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of fairs and festivals occur almost round the year in Rajasthan
and give visitors the opportunity to gain an insight into
the life of the Rajasthani. There are animal fairs, religious
fairs and fairs to mark the changing seasons. There are
also the fantastic, recently established festivals, especially
organised for tourists involving elephants, camel races,
dance and music. Some of the best known fairs of Rajasthan
Festival, Bikaner (Jan)
enchanting desert city that comes alive with music and dance.
It is fast gaining popularity as the visitor finds an opportunity
to see some unusual folk performances, camels, camel racing
Fair, Nagaur (Jan-Feb)
vibrant animal fair that gives visitors the opportunity
to participate in local sports.
Festival, Jaisalmer (Jan-Feb)
is one of the most popular festivals in Rajasthan. It is
a journey into the heart of the desert, into the golden
city of Jaisalmer to witness a spectacular show on the sands.
Fair, Baneshwar (Jan-Feb)
religious festival with simple and traditional rituals.
This fair is the centre of attraction for a large number
of tribals from the neighbouring states of Madhya, Pradesh
and Gujarat who join their brethren from Rajasthan in offering
prayers to Lord Shiva.
Festival, Jaipur (March-April)
festival to celebrate Holi, this is a great occasion for
the visitor to watch several elephant sports and also play
this festival of colours. A show is organised with the elephants
turning out in their best finery.
festival devoted to Goddess Parvati, the consort of Lord
Shiva. It is a time for young girls to dress up in their
finery and pray for grooms of their choice while the married
women pray for the well-being of their husbands. This 18-day
festival is laced with various activities and culminates
in a grand procession marking the arrival of Shiva to escort
his bride home.
Festival, Udaipur (March-April)
festival to welcome the spring season. There is song, dance,
processions, devotional music and fireworks in which everybody
Festival, Mt. Abu (June)
in the only hill station of Rajasthan, this is the coldest
place at this time of the year. Folk dances and a general
atmosphere of gaiety prevails in this tiny hill resort and
visitors have ample time to relax and enjoy the atmosphere.
festival to mark the advent of monsoon and celebrated by
processions of women dressed in fine, bright colours in
Festival, Jodhpur (October)
festival devoted mainly to the music and dance of the Marwar
region. This is a festival that allows the visitor to understand
and enjoy the folk traditions of this part of the state.
Fair, Ajmer (November)
Fair attracts the largest participation of all the festivals
of Rajasthan. Pushkar is an important pilgrimage as well
as the venue of a mammoth cattle fair. Bazaars, auctions,
music and sports are highlights of this event.
Ajmer Sharif, Ajmer
in the memory of the revered Sufi saint Khawaja Moinuddin
Chisti, it is an occasion for thousands of believers to
congregate at the shrine and offer their prayers. The whole
of Ajmer seems to take on a festive air and several programmes
are organised to mark the festivals.
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