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January festivals and events in Rajasthan you shouldn’t miss

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Happy 2019! Here comes the season when Rajasthan becomes a canvas of colours and merry day and night! It’s that time of the year when the land of Maharajas gives you an opportunity to live through the best celebrations of life, opulence, and chivalry through dance, music, colours, lights and food! Whenever a person thinks about Rajasthan, the first thing that comes to mind is the lively culture, courteous hospitality, soul-stirring music & dance, and royal heritage! You’re in a mood to drink in the vibrant galore of festivities in Rajasthan and Rajasthan Tourism Beat is ready with the first list of the festivals of 2019! Come, witness or take part in some of the most exciting, and amazing festivals of the state. Come; live through the best festival experience in Rajasthan.

 Bikaner Camel Festival
12-13 January 2019

A vibrant event in the desert land of Bikaner, Camel Festival is organized by the Department of Tourism, Art & Culture Rajasthan every year. In the chilling winter of desert, Camel Festival fills the warmth with cultural evenings, local sports, art and craft fair and business of livestock. Watching decorated camels and men in attractive turbans offers an interesting frame to the photography enthusiasts.

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Lohri
13th January 2019

Lohri is a festival connected with the solar year. The festival is celebrated mark the harvest season’s bliss. This is particularly a happy occasion for the couples from Sikh community, who would sing and dance around the campfire and share delicious delicacies made from jaggery and sesame.

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 Makar Sankranti
14th January 2019

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Makar Sankranti festival coincides with the beginning of the sun’s northward journey, and falls on January 14 according to the solar calendar. Kite festival is the biggest attraction of Makar Sankranti in the pink city of Rajasthan. In Jaipur, this festival is a wonderful spectacle as kites take to the sky all across the state. While one can enjoy colourful kites in a variety of shapes and sizes, the celebration takes a mesmeric turn after sunset. Thousands of lanterns and firecrackers fill the sky with the light of joy on this festival. The Jal Mahal ki paal in Jaipur also hosts an international level Kite flying competition, which sees experts from across the world taking participation.

Jaipur Literature Festival
24th – 28th January 2019

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As the largest FREE literary festival on earth, the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival brings together some of the greatest thinkers and writers from across South Asia and the world. From Nobel laureates to local language writers, Man Booker prize winners to debut novelists, every January the most remarkable, witty, sensitive and brilliant collection of people thong the Jaipur Literature Festival for not just literary sessions but for fashion update too, yeah you read it right!

Vibrant streets of Pushkar during the Pushkar Fair

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Vibrant streets of Pushkar during the Pushkar Fair

The temple city of Pushkar which is famous for its Brahma temple (the only temple of Lord Brahma in the world) and Pushkar lake raises the spirit of all during the annual Pushkar Fair when this beautiful town bustles with lively mesosphere.

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The boisterous bazaars of Pushkar is the spectacle that one shall never miss; the streets refreshed in the shades of red, yellow, pink, blue are, synonymous to the people of Rajasthan and their culture. It’s interesting and fun to navigate on Pushkar’s narrow alleys during the fair time when each and every corner is brimming with action.

Let us take you on a totally different sojourn in the galiyan of Pushkar.

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Nagaur Cattle Fair (Ramdeo ji Cattle Fair)

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The Nagaur Festival- 26th to 29th January is a joint effort of Dept of Animal Husbandry with Dept of Tourism, Govt of Rajasthan which is known to be the second largest cattle fair in India held at Nagaur district of Rajasthan. The trading of cattle, bullocks, camels and horses etc. takes place resulting in almost 75,000 exchanges each year.

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Image courtesy TheHinduBusiness

Image courtesy TheHinduBusiness

The famous and largest in India- Mirchi Bazar is the highlight of this festival along with competitions such as tug of war, came race, cock fight. The display of quality wooden items, iron crafts, headgears, fabrics and leather accessories plus the musical performances in the night are the reasons why tourists from around the world travel to this place.

Bikaner Camel Festival 2015

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The world renowned 2-day Camel Festival will be held at Bikaner on 4 and 5 January. Organized by the Department of Tourism and the District Administration – the Camel Festival this year has a greater connotation with the ship of the desert being declared the State Animal. It is to be recalled that the in the year 2011 the prestigious travel magazine the ‘Lonely Planet’ had adjudged the festival as the third best fair in the world.

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The lively and colorful festival begins with a spectacular procession of bedecked camels against the red sandstone backdrop of the Junagarh Fort which will head its way to Dr. Karni Singh Stadium. The ceremonial procession will be followed by the formal inauguration, camel decoration and cutting competitions, camel dance competition interspersed with band recital by Army and Rajasthan Armed Constabulary (RAC). Also slated for the day will be Miss. Marvan (Beauty Pageant) Competition, Mr. Bikana Competition, Deepdan (Lily Pond, Public Park Bikaner), cultural evening by Rajasthani folk artists and fireworks display. In the morning there will be a free of cost Camel Safari and Camel Ride for Tourists at village Raisar 15 km from Bikaner City on Bikaner – Jaipur Highway.

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On Second day tourists, visitors and the local populace will witness and participate in the various competitions like Kho-Kho, Tug of War, Wrestling, Kabaddi, Turban Tying, Camel Dance, Women Water Pot Race and Women Musical Chair, among others. This will be followed by the cultural performances by artists from various parts of India, fire dance and fireworks display.

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Bikaner Camel Festival.

