Rajasthan Fairs & Festivals Tour

Rajasthan Fairs and Festivals Tour
Fairs : Pushkar Fair, Dussehra Fair, Urs Fair, Nagaur Fair
Festivals : Camel Festival, Desert Festival, Kite Festival, Elephant Festival, Gangaur Festival, Teej Festival, Marwar Festival

Camel Festival
Organized By : Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation
Location : Bikaner, Rajasthan
Organized by the Department of Tourism, Art & Culture, Rajasthan, The Camel festival is held in Bikaner, in the month of January every year. This exiting and lively festival begins with a colorful procession of bedecked camels. Famous folk artists from Rajasthan perform and entertain tourists. Camel races and other competitions are organized during the festival.

Pushkar Fair
Organized By : Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation
Location : Pushkar, Rajasthan
Pushkar is 11 from Ajmer and is famous for world's largest camel fair, The Pushkar fair. This fair is one of the main cultural activities of Pushkar. It is held in the month of November every year. Pushkar fair is well-known for its camel trading and other religious activities. Villagers come from different parts of the state and bring their cattle with them. The festival is full of folk dance, and music. Colorful shops make this fair a very charming cultural event. Camel races are also held during this vibrant festival.

Desert Festival
Organized By : Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation
Location : Jaisalmer, Rajasthan
February is the month of celebration for the Golden City, Jaisalmer. A celebration of Rajput heritage, Desert festival is organized by Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation. It is one of the most popular of all festivals in Rajasthan. Camel race and other cultural programmes are main attraction of The Desert Festival. Many interesting competitions are held during this festival. It is full of singing and dancing and folk music. Many prominent folk artists of Rajasthan perform during this famous festival.

Kite Festival
Organized By : Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation
Location : Jaipur, Rajasthan
14 January is celebrated all over India as Makar Sankranti marking the transition of the sun into the Northern hemisphere. This day is also celebrated as the kite day in most parts of India. Kite festival of Jaipur is very popular among tourists. In Jaipur during the Kite festival the entire sky is filled with colorful kites. The three-day festival starts with an inauguration at the Polo Ground, which is the venue for kite flying and fighting for the three days of the festival. A kite flying competition is also held during this festival.

Elephant Festival
Organized By : Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation
Location : Jaipur, Rajasthan
Elephant festival is an enjoyable event held in Jaipur. It is held at the Chaugan stadium on the day of Holi, the festival of colors. Beautifully decorated elephants catwalk in front of the spectators and participate in royal procession. Some of the interesting events of this festival are elephant processions, races, polo and playing Holi on elephants.

Gangaur Festival
Organized By : Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation
Location : Jaipur, Rajasthan
Gangaur festival is very important for the people of Rajasthan. Celebrated in the honor of Goddess Parvati, Gangaur festival is celebrated by the womenfolk of Rajasthan with great devotion and enthusiasm. The festival is celebrated a fortnight after Holi and continues for eighteen days. The celebrations in Jaipur and Udaipur are very unique and attractive. Another unique thing about this festival is that on this occasion, tribal men and women have an opportunity to meet and interact freely during this time; they select partners and marry by eloping.

Teej Festival
Organized By : Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation
Date : 8-9 August, 2006
Location : Jaipur, Rajasthan
Celebrated in the month of July-august, Teej is one of the most important festivals celebrated in Rajasthan. Teej is primarily women's festival and women pray to Goddess Parvati during this festival. Young girls and women dressed in green clothes sing songs in celebration of the advent of the monsoon. There is a mythical legend attached to Teej festival and it is believed that after years of penance, Goddess Parvati was united with Lord Shiva on Teej. On the day of Teej festival, married women pray for the well being of their husbands and martial bliss.

Dussehra Fair
Organized By : Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation
Date : 10-12, October, 2006
Location : Kota, Rajasthan
The effigies of Ravana, Kumbhakarana and Meghnad are burnt on Dussehra day. Dussehra fair symbolises the victory of good over evil. It is one of the big festivals of India. Dussehra festival of Kota is very famous and unique. It is held in the months of October and November. Thousands of villagers gather here and enjoy the fair. The festival also attracts the tourists. Various cultural programmes are organized during this festival. This was also the day to worship the weapons.

Urs Fair
Date : 10-12, October, 2006
Location : Ajmer Shariff, Rajasthan
The largest Muslim Fair in India, Urs is held in the holy town of Ajmer. It is held in the memory of Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti (Rh.), a respected Sufi saint popularly known as Gareeb Nawaz because he devoted his entire life for the services of mankind. More than five lakes devotees gather from all parts of the subcontinent to pay homage to the Khwaja Sahib on his Urs (death anniversary) during the first six days of Rajab (seventh month of the Islamic calendar). Mehfils & Qawwalis are held during the Urs.

Nagaur Fair
Organized By : Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation
Date : 4-7, Feb, 2006
Location : Nagaur, Rajasthan
Held in the month of January or February in Nagaur (Rajasthan), Nagaur Fair is basically a cattle fair. It is four day festival. It is second largest animal fair in India. Traders from all over Rajasthan come to buy and sell cows, bullocks, oxen, camels and horses. Visitors can also participate in some exiting local sports like tug of war, camel races, bullock races and cock fights. Folk dances and music are the other activities of this fair which provides entertainment for the tourists.

Marwar Festival
Organized By : Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation
Date : 16-17 Oct, 2006
Location : Jodhpur, Rajasthan
This major festival of Jodhpur is held in October. The Marwar festival, held in memory of the heroes of Rajasthan. The festival is also known as The Maand festival. It celebrates the culture and art of Marwar region. Performance by the folk artistes is the main attraction of this festival. Other important events of this festival are horse riding and horse polo.