One of the most popular
among the festivals of Rajasthan, the Jaisalmer Desert
festival is a journey into the heart of the Rajasthan
desert, the golden city of Jaisalmer. A true show on the
sands which attracts even the much traveled visitor. Folk
performers like musicians, ballad singers, snake charmers,
and puppeteers all exhibit their traditional skills. There
are exciting camel dances, camel acrobatics, camel races,
and camel polo, competitions for the best decorated camel,
tug-of-war between musclemen, a turban tying competition
and a Mr. Desert contest. The culmination is a sound and
light spectacle on a moonlit night amidst sand dunes.
Duration: Jan- Feb
A festival to celebrate
Holi, this is a great occasion for the visitor to watch
several elephant sports and also play this festival of
colours. A show is organised with the elephants turning
out in their best finery.
A festival devoted mainly to
the music and dance of the Marwar region. This is a festival
that allows the visitor to understand and enjoy the folk
traditions of this part of the state. Organized by the
Department of Tourism, Government of Rajasthan, the Marwar
Festival was originally known as the Maand Festival. Maand
is a classical style of folk music centered on the romantic
life style of Rajasthan's rulers, and Maand Raag recreates
the old world charm and graceful dances of the desert.
A must for those interested in folk music during their
holidays in Rajasthan.
An enchanting desert
city which comes alive with music and dance during the
famed Camel Festival of Bikaner. It is fast gaining popularity
as the visitor finds an opportunity to see some unusual
folk performances, camel, race camel dance etc.
Organised in the only hill
station of Rajasthan, this is the coldest place at this
time of the year. Folk dances and a general atmosphere
of gaiety prevails in this tiny hill resort and the tourist
has ample time to relax and enjoy himself.
Location: Mt. Abu
A festival devoted to Goddess
Parvati, the consort of Lord Shiva. It is time for young
girls to dress up in their finery and pray for grooms
of their choice while the married women pray for the well-being
of their husbands. This 18-day festival is laced with
various activities and culminates in a grand procession
marking the arrival of Shiva to escort his bride home.
Location: All Over Rajasthan
Duration: March - April