Rajasthani rich culture and traditions are so lively that they are quite famous among all the local and international travellers. Whenever a person thinks about Rajasthan, the first thing that comes to mind is the lively culture, courteous hospitality, colorful music and dance and royal history and heritage. People on Rajasthan tours love to take part in the amazing festivals of the state. Here are some of the Rajasthani festivals that you must experience at least once in your lifetime.
- Rajasthan International Folk Festival in Jodhpur
- Desert Festival in Jaisalmer
- Pushkar Fair in Pushkar
- Teej Festival in Jaipur
- Gangaur in Jaipur
- Jaipur Literature Festival in Jaipur
- Nagaur Fair in Nagaur
- Summer and Winter Festivals in Mount Abu
- World Sufi Spirit Festival in Jodhpur
- Kite Festival of Jodhpur
1. Rajasthan International Folk Festival in Jodhpur
Popularly known by its abbreviated form RIFF, this festival is a significant platform for creativity and sustainable development. The annual music and art festival was patronized by Maharaja of Jodhpur and the Sir Mick Jagger to promote the traditional and folk art and folk music of the state. The festival is celebrated on Sharad Poornima which is considered as the brightest full moon night of the year. Jodhpur’s famous Mehrangarh Fort is the main destination where this festival held. If you ever get a chance to visit this festival during your Jodhpur tourism then do not miss this chance. Watching more than 200 musicians from around the globe attending this festival make an absolute delight for all music and art admirer.
2. Desert Festival in Jaisalmer
Jaisalmer is a beautiful city which is famous for the dessert area that gives the ethnic true looks of Rajasthan. Famous for Camel Safari, Jaisalmer is also known for its very famous Desert Festival. The annual festival is celebrated in the month of February three days prior to the full moon. Evident to its name the festival is celebrated amidst the sand dunes of the dessert. Filled with music, art and food the festival is a perfect delight for all those who are on their Jaisalmer tourism. The artists in this festival are dressed in the vibrant color cloths with traditional jewelries that accomplish the motto of this festival. Several games and activities are held during this festival such as camel races, gymnastic stunts and many more. Amazing competitions such as longest moustache, turban tying and Mr. Ms. Desert are the major attraction of this festival. For food lovers there are plenty of food stalls being present. Along with that souvenir shops selling traditional handicrafts make your 3 days more extravagant and amazing.
3. Pushkar Fair in Pushkar
The one of its kinds Pushkar Festival is one of major reasons for which people from across the globe visit India on their Rajasthan tour packages. The festival generally happens in the month of October when winter season would about to reach on its peak. This is a 5 days of extravagant festival is all about ethnic dance and music, food and fun. This festival is also known for the numbers of livestock especially for the ship of dessert, camel. For this this festival is also known as Camel festival of India. The festival is generally falls on the regional Hindu festival of Kartik Ekadashi. Legend has Lord Brahmma created Pushkar Lake on this very day. Apart from all these things people can also enjoy true Rajasthani art, puppet shows, gypsy dance, races, various competitions along with numerous of vendors that sell delicious snacks. People can also enjoy purchasing the ethnic things such as jewelry, shawls, and other souvenirs which will remain with you as a memory of these five extravagant festive days.
4. Teej Festival in Jaipur
Teej is generally listed among the major regional festivals of Rajasthan. It is the very festival where one can watch the true grandeur of Rajasthan culture, traditions and their richness. Majorly associated with women this festival is quite famous among the women population of Rajasthan. On this day, married ladies prayed to goddess Parvati for the well-being of their husband and a blissful married life. During this time the markets of Jaipur city get filled with shiny jewelries, attractive clothes and sweets such as Malpua and traditional Ghewar with its different variations. You can also enjoy a procession of idol of Godess Parvati and Lord Shiva in your Jaipur tourism during this festival and get soaked into the rich cultural aura of the Pink City.
5. Gangaur in Jaipur
Another prominent festival of Rajasthan, Gangauris the time when womenfolk being on fasting, apply mehndi design on their hands, sing folk traditional songs and dances on folk music. This is also the time when both married and unmarried pray Goddess Parvati and Lord Shiva for a blissful marital life. Married women pray for the good health and long life for their mates while unmarried girls pray to get desire life partner. People on this day carry procession of Goddess Parvati which is carried through all the city and taking part in this procession considered as the good omen. Gangaur festival generally coincides in the Mewar festival in Udaipur. Participating in this festival will prove a memorable part of the Cultural and heritage walk in Jaipur.
6. Jaipur Literature Festival in Jaipur
Often called as the Maha-Kumbh of literature where giants from the world of literature come together to celebrate this extravagant festival. This festival is a paradise for all literature lovers for this it is not wrong to say, Jaipur Literature Festival is a mecca of literature lovers. The event generally held for 4 to 5 days every year in the month of January. People from all over the world love visiting this festival. This festival has become an integral part of Jaipur traditions. People from literature world come together and do readings for their upcoming movies, do discussion on various topics and conduct debates on various topics. Jaipur Literature Festival ever since from its inception is being happening in Diggi Palace Jaipur. This is a chance which one should not miss ever.
7. Nagaur Fair in Nagaur
Famous for multi colored attires, amazing folk songs and lot of sweetness Rajasthan has its own charm when it comes to tourism. People on their Rajasthan tourism love to participate in the regional festival during their visit to this colorful state. The major attraction of this festival is watching lakhs of animals at cattle fair for their trading. Watching horses, cows, oxen and camels together surely will be an unforgettable moment for you. Games such as animal races, cockfights, dance, playing of traditional music instruments will surely make you introduce with true Rajputi flavor.
8. Summer and Winter Festivals in Mount Abu
Mout Abu, the only hill station of Rajasthan, is a perfect treat for all those who wish to experience the soothing cool weather in the scorching land of Rajasthan. To celebrate its’ uniqueness Mount Abu celebrates it in the form of festivals. Festival is celebrated twice in a year, first in summer season and second in winter season. During these festivals many cultural programs take places such as various dance performances, various competitions such as boat race, horse race, deepdan and many more. Sham-E-Qawwali is something that will make your tour memorable. The major attraction in winter festival is floating of large number of lamps on Nakki Lake. One can experience the perfect blend of warm hospitality and mesmerizing location under one sky which would be a heart stealer thing during your North India tour packages.
9. World Sufi Spirit Festival in Jodhpur
Listening the Sufi songs has its own charm and when you hear the same on the land of Rajasthan, surely it would spell its magic on you. The festival is one of its kinds. Though this is not so popular like other festivals of Rajasthan yet successfully fascinates people from different part of the country. The festival hosts artists from Mongolia, Africa, Afghanistan and etc. The main of this festival is to make you introduce you with some of the greatest artist from around the world and to make you introduce with the royalty of Jodhpur. The festival boasts delicious food which you can savor on well-lit Nagaur Fort which would definitely be a lifetime experience. Next time you travel to Rajasthan do try to include this festival in your itinerary of Jodhpur travel guide.
10. Kite Festival of Jodhpur
Though Kite Festival is quite famous throughout the country but the Kite Festival in Rajasthan is something that you must experience. Commonly known as Makar Sankranti, the Kite Festival in Jodhpur is celebrated for 3 days. During Jodhpur International Desert Kite Festival several Kite flying competition takes place where one can watch kites flying of vivid shapes, colors and sizes that cover all sky. During this festival several helicopter releases kites in Sky while children releases balloons which would make this a spectacular view.