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    People gather in Pushkar to attend one of the most popular fairs and festivals in Rajasthan

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    Rajasthan boasts of its rich heritage, culture, and scenic splendours. And the same is reflected in sparkling lakes & dessert, vibrant markets, and mesmerising palaces & forts of Rajasthan. Undeniably, equally popular are the numerous colorful and traditional festivals of Rajasthan. Some reflect ethnicity, some heritage, and some are purely cultural events. These festivals are for sure a celebration of life, heritage and culture in true Rajasthani style. It provides an opportunity to the tourists to see the different colours of the state.

    25 Colourful Festivals Of Rajasthan

    While some festivals are traditional & religious, others are purely cultural fairs. Have a look at the below list of festivals of Rajasthan.

    • Teej – Worship Of Goddess Teej
    • International Kite Festival – A Vibrant Festival Of Rajasthan
    • Jaipur Literature Festival – The Greatest Literary Show On Earth
    • Elephant Fair – The Traditional Festival Of Rajasthan
    • Winter Festival – Explore Various Forms Of Arts
    • Summer Festival – Summer Festival On The Day Of Buddha Poornima
    • Brij Holi – The Worship Of Lord Krishna
    • Urs Festival – Celebrated At The Holy Tomb Of Sufi Saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti
    • Pushkar Camel Fair – A Camel Trade Fair
    • Rajasthan International Folk Festival – A Celebration Of Traditional Folk Music And Arts
    • Kolayat Fair – The Kapil Muni Fair
    • Mewar Festival – The World’s 2nd Living Heritage Festival
    • Kumbhalgarh Festival – The Cultural Feast
    • Bundi Festival – A 3-Day-Long Cultural Extravaganza
    • Matsya Festival – Discover Adventurous Sports During Festival
    • Desert Festival – The Expansive Thar Desert
    • Nagaur Cattle Fair – The Ramdeoji Cattle Fair
    • Baneshwar Festival – The Tribal Festival Of Rajasthan
    • Chandrabhaga Fair – A Religious Cum Cattle Fair
    • Kota Adventure Festival – A Heaven For Adventure Enthusiasts
    • Gangaur Festival – Symbolises Togetherness Of Lord Shiva And Goddess Parvati
    • Mahashivratri – In The Honour Of Lord Shiva
    • Ashwa Poojan – The Regal Festival Of Worshipping
    • Kabir Yatra – The Folk Music Of Rajasthan
    • Ramdevra Fair – Celebrated In The Memory Of Baba Ram Dev

    1. Teej – Worship Of Goddess Teej

    A grand procession during the Teej celebrations in Jaipur

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    One of the most popular festivals of Rajasthan, Teej is celebrated with absolute grandeur, traditional songs & dance, fair, and worship of Goddess Teej. There is a grand procession in which the golden palanquin of Goddess Teej is taken across the city with decorated elephants, horses, & camels. Undoubtedly, Teej festival in Rajasthan is an important eve. 

    Where: Jaipur
    Key attractions: Ghewar (Teej-special sweet), Malpua, and womenfolk dressed in green traditional dresses, bangles, and mehendi
    Date for Teej 2021: 11th August

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    2. International Kite Festival – A Vibrant Festival Of Rajasthan

    A tourist flies a kite during the International Kite Festival in Jodhpur

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    One of the most vibrant and popular festivals of Rajasthan, The International Kite Festival is celebrated around Makar Sankranti every year. Locals, as well as tourists, fly kites of various shapes & colours and relish local delicacies and sweets available everywhere.

    Where: Jaipur and Jodhpur
    Key attractions: Kite War, fireworks, illuminated kites, and sweets like Ghevar, Til-paati, Gajak, & kheer
    Dates for International Kite Festival 2021: 14th January 

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    3. Jaipur Literature Festival – The Greatest Literary Show On Earth

    Jaipur Literature Festival

    This is aptly illustrated as the greatest literary show on Earth, showcasing works of amateur as well as most reputed writers. From Nobel Laureates & Man Booker Prize Winners to budding writers, every literature enthusiast visits Diggi Palace for this literature fiesta. This is one of the most famous festivals of Rajasthan and offers a lovely scope for spectators from Rajasthan and other parts of the world to gain knowledge from and share ideas with contemporary legendary stalwarts.

    Where: Jaipur
    Key attractions: Book releases, seminars, debates, chat shows, and poetry sessions
    Dates for JLF 2021: 28rd January – 1st February

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    4. Elephant Fair – The Traditional Festival Of Rajasthan

    Decorated elephants standing at the inauguration of the Elephant Fair in Rajasthan

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    Jaipur Elephant Festival, held every year at Jaipur Polo Ground on the day of Holi, is one of the most famous traditional festivals of Rajasthan. Elephants are decorated with colorful jhools (saddle cloth) & heavy jewelry and presented for races, shows, & competitions. Female elephants are even made to wear anklets.

