The destination to visit in November: India’s most vibrant state, Rajasthan

End the year on an eventful note

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Rajasthan

Rajasthan is the land of festival and fairs. Not only cultural events, Rajasthan also hosts some of the biggest folk music and arts festivals. What’s a better way to end the year than to become a part of some amazing events and learn more about Rajasthan’s rich culture and ethos? Here’s a list of top 6 upcoming fairs and festivals that attract people from across the world.

Pushkar Camel and Balloon Festival

Pushkar Camel Festival

Held in the tiny desert town of Pushkar, this traditional Indian festival is one of the most highly-rated experiences in India. The fair sees an astonishing 30,000 camels converge on the town – a spectacle to behold. The camels are paraded, made to take part in beauty contests and raced. Do visit the festival to experience the colour, carnival and traditions at this extravaganza. The three-day International Hot Air Ballooning Festival is another added attraction at the fair.

When: October 28th – November 4th, 2017

How to reach: The nearest airport from Pushkar is Sanganer Airport, in Jaipur, about 146 kilometres away. From Jaipur, you can hire a taxi or take a bus to reach Pushkar. If travelling by rail, Ajmer is the closest railway station from Pushkar, at a distance of just 11 kilometres.

Bundi Utsav

Bundi Festival

Bundi, one of the most gorgeous and picturesque towns in Rajasthan becomes more vivid in the month of November when the much-anticipated Bundi Festival is held here. The colourful Shobha Yatra, arts & crafts fair, traditional sports, cultural exhibition, folk music & dance program, and turban competition, organised during the fair, surprise every visitor with its magnificence and uniqueness.

When: November 6th – November 8th, 2017

How to reach: Bundi is well-connected by road and rail. The nearest airport from Bundi is Sanganer Airport, in Jaipur, about 210 kilometres away.

Kolayat Fair

Bikaner

The people of Bikaner eagerly wait for November when Kolayat Fair, also known as ‘Kapil Muni Fair’, is held with great pomp and show. It also has a great religious significance – many devotees visit the fair to take a holy dip in the Kolayat Lake. During the Kolayat Fair, all 52 ghats are lit up with lamps and diyas. The devotees gather at a common point and leave oil lamps afloat in the lake. The view of hundreds of lighted lamps floating in the water is a sight to behold. When in Bikaner, you must visit the Junagarh Fort, Lalgarh Palace, and Gajner Wildlife Sanctuary.

When: November 2nd – November 4th, 2017

How to reach: The nearest airport from Bikaner is Nal Airport, about 13 kilometres away. There are frequent flights from Delhi to Bikaner. Bikaner is well-connected by road and rail as well.

Matsya Festival

Alwar fair

This two-day long festival, held in Alwar, is the foremost of all fairs and festivals of Rajasthan. It is celebrated with all pomp and show to showcase the traditional values and colourful customs of the region. This major attraction of the festival is its colourful processions, arts & crafts fair, traditional sports, cultural exhibition and folk music & dance program. Alwar is also one of the main tourist destinations in Rajasthan owing to its magnificent palaces and forts, lakes and archaeological sites.

When: November 25th – November 26th, 2017

How to reach: The nearest airport to Alwar is Sanganer Airport, Jaipur, located about 162 kilometres away. Alwar is well connected to all major cities by road and rail.

Chandrabhaga Fair

Matsya Festival

Held in the small town of Jhalawar, the Chandrabhanga Fair welcomes thousands of visitors and participants from across the country, every year. The festival is of a great religious importance to the local people and many devotees gather at the banks of Chandrabhanga River to take a holy dip. The major attraction of the fair is the huge cattle fair, Shobha Yatras and other traditional activities.

When: November 3rd – November 5th, 2017

How to reach: The nearest major airport is Indore, about 240 kilometres away. There is also an airport in Udaipur, about 333 kilometres away.  Jhalawar is well connected to all major cities by road and rail.

Rajasthan Kabir Yatra

folk dance

This festival is a must-visit for all folk music lovers. This travelling music festival will journey over 6 days in an around Bikaner, creating a platform for musicians, artists, etc. The festival is the perfect event to immerse yourself in the soul-fulfilling Sufi Music.

When: November 11th – November 16th, 2017

How to reach: The nearest airport from Bikaner is Nal Airport, about 13 kilometres away. There are frequent flights from Delhi to Bikaner. Bikaner is well-connected by road and rail as well.

Rajasthan is a blend of everything unique – from architectural wonders, chaotic, colourful streets to opulent grandeur – that make the state the most flamboyant. When in Rajasthan, do visit:

Udaipur

Udaipur:  India has been the land of kings, and Udaipur with its magnificent architecture, gives you a sneak peek into royalty. Also known as City of Lakes, Udaipur offers variety of activities for a perfect travel experience.

Jaipur
A street market in Jaipur

Jaipur: The Pink City is a beautiful gateway to India’s most beautiful state, Rajasthan. Be it the monuments and other tourist attractions across the city, or the lesser-known destinations, Jaipur is as fascinating as it gets.

Jaisalmer Fort
Jaisalmer Fort

Jaisalmer: Jaisalmer, also known as ‘the City of lights’ or ‘the Golden City’ has a pride of place in the list of World’s Heritage Sites, and has been attracting tourist from across the world. When in Jaisalmer, do visit Sam Sand Dunes, located in the heart of the Great Indian Thar Desert.

So what are you waiting for? Plan a trip to Rajasthan and end your end on an eventful note.

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