Fair & Festivals

Festivals hold an unusual lure for the people of Rajasthan and they find any number of reasons to celebrate. Some of these occasions for revelry have been recently introduced by the Rajasthan Tourism Department to showcase the heritage of the region. Chances are, while traveling in the state, you will come across a number of local fairs and festivals in which you can participate.

However, some of the larger and more important celebrations are listed below. (This list does not include those festivals that are common to all parts of the country such as Holi - Festival of Colors, Diwali - Festival of Lights and Dussehra - Festival celebrating victory of Good over Evil.)

DESERT FESTIVAL

Jaisalmer exercises immense charm, but with the staging of the annual Desert Festival (January – February), it is one of the stretching sands around this desert citadel. A number of amusing events at the stadium include turban tying competitions and camel races.

NAGAUR FAIR

A trading fair for cattle and camels in January – February, it is a wonderful opportunity to catch up on rural life as owners from all over the state come to camp on the outskirts of Nagaur while they buy and sell animals. The hides of the animals, carved into beautiful patterns, are particularly interesting.

PUSHKAR FAIR

Among the most easily identifiable of Rajasthan’s many fairs, Pushkar has come to symbolize the heartbeat of the people of the state. Held in November in Pushkar, the temple town close to Ajmer, where an 8th century temple of Brahma draws the faithful, it is located on the banks of lake. Pilgrims bathe here and pray in the temple, while the actual fair is held in the vast stretching desert around it. Here, traders set camp to strike deals at India’s, and probably the world’s largest camel fair, though horses are also sold. It is also a time for friends and families to get together, camp in the desert, entertain each other with folk songs and dances, cook meals over camp fires, and wander through the exuberant melee of people looking for handicrafts, or merely to stand in a queue for the giant wheel… Special tented camps are set up on the occasion for visitors but such is a draw of this fair internationally, that even these are soon exhausted, and people may have to stay in nearby Ajmer, or even as far as Jaipur, visiting here by day.

CHANDRABHAGA FAIR

The Chandrabhaga fair is held every year at Jhalarapatan (6kms from Jhalawar) in the month of Kartik (Oct-Nov).

The River Chadrabhaga runs here and is considered holy by the people residing in this part of Rajasthan. On the Full moon night of 'Kartik ', thousands of pilgrims take a holy dip in the river. The fair, held on the last day of Kartik, attracts devotees who bathe in the holy waters at this spot which is known as Chandravati. A big cattle fair which blends religion with commerce is held here. Livestock like Cows, horses, buffaloes, camels and bullocks are brought from distant parts for sale. Traders from various parts of Madhya-Pradesh and Maharashtra converge here and brisk trading takes place. The fair provides an opportunity for the tourists to acquaint themselves with the people of this region and their rituals and traditions.

Ramganj Mandi is the nearest Railway Station(25kms). Jhalawar is well connected to Kota, Bundi and Jaipur. National Highway No.12 passes through Jhalawar. Buses are available from all major cities.