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...

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...

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...

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...

Music in Nagaur

World Sacred Spirit Festival

Nagaur occasionally 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...

Cultural in Jaisalmer

Jaisalmer Desert Festival

Jaisalmer celebrates its desert culture with the action-packed Desert Festival, featuring camel races, camel polo, folk music, snake charmers, turban-tying contests, and the famous Mr Desert competition. Many...

Cultural in Bikaner

Bikaner Camel Festival

Bikaner celebrates its two-day Camel Festival on the second Saturday and Sunday of January, with parades of decorated camels, camel races, camel milking, camel beauty contests, as well as traditional folk dancing...

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.

Fair in Nagaur

Nagaur Fair

The colourful Nagaur Fair is a smaller but even more camel- and cattle-focused version of the Pushkar Camel Fair, and worth diverting for.

Cultural in Bundi

Ghans Bheru Festival

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

Religious in Jaipur


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

Cultural in Bundi

Bundi Utsav

This cultural festival showcases the colourful traditions of the region with a procession, classical raga performances, magic and fireworks.

Cultural in Rajasthan

Kolayat Mela

Held at the same time as Pushkar Camel Fair (Mela), but with sadhus (one who is trying to achieve enlightenment) rather than camels.