    Where: Jaipur
    Key attractions: Polo Match and Tug of War between elephants
    Date for Elephant Fair 2021: 28th March

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    5. Winter Festival -Explore Various Forms Of Arts

    Musicians and other performers performing at the Winter Festival in Mount Abu

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    The Winter Festival brings together artisans and artists from different corners of the state to showcase various forms of art, handicrafts, food, and culture. Among the most famous fairs and festivals of Rajasthan, the festival also includes stunning fireworks and poetry sessions.

    Where: Mount Abu
    Key attractions: Deep Daan and kite flying & rowing competitions
    Dates for Winter Festival 2021: 7th Feb

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    6. Summer Festival – Summer Festival On The Day Of Buddha Poornima

    Stunning Nakki Lake in Mount Abu

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    The Summer Festival starts on the day of Buddha Poornima and rejoices Rajasthani folk culture & traditions for three days. Along with cultural concerts, the festival also organises horse racing, skating races, tug of war, boating races in Nakki Lake, and live band shows.

    Where: Mount Abu
    Key attractions: Sham-e-Qawwali, Gair, Ghoomar, and Daph
    Dates for Summer Festival 2021: 29th May 

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    7. Brij Holi – The Worship Of Lord Krishna

    Locals enjoying the festival of Braj Holi in Bharatpur

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    Celebrated few days before Holi, this special Brij Holi is celebrated with the worship of Lord Krishna, dance, music, and splashing of colors. This is one of the most famous fairs and festivals of Rajasthan. Local people take a dip in the ghats of Banganga River before offering prayer to the Radha Krishna Temple.

    Where: Bharatpur
    Key attractions: Enactment of Raslila
    Dates for Brij Holi 2021: 23rd March – 30th March

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    8. Urs Festival – Celebrated At The Holy Tomb Of Sufi Saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti

    A qawwali session at Ajmer Sharif during the Urs Festival

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    The Urs festival is celebrated at the holy tomb of Sufi Saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti, memorializing his emblematic unification with Allah (God). Observed every year from 1st to 6th day of Rajab (7th Islamic month), this is one of the religious festivals of Rajasthan and attracts followers from all over the world. Here, the tomb is cleaned with rosewater & draped with an embroidered silk cloth. This is followed by prayers and offerings.

    Where: Ajmer
    Key attractions: Sajjada Nashin white flag hoisting, Qawwalis, and Mehfil sessions.
    Date for Urs 2021: 18th February

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    9. Pushkar Camel Fair – A Camel Trade Fair

    A bird’s eye view of the fairground of Pushkar Camel Fair

    This is one of the most traditional festivals in Rajasthan, where thousands and thousands of camels gather for trading. These ones of its kind carnivals are celebrated with music, dance and magic show, acrobats, snake charmers and carousel rides.

    Where: Pushkar
    Key attractions: Parade & beauty contests of well-decorated camels, hot-air balloon ride, moustache competition, and handicraft bazaar
    Dates for Pushkar Camel Fair 2021: 11th November – 22nd November

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    10. Rajasthan International Folk Festival – A Celebration Of Traditional Folk Music And Arts

    Local artists performing during the Rajasthan International Folk Fest

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    The Jodhpur RIFF is an annual festival that has been organized in Jodhpur since 2007. It aims to promote traditional folk music and arts. It is held every year on the Sharad Purnima – the brightest full moon of the year – at the Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur.

    Where: Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur
    Key attractions: Folk music & dance, jazz night, early morning ragas, and various interactive sessions
    Dates for Shree Festival 2021: 29th October – 2nd November 

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    11. Kolayat Fair – The Kapil Muni Fair

    An elderly couple lights the diyas during the Kolayat Fair

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    Popularly known as the Kapil Muni Fair, this mesmerising carnival is one of the most popular festivals in Rajasthan. During this event, all the 52 ghats are beautifully decorated. People offer sweetmeats, milk pudding, and sugar drops to the idols of the deity. Devotees also take dip in the holy Kolayat Lake.

    Where: Kolayat, Bikaner
    Key attractions: Floating of oil lamps by the believers and cattle trading
    Dates for Kolayat Fair 2021: TBA


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    12. Mewar Festival – The World’s 2nd Living Heritage Festival

    Devotees carrying idols of the gods and goddesses during the Mewar festival

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    To celebrate the onset of spring, Mewar Festival of Rajasthan is organised in Udaipur with grandeur and splendour. This is the world’s 2nd Living Heritage Festival and one of the most popular fairs and festivals of Rajasthan. It is celebrated with folk music, dance, food, and festivities.

