Rajasthan is a place where colours play an important role, so much so that some cities are given a second name based on the colour. For Example, Jodhpur is known as the Blue City of India because of its blue coloured houses. Festivals in Rajasthan leaves no stone unturned in showcasing their rich cultural and colourful heritage.
Here’s a list of 5 most colourful festivals of Rajasthan (Ofcourse other than Holi).
1.) Pushkar Camel Fair – One of the traditional fair of India, celebrated every year during Kartik Poornima (Full moon between October-November). It is a 5 day fest with major attractions being the large number of camels (more than 10K). One can also find few stalls where Rajasthani women sell traditional jewellery and clothes while the farmers are busy selling their camels and cattles. Camps are available if you want to stay there.
2.) Ramdevra Fair – Celebrated in the name of Baba Ramdev Peer, this festival takes place in Ramdevra village which is situated about 12 kms to the north of Pokharan in Jaisalmer District. People from different cities pay tribute to Baba Ramdevji every year by gathering at Ramdevra Mandir (temple) in between August – September. Some even come all the way barefoot to depict their devotion. There is night long programme in which the devotees sing bhajans (prayers) for Babaji.
3.) Flamenco & Gypsy Festival – One of the most known event to the foreigners, Jodhpur Flamenco & Gypsy Festival is celebrated every year in Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur. This festival aims to promote the link between Rajasthan and Flamenco culture. It’s a 3 days festival where gypsy musicians and dancers from around the world unite to celebrate the long rooted folklore.
4.) Mewar Festival – Mewar Festival is celebrated in the month of April to welcome the spring season. The festival is celebrated almost everywhere in Rajasthan but since Udaipur is known for the Mewar rulers, one can see the excitement for the festival there. People play with colours on the streets. Shopkeepers beautify their shops with chundadi(colourful cloth) and colourful decorations. People engage into the cultural dance and music shows during this festival.
5.) Jodhpur Riff – Jodhpur Riff takes place in Mehrangarh Fort which is one of the largest forts in India. This is an annual music festival which is celebrated to promote traditional folk music and arts. It is also known as RIFF (Rajasthan International Folk Festival). Every year more than 200 musicians and artists from across the globe participate in this festival. Be ready to witness different genres of music from folk to contemporary jazz. The festival is usually organized in the month of October. It was started as a partnership between Mehrangarh Museum Trust and Jaipur Virasat Foundation in October 2007.