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