July 24th, 2013

Colorful Fairs & Festivals of Rajasthan

by Don

Rajasthan is one of the most fascinating and vibrant tourist destinations in Northern part of India. Its colorful and rich heritage, culture, safaris and sand dunes offer an ultimate experience to its visitors. Thus, it attracts not only domestic but millions and millions of international tourists, every year. The enthralling and colorful essence of Rajasthan can truly be experienced in its festivals and regional fairs. Here are a few popular fairs and festivals of Rajasthan that attracts tourists from around the world.

Brij Mahotsav (Festival), Bharatpur

Brij Mahotsav is celebrated during the month of March, just a few days before Holi (the Indian festival of colors). Its opulence can be seen prominently in Bharatpur, a beautiful town located on National Highway No.1 in Rajasthan. This colorful festival of Rajasthan is celebrated in the honour of Lord Krishna, who was believed to be grown up in Brij Bhumi. The festivity of this beautiful festival is marked by a special Raslila Dance (dance depicting the eternal love-story of Radha and Krishna) performed by villagers of Bharatpur in multihued attire.

Pushkar Mela (Fair), Pushkar

Pushkar Mela (Fair) is conducted at Pushkar which is a small town located in the hinterlands of Rajasthan. Depicting the true colors, art and culture of this state, Pushkar Fair is typically a five-day camel fair organized by the Tourism Department of Rajasthan. As, it takes place in the month of Kartika (October or November) beginning on ‘ashtmi’ 8th day of Lunar Calendar and continues till full moon (‘Poornima’), thus can fall anywhere during October-November. The Pushkar fair is one of the biggest and the only one of its kind in the whole world. Apart from the cattle trading, colorfully dressed folk dancers, devotees, acrobatic acts, comedy shows are some of the other attractions of this world-renowned fair.

Desert Festival, Jaisalmer

Celebrated during the winter season (January-February) by the Department of Tourism, Desert festival is one the most sought after festivals of Rajasthan. This beautiful fair is conducted on the yellow sands of the great Thar desert, the empty sands around Jaisalmer. During this three-day festival, the desert come alive with the presence of rich and colorful Rajasthani folk culture, where local men and women (traditionally dressed) dance and sing enduring ballads of valour, romance and tragedy. This particular festival attracts huge number of tourists from around the world.

Summer Festival, Mount Abu

As the name suggests, the Summer Festival is celebrated annually during the month of June in Mount Abu, the one and only hill station of Rajasthan. It is a three day festival that celebrates the tribal life and culture of Rajasthan in the steep rocks, serene lake and pleasant climate of Mount Abu. This beautiful festival cites various fabulous folk music and dance shows, Sham-e-Qawwali and sporting boat race on the Nakki Lake. Besides, to make it even more remarkable, dazzling fireworks are showcased to end the event.

Apart from these, there are several other colorful festivals celebrated during the whole year in Rajasthan. Want to experience the rich Rajasthani culture and its festivals? Don’t wait, search best deals on Flight Tickets Booking and visit Rajasthan at the time of your favorite festival.

Author Bio: Archana Sharma is an enthusiastic travel blogger who writes about various travel and tourism related topics. She is currently working with BookEasyTrip.com (India’s fastest growing travel portal that offers cheapest deals on international flights ticket booking) and maintains her blog BookEasyTripTravelBlog.com for sharing her travel experiences.

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