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»  RAJASTHAN FAIRS & FESTIVALS -     The spirit of Celebration
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The landscape certainly does not inspire, As it stretches for miles and contless miles all around, it is apparent that the one thing the desert does not have is colour. The sands drift a bleached blond, and the scrub cover is straggly, and when there are flowers, the are a dull shade of white or yellow, with the exception of the flame of the forest that blooms hiden in the forests of the aravallis.

Festival hold an unusual lure for the Rajasthanis and the find any number of reasons to selebrate, While some of thse are traditional festivals, there are also a large number that have been recently introduced by the tourism department to showcase the heritage of a region. 

BRIJ FESTIVAL
Staged a few days before Holi (March) in the Brij area around Bharatpur, it celebrates the festival of spring with spontaneus expressions of music and dance.

DESERT FESTIVAL
Place: Jaisalmer
Time: January-February
Rites & Rituals The otherwise barren land of Jaisalmer comes to life and displays some cherished moments of its illustrious past and affluent culture. Traditional dances backed by high-pitched music create an out-of-this-world environment. The Turban Tying Competition and Mr. Desert contest give a totally distinct touch to the festival.

The famous Gair dancers and the traditional fire dancers leave the crowd enchanted and asking for more. The festival ends with a trip to the sand dunes where you can enjoy the pleasure of a camel ride while viewing dancers and musicians displaying their skills. It will be a time that you will cherish for years to come.

CAMEL FARI & FESTIVAL

A salutation to the ship of the desert ! Camel Festival (January) 
Held every year on the full moon night, the festival is dedicated to the indispensable ship of the desert, the camel and is a fascinating spectacle of camel performances including; camel races, camel dances and camel rides, along with the joy, colour and vigour unique to Rajasthan, makes this a joyous event that shouldn't be missed.The camel festival is held in Jaisalmer, Bikaner and Jaipur. 

» The Camel Festival of Bikaner : The Camel Festival is an event organized in Bikaner by the Department of Tourism, Art and Culture, Government of Rajasthan, every year in the month of January. The Camel Festival begins with a colourful procession of bedecked camels against the red sandstone backdrop of the Junagarh Fort, the festivity advances to the open sand-spreads of the grounds, followed by the best breed competition, the tug-of-war contest, camel dance and acrobatics, etc. 

» Camel Charisma : The camels display amazing footwork, dancing gracefully to the slightest direction of their trainers. Bridal, bridles, bejewelled necks, jingling anklets and long, lanky camel shadows on dusky sands cast a magical spell. Hundreds of tourists and thousands of locals and dignitaries revel in this man-and-animal affair organised especially for the tourists. 

» The Charm of the Evenings : As evening falls, and the ground is lighted by tiny lamps, strains of music fill the air. Folk artistes play traditional instruments and Gair dancers fill the air with foot tapping rhythm. The celebrations conclude with the awe-inspiring fire dance and the dazzling display of fireworks. 

» The Activities : The activities during the Camel Fair include; camel parades, dancing, shearing and other activities; also folk music and dance at the stadium. 

Then follows the amazing Camel Derby in the open sandspreads of the Polo Grounds, followed by camel races, camel milking, fur cutting and designing shows, the best breed competition, Dhola Maru competition, the tug-of-war contest, camel acrobatics and camel bands. The camel display amazing footwork, dancing gracefully to the slightest direction of their riders. 

Proud owners display their possessions, dressing them up in colourful bridles, neck jewellery, jingling anklets et al. This is definitely the place to be to see the ships of the desert at their best.

ELEPHANT FESTIVAL
If you are in Jaipur during March, Elephant Festival is the event to enjoy. It is a wonderful sight to watch the beautifully decorated elephants catwalk in front of a large number of spectators. Elephant festival is a unique kind of festival held in Rajasthan. The festival offers an excellent opportunity to tourists to watch elephants indulging in all types of activities. Discover the festive side of Jaipur with Jaipur Hub.

Elephant processions, races, polo and playing Holi on elephants are some of the events that one can enjoy during Elephant festival. The colorful procession marks the start of the Elephant festival in Jaipur. Though elephants are centre of attraction during the festival one can also see camels and horses beautifully decked up for the occasion.

The elephant keepers or Mahuts as they are called take great care in decorating elephants. An elephant is decorated with great care from trunk to toe. The caparisoned elephants decorated beautifully with floral motifs present ultimate photo ops to tourists.Jaipur Hub offers complete information on various festivals in Jaipur. Coincide your tour to Jaipur with the Elephant festival

TEEJ FESTAVL
Another festival dedicated to the worship of Shiva and Parvati, this time it is married women who pray for a long, happy marital life during the monsoon months of July- August, Though celebrations are held all over the state, they are particularly colorful in Jaipur where a procesion wends its way through the heart of the old city. Women dress in their finery and spend time in groups at swings that are specially erected for the festivals.

Gangaur Festival
Place: The festival is observed throughout the state
Time: March (Chaitra), the day following Holi
Rites & Rituals: The festival holds a special place among the newly wedded girls in Rajasthan. For them, it is binding to observe the full course of 18 days of the festival that succeeds her marriage. The ladies decorate their hands and feet by drawing designs with mehendi (myrtle paste).

Images of Isar and Gauri are made of the clay for the festival. On the evening of the 7th day after Holi, unmarried girls go around singing songs of ghudlia carrying pots with a burning lamp inside, on their heads. The festival reaches its climax during the last three days when women, carrying the idols of Gauri, take out processions and bid farewell to Gauri in the end.

Nagaur Fair
Place: Nagaur
Time: January-February
Rites & Rituals: The picturesque town of Nagaur stirs to life with the arrival of Nagaur Fair. The cattle fair here is reputed as the second largest in Rajasthan and offers some of the best sight of Rajasthan. The fair attracts visitors from all corners of the world for the trading in cows, camels and horses.

Various games are organized during this four day festival that include tug-of-war, camel races, cock fights and countless others. It offers tourist a memorable extravaganza of fun and frolic. As the sun goes down, the folk musicians, whose voices echo far and wide across the tranquil desert land, create a joyous atmosphere.


Marwar Festival Jodhpur
Place: Jodhpur
Time: September-October
Rites & Rituals: Marwar Festival showcases the best of Rajasthan's culture and lifestyle. The festival starts with a bash and for two days the city of Jodhpur reverberates with various festivities. Originally known as the Maand Festival, it features folk music centered on the romantic lifestyle of Rajasthan's rulers.

The festival offers a variety of attractions including camel tattoo show and polo. The various competition take place in and around the impressive Umaid Bhawan Palace, Mandore Fort, Mehrangarh Fort the symbolize the might and valor of this royal land.

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