“Once upon a time…” these three words have shaped our budding years and with fairytales we are entertained and taught about morals and the victory of good over bad. Stories about king, knights, warrior princesses and castles have always played a key role in our imaginary world and being in the Land of Kings you can truly appreciate the grandeur of the fairytale-esque era. Rajasthan represents all that is aristocratic and opulent with a generous mix of colors, cuisine and culture that will make anyone dance to the beats of their music. This lively land is full of generous locals, golden sand dunes, awe-inspiring architecture and a way to transport you back in time to days of royalty.
A Land of Festivals and Fairs
When a state have such a rich heritage and a grand past, it is unlikely that there will not be any festivities celebrating their culture and history. The top festivals and fairs of Rajasthan are amongst some of the most beautiful and admirable festivities in the country and across the globe. A trip to Rajasthan is incomplete if you have not experienced the fairs and festivals and in order to do so, you must plan your trip to this beautiful land keeping the dates of these celebrations in mind. An amalgamation of tradition, culture, fun and beauty, the Colorful Festivals of Rajasthan brings together various aspects and people from various wake of life to celebrate their beliefs and the diversity of the country.
Festivals That is Beyond Religion
- Teej Festival
- Mewar Festival
- Rajasthan International Folk Festival
- Jaipur Literature Festival
- International Kite Festival
1. Teej Festival
Teej Festival is celebrated during monsoon where married women pray to Lord Shiva and Parvati for the boon of a happy married life. This festival is also a celebration of the monsoons as the desert area receives precious little precipitation. Besides being a celebration of new life, Teej is also celebrated with flower adorned swing hung from trees and women dressed in their traditional garb sing and dance in celebration of a happy life ahead full of blessings. This whole day gala is a sight to behold with decked up homes and women showing their best face and in general being happy.
2. Mewar Festival
Mewar Festival welcomes the season of spring with much aplomb and spirit. Though this festival is celebrated throughout the state of Rajasthan, you would want to be at the epicenter – i.e. Udaipur – to experience the true essence of this festival. Lights and colors are abundant as it represents the brightness and liveliness of spring which is often known to be the season of life. The best time to visit Udaipur & enjoy this festival is during the months of March/April which heralds in the spring season in the northern hemisphere.
3. Rajasthan International Folk Festival
Rajasthan International Folk Festival is held in Jodhpur in the month of October. Celebrated for five days (10th to 14th) this festival is a platform for artists and musicians to showcase their talent to the world. With patrons like the Maharaja of Jodhpur and Rolling Stones’ Sir Mick Jagger, RIFF is the place to be if you are a music lover and love to discover new sounds and voices.
4. Jaipur Literature Festival
Jaipur Literature Festival is, in a way, the life of Rajasthan. Heralded as the greatest and largest literary festival in the world, this week long festival is celebrated in the month of January, ideally towards the beginning. Renowned writers, debaters, philosophers and academicians gather to learn and to impart knowledge amidst fellow thinkers. The JLF is every book lover’s dream festival to meet their favorite writers. Debut writers also aim to have their book launched in this festival.
5. International Kite Festival
International Kite Festival is one of the traditional and most important festivals of Rajasthan. Celebrated around Makar Sankranti, this international festival is all about colors and sweets along with the jubilations of flying your kite higher or screaming kai po che!
All That is Fair
- Pushkar Camel Fair
- Brij Holi
- Shilpgram Crafts Mela
1. Pushkar Camel Fair
Pushkar Camel Fair is a five day fair which attracts camel lovers and merchants who takes part in camel races and enjoy local dance and music. Held every year from the 15th to 23rd November, this fair is colorful and full of delicacies.
2. Brij Holi
Brij Holi is more of a precursor to the actual celebration of Holi but the riots of colors and the enthusiasm that drenches the people is no less than a fair.
3. Shilpgram Crafts Mela
Shilpgram Crafts Mela is the exhibition of everything handmade and hand woven. Garments, home decors, tapestries, you name it they show it. The tourists get to see the genius works of the traditional craftsmanship and also purchase merchandises and goods. Celebrated at the end of December, this colorful mela is a sight to behold.
Being in Rajasthan
Along with the top festivals and fairs of Rajasthan, the state is also ideal for all the history lovers or aspiring thriller writers to go and create some unique ideas – remember the iconic Sonar Kella of Feluda? It was shot here and the story is also based on the real Sonar Kella aka Jaisalmer Fort. With the perfect blend of culture, music, food and vibrancy, Rajasthan not only holds on to the rich past but also creates a beautiful present which paves the way for a splendid future. From forts that gleams to roads that are winding to cities being various shades of a particular color, a trip to Rajasthan is incomplete without visiting the iconic landmarks of Bikhaner, Mt. Abu and Jaisalmer.
Visiting the Magic That is Rajasthan
The top festivals and fairs of Rajasthan, not only comprises of culturally rich celebrations but some upholds their beliefs and traditions along with their proud heritage. And why shouldn’t you, after all being blessed to be born in the land of fairytales, every day becomes a celebration as you stroll through the Pink city of Jaipur or the Blue city of Jodhpur. Every street, every lane is dipped in history and architectural marvel. Thus the trip is incomplete without spending your time at these iconic tourist places to visit in Jaipur. The sense of homecoming mixed with tinges of longing makes Rajasthan familiar yet mysterious. You can travel the lengths and breadth of the place and still feel like you are yet to discover something.