Rajasthan is the land of festival and fairs. Not only cultural events, the state also hosts some of the biggest folk music and arts festivals. And there can’t be a better way to end the year than be a part of some amazing events and learn more about Rajasthan’s rich culture and ethos? Here’s a list of six upcoming fairs and festivals that attract people from across the world.
PUSHKAR CAMEL FESTIVAL
Held in the tiny desert town of Pushkar, this traditional Indian festival is one of the most highly-rated experiences in India. The fair sees an astonishing 30,000 camels come together on the ground – a spectacle to behold. The camels are paraded, made to take part in beauty contests and raced. Do visit the festival to experience the colour, carnival and traditions at this extravaganza. The three-day International Hot Air Ballooning Festival is another added attraction at the fair. When: October 28 to November 4 How to reach: The nearest airport from Pushkar is Sanganer Airport, in Jaipur, about 146 kilometres away. From Jaipur, you can hire a taxi or take a bus to reach Pushkar. If travelling by rail, Ajmer is the closest railway station from Pushkar.
Bundi, one of the most picturesque towns in Rajasthan becomes more vivid in the month of November when the much-anticipated Bundi Festival is held. The colourful Shobha Yatra, arts and crafts fair, traditional sports, cultural exhibition, folk music and dance and turban competition, organised during the fair, surprise every visitor.
When: November 6-8 How to reach: Bundi is well-connected by road and rail. The nearest airport from Bundi is Sanganer Airport, in Jaipur, about 210 kilometres away.
The people of Bikaner eagerly wait for November when Kolayat Fair, also known as ‘Kapil Muni Fair’, is held with great pomp. It also has a great religious significance – many devotees visit the fair to take a holy dip in the Kolayat Lake. During the Kolayat Fair, all 52 ghats are lit up. The view of hundreds of lamps floating in the water is a sight to behold. When: November 2-4 How to reach: The nearest airport from Bikaner is Nal Airport,about 13 km away. There are frequent flights from Delhi to Bikaner. Bikaner is well connected by road and rail as well.
This two-day long festival, held in Alwar, is the foremost of all fairs and festivals of Rajasthan. It is celebrated with all pomp and show to showcase the traditional values and colourful customs of the region. The major attraction of the festival is its colourful processions, arts and crafts fair, traditional sports, cultural exhibition, folk music and dance programmes.
Alwar is also one of the main tourist destinations in Rajasthan owing to its magnificent palaces and forts, lakes and archaeological sites. When: November 25-26 How to reach: The nearest airport to Alwar is Sanganer Airport, Jaipur, located about 162 kilometres away. Alwar is well connected to all major cities by road and rail.
Held in the small town of Jhalawar, the Chandrabhanga Fair welcomes thousands of visitors and participants from across the country, every year. The festival is of a great religious importance to the local people and many devotees gather at the banks of Chandrabhanga River to take a holy dip. The major attraction of the fair is the huge cattle fair, Shobha Yatras and other traditional activities.
When: November 3-5 How to reach: The nearest major airport is Indore, about 240 kilometres away. There is also an airport in Udaipur, about 333 kilometres away. Jhalawar is well connected to all major cities by road and rail.
This festival is a must-visit for all folk music lovers. This travelling music festival will journey over 6 days in an around Bikaner, creating a platform for musicians, artists, etc. The festival is the perfect event to immerse yourself in the soul-fulfilling Sufi music.
When: November 11-16 How to reach: The nearest airport from Bikaner is Nal Airport, about 13 km away. There are frequent flights from Delhi to Bikaner. Bikaner is well-connected by road and rail as well.