|One must plan their Rajasthan Tours keeping a tab on the fairs and festivals taking place in the state.
FAIRS IN RAJASTHAN
Hosting fairs are a way people socialize, generate business opportunities and enjoy the spirit of togetherness in Rajasthan. Here enlisted are some of the fairs held in different cities of Rajasthan.
The largest fair across Rajasthan, is held in the small town of Pushkar pre-dominantly in the months of October or November. The Pushkar ka Mela as it is better known as, is the most picturesque of Rajasthan’s culture, tradition and arts. Rajasthan Tourism is at its best with this kind of festivity on display. The bold use of colours – jovial environment and feeling of pride on the faces of the residents create an atmosphere irresistible to detach oneself from.The major attractions of the fair are:
Camel Race : Thousands of camels are sold, decorated and raced for the enjoyment of the crowd. Camels also seem to relish the fanfare.
Moustache : Public display of extra-ordinarily huge moustaches by men from across Rajasthan catches spectators in amazement.
Ghoomer: One of the most captivating folk dances in India. The energetic yet swift, delicate and graceful movements of the performers make every foot around the performance tap to the music.
The traditional dressing style of males and females is appealing to the eye. The colourful yet huge turbans followed by shiny apparels on the body and slim Jooti on the foot make males attract a lot of attention. Females don traditional flowing lehengas and full length blouses shimmering with stitched mirrors on them. The full arm covering multi-coloured bangles, long and heavy ear rings and nose rings aka Natni are the dominant ornamental coverings along with heavy necklaces.
NAGAUR CATTLE FAIR
Held in February in Nagaur, Rajasthan is a unique fair starring ‘cattles.’ The cattles are brought together from across Rajasthan and decorated by their owners. The decorated cattles are quite an eye-candy and the eccentricity of the event enchants the tourists. Tug of War, Bullock races etc. are highlights of the events.
Held in Dungarpur, compromises of many traditional rituals and stretches for a period of 4 days. Many Rajasthan tour package companies encourage tourists to purchase the handicrafts up for sale as souvenirs.
PECULIAR FESTIVALS OF RAJASTHAN
Similar to the fairs, the festivals of Rajasthan seem to bring vigour of their own. The aura of the festivals in Rajasthan generates happy vibes in the air and anyone in proximity to them can feel them.
DESERT FESTIVAL OF JESALMER
Organised by Rajasthan Tourism Board, the Desert Festival aka Thar Festival spring the tumultuous sand dunes into life by adding vibrant colours, plush markets, traditional folklore and much more. The music is celestial and can make you groove with the melodious sounds of instruments like iktara. The festival takes place in the colder days of January or February, and Rajasthan Tour Packages ensure that the tourists get to be involved in the festivities.
ELEPHANT FESTIVAL OF JAIPUR
Celebrated along with the festival of colours i.e. Holi, the Elephant festival provides treats like parade of elegantly decorated elephants, games of polo played on elephants, elephant racing along with heart-pumping music and dance. The elephants seem to enjoy the celebrations as much as the humans involved. Rajasthan Tours increase manifold to witness the festivities like this.
The Gangaur festival is a special festival only for ladies. Married, Unmarried and Newlyweds are the dominant participants in the celebrations. Colourful marches are carried out on city streets. Ladies celebrate the festival by making mehendi (henna) patterns on their hands. Female tourists on Rajasthan tours join the celebration and get submerged in the atmosphere of joy.
AND A LOT MORE....
The above mentioned are just a few glimpses of the festivities which take place in the magnificent state of Rajasthan. Rajasthan Tourism ensures merriment and care for all the tourists who participate in the fairs and festivals. There are plenty of more festivals that you shall discover when you plan your own Rajasthan Tours.