Festivals of Rajasthan

The ship of the desert‘, has been an integral part in the life of the people of Rajasthan, since time unknown. To honor this wonderful creature, Rajasthan celebrates the Camel Festival every year at Bikaner. The festival is celebrated to show the role and importance of camels in Rajasthan. This colorful cultural event is organized by the Department of Tourism of the Rajasthan Government, every year in the month of January. 

The festival starts with the procession of beautifully decorated camels passing before the Junagarh Fort in Bikaner while heading towards the open sand grounds. And here the colorful camel pageant starts. On the first day of the event, a contest for the best decoration and jewellery, the best fur cutting design on camels and the best breed of camel is organized. Camel races, camel dancing performances are held on the second day of the event. The amazing foot movements and dancing performances of camels here cast a magical spell on the spectators. Cultural performances of folk dances and music add to the pageantry of the Camel Festival. The festival ends with a magnificent display of fireworks, which illuminates the desert city of Bikaner. The colorful camel festival provides you the best opportunity to see the camels at their best. Thousands of tourist from all around the world visit Bikaner every year to enjoy this colorful cultural extravaganza.

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Gangaur is one of the most important and widely celebrated traditional festivals of Rajasthan. The word Gangaur is derived from two words ‘Gan’ a synonym of Siva and ‘Gauri’ of his consort Parvathi. The festival commences on the day following Holi and continues for about 2 weeks. The festival is held in the honor of Gauri who is regarded as the symbol of virtue and fidelity and a mythological role model of married women. While married women worship Gauri for the welfare of their husband, the young unmarried girls worship her for being blessed with a spouse of their choice. 

The festival commences with the ritual of collecting ashes from the Holika Dahan (Holi Fire) and burying seeds of wheat and barley in it. Then the seeds are watered every day until the germination takes place. The ritual is performed with the songs praising Isar and Gauri and the carrying of painted water pots on women heads. 

The ritual is performed with songs of Isar and Gauri (Shiva and Parvathi) and the varying of pots of water on the head. Women folks also make clay images of Gauri and Isar. On the evening of the seventh day after Holi, unmarried girls take out a parade with ghudlia (an earthen pot with holes around and a lamp inside) on their heads. On the way they are gifted presents such as sweets, ghee, oil and cash. The ritual continues for a fortnight till the conclusion of the Gangaur Festival. The festivity reaches to its peak during the last three days of the festival. On the last day Colorful images of Gauri are taken out in procession accompanied by the camels, bullock carts, horses and elephants, decorated in traditional finery. Songs are sung about the departure of Gauri to her husband’s house. The procession concludes with the girls breaking their pots and throwing all the consignment into a tank or a pond.

Another unique characteristic of this colorful festival is that on this occasion, tribal men and women have an opportunity to meet and interact freely. They can select a life partner of their choice and marry only by eloping. 

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The Desert Festival is one of the most popular cultural events on the annual festival calendar of Rajasthan. The colorful event is held every year at Jaisalmer in the months of January/February. The festival is a showcase of the performing arts and crafts of Rajasthan. The melodious tunes and rhythms of the folk musicians and amazing folk dance performances by renowned artists create a spellbound effect on spectators. The event is organized on the famous golden sand dunes at Sam near Jaisalmer. Colorful craft bazaars set up for the occasion are an added attraction of the festival. 

Many exciting competitions are held during this colorful event. Camel races, the turban-tying contest, Mr. Desert contest and a contest for the longest moustache add more color and charm to this cultural extravaganza. The colorfully decorated camels take you to the beautiful sand dunes in the nearby regions. While in Jaisalmer, you can also visit the famous mansions and forts of Jaisalmer. A visit to Jaisalmer Fort, Patwon – ki – Haveli and Gadsisar Lake among many more can be a rewarding experience for you. 

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Pushkar is a small holy town in Rajasthan located at about 135 km from Jaipur and 10 km from Ajmer. The Pushkar Lake situated here is considered to be one of the holiest pilgrimage sites in India. Besides, being an important pilgrimage center for Hindus, Pushkar is also known for its annual Pushkar fair, which has a religious as well as traditional character. The festival is held for 5 days during the occasion of Karthik Purnima, which generally falls in the month of October and November every year. Thousands of devotees from all over the world throng to the lake to take a sacred dip into it, as the Hindus believe that a dip in the holy Pushkar Lake is very auspicious at this time. 

On this auspicious occasion, the largest camel fair of India is held at Pushkar. Camels coming to the fair are decorated with great care and wear jewelry of silver and beads. The silver bells and bangles around their ankles make an interesting sound when they walk. An interesting feature of camels coming in the fair is piercing of their nose, which is considered a must ritual. In this fair mass trading of camel is done. Besides camels other cattle are also bought and sold. It’s estimated that over 25,000 camels are traded in the Pushkar fair, making it the largest camel fair of the world. 

Other attractions of the Pushkar fair are various cultural and sports programs organized everyday during the fair. Camel races, dances, camel beauty contest and camel vs. men Tug of war contests make the festival more charming and colorful. In a way the fair showcases the passion and liveliness of the local people towards life. 

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Wildlife in Rajasthan

Rajasthan, one of the most fascinating states of India, is not only famous for its colorful culture, traditions and heritage cities with numerous magnificent monuments; the state is also known for its flora and fauna and houses some of the most famous and important wild sanctuaries and Parks of India. The topography of Rajasthan, which ranges from vast barren deserts to lush green forests and from rugged rocky terrains of the Aravalis to the freshwater wetlands, provide excellent environmental conditions for the survival and growth of a varied wildlife.

