Fairs and Festivals
Rajasthan Top State Festivals
Shobha Yatra, Desert Festival, Jaisalmer
Desert Festival (Feb; Jaisalmer)
A chance for moustache twirlers to compete in the Mr Desert contest.
Elephanẗ Festival (Mar; Jaipur)
Parades, polo and human-versus-elephant tugs-of-war.
Gangaur (Mar/Apr; statewide)
A festival honouring Shiva and Parvati’s love, celebrated with fervour in Jaipur.
̈Mewar Festival ( Mar/Apr; Udaipur)
Udaipur’s version of Gangaur, with free cultural events and a colourful
procession down to the lake.
Teej ( Aug; Jaipur & Bundi )
Honours the arrival of the monsoon, and Shiva and Parvati’s marriage.
Dussehra Mela (Oct; Kota)
Commemorates Rama’s victory over Ravana (the demon king of Lanka). It’s a spectacular time to visit Kota – the huge fair features 22m-tall firecracker-stuffed effigies.
Marwar Festival ( Oct; Jodhpur & Osian )
Celebrates Rajasthani heroes through music and dance; one
day is held in Jodhpur, the other in Osian.
Pushkar Camel Fair (Oct/Nov; Pushkar)
Pushkar Camel Fair, Rajasthan
The most famous festival in the state; it’s a massive congregation of camels, horses and cattle, traders, pilgrims and tourists.