Rajasthan is a land of rich culture and traditions. It is a state of vibrancy, life and exotic locales. The royal glory is still visible in this colorful state of India. There is a vast backdrop of sand and desert in the state that attract many tourists from across the world

 Festivals and Fairs of Rajasthan:

The state of Rajasthan is known as the Desert Jewel. There is a lot of liveliness and gaiety during the times when there are fairs and festivals in this state. The people of Rajasthan celebrate each occasion, whether it’s a change of season or harvest time, there is a reflection of genuine happiness in the music that is played. There is an element of genius in all their works of art and crafts and they have rich ascetic refinement.

Though the fairs and festivals are organized all round the year in Rajasthan, there are some important occasions that are worth mentioning here.  Pushkar Fair is organized every year in the month of November. Pushkar is an important pilgrimage of Rajasthan and it is also known for the largest cattle fair. There are bazaars, auctions, music, and various sports activities that mark this fair.

The Desert Festival of Jaisalmer is one of the most popular festivals of Rajasthan. It is held in the months of January and February and it marks the journey into the heart of golden Jaisalmer. There are folk performers, ballad singers, snake charmers, puppeteers and many other exciting traditional skills on display during this festival. The festival comes to an end with a show of light and sound on a moonlit night.

Gangaur festival is held in the months of March and April. This is a 18 day festival where young girls pray to Goddess Parvati for a groom of their choice and the married ladies pray for the well-being of their husbands.

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Pushkar Fair of Rajasthan :

The Pushkar fair is one of the most popular fairs in India. Pushkar fair is held every year in the state of Rajasthan, in a town called Pushkar. This fair is a five day event where people from all over India and sometimes across the borders and nations visit, to be a part of this very famous fair. Pushkar fair is an annual event that takes place during the months of October and November. This fair helps in emphasizing the culture and traditional values that are imbibed in every heart of the people of Rajasthan.

Pushkar fair is all about festivities, enjoyment and fun. The city attracts a great number of people, visitors, disciples, tourists, folk artists, performers, traders and a lot more. There are stalls organised in the fair that encourages sale of the finest in Rajasthani handiwork, and dance performances, folk artists, the popular cloth puppet show, turban tying contests, best bride contest – the excitement never ceases to end.

You can buy the best in Rajasthani suits and materials, the famous badhini work clothes – the loud colours that make them more attractive, ornaments and a lot more. There are food stalls also organised for all the food lovers who love to dig their teeth into the famous Dhokla or any of the other popular Rajasthani delicacies.

The best part of the Pushkar fair is the camel race and camel trading fair, which encourages buyers and sellers of camels at affordable and reasonable prices. The camel competition is organised to find out the best adorned camel, the best breed of camel and also the most obedient one too! The camel race leaves one on tenterhooks with the great competition among camels. So the next time you plan a visit to Rajasthan, make sure that you plan it around the Pushkar Fair, so that you can see the true colours of celebrations in the State of Rajasthan.

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