Fairs & Festivals in India

Holi – Festival of Colors

HOLI HAI… Come holi and the streets will reverberate with the chants of Holi hai

Colours will fill the atmosphere as people throw abeer and gulal in the air showing great joy and mirth in the arrival of this Spring Festival. Holi marks the end of the winter gloom and rejoices in the bloom of the spring time. It is the best time and season to celebrate; Holi provides this opportunity and people take every advantage of it.

Event: Usually in the month of March

Deepawali – Festival of Lights

The architectural splendour of the mausoleums, the fort and the palaces is vivid reminder of the opulence of the legendary Mughal empire, of which Agra was the capital in the 16th and early 17th centuries. While its significance as a political center ended with the transfer of the capital to Delhi in 1634 by Shah Jahan, its architectural wealth has secured its place on the international map.

Event: In the month of October or November

Sufi Festival

The Sufi festival at Nagaur has to be one of the most lovely festivals in the world; it’s small, it’s intimate- you get a chance to meet not only the people attending the festival, but also to sit down and chat with the artists, the food is amazing, the music is awesome and the Nagaur fort- lit up by over 5000 oil lamps, provides a magical setting. Plus of course you have Royalty! His Highness Gaj Singh II of Jodhpur is a charming person and he’s very accessible during the festival.

Event: In the month of February

Pushkar Camel Fair  

The Pushkar Fair occurs every year in the Hindu month of kartik (October /November). During this period Pushkar and its environs come alive as the much awaited annual camel & cattle fair begins at Pushkar. Hotels are full to their capacity, tents and campsites suddenly spring up to accommodate the thousands of pilgrims, tourists and villagers with herds of cattle, horses and camels who come here to participate in this grand annual event.

Pushkar fair has always been the region’s central cattle market for local herdsmen and farmers of Rajasthan, who buy and sell camels, horses and indigenous breeds of cattle. Pushkar fair is now one of Asia’s largest cattle fairs.

Day 5 – Jaipur / Pushkar / Deogarh – 270km

After breakfast, you will proceed on drive to Deogarh en route visiting the holy city of Pushkar along the bank of the picturesque Pushkar Lake, an important pilgrimage spot for Hindus. Continue to Deogarh where on arrival you will check into your hotel. Overnight at hotel.

Teej

Teej is a fasting festival for Hindu women. It takes place on the third day of the Shukla Paksha of the Sawaan month of the Hindu which normally falls between late July to early September. This festival is dedicated to Goddess Parvati and celebrates her return to Lord Shiva. Teej is in praise of marital bliss and the well-being of spouse and children. Falling in the Hindu month of Bhado, Teej also celebrates the arrival of the long awaited monsoon after a brutally hot summer. The festival is a three day celebration which includes both rigid fasting and scrumptious feasting.

Event: In the month of July or August

Day 7 – Udaipur

Visit the City Palace the richest palace museum in the entire Rajasthan. Later, see the Sahelion ki Bari where Maharana Sangram Singh build this garden complex with fountains and lakes for his beautiful daughter. In the evening we take a lake cruise on the placid waters of Lake Pichola by sunset and visit the island palace Jagmandir where according to legends the Mughal Emperor Shah Jehan lived and got inspired to build the Taj Mahal later. Evening at leisure.

Day 8 – Kumbhalgarh – 80km

After breakfast, you will proceed on drive to Kumbhalgarh where on arrival, you will check into your hotel. Continue to visit one of the most impressive fort of Rajasthan in Aravali range of mountains.

Day 9 – Jodhpur – 240km

Following breakfast, you will drive to Jodhpur en route enjoying an exceptionally beautiful excursion through the rugged, wooded hills of Rajasthan to the Jain Temples of Ranakpur in the Aravalli Valley. Ranakpur boasts some of the most exquisite Jain temples in the country famous for their intricate friezes and sculptures. It is one of the holiest Jain sites of India. Continue to Jodhpur where on arrival you will check into your hotel. Overnight at hotel.

Day 10 – Jaisalmer – 275km

After breakfast before proceed to Jaisalmer you will visit to magnificent Mehrangarh fort, one of Rajasthan’s finest forts, which looks down protectively over the Blew Houses of Sun city from the hilltop. At Jaisalmer free for evening walk and see sun set. Overnight at hotel.

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