Jaipur, popularly called Pink City, is known for its splendid royal palaces, ancient forts, vibrant street markets, and fascinating culture. Besides, Jaipur, one of the top places to visit in Rajasthan, is immensely famous for its numerous fairs and festivals. These festivals are a melting pot, where people from all over the world gather to celebrate with all the excitement and fervor in spite of any caste or creed. The festivals are also a way to keep the traditions of Jaipur alive. For the tourists, this is the right time to witness interesting ceremonies, rituals, and awe-inspiring performances by locals as part of Rajasthan tour packages. If you were in Jaipur during these festivals, don’t miss being a part of it that will make your trip even more enjoyable.
Check out the list of some amazing festivals of Jaipur.
Teej is one of the important monsoon festivals in India, and the most rejoiced festivals of Jaipur celebrated in the month of July-August. This festival is dedicated to Hindu God and Goddess Shiva and Parvati. Though not celebrated all over India, Teej is a significant festival of women in Bihar, Rajasthan, Haryana, and Punjab. And primarily, the people of Jaipur observed it on a massive scale in the form of a fair, known as Sawan Mela. Married women fast for the long life and happiness of their husbands and girls fast for a desirable match. During this festival, women dress up in traditional outfits, wear bangles and Mehandi and carry Goddess Teej in a procession across the city. Decorated elephants, bullock carts, and chariots add to the spectacle. One can also witness a lot of singing, dancing and enjoy traditional Rajasthani cuisine during the festival as part of Jaipur Tour Packages.
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Observed during the month of March-April, Gangaur Fair is one of the most colorful festivals celebrated with great fervor and devotion not only in Jaipur but also throughout the Rajasthan & is a must-see event, especially for urban travelers. The festival is a celebration of the onset of spring, along with the harvesting period of the farmers. Also, the festival, which is about a hundred years old, is a celebration of marital fidelity. This 18-day festival is marked by the worshipping of Lord Shiva and Goddess Gauri by carving out beautiful clay idols of Gods and Goddesses. Married women pray for the long life of their husbands while unmarried women pray to get the man of their dreams. On the final day of celebration, the newly carved idols are taken to johars and baori on a procession. The procession of Gangaur starts from the Zanani-Deodhi of the City Palace, among the top places to visit in Jaipur, and goes to various parts of the city and concludes at a place near Talkatora where women bid them farewell with the hope of marital bliss.
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One of the most renowned festivals of Jaipur, Elephant Festival is celebrated every year on the full moon day of ‘Phalgun Purnima’ in the month of February and March. The festival is organized by Rajasthan Tourism to showcase the imposing royalty of Jaipur on the occasion of Holi. Beautiful bedecked elephants are taken out in processions in all their glory, dressed in vibrant colors, anklets, decorated saddle cloth, and colored powder is sprinkled from atop the elephants. The main highlights of this grand festival are elephant polo, the tug of war competition, and the elephant race. Apart from this, one can also relish music and dance performances during the festival. The venue of this festival is Polo Ground which is opposite Sawai Man Singh Stadium in Jaipur, one of the must-include places in Golden Triangle Tour Packages.
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Every year on 14th January, all of Jaipur is hidden under the shadows of the colorful kites that fill the skyline. The day of Makar Sankranti is considered as an auspicious day as the sun enters into the Uttarayan phase and marks the beginning of the new year according to the Indian calendar. The festival has gained so much popularity that an international kite-flying competition is held for three days and the winner gets some precious prize every year in Jaipur, one of the popular places to visit near Delhi. While kites fly high in the sky in different shapes and sizes, lights and fireworks in the night sky also add to the beauty and splendor of the celebrations. The entire city comes together to celebrate the festival and is truly an amazing sight for all kite lovers.
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Jaipur Literature Festival
Apart from the religious festival, the city of Jaipur is also famous for the Jaipur Literature Festival. This festival began in 2006 and has now become the largest literary festival conducted in the Asia Pacific. This five-day festival is attended by lakhs of people from both national as well as international boundaries. This festival usually takes place in January each year. Both national, as well as foreign authors, indulge in reading and discussion sessions. The audience gets a chance to get autographed books from various authors. Apart from this, a wide range of stalls of handicrafts and food can also be seen during the festival. In the evening, various music performances take place here. Many renowned socialites can be spotted in Jaipur during the festival.
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Sheetla Mata Fair
Sheetla Mata Fair is another spectacular festival celebrated in Jaipur. This spectacular fair is held in March / April every year at Seel-ki-Doongri village that is 35 km away from Jaipur. The fair is held to appease the local deity, Sheetla Mata, whose temple is located on top of a small hill in the village. It is said that the rage of the deity caused an epidemic that nearly wiped out the town a long time ago. So to please her and calm her down, devotees pray before the deity and make several offerings as per the customs. During this event, villagers set up a bazaar where they sell a variety of items like clothes, shoes, foodstuff, agricultural implements, utensils, and many more. Also, some music and dance performances are arranged by some tribal communities at the fair.
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