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Fairs and Festivals
Ever so often, the stark barren landscape of Rajasthan comes alive with a riot of colours and joyous celebrations.
 
It's as if people, in this sparsely-populated state, look for an excuse to come together with festive abandon and momentarily forget their tough lives.
 
Seasons are heralded with a festive fervour and cattle marts turn into delightful fairs. While some traditional fairs and festivals have a mythological origin, others commemorate a local hero or saint.
 
Pilgrimage, socializing, trading, music, dance and revelry mark the Pushkar Fair - Click to enlarge
 
Pilgrimage, socializing, trading, music, dance and revelry mark the Pushkar Fair.
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While traditional and religious festivals, such as Holi (the festival of colours), Diwali (Web Link) (the festival of lights), Makar Sakranti, Urs etc. are celebrated enthusiastically, festivals involving camel and elephant sports, folk music and dance are also being specially organized for tourists.
 
The sandstone city of Jaisalmer provides a golden backdrop
to the popular Desert Festival.
(Camel Race)
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Desert Festival - Click to enlarge
 
These melas give a splendid insight into the life of the Rajasthanis and the romance of Rajasthan. And it's a wonderful idea to take a look at the Festival Calendar, while planning your visit to the state.
 
 
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Rajasthan Diary
is a Fictional Travelogue of a couple's visit to
the vibrant,
colorful and
historic state of Rajasthan, India. Click on any of the links below to read the travellers notes.
Destinations
Ajmer & Pushkar
Bharatpur
Bikaner
Bundi
Chittaurgarh
Jaipur
Jaisalmer
Jodhpur
Kota
Mount Abu
Ranakpur
Ranthambhor
Shekhavati
Udaipur
Awards
People
Wildlife
Rural Bazaars
Music & Dance
Shopper's Paradise
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