Rajasthan also known as “Land of Kings” and is a state in northern. The entire state is covered in 342,239 square kilometers. Or 10.4% of the entire geographical area of India. Rajasthan is the largest state in India by area and 7th largest state by population. The Great Indian Dessert is located in this state well known as “THAR dessert”. This state also shares borders with Pakistan.
Jaipur is also known as “Pink city”.
Traditionally the Rajputs, Gurjars, Jats, Meenas, Bhils, Rajpurohits, Charans, Yadavs, Bishnois, Meghwals, Sermals, Rajput Malis and other tribes made a great contribution in building the state of Rajasthan. All these tribes suffered great difficulties in protecting their culture and the land. Millions of them were killed trying to protect their land.
This state is all about Royalty, Culture, color, camel and celebration. This place is famous for its beautiful lakes, desserts , historical place and forts. Festivals of this state include; Rituals, Ethnicity, Traditional festivals and celebrations.
Here’s the list of top festivals and fairs in Rajasthan:
1. Teej Festival, Rajasthan: This festival is celebrated in the entire Rajasthan. However, this festival is commercialized in Jaipur. The celebration involves all the women of native. Performing interesting rituals in the temples. Street procession of the goddess with thousands of devotees dancing around with chariot bands, music, antique palanquins and much more is the iconic element of this festival.
2. Rajasthan International Folk Festival (RIFF): In Jodhpur a City in Rajasthan This festival is celebrated, Entire festival is celebrated with traditional dance, music and art. Mehrangarh fort is famous for celebrating this festival. Over 200 artists of different genre come here to exhibit their talents in music industry. In this festival one can even find many different fairs, exhibition and shows of different styles.
3. Pushkar Camel Fair, Pushkar: Based on the banks of Pushkar Lake, this camel fair attracts tourists and merchants alike. The festival is celebrated for 5 days. In this Festival one can enjoy interesting events like camel racing, camel beauty contest, puppet shows, camel trading, music and dance performances. This place is the right place for buying camel souvenirs like camel leather articles, camel hair accessories and others.
4. Desert Festival, Rajasthan: one of my favorite festival this festival is celebrated in Sam sand dunes of Jaisalmer, a fully focused desert-based festival. People drive to the desert on camels to enjoy interesting events which take place here like camel races, belly dance, turban tying festival, moustache competition, gymnastic stunts and so on. This festival is celebrated for 3 days and in-fact people prefer night camping in the dessert in this festival. This festival has many stalls with unique handicrafts and souvenirs.
5. Nagaur Fair, Rajasthan: This is another fair which focuses on camels, oxen, cows and other animals. This festival is celebrated in Nagaur and is famous for animal races, cock fighting and much more. But this festival is not famous like Pushkar Camel Fair, but it is a delight to watch and enjoy.
Apart from festivals, Rajasthan is very famous for its adventurous activities like Camping, Jeep safaris, horse safaris, wildlife safaris, hot air ballooning and camel safaris
- Camping in Rajasthan
Camping in Rajasthan is available in proper tents or in magnificently envisioned and brought-to-life tree houses. The Tree House is located outside the city of Jaipur. Activities: The array of facilities and activities offered here are spa, swimming pool, lawn tennis, billiards, film screening, golf, camel safaris archery, volleyball, badminton, gym and birdwatching trips.
- Rohetgarh Wilderness Camp
Wilderness camp Located outside the city of Jodhpur. It offers accommodation in six tents, set atop a sand dune. Activities: you can have alcoholic beverages in the open lounge, and avail Jeep safaris through the region. This camp also has a collection of horses, which it will readily give you rides on.
- Wildlife Safaris in Rajasthan
Ranthambore National Park is the prime place for taking adventure tours in Rajasthan if you want a good round of wildlife spotting. Located in the far east of Rajasthan near its state border with Madhya Pradesh.
- Hot Air Ballooning in Rajasthan
Another exciting yet adventures thing in Rajasthan is Hot Air Balloon, you will have to come to Jaipur. Jaipur is located in the eastern part of the state, and flights and trains to it are readily available from cities like Delhi and Mumbai. The city has a semi arid climate, which means that though the weather here is generally hot and dry, Jaipur does get some rainfall. During the summer season, the maximum temperature often rises beyond 45 degree Celsius. Winters sometimes record minimum temperatures of as low as -2 degree Celsius. The city receives substantial amounts of rain during the monsoon months of July and August. Major Attractions are Jantar Mantar, Hawa Mahal, Amber Fort, City Palace, Nahargarh Fort, Jaigarh Fort and Jal Mahal are all admired tourist attractions here.
- Desert Safari in Rajasthan
Jodhpur, Jaisalmer and Bikaner are the perfect places to combine the joys of adventure tours in Rajasthan and camel safaris.
• Jodhpur: Situated near the banks of River Jojari in central Rajasthan, Jodhpur is a city replete with culture, history, architectural mastery and natural beauty. The winter season, which sees highs of 25 degree Celsius, is the perfect time to come here.
• Bikaner: Bikaner is a small town in the Thar Desert, located in north-western Rajasthan. Winters is the right time to experience maximum temperatures of 23 degree Celsius. It is also a remarkable place to see numerous types of scavenging birds like vultures, eagles and buzzards.
• Jaisalmer: The sand colored walls of the buildings in Jaisalmer perfectly complement the natural surroundings of the town. Located in the heart of the Thar Desert in Western Rajasthan, Jaisalmer experiences scorching summers and cool winters.