Rajasthan has four famous National Parks and Wildlife Sanctuaries namely, the Sariska Wildlife Sanctuary, Ranthambore National Park, Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary and Desert National Park. Ranthambore National Park and Sariska Wildlife Sanctuary are known worldwide for their tiger population and considered by both wild lovers and photographers as the best places in India to spot tigers. Besides, it houses several small wildlife sanctuaries and eco-tourism parks (special area marked as wildlife reserves). Prominent among them are Mount Abu Sanctuary, Bhensrod Garh Sanctuary, Darrah Sanctuary, Jaisamand Sanctuary, Kumbhalgarh Sanctuary, and Jawahar Sagar sanctuary to name a few with.

These national parks and sanctuaries are home to a variety of wildlife including some of the rare and endangered species. The wildlife here includes Tigers, panthers, sambar, bison, Blackbucks, Chinkara, the rare desert fox, antelopes, deer, wild boars, monitor lizards, the endangered caracal and the list goes on. Besides, they shelter a variety of exotic and colorful birds including migratory birds including rare Siberian cranes who flock to this region during winters. The Great Indian Bustard, a rare and nearly extinct bird, can be spotted in the rolling sand dunes and scrub and thorny vegetations around the highlands of the Desert National Park near Jaisalmer.

The greatest attraction for all the wildlife lovers visiting Rajasthan is various safaris they can choose to enjoy the richness of wildlife of the region. You can enjoy a jeep safari, or an elephant safari and make a close encounter with the wild beasts and beautiful birds in their natural habitat. Don’t be surprised if you come face to face with a tiger or other wild animals while exploring thick jungles.

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Rajasthan Safari

Camel safaris are the new, exciting way of casting one’s footprint across the shifting sands of Rajasthan. What’s more interesting, however is the control one has over an adventure activity, so that it can be tailored to suit every modern traveler. Whether one want a safari that takes only a few hours, or one that is perfect for a weekend, or a longer one to take you traveling from city to city by this unconventional method you have it all. It’s certainly an experience no visitor to Rajasthan should do without. 

Back are the people who were essential on any carvan-the cooks and attendants, to set camp and serve hot piping meals. And yes, back again are the entertainers, those minstrels who once accompanied such journeys into the desert, to sign a plaintive lament under moonlight, or a robust, spluttering tune that seems to capture within its simple notes, the mystery and the magic of the desert. 

Rajasthan’s Thar is the only desert in world which is rich in colour and culture (in most other deserts, for example, the people wear only white), and warm with the hospitality of courtly traditions. These find a reflection in the camel safari too. And the splendor of the desert combined with the experience of camping and riding in it, truly makes one of the most impressive activities for travelers. It also brings alive an era when this was the way a elements to create romantic kingdoms in the desert. 

Safaris to Jodhpur to Jaisalmer to Sam, and to Bikaner are the most familiar routes. It is a romantic, though trying way of exploring the desert interiors-vast stretches of sand, deserted and haunted villages, and inhabited villages. 

The safari moves from one fort to another, following routes that were once taken by the ancient armies. You will pass through villages, ruins of historical monuments and beautiful temples. As the evening progresses, the Dune Safari Camp, a blazing bonfire and a hearty dinner await your arrival. The adventures of the Camel safari will be a unique and interesting experience. One will return home with a treasure of countless delightful memories. 

Jaisalmer Tours

The city of Jaisalmer evokes a true picture of magnificence and brilliance of Rajasthan. One of state’s best loved tourist destinations, Jaisalmer is worldwide famous for its hospitality and culture. Desert festival is celebrated every year in the month of January/ February, where camel races and folk dances are organized. It’s indeed a perfect time to visit the city during Desert festival, which reverberates to the sound of harmonious tunes and Rajasthani rhythms.

Tourist Attractions

Built in 1156 by the Bhati Rajput ruler Jaisal, it is situated on Trikuta Hill and had been the scene of many battles. Its massive sandstone walls are a tawny lion color during the day, turning to a magical honey-gold as the sun sets. The famous Indian film director Satyajit Ray wrote a detective novel and later turned it into a film – Sonar Kella (The Golden Fortress) which was based on this fort. This is a living fort and about a quarter of city’s population still live inside the fort. The main attractions inside the fort are: Raj Mahal (Royal palace), Jain temples and the Laxminath temple.

It was built by the scheming Prime Minister Salim Singh in 1815. It has a beautifully arched roof capped with blue cupolas and carved brackets in the form of peacocks. 

Built by Guman Chand Patwa (and later by his five sons), a wealthy merchant and banker who had over three hundred trading centres from Afghanistan to China. This ornate five-storey complex took fifty years to complete. This is the largest, the most magnificent, and the most elaborate of Jaisalmer havelis. 

Built by a Prime Minister of princely state of Jaisalmer. Its facade is a riot of ornamentation: flowers, birds, elephants, soldiers, a bicycle and even a steam engine 

Bada Bagh is about halfway between Jaisalmer and Lodhruva in the state of Rajastan in India.A descendant of Jaisal and maharaja of Jaisalamer, Jai Singh II, commissioned a dam to create a water tank during his reign in the 18th century. This made the desert green in this area.

Desert National Park, Rajasthan, India, is situated in the west Indian state of Rajasthan near the town of Jaisalmer. This is one of the largest national parks, covering an area of 3162 km². The Desert National Park is an excellent example of the ecosystem of the Thar Desert. Sand dunes form around 20% of the Park. The major landform consists of craggy rocks and compact salt lake bottoms, intermedial areas and fixed dunes. Despite a fragile ecosystem there exists an abundance of birdlife. The endangered Great Indian Bustard is one magnificent bird found in relatively fair numbers. It migrates locally in different seasons.

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