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Rajasthan

Incredible Rajasthan

Rajasthan resounds with the chivalry and valor of the mighty Rajasthani kings of the bygone era. The pink city of Jaipur and the golden city of Jaisalmer are a tourist’s paradise which includes royal palaces, Havelis and forts which will enchant you completely. The sand dunes of Jaisalmer are invigorating and enlivening. In addition to this, the tour encompasses a visit to the capital city, Delhi as well. The archaic monuments and the modern edifices of this eternal city will truly charm you. Come, explore, and get intoxicated in the sceneries and magnificence of these historic places.


Best Time to Visit Rajasthan

Best Time to Visit: Mid October to Mid March
Rajasthan can be visited throughout the year as the state offers a range of things to its visitors at its different tourist destinations that include Heritage site and pilgrimage sites, wildlife safaris, varied fairs and festivals
People of all ages can enjoy there as it has something for everyone to compliment their interests. There is nothing like best time to visit this majestic land but the period between mid-October to mid-March is considered as an ideal time for those who are not familiar with the summers of Rajasthan. It is because the weather remains pleasant at this time.
Traveling to Rajasthan in summers is not recommended as it could be an uncomfortable trip for those hailing from cold countries and states. The temperature in Rajasthan varies from 45°C to 48°C during summer. May and June are considered as the hottest months of Rajasthan. During summer, the days remain extremely hot but the nights remain chilled.

Visit Rajasthan During Monsoon
Planning a trip to Rajasthan during the monsoon that is from July to September will not be a bad idea. During this period, the state observes many fairs and festivals and gives you the opportunity to enjoy to the fullest.

Visit Rajasthan During Winter
Sun basking in the winter months of Rajasthan can be an ultimate experience. Get indulged in outdoor activities, enjoy camel and elephant safari, and witness the fairs and festivals. Go shopping for colorful fabrics, ethnic jewelry, mojaris with intricate designs, and traditional handicrafts for yourself or your loved ones. The chilled evenings and nights provide you with the opportunity to sit beside bonfires, enjoying local food and listening to folk music and tales of royal heroism, loyalty & love.

Visiting the State in Summer?
If you are visiting Rajasthan during summer then take a trip to the only hill station of the state, i.e. Mount Abu, which is nestled in the Aravali hill ranges. It experiences the lowest temperatures in the summer months.
In order to avoid the heat and feel comfortable during your visit do take some precautions. Fill your bags with light cotton clothes, hats/caps, scarves and sunscreen lotions can help you to keep heat strokes at a bay to some extent. The intake of fluids will keep you hydrated. Beat off the heat and enjoy to your heart’s content.


Famous Festivals and Events in Rajasthan

Rajasthan the land of grand forts, wonderful palaces and marvelous havelis boost for an India’s most alluring festival state. Over the past few years, Rajasthan host various events ranging from dance music festivals and camels shows to a ballooning events and literature gala. So to witness a great admirable experience or different colors of the state through its events. Here Travelogy India presents top 10 most popular events of Rajasthan.

1. Pushkar Fair
“Pushkar Camel Fair” is treated as one of the biggest annual camel and livestock trading fair in the world. Besides helping business purpose (livestock trading), this five-day carnival is a fusion of camel, culture, and color; here not only display are thousands of camels, cattle and horses but various exhilarating activities for tourists like traditional folk performances, competitions and races(camel, horse, and donkey races) allure everyone to head to the state.

    • Month : October / November
    • Duration : 5 days
    • Timings : All day
    • Location : In and around Pushkar
    • Highlights : Matka Phod, Longest Moustache, Bridal Competition, Camel Race and Aerobics are the main attractions of this fair. During this fair, foreigners can also take part in a cricket match with the local people.
    • Accommodation and Food : Hotels in and around Pushkar

2. Elephant Festival, Jaipur
One of the most heartwarming event of Rajasthan, “Elephant Festival in Jaipur” offers an opportunity to watch royally or princely decorated elephants (brocade jackets, brightly textured turbans and traditional jewellery) with a number of competitions like elephant races, elephant polo and elephant tug-of-war (between animal and man and much more in a grand way is really an experience like no other.

    • Month : February / March
    • Duration : One day
    • Timings : All day
    • Location : In and around Jaipur
    • Highlights : Elephant Race, Polo, Tug Of War, Elephant Decoration and Color and Music are the main attractions of this festival.
    • Accommodation and Food : Hotels in and around Jaipur

3. Desert Festival, Jaisalmer
The three day action-packed “Desert Festival, Jaisalmer” display the life and culture of Rajasthan in a large aspect. Its unique and exotic camel races, camel polo, folk music, snake charmers, turban-tying contests, famous Mr. Desert competition and many more activities in the middle of the thick and sun-burnt sands of the Thar Desert are the high points of the festival.

