Festivals of Rajasthan

Rajasthan is not just the land of kings and palaces but the state is also known for the large number of festivals that are celebrated here. As the state attracts a huge crowd of tourists owing to the rich culture and heritage, many of them prefer to visit the state to attend the fairs and festivals taking place across Rajasthan that are reflective of the lifestyle and customs of the state.

The year 2018 has already started with delightful and auspicious celebrations of Makar Sankranti and Lohri and now there are several festivals lined up for the year. Here’s a list of 5 upcoming festivals of Rajasthan that are worth the wait:

Jaipur Literature Festival

Duration: 25 Jan to 29 Jan

Location: Jaipur

Beginning at a modest level, this fest has now become the largest free literature fest in the world. It brings together greatest thinkers, writers, authors, publishers, and renowned dignitaries across the world. This year the fest will seek attention through music, theatre and cultural performances. There will be programs of heritage evenings at Amber Fort and Hawa Mahal to highlight the rich architectural legacy of the state. Other programs include Sarangi recital, dance performance, ghazals, etc.

Baneshwar Fair

Duration: 27 Jan to 31st Jan

Location: Dungarpur

This fair is quite popular among the tourists from nearby places as well as far off places. The highlight of the fair is the exhibition and the cultural events which showcase the customs and traditions of the district of Dungarpur. The term Baneshwar is derived from the term Shivlinga of the Mahadev Temple. Apart from the various shops and stalls set up by the tribals, there are activities like puppet dance, folk songs, magic shows, etc.

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Desert Festival

Duration: 29 Jan to 31st Jan

Location: Jaisalmer

As the name itself clarifies, this festival is celebrated in the beautiful desert region of Jaisalmer. There is a procession in the morning from the Jaisalmer Fort and then the locals dressed up in traditional costumes sing and dance. They depict the tragedies and accomplishments of the desert through these performances. There are exciting activities like camel race, tug-of-war, camel polo, turban tying, and folk concert.

Nagaur Fair

Duration: 22nd Feb to 25th Feb

Location: Nagaur

Nagaur Fair is also known as the cattle fair as it provides a platform for the trading of cattle including cows, bullocks, horse, oxen, and camels. The fair hosts a wide range of activities like tug-of-war, camel and bullock races, cockfights, etc. By evening, there is folk dance and musical performances for the entertainment of guests whereby talented artists dressed up in traditional attire showcase their skills. Festivals of Rajasthan

Brij Festival Bharatpur Festivals of Rajasthan

Duration: 25th Feb to 26th Feb

Location: Bharatpur

A few days before the festival of Holi, Bharatpur hosts the Brij festival which makes the entire city come alive. People dress up in colorful attire and gather to express joy. There is a dance performance called Raslila which narrates the entire love story of Radha and Krishna. People also play with colors, eat, and drink and get immersed in the festive spirit of Brij. Festivals of Rajasthan

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