The special feature of the event will be the exhibition and sale of camel products by National Research Centre on Camel, Bikaner at Dr. Karni Singh Stadium and the Craft and Food Stalls in Craft Bazaar opposite Junagarh Fort. Similarly, a Workshop on Learning Fad Paintings will be organized at Seth Tolaram Bafna School. Apart from this a Yoga Camp will be held at Hotel Laxmi Niwas and a Photography Exhibition at Junagarh Fort Complex during the festival. The entry to the Government Museum for the tourists will be free of cost.

Reasons to visit Annual Pushkar Fair of Rajasthan

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Stupendously bred and beautifully adorned 50,000 camels converge on the tiny desert town of Pushkar, near Ajmer city, for the annual Pushkar Fair of Rajasthan. The camel fair of Pushkar starting from October 31 to 06, 2014 is a fascinating and peculiar sight for the locals, and a great opportunity for foreign tourists to witness a traditional style Indian festival. Here’s a blog to give you exciting reasons to attend this colorful and eventful festival of Rajasthan!

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The traditional purpose behind the Pushkar Camel Fair was to attract local camel and cattle traders to do business during the holy Kartik Purnima festival. With the constantly gained popularity, the fair has now become a major tourist attraction.

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A cultural phenomenon of liveliness is witnessed in Pushkar when colorfully dressed devotees, musicians, acrobats, folk dancers, traders, comedians, monks and tourists reach there to enthusiastically attend the fair.

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The camel and cattle trading is at its peak during the first half of festival period, while the later half involves engaging in religious activities that dominate the scenario. Devotees take dips in the holy “Sarovar” lake. Fifty two bathing ghats have been constructed around the periphery of the Lake. The sacred water of each of these ghats is said to possess miraculous medicinal powers and also known to bestow salvation.

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This tiny sleepy town is colorfully transformed into a spectacular fair ground, as numerous make shift stalls display a distinguished range of objects of art to daily utility stuff. Decoration items for cattle, camel and women, everything is sold rigorously during the Pushkar fair .

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The camel and horse races have crowds to cheer. Camel beauty competitions are a hit among animal lovers. Each evening during Pushkar fair brings mesmerizing folk dances and music of Rajasthan, performers delivering live shows to the roaring and applauding audiences.

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Pushkar fair has its own magic and it’s a lifetime experience for travelers. It has been featured into various travel shows, films and magazines. It’s truly a feast for the eyes. If you are any where within striking distance at the time, it’s an event not to be missed.

Nagaur Cattle Fair

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nagaur1Popularly known as the Cattle fair of Nagaur, the Nagaur Fair alone trades approximately 70,000 bullocks, camels and horses every year. The animals lavishly decorated and even their owners dress up wearing colorful turbans and long mustaches adds to the magical enchantment of this fair.

 

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Apart from the business of cattle trading, there are a number of other attractions at the fair of which the biggest Mirchi (red chili) Bazaar (market) of India is a sight o behold, but we advice a caution if you are heat and dust allergic. Other items traded at the fair include wooden items, iron-crafts, camel leather accessories, etc.

 

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The sports and cultural activities to entertain the visitors and traders at Nagaur Fair have their own charm every year.  The sports ranging from tug-of-war, camel races to bullock races to cock fights offer a wonderful time spent at the fair. Nagaur fair is also famous for its jugglers, puppeteers, storytellers, etc. For further entertainment, there is the folk music of the Jodhpur echoing throughout the fair. Pack your bags for and enthralling Rajasthani experience from February 06 to 09, 2014 in Nagaur district of Rajasthan.

Pushkar Fair, November 20-28, 2012

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The Pushkar Camel Fair is one of the largest in India and the only one of its kind in the entire world. During the fair, Lakhs of people from rural India flock to Pushkar, along with camel and cattle for several days of livestock trading, horse dealing, pilgrimage and religious festival.

An astonishing 50,000 camels converge on the tiny desert town of Pushkar, in India’s state of Rajasthan, for the annual Pushkar Fair. It’s a fascinating and peculiar sight, and a great opportunity to witness an old traditional style Indian festival.

The original intention behind the Pushkar Camel Fair was to attract local camel and cattle traders to do business during the holy Kartik Purnima festival, held in Pushkar around the full moon in the Hindu lunar month of Kartika. The fair has now also become a major tourist attraction.

Pushkar, this small town of Rajasthan, becomes a cultural phenomenon when colorfully dressed devotees, musicians, acrobats, folk dancers, traders, comedians, ‘sadhus’ monks and tourists reach here during Pushkar fair.. The camel and cattle trading is at its peak during the first half of festival period. During the later half, religious activities dominate the scenario. Devotees take dips in the holy “Sarovar” lake, as the sacred water is known to bestow salvation.

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This small town is transformed into a spectacular fair ground, as rows of make shift stalls display an entire range of objects of art to daily utility stuff. Decoration items for cattle, camel and women, everything is sold together. Small handicraft items are the best bargain for buying souvenirs. The camel and horse races have crowds to cheer. Camel judging competitions are quite popular with animal lovers. Each evening brings different folk dances and music of Rajasthan, performers delivering live shows to the roaring and applauding crowds.

Pushkar fair has its own magic and it’s a lifetime experience for travelers. It has featured in numbers of travel shows, films and magazines. According to the Lonely Planet: “It’s truly a feast for the eyes. If you are any where within striking distance at the time, it’s an event not to be missed.”

Foot Print India handbook 2001 writes: “The huge mela is Pushkar’s biggest draw. An unforgettable experience.”