Rajasthan boasts of its rich heritage, culture, and scenic splendors in many vibrant ways. The same is reflected in sparkling lakes & deserts, vibrant markets, and mesmerizing palaces or forts of Rajasthan. Undeniably, Rajasthan is equally famous for its numerous colorful and traditional festivals to experience in Rajasthan Tour Packages. These fairs and festivals are a real celebration of life, experience the heritage and culture in true Rajasthani style. It offers an amazing opportunity for tourists to see the different colors of the state.
Top 10 Colorful Festivals of Rajasthan
While some festivals are traditional & religious, others are purely cultural fairs. Take a look at the below list of festivals of Rajasthan –
One of the most popular festivals of Rajasthan, Teej is celebrated with absolute grandeur, traditional songs & dance, fair, and worship Goddess Teej. There is a grand procession in which the golden palanquin of Goddess Teej is taken across the city with decorated horses, camels, and elephants.
Date of Celebration: 11th August
Jaipur Literature Festival –
Aptly illustrated as the greatest literary show on earth, JLF 2024 showcases works of amateur as well as most reputed writers. From Nobel Laureates & Man Booker Prize Winners to budding writers, every year literature enthusiasts visit this literature festival. One of the most famous festivals of Rajasthan offers a lovely scope for spectators from Rajasthan and other parts of the world.
Date of Celebration: 28th January – 1st February
Holi Festival –
Dhulandi or Holi festival in Rajasthan is the most fun-filled Hindu festival. It’s an occasion that brings in joy and mirth, fun and play, music and dance, lots of bright colors are used to play. Holi festival is celebrated on the day after the full moon in early March and glorifies the good harvest and fertility of the land.
Date of Celebration: 18th & 19th March
Pushkar Camel Fair –
Pushkar Fair is held in the town of Pushkar in November at the time of Kartik Purnima. The traditional carnival brings thousands of camels, cattle, and horses together. This is a 7-day colorful unique exhibition that attracts a large number of tourists from all over the world. Besides trading the livestock the main attractions of the Pushkar fair are camel and horse races, cultural performances, magic shows, and other entertaining activities.
Date of Celebration: 11th November – 22nd November
Urs Festival –
The Urs Festival is celebrated at the holy tomb of Sufi Saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti, memorializing his emblematic unification with Allah. The festival is observed every year from the 1st to the 6th day of Rajab, Urs festival is one of the religious festivals of the state. The tomb is cleaned with rosewater & draped with an embroidered silk cloth.
Date of Celebration: 18th February
Desert Festival –
One of the most traditional festivals in Rajasthan, Desert Festival is a place where thousands of camels gather for trading. These of its kind carnivals are celebrated with music, dance, and magic show, acrobats, snake charmers, and carousel rides. The festival takes place in Jaisalmer where you can enjoy the most amazing experiences of the cultural festival.
Date of Celebration: 7th February – 9th February
Nagaur Cattle Fair –
As the name suggests itself, Nagaur Cattle Fair is meant primarily for cattle trading. Almost 70,000 bullocks, camels, and horses are traded. The cattle in this fair are extravagantly adorned and their owners dress up with multicolored turbans and long moustaches. Along with animals, spices are also traded here.
Date of Celebration: 17th February – 20th February
Gangaur Festival –
One of the most famous festivals in Rajasthan, the Gangaur festival is celebrated in the honor of Goddess Parvati. It is celebrated with a lot of enthusiasm by both married and unmarried women in Rajasthan. People participate in the processions of a decked-up Goddess Gauri. It is often accompanied by elephant processions, folk dances, and ends with fireworks.
Date of Celebration: 29th March – 15th April
International Kite Festival –
One of the most vibrant and famous festivals of Rajasthan, the kite festival is celebrated around Makar Sankranti every year. Locals and tourists, fly kites of various shapes & colors and relish local cuisines and sweets during this festival. The best places where you can enjoy this festival are Jaipur and Jodhpur.
Date of Celebration: 14th January
Mewar Festival –
To celebrate the onset of spring, the Mewar Festival of Rajasthan is organized in Udaipur with grandeur and splendor. This is the world’s 2nd living Heritage Festival and is one of the famous festivals of Rajasthan. It is celebrated with folk music, dance, food, and festivities.
Date of Celebration: 27th March – 29th March
Now that you know the dates and celebration rituals of the festivals 2024 in Rajasthan, which ones would you be attending? Taking place throughout the year, you will surely enjoy these amazing festivals and events. Plan your trip to Rajasthan and take part in these festivals.