    Where: Udaipur
    Key attractions: Musical shows, classical dance, seminars on preservation of city monuments, sumptuous food stalls by professional chefs, and marvellous firework display
    Dates for Mewar Festival 2021: 27th March – 29th March

    13. Kumbhalgarh Festival – The Cultural Feast

    A promotional poster of the Kumbhalgarh Festival in Rajasthan

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    Kumbhalgarh Festival is known for its vibrant musical shows, extravagant dance recitals by local artists, and spectacular firework displays. This famous festival of Rajasthan is held with the Kumbhalgarh Fort in the backdrop. The cultural feast is truly a paradise for art and culture enthusiasts.

    Where: Kumbhalgarh, Udaipur
    Key attractions: Mehendi and turban tying contests
    Dates for Kumbhalgarh Festival 2021: 3rd December

    14. Bundi Festival – A 3-Day-Long Cultural Extravaganza

    Locals performing a folk dance on the occasion of Bundi Utsav

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    Bundi Utsav is a 3-day-long cultural extravaganza. The marvellous carnival organized by RTDC includes a majestic procession. Ethnic sports, folk dance performances, cultural events, and competitions are the primary highlights of the festival.

    Where: Bundi
    Key attractions: Competitions of bridal makeup, mustache, turban tying, kabaddi, horse riding, and camel race
    Dates for Bundi Festival 2021: TBA

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    15. Matsya Festival – Discover Adventurous Sports During Festival

    Dancers performing during the famous Matsya Festival in Rajasthan

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    Another famous festival of Rajasthan, the Matsya Festival is a two-day festival celebrated in the month of November in Alwar. It is attended by plenty of natives and foreign tourists.

    Where: Alwar
    Key attractions: Hot air ballooning, parasailing, zorbing, yoga, and stunning adventure-filled army exhibition
    Date for Matsya Festival 2021: 15th April

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    16. Desert Festival – The Expansive Thar Desert

    Participants and viewers at the fair arena during the Desert Festival in Rajasthan

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    Desert Festival is the main festival of Rajasthan. It is a cultural carnival celebrated amid the sand dunes of the expansive Thar Desert. The Rajasthani folk culture is showcased through dance, music, gymnastic, camel polo, camel races, and other thrilling sports.

    Where: Jaisalmer
    Key attractions: Gigs by a local nomadic group, rally from Jaisalmer Fort to Shahid Poonam Singh Stadium, Gair & Fire Dance, Tug of War, Turban tying, and other contests
    Dates for Desert Festival 2021: 7th February – 9th February

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    17. Nagaur Cattle Fair – The Ramdeoji Cattle Fair

    A shaved camel with beautiful designs on display during the Nagaur Fair in Rajasthan

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    As the name suggests, this annual fair is meant primarily for cattle trading. Almost 70,000 bullocks, camels, and horses are traded. The cattle are extravagantly adorned and their owners dress up with multicolored turbans and long moustaches. Along with animals, spices are traded. Jugglers, puppeteers, and storytellers are also seen here.

    Where: Nagaur
    Key attractions: Mirchi Bazaar (largest red chilli market of India) and sale of wooden items, iron crafts, and camel leather accessories
    Dates for Cattle Fair 2021: 17th February – 20th February

    18. Baneshwar Festival – The Tribal Festival Of Rajasthan

    A scene from the Baneshwar festival in Rajsthan

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    Baneshwar Festival is one of the popular tribal and cultural festivals of Rajasthan. Organised in the Baneshwar temple of Dungarpur, the festival is of most significance to the Bhills tribe. The tribe comes here all the way from Gujarat, Rajasthan, and Madhya Pradesh to take a holy dip at the convergence of Mahi and Som River.

    Where: Dungarpur
    Key attractions: Animal shows and puppet dance
    Dates for Baneshwar Festival 2021: 23th February – 27th February

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    19. Chandrabhaga Fair – A Religious Cum Cattle Fair

    A snap from the Chandrabhaga Cattle Fair in Rajasthan

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    This religious cum cattle fair pulls travelers, cattle herders, pilgrims, and explorers from all over the country to assemble on the banks of river Chandrabhaga for a holy dip and prayer. However, for most locals, it holds a greater significance for cattle trading.

    Where: Jhalawar
    Key attractions: Deep Daan, Shobha yatra, cattle fair & trading, and various competitions
    Dates for Chandrabhaga Fair 2021: 7th to 9th February

    20. Kota Adventure Festival – A Heaven For Adventure Enthusiasts

    enjoyed the parasailing

    Kota is a heaven for adventure enthusiasts from all over the world. People visit this festival to rejoice a wide range of thrilling adventure sports and also take part in rural expeditions by the banks of River Chambal. Be a part of one of this amazing Rajasthan festivals 2020 and have a great time here in Kota. 

