Rajasthan, the land of Kings, is one of the most popular and most visited states in India. Fairy-tale palaces, catchy folk songs, mesmerising folk dances, beautiful artefacts, lip-smacking cuisine and the eye-catching traditional Rajasthani attires make Rajasthan an exotic travel destination for both national and international travellers. Additionally, the various fairs and festivals of Rajasthan increase the appeal of this incredibly vibrant and colourful state. If you are planning to travel to Rajasthan, then what can be better than planning your travels around the fairs and festivals time? Take a look at three upcoming fairs and festivals in Rajasthan, that you must not miss out!
When: 1 to 3 December 2017
Where: Kumbhalgarh Fort
If you love art, music and dance, you have to be there at the Kumbhalgarh festival, which showcases the rich culture and heritage of Rajasthan. This annual festival is celebrated in remembrance of the creator of the Kumbhalgarh Fort Maharana Kumbha, who was an ardent patron of art and architecture. Set against the backdrop of magnificent Kumbhalgarh Fort near Udaipur, this three-days festival features brilliant performances by folk artists, puppet shows, puppet-making exhibition and various concerts and dance events.
To make it easy for you to choose, let us tell you the best thing about the festival! The event is divided into two parts – day and night. If you wish to attend the festival in the daytime, you can participate in various activities like Heritage Fort Walk, turban tying competition, tug-of war competition, musical chair game, mehendi (henna) applying etc. On the other hand, if you happen to be there at the night time, you can witness a spectacular light and sound show, along with some great dance performances by local artists.
When: 21 to 22 December 2017
Located in the Pali district of Rajasthan, Ranakpur village, known for its marble Jain temples, becomes the delightful setting for Ranakpur festival. This festival, too, happens to be one of the most popular fairs and festivals of Rajasthan. Organised by the Rajasthan Tourism department, this festival boasts a variety of activities ranging from yoga, nature walks and visit the Ranakpur Jain temple to hot air ballooning, tug of war, cultural programmes etc. You can head straight to the Sun Temple if you wish to enjoy mesmerising folk music and dance performances, which are held every evening at the open air amphitheater of the temple.
Winter Festival Mount Abu
When: 29 to 31 December 2017
Where: Mount Abu
Welcome new year in the gorgeous Mount Abu, Rajasthan’s one and only sleepy hill station, which comes alive during the annual Winter festival held in December. The festival is organised jointly by Rajasthan Tourism board and the municipal board of Mount Abu, and attempts to bring together craftsmen and performers from every corner of the state. This three day extravaganza features scenic backdrop, beautiful handicrafts, cultural programmes and mouth-watering local food.
You can soothe your soul with the magical voice of folk singers on a cold winter night, feast your eyes upon the liveliness of the glorious Rajasthani folk dance performances namely Ghoomar (read Padmavati), Gair and Daph or participate in various sport or entertainment events like cricket, kite flying, rowing competition and poetry reading sessions. Another biggest attraction of this festival is the ‘Deepdaan’ ceremony at the Nakki lake, where hundreds of diyas are set afloat in the water. So much, at one place!
We hope you find this list helpful in planning your trip to Rajasthan during the festival times. Do visit Rajasthan, because you never know, Jaane Kya Dikh Jaaye!
*All travellers are requested to kindly check all festival dates from official Rajasthan Tourism website before planning their trips, as dates may vary.