner in the month of January each year. This festival is a must visit as the camel owners from all over the state arrive here and showcase the talents their animals possess.
Desert Festival- The festival takes place in the beginning of the year, in January or February. It happens to be a three day event that celebrates the wide Thar Desert in the state. The event takes place in the desert and would be better to call it a desert fare. It is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the state and a great way to experience Rajasthan in all its might.
Mewar Festival- The month of March-April is considered to be the best to visit the colorful city of Udaipur. This is the time when the Mewar festival takes place and the entire city is bathed in colors and brightness. A grand celebration follows and the locals can be seen organizing it with high octane energy. This is one of the most visited festivals by the tourists after the annual camel race.
Teej Festival- The Teej festival is also known as the celebration for the arrival of the beautiful spring season. The festival originated in Rajasthan and now it gets celebrated in almost all the major parts of the country. The women tie ropes on the trees and enjoy swinging on them. This is a very ancient festival that is around for quite a lot of time.
Marwar Festival- Jodhpur is the location and October/November is the time when this festival takes place. The Marwar festival is the celebration of the folk heroes that constitutes the glorious history of the state. The city comes alive as the day approaches and everyone celebrates it with a great joy and enthusiasm that perfectly showcases the greatness of Rajasthan as a state.
Rajasthan International Folk Festival, Jodhpur
RIFF is an annual music and art festival that promotes traditional folk music and arts. Celebrated around Sharad Purnima, the festival offers a delightful time to the visitors. The festival is held in the month of October during 23rd October to 27th October.
If you are a folk music lover, this festival is a must visit for you.
The distinctively exceptional festival is hailed as a “People’s Platform for Creativity and Sustainable Development” and supported by the Maharaja of Jodhpur and Sir Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones.
Pushkar Fair, Pushkar
The Pushkar Fair is the most well known of all desert festivals. It’s a spectacular five-day camel and livestock fair, fair held in the town of Pushkar, where thousand of devotees take plunge in the sacred lake of Pushkar.
The celebrations of this festival also coincide with the religious occasion of Kartik Ekadashi, when the Pushkar lake was supposed to be created by Lord Brahma. Primarily a livestock fair which observes the buying and selling of camels, the Pushkar fair is a center of attention for hordes of tourists and this is what makes it a true cultural bonanza of art.
There are many other festivals such as the Gangaur festival and Jaipur Literature festival which are as important as the ones we have just mentioned. Rajasthan’s essence lies in its people and the different ways in which they are known to celebrate these festivals. It makes the people to keep themselves in touch with the age old customs that they are very proud of.