    Where: Kota
    Key attractions: Parasailing, rafting, windsurfing, water skiing, kayaking, rock climbing, trekking, gliding, and fishing
    Dates for Kota Adventure Festival 2021: 30th September to 17th October

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    21. Gangaur Festival – Symbolises Togetherness Of Lord Shiva And Goddess Parvati

    One of the famous festivals in Rajasthan, Gangaur festival is celebrated in the honour 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 end with fireworks. This colourful affair lasts for 18 days and is one of the most celebrated festivals in Rajasthan.

    Where: Jaipur
    Key attractions: Colourful processions, folk dances, women singing songs
    Dates for Gangaur Festival 2021: 29th March – 15th April

    22. Mahashivratri – In The Honour Of Lord Shiva

    pouring water and milk on statue

    Mahashivratri is a Hindu festival celebrated in the honour of Lord Shiva. One of the auspicious Rajasthan festivals 2020, it is celebrated all over India and is a holiday in most states. There are lots of mythological beliefs associated with this festival. Lord Shiva is facilitated with flowers, honey and bel leaves and most of the women observe fast on this day.

    Where: All over Rajasthan
    Key attractions: Colourful decoration of Shiv temple
    Dates for Mahashivratri 2021: 11 March

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    23. Ashwa Poojan – The Regal Festival Of Worshipping

    Ashwa Poojan is the regal festival of worshipping the horse organized in Udaipur on the 9th day of Navratri. This is the most famous festival of Rajasthan that acknowledges relationship between honour and horse. The horse is worshipped by the eldest member of the house followed by a delicious Rajasthani cuisine treat.

    Where: Udaipur
    Key attractions: Worshipping the Horse
    Dates for Ashwa Poojan 2021: 17th November (Tentative)

    24. Kabir Yatra – The Folk Music Of Rajasthan

    Kabir Yatra is one of a kind festival that celebrates the folk music of Rajasthan. It is a travelling music festival all over Rajasthan that is great for travellers who would like to enjoy the state’s folk music. What makes the festival unique is that the 6 days journey in and around Bikaner acts as a stage for the local musicians to express their skills and talents.

    Where: Bikaner
    Key attractions: Folk music of Rajasthan
    Dates for Kabir Yatra 2021: TBA

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    25. Ramdevra Fair – Celebrated In The Memory Of Baba Ram Dev

    Bhajan Kirtan Group

    Ramdevra Fair is a significant fair held in memory of Baba Ram Dev in a small village in Jaisalmer. Every year, it attracts devotees to Ramdevji’s temple, where his samadhi exists too. People from different religions come to the temple and offer prayers. What makes the fair significant is that people from different walks of life come and unite together to be a part of the celebrations.

    Where: Jaisalmer
    Key attractions: Melodious bhajans and kirtan
    Dates for Ramdevra Fair 2021: 16th September 

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    Now that you know the dates and celebration rituals of the festivals in Rajasthan for this and the coming year, which ones would you be attending? Taking place all throughout the year, you will surely enjoy these events. Go ahead and plan your trip to Rajasthan, and take part in Rajasthan festivals. 

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    Frequently Asked Questions About Festivals In Rajasthan

    Which are the festivals of Rajasthan?

    There are numerous festivals that are organized in Rajasthan every year. The best festivals of Rajasthan include Rajasthan International Folk Festival, Pushkar Fair, Teej Festival, Gangaur Festival, Jaipur Literature Festival, Nagaur Fair, and Summer & Winter Festivals.

    Which is the popular festival of Rajasthan?

    The most popular festival of Rajasthan is Teej. The festival brings numerous celebrations in the form of traditional songs and dance, delicious food, and worshipping Goddess Teej.

    What are the best places to visit in Rajasthan?

    There are numerous beautiful places to visit in Rajasthan such as Jaisalmer, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Sawai Madhopur, Pushkar, Udaipur, Ajmer, and Bundi.

    How is Diwali celebrated in Rajasthan?

    In Rajasthan, Diwali is celebrated for 5 consecutive days. It starts with Dhanteras and completes on Bhaidooj. People celebrate Chhoti Diwali, Badi Diwali, and Parwa along with the mentioned festivals, making a 5-day celebration of Diwali.

    Which is the biggest river in Rajasthan?

    Banas is the largest river in Rajasthan. It flows along the eastern borders of Rajasthan.

    What are the interesting things to do in Rajasthan?

    You can go for zipping lining, wildlife safari, hot air ballooning, desert camping, vintage car rally and eat delicious local food of Rajasthan while staying here.

    Which dance is famous in Rajasthan?

    Rajasthan is known for its folk music and dance. Ghoomar is the most popular folk dance of Rajasthan followed by numerous other interesting and energetic dance forms including Kalbeliya, Kathputli, Bhopa, Teratali, Chang, Tejaji, and Kachchhighori.

    What is a Rajasthani dress called?

    The traditional attire of Rajasthan is called Ghagra Choli. Ghagra is a long pleated skirt and choli is the blouse. The attire is known for its vibrant colors.


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