8 Amazing Cultural Fairs & Festivals of Rajasthan That Are a Colorful Visual Treat

Beautiful Fairs & Festivals of Rajasthan to Visit Once in a Lifetime

Think about Rajasthan and what comes to the mind is a beautiful riot of colors, vivacious culture, rich traditions, and lively music and dance apart from its royal history and heritage. International travelers on a holiday to Rajasthan love to take part in the amazing fairs and festivals of Rajasthan and plan their travel accordingly.

We’ve tried to bring you some of the majestic Rajasthan festivals that everyone must experience once in their lifetime.

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Popular Fairs & Festivals of Rajasthan

  1. Rajasthan International Folk Festival, Jodhpur

1_Rajasthan International Folk Festival, Jodhpur_2

Scroll Rajasthan famous festivals list and the first name you get is RIFF. Patronized by the Maharaja of Jodhpur, Rajasthan International Folk Festival (RIFF) is held every year in Jodhpur and is recognized as an annual music and art festival to promote Rajasthan’s traditional folk music and arts. The festival marks the participation by over 200 musicians from across the globe at Jodhpur’s Mehrangarh Fort. Celebrated around Sharad Poornima (full moon night of the year), the Rajasthan International Folk Festival is an absolute treat for music and art lovers.

Held in: October

Also Read: Celebrate and be a part of the fairs and festivals of Udaipur

2. Desert Festival, Jaisalmer

2_Desert Festival, JaisalmerDesert Festival in Jaisalmer is a 3-day event held in the month of February and organized by Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation. The festival celebrates the delights of the desert while creating an ambience that is abuzz with live song and dance everywhere. The artists are dressed up in their traditional fineries in the bright colors and exhibit the achievements and hardships of the desert. The festival showcases desert life, rituals, camel races, gymnastic stunts with some unique competitions as longest moustache, turban tying, Mr. Desert pageant, and more. The festival provides three days of many memorable moments with stalls selling authentic and delicious Rajasthani food, handicrafts, and souvenirs.

Held in: February

Also Read: Festive Calendar of India – Visit India at Right Occasions

3. Pushkar Fair, Pushkar

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Pushkar Fair, held in Pushkar derived its name for the lake Pushkar, where the fair is celebrated every year. It is India is largest camel and livestock fair organized every year in Rajasthan and is a spectacular five-day camel event. Initially celebrated as a livestock fair for buying and selling camels, Pushkar Fair now attracts hordes of tourists every year that come to Pushkar to enjoy the cultural showcase of art, music, dance, puppet shows, races, gypsy dance, and other competitions. It’s believed that a trip to Rajasthan is incomplete without visiting Pushkar Fair to admire its culture bonanza.

Held in: November

Also Read: Pushkar fair

4. Teej Festival, Jaipur

4_Teej Festival, Jaipur

Teej, one of the most popular names in the list of festivals of Rajasthan, celebrates the union of Lord Shiva and Parvati and is a momentous festival for Rajasthani women to pray for long life of their husband and marital accord. Teej festival is marked by women dressing up in their traditional clothes, jewellery, makeup, applying mehendi on their palms, observe fast without food and water to pray for the marital bliss in their lives. The women, on this day, sing and dance to traditional Rajasthani folk music and receive gifts from their husbands and families. On the day of festival, a procession with decorated idol of Goddess Parvati is carried out on the streets of Jaipur with locals and tourists thronging to immerse in the cultural revelry.

Held in: August-September

Also Read: Vivacious Teej Festival in India: A Festival to Swing, Dance & Rejoice

5. Gangaur Festival, Jaipur

5_Gangaur Festival, Jaipur

Gangaur festival in Jaipur commemorates Goddess Parvati and her homecoming and is celebrated on a grand level. Celebrated amongst huge fanfare by women of Rajasthan, Gangaur festival in Jaipur is celebrated by carrying out a procession of decked up idol of Goddess Gauri all over the city. The large procession is accompanied by elephants, chariots, old palanquins, and women singing and dancing to traditional Rajasthani folk music, which is a signature celebration style about Rajasthan festivals.

Held in: March

Also Read: About Rajasthan

6. International Kite Festival, Jodhpur

6_International Kite Festival, Jodhpur

International Kite Festival in Jodhpur is celebrated every year to enlighten the spirit of Makar Sakranti. Simply put, Jodhpur International Desert Kite Festival is a kite flying competition where in the sky seems to be painted with myriad of colorful and magnificent sights of kites in different shapes and sizes. Children release balloons in the sky, which when merged with kites, present a picture worth looking at!

Held in: January

Also Read: About Rajasthan

7. Jaipur Literature Festival, Jaipur

7_Jaipur Literature Festival, Jaipur

Jaipur Literature Festival is the world’s largest free literary festival across the world. The festival witnesses who’s who of the literary world coming together under one roof at Diggi Palace in Jaipur. Booker prize winners, debut novelists, Nobel laureates, and more gather to engage in five days of extensive discussions, readings, and debates. It is not an occasion to miss for the budding novelists and writers to come face to face with the established authors or those who like to explore much about famous Indian authors.

Held in: January

Also Read: A Foodie’s Guide to 10 Chosen Rajasthan Delicacies

8. Summer and Winter Festivals, Mt. Abu

8_Summer and Winter Festivals, Mt. Abu

Mount Abu, being the only hill station in Rajasthan, celebrates the Summer and Winter Festival twice in the year, once in May and secondly in December. The festival is celebrated to showcase the culture and warmth of the people of Rajasthan. The day marks carrying out processions all over the city accompanied by folk dances, music, and range of competitions followed by dazzling fireworks.

Held in: May, December

These are some of the names of the Rajasthan famous festivals list that make up for this unique melting pot of heritage, culture, and novelty – Rajasthan. Now that you know the months and the celebration rituals of Rajasthan traditional festivals, why don’t you give a thought about planning a family holiday to Rajasthan, India from Vue India Tours, one of the most trusted names in the list of tour operators in India.

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