Rajasthani women dressed in the traditional attire known as poshak or base

List of Colourful Festivals of Rajasthan

List of Colourful Festivals of Rajasthan

In colourful Rajasthan, find the heartiest festivals and scrumptious-est meals, the traditional-est dances and the curious-est customs!

Rajasthani women dressed in the traditional attire known as poshak or base
Rajasthani women dressed in the traditional attire known as poshak or base
List of Rajasthani festivals

JANUARY – FEBRUARY
Jaipur Literature Festival (Jaipur) : Jan; Three days of talks, films, debates & theatre, by some of the most prominent personalities from India and round the world; and the evening musical performance at the rooftop bar. Jaipurliteraturefestival.org
Camel Festival (BIKANER): Jan/Feb; Take a break from the tiny touristy dunes of Jaisalmer; and come to the real desert; camel races and best of breed competitions.

Idol of Parvati, during Gangaur
Idol of Parvati, during Gangaur

MARCH – APRIL 
Elephant Festival (JAIPUR): Mar; Regal parades, man versus elephant tugs of war and polo matches.
Thar Festival (BARMER): Mar; Preceded by the similar cultural Jaisalmer Desert Festival, this offers tribal dances and more.
Gangaur  (JAIPUR): Mar/Apr; A state-wide festival celebrating the Shiva-Parvati union, especially festal in Jaipur.

Elephants in Jaipur
Elephants in Jaipur

MAY – JULY
Summer Festival (MT ABU): May; If you are mad enough to travel Rajasthan in the summer, check out this Rajasthani music fest.

AUGUST – OCTOBER
Teej ( Jaipur): Aug; Welcomes the arrival of much anticipated monsoon.
Dussehra Mela (KOTA): Oct; Over 22 m tall Ravan is stuffed with fireworks and set alight at a huge maidaan (field), as a metaphor to the victory of Ram over Ravan.
Marwar Festival ( Jodhpur/OSIYAN): Starting at Jodhpur & ending at Osiyan, this festival is a celebration of Rajasthan’s heroes through music and dancing.NOVEMBER – DECEMBER
Pushkar Mela (Camel Fair) (PUSHKAR): Nov; An enormous gathering of the last camels in India, and of horses and cattle, tourists, traders.
Kolayat Mela (KOLAYAT): Nov; A festival of saints, sadhus, babas and sages. Dates coincide with Pushkar Mela.
Winter Festival (MT ABU): Dec; A folk festival with music and dance.
A folk festival with music and dance.
A folk festival with music and dance.
Note: Most religious/cultural festivals are based on the lunar calendar; their dates are unique each year and are released on 1st Jan. Don’t hesitate to Contact Me for updates.

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