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7 Most Famous Festivals of Rajasthan You Must Attend For A Cultural Rendezvous

   

Rajasthan is one state in India which represents the culture and traditions of the country at its best. History and culture have been an integral part of Rajasthan for long. What better way to showcase it if not through festivals? It won't be wrong to call Rajasthan the land of vibrant festivals because there are tons of it happening all around the year and attracting people from around the globe. The essence and spirit that you get to see here are hard to find anywhere else. We have handpicked the best celebrations in Rajasthan that you would absolutely love to be a part of. Here are the best festivals of Rajasthan that you must attend if you crave for culture and vivid experiences.

1. Magnetic fields festival

7 Most Famous Festivals of Rajasthan You Must Attend For A Cultural Rendezvous-1 If one has to put Magnetic field festival in one simple way, it will be called the mini Tomorrowland of India. The three-day music festival is organized at Alsisar palace in Rajasthan. The whole palace is lit up with lights and different stages with different artists coming from all around the world. The electro music and underground artists will keep you upbeat for three days straight. The music begins in the evening and continues until the sun rises. Moreover, your stay is arranged at the campsite just outside the palace where you get to meet different people. The festival is no short of a rave party with the best of music to give you an experience of a lifetime.

Time: December

Location: Alsisar

USP of the festival: Electro-Music festival

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2. Kalbelia Dance festival

7 Most Famous Festivals of Rajasthan You Must Attend For A Cultural Rendezvous-2

Kalbelia folk dance and music has been declared as the UNESCO intangible cultural heritage. To promote the greatest music and dance form of Rajasthan, Kalbelia dance festival is held every year with the folk artists taking part from the different parts of the state. The dance form has been derived from the Kalbelia community which is a nomadic tribe who were basically the snake charmers. Thanks to the nomads now this vibrant dance form is known all around the world and festivals which attract the true art lovers. The dance form is considered as a sensual act and is a matter of pride for the Kalbelia tribe. Watch the greatest Kalbelia artists draped in colourful clothes and jewellery and join them as they dance in the deserts of Jaisalmer.

Time: February

Location: Jaisalmer

USP of the festival: Traditional Kalbelia dance

3. Rajasthan International Folk Festival

7 Most Famous Festivals of Rajasthan You Must Attend For A Cultural Rendezvous-3 Find yourself amidst the folk culture of Rajasthan at the RIFF. Hosted at Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur it is one of the biggest events in Rajasthan that celebrates the folk culture of Rajasthan. The fort is beautifully lit up for three days with different stages and different performances. The festival hosts the local artists from all around the state who gives a power-packed performance of their regional art forms. There is such a vivid art to witness with the variety of music and dance forms that it will keep you on foot all the time. The three-day festival is full of Rajasthani culture and is the best way to get insights into the state’s culture.

Time: October

Location: Jodhpur

USP of the festival: Traditional folk music and dance

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4. Pushkar Mela

7 Most Famous Festivals of Rajasthan You Must Attend For A Cultural Rendezvous-4 Also known as, Pushkar Fair or Pushkar Camel fair, it is one of the largest events in the whole of Rajasthan. Puskar Fair is the largest gathering of camels in the whole world. The festival is organized in the sand dunes of Thar desert in Pushkar with more than 2 lakh people attending it every year. Although, Pushkar fair is a celebration time for the locals and camel owners who trade their camels and make them participate in various camel competitions but, over the period of time it has emerged as the international event with people coming from different parts of the world to be a part of the historic event. There is a hot air balloon ride, camel safari, folk dance and the festival is a complete delight for the shutterbugs who can capture the colourful life of Rajasthan.

Time: November

Location: Pushkar

USP of the festival: Largest camel fair

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5. Desert Festival

7 Most Famous Festivals of Rajasthan You Must Attend For A Cultural Rendezvous-5 It is almost like a yearly festival celebration for the Rajasthani people when they gather to celebrate the desert lifestyle. The festival is organized at Sam sand dunes, a remote village located approximately 45 km from Jaisalmer. During this time the locals gather in their colourful traditional attires to proudly celebrate and showcase the desert life. The festival is full of various competitions such as polo race, camel race, moustache competition (since big moustache is a part of the Rajasthani culture). The festival is brought to life by various folk artists who perform the folk dance and folk songs amidst the Thar desert. The camps are set in the sand dunes and the night are made better by the star trail of Jaisalmer. This is one complete package to experience the desert culture of Rajasthan.

Time: February

Location: Jaisalmer

USP of the festival: celebrate the spirit of the desert

6. World Sacred Spirit Festival

7 Most Famous Festivals of Rajasthan You Must Attend For A Cultural Rendezvous-6 If you are fond of Sufi music then this is one thing that you shouldn’t miss for the world. Held at Nagaur fort in Jodhpur every year, this Sufi festival host Sufi artists from all around the world. This is an exclusive event where you can come close to the best artists in the world and enjoy a one to one conversation and performance. The artists from various parts such as Morroco, Mongolia, Italy, Rajasthan, Lithuania, Iran, Turkey etc come together to give you the best time of your life. The festival is known for Sufi music, ghazals, spirit songs and tales and documentaries.

Time: February

Location: Jodhpur

USP of the festival: Sufi Music

7. Literature festival

7 Most Famous Festivals of Rajasthan You Must Attend For A Cultural Rendezvous-7 It is often called the ‘greatest literary show on earth’ and the ‘Kumbh of literature’, this is one of the most popular festivals of Rajasthan which needs no introduction. The festival is held at Diggi Palace in Jaipur every year. The five-day long festival hosts the some of the greatest writers, noble laureates, philosophers, thinkers and academians whose sole purpose is to the liberal ideas and promote young talent. The festival has a huge collection of literature and books from the artists coming from al around the world. The festival has seen some of the greatest minds of the present era has seen famous laureates such as Shobaa Dee, Namita Gokhale, William Dalrymple, Hari Kunzru, Chetan Bhagat, Shashi Tharoor, Sharmila Tagore, Sheila Dikshit, Soha Ali Khan among other renowned names who have been the speakers and influencers at the festival. There is a flood of some of the greatest latest and old literature at the festival. Literature is not the only focus of the festival. You will also come across the cultural performances and shows by the local Rajasthani people adding to the beauty of this festival. Undoubtedly, the festival is a paradise for the bibliophiles and you must attend to it at least once if you are one of them.

Time: January

Location: Jaipur

USP of the festival: Literature and books

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