Spice up your travel with some vibrant Fairs and Festivals of Rajasthan

Do you want to experience the rich Indian culture and tradition?

How about jumping into the colourful fairs and festivals of Rajasthan?

Rajasthan is the land of royal palaces and beautiful architecture. If you want to feel the essence of Rajasthan, then you must not ignore those vibrant festivals and fairs. There are a number of festivals celebrated in Rajasthan and each one of those is significantly important. By attending these festivals, you will get to observe the lovely local music, games and some mouthwatering dishes. Festivals are a medium for locals to showcase their talent and the skills they possess are just amazing.

Mount Abu Festival
Gangaur Festival Jaipur

If you are on your itinerary to Rajasthan, then don’t forget to attend the popular fair and festivals. Be a part of the cultural heritage and delight your eyes with the beautiful sight of vibrant articles, handicraft and mirror works. The bazaars of festivals are not lesser than any paradise for travellers. Let’s look at some of the most popular fairs and festivals of Rajasthan.

Some Popular Fairs & Festivals of Rajasthan

Pushkar fair camel

Pushkar Camel Fair, Pushkar

Date of the fair: November

In 2021 – 11 November till 19 November

Pushkar Camel Fair is a beautiful festival of Rajasthan and is celebrated in the month of October/November. Pushkar is one of the most popular cities of Rajasthan and hence Pushkar Camel Fair hosts a lot of tourists. This fair is so popular among the visitors. There are several competitions held at Pushkar Camel Fair such as matka phod, bridal competition and competition of longest moustache. Tourists love the city of Pushkar, and lakes, forts or temples are not the only reason behind this. Pushkar Camel Fair is also the reason people love to visit Pushkar.

Gangaur Festival Jaipur

Gangaur Festival, Jaipur

Date of the fair: April

In 2022 – 4 april 2022

Attend this festival in March/April at the pink city of Jaipur. This festival is all about worship and love. You will see the beautiful henna designs on every woman’s hand. They dress up elegantly in colourful traditional attire and perform puja on the eve of Gangaur Festival. People worship Goddess Parvati and celebrate marriage and love. Clays of Shiva and Parvati are decorated with beautiful dresses and jewelleries. Gangaur Festival is very important for locals.

Camel Festival, Bikaner

Date of the fair: January

In 2022 – 8/9 January 2022

Every year an event named Bikaner Camel Festival is organised by the department of tourism, art and culture of Rajasthan in the month of January. This festival is celebrated in the honour of the ship of the desert, camel. People gather to see the amazing camel performances like camel races, camel dance, neck shaking camel rides etc. This festival is as famous as the other festivals in Bikaner. Every year, this festival is celebrated in the pleasant weather of January.  In 2021 this festival was celebrated from 12th to 13th January. There is no need to buy tickets, this festival is free for everybody, anyone can come and be a part of the festival.

Mount Abu Festival

Summer Festival, Mount Abu

Date of festival: May

In 2022: On the date of Buddha Purnima  

A one of its kind festivals, the Summer Festival is celebrated in one and only hill station of Rajasthan, Mount Abu. The weather is pleasant throughout the whole year in Mount Abu. The Summer Festival is celebrated with great enthusiasm because of the natural beauty, great hill rocks and amazing, lush green landscapes of Mount Abu. This festival is the most popular festival of mount abu which gives the whole city a complete festive makeover. It is celebrated in May. First day starts with the Hindu Festival called Buddha Purnima.

Kite festival Jaipur

Kite Festival, Jaipur

Date of festival: January

In 2022 – 14 January

Kite festival jaipur has a very long historical story. The kite flying ritual is associated with MakarSankranti. From their rooftops people fly kites in order to celebrate this festival. There are kites flying contests organised at several places on this day. The scientific reason behind this festival is that during the winter season our body gets infected with cold and cough and skin becomes dry due to less exposure with the sun, so due to continuous exposure with the sun its rays acts as medicine for our body.

Indian Lady

Desert Festival, Jaisalmer

Date of the festival: February

In 2022 – 14 feb to 16 feb 2022

In the month of February people of Jaisalmer celebrate the desert festival. Three days prior to the full moon, in the month of Magh(February) this festival is celebrated.  The location of this festival is in the sand dunes, the beautiful dunes of Thar Desert which is 42 Kilometres from Jaisalmer.

Brij Ki Holi

Braj Holi, Bharatpur

Date of the festival: March

In 2022: 17 march till 18 march

Few days ahead of the main Holi, this festival is celebrated in the city of Braj. This festival is dedicated to the lord krishna and the eternal love between Radha and Krishna. Rasleela dance performed by the local men and women is the main highlight of this festival.  Some delicious sweets are made and distributed among everyone and people experience the bhang and thandai, a popular drink.

Jaipur hawal mahal

Jaipur Literature Festival, Jaipur

Date of festival: January

In 2022: 28 January to 1st February  

In the month of January this literature festival takes place in the city of jaipur. The main venue for this festival is the Diggi Palace Hotel. The sessions are held in the hall of audience and throughout the gardens of this palace. The directors of this festival are Namita Gokhale, and William Dalrymple and the festival is produced by Sanjoy Roy of teamwork Arta.

Jodhpur mehrangarh and jaswant Thada

Rajasthan International Folk Festival, Jodhpur

Date of the festival: October

In 2022: Date to be decided

This is an annual music and arts festival organised to promote traditional folk music and arts and is held at Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur Rajasthan. This festival is supported by UNESCO. Mehrangarh museum trust and jaipur virasat foundation organised this festival as a not-for-profit partnership.

Urs Ajmer Sherif

Urs Festival, Ajmer

Date of festival: February

In 2022: According to full moon day in February

This festival commemorates the anniversary death of sufi saint moinuddin chishti. Night long zikr qawwali singing takes place for over six days. The anniversary is celebrated in the seventh month according to the Islamic calendar. This beautiful event takes place in the city of Ajmer.

Karni Mata Temple

Karni Mata Fair, Bikaner

Date of festival: January

In 2022: 12th and 13th January

The idol of the goddess Karni Mata is decorated with the golden crown, garlands, and jewellery at the start of this fair. The gate of the temple opens at 4 am for the devotees.  Then the priest performs the ceremonial rituals and then offers the bhog to the deity. The local committee of the temple organises the fair. You can also enjoy many cultural and religious programs besides the religious sentiments associated with the fair.

Rajasthan has a variety of fairs and festivals and each one represents the ethnicity, heritage and culture of Rajasthan. So, if you are planning to visit Rajasthan then make sure you celebrate life, culture, and history of the desert. Afterall the sweetest welcome of Padharo Mhare Desh (Welcome to our state – Rajasthan) means to celebrate the rich culture of Rajasthan.