Rajasthan is the royal state of India famous across the globe matka for its interwoven charm of royal culture and heritage monuments. The unique culture and lifestyle of these desert state calls on large number of tourists from several parts of the globe. The fairs and festivals reflect the cultural glory of this desert state of India. The pomp and gaiety of Rajasthan fairs and festivals are renowned across the world.
The well-known fairs and festivals of Rajasthan are:
The Nagaur Fair also known as the cattle fair is the second largest animal fair of India. It is held in the month of January or February in Nagaur. This festival is mainly about animal trading. It is estimated that approximately 70,000 bullocks, camels and horses are traded every year in this fair. In this festival folk music and dance, delicious Rajasthani cuisine, several fun-filled activities, dance and drama shows create a joyous atmosphere. Some of the main activities of this four days long festival are tug-of-war, camel races, cock fights and bull-fight. This fair is also famous for jugglers, puppeteers and storytellers who enthral tourists who come here to experience the cultural vibrancy of Rajasthan.
Summer Festival Mount Abu
Mount Abu the only hill station of Rajasthan is famous across the world for its colourful and exotic celebration of summer festival. It is organized every year during the month of May on Budh Poornima. This three days cultural fiesta offers tourists a chance to experience the colourful culture of Rajasthan. The ceremonial procession of this festival begins from the RTDC Hotel Shikhar and ends at the Nakki Lake Chowk. This procession is followed by the folk performers of Rajasthan performing various activities. The Sham-e-Qawwali is among the famous activities of this fair. It is a musical extravaganza in which renowned qawwals from all over the country present their talents. The other captivating activities of this fair are boat race, horse race, skating show, panihari matka race and dazzling firework.
Camel Festival Bikaner
It is among the colourful festivals of Rajasthan held in Bikaner in the month of January. The striking attraction of this festival is the procession of camels. Camel race, camel dance performances and camel tug-of-war contest are the popular attractions of this fair. The fair is also famous for its tea and sweets prepared from camel milk. Other popular attractions of this fair are musical performances, camel acrobatics, folk performance and handicrafts.