Fair in Pushkar

Pushkar Camel Fair

Come the month of Kartika, the eighth lunar month of the Hindu calendar and one of the holiest, Thar camel drivers spruce up their ships of the desert and start the long walk to Pushkar in time for Kartik Purnima (F…
Religious in Jaipur


Rajasthan’s most important festival, especially for women, celebrates the love between Gan (Shiva) and his consort Gauri (Parvati). It commences on the day following Holi and is celebrated with particular fervour in…
Cultural in Jaipur

Elephant Festival

Elephants painted with amazing patterns and dressed in ribbons and jewellery (spot the females by their jangling anklets) lumber through the streets at this festival held the day before Holi. Activities include matc…
Religious in Kota

Dussehra Mela

During the Dussehra Mela massive effigies are built then spectacularly set aflame. The festival commemorates Rama’s victory over Ravana, the demon king of Lanka – a victory re-enacted through costume plays during th…
Cultural in Jaisalmer

Jaisalmer Desert Festival

Jaisalmer celebrates its desert culture in January or February each year with the action-packed Desert Festival, featuring camel races, camel polo, folk music, snake charmers, turban-tying contests, and the famous M…
Music in Nagaur

World Sacred Spirit Festival

Nagaur hosts the World Sacred Spirit Festival (along with Jodhpur), with international musicians playing in the sublime setting of Ahhichatragarh. This three-day program at Nagaur is rather exclusive as it is only a…
Cultural in Bikaner

Bikaner Camel Festival

Around the full moon in January or very late December, Bikaner celebrates its three-day Camel Festival, with one day of events at the Karni Singh Stadium and two days out at Ladera, 45km northeast of the city.
Cultural in Bundi

Ghans Bheru Festival

If you’re in Bundi on the day after Diwali (October or November), head 10km northwest to the small village of Bharodia, off the Jaipur road, to witness the spectacular Ghans Bheru festival.
Cultural in Bundi

Kajli Teej

This traditional Rajasthani festival marking the onset of the monsoon is celebrated somewhat differently in Bundi, where it is observed on the third day of the month of Bhadrapada.
Religious in Jaipur


Heralding the onset of the monsoon month, Sravana, Teej is celebrated across Rajasthan in honour of the marriage of Shiva and Parvati, but is at its best in Jaipur.