    • Month : February
    • Duration : 3 days
    • Timings : All day and Night
    • Location : Deserts of Jaisalmer
    • Highlights : Camel Tattoo Shows, Acrobats (Gymnasts Display Their Skills on Camel’s Back), Camel Polo, Puppeteers, Camel Races, Traditional Processions, Camel Mounted Bands, Folk Dances are the major attractions of this festival.
    • Accommodation and Food : Hotels in Jaisalmer

4. Mewar Festival, Udaipur
One of the another famous festival in Rajasthan “Mewar Festival, Udaipur” welcome spring season with lot of zest, cheer, food, song and dance. Colorfully attired women take images of Goddess Gauri to Lake Pichola for immersion in a procession of boats that signals the completion of the celebrations are the highlight of this event.

    • Month : March / April
    • Duration : One to two days
    • Timings : All day and Night
    • Location : In and around Udaipur
    • Highlights : : Dressing up of Isar (who is an incarnation of Lord Shiva), colorful traditional saris and jewellery are the major attractions of this festival.
    • Accommodation and Food : Hotels in Udaipur

5. Rajasthan International Folk Festival, Jodhpur
One of the most awaited and incomparable five days musical events ever “Rajasthan International Folk Festival, Jodhpur” will bring together various folk musicians and artistes from India and all over the globe like Yemen, Scotland, Australia and many of whom will cooperate with inborn talent under one roof. No doubt an exciting combination of international Indian folk music in tie up with electrifying performances at the spectacular “Mehrangarh Fort” is a once in a lifetime opportunity for anyone who looking for an unusual charisma.

    • Month : October
    • Duration : 5 days
    • Timings : All day and Night
    • Location : In and around Udaipur
    • Highlights : : Folk art and Music are the major attractions of this festival
    • Accommodation and Food : Hotels in Jodhpur

6. Jaipur Literature Festival
“Pushkar Camel Fair” is treated as one of the biggest annual camel and livestock trading fair in the world. Besides helping business purpose (livestock trading), this five-day carnival is a fusion of camel, culture, and color; here not only display are thousands of camels, cattle and horses but various exhilarating activities for tourists like traditional folk performances, competitions and races(camel, horse, and donkey races) allure everyone to head to the state.

    • Month : October / November
    • Duration : 5 days
    • Timings : All day
    • Location : In and around Pushkar
    • Highlights : Matka Phod, Longest Moustache, Bridal Competition, Camel Race and Aerobics are the main attractions of this fair. During this fair, foreigners can also take part in a cricket match with the local people.
    • Accommodation and Food : Hotels in and around Pushkar

2. Elephant Festival, Jaipur
One of the most heartwarming event of Rajasthan, “Elephant Festival in Jaipur” offers an opportunity to watch royally or princely decorated elephants (brocade jackets, brightly textured turbans and traditional jewellery) with a number of competitions like elephant races, elephant polo and elephant tug-of-war (between animal and man and much more in a grand way is really an experience like no other.

    • Month : February / March
    • Duration : One day
    • Timings : All day
    • Location : In and around Jaipur
    • Highlights : Elephant Race, Polo, Tug Of War, Elephant Decoration and Color and Music are the main attractions of this festival.
    • Accommodation and Food : Hotels in and around Jaipur

3. Desert Festival, Jaisalmer
The three day action-packed “Desert Festival, Jaisalmer” display the life and culture of Rajasthan in a large aspect. Its unique and exotic camel races, camel polo, folk music, snake charmers, turban-tying contests, famous Mr. Desert competition and many more activities in the middle of the thick and sun-burnt sands of the Thar Desert are the high points of the festival.

    • Month : February
    • Duration : 3 days
    • Timings : All day and Night
    • Location : Deserts of Jaisalmer
    • Highlights : Camel Tattoo Shows, Acrobats (Gymnasts Display Their Skills on Camel’s Back), Camel Polo, Puppeteers, Camel Races, Traditional Processions, Camel Mounted Bands, Folk Dances are the major attractions of this festival.
    • Accommodation and Food : Hotels in Jaisalmer

4. Mewar Festival, Udaipur
One of the another famous festival in Rajasthan “Mewar Festival, Udaipur” welcome spring season with lot of zest, cheer, food, song and dance. Colorfully attired women take images of Goddess Gauri to Lake Pichola for immersion in a procession of boats that signals the completion of the celebrations are the highlight of this event.

    • Month : March / April
    • Duration : One to two days
    • Timings : All day and Night
    • Location : In and around Udaipur
    • Highlights : : Dressing up of Isar (who is an incarnation of Lord Shiva), colorful traditional saris and jewellery are the major attractions of this festival.
    • Accommodation and Food : Hotels in Udaipur

5. Rajasthan International Folk Festival, Jodhpur
One of the most awaited and incomparable five days musical events ever “Rajasthan International Folk Festival, Jodhpur” will bring together various folk musicians and artistes from India and all over the globe like Yemen, Scotland, Australia and many of whom will cooperate with inborn talent under one roof. No doubt an exciting combination of international Indian folk music in tie up with electrifying performances at the spectacular “Mehrangarh Fort” is a once in a lifetime opportunity for anyone who looking for an unusual charisma.

    • Month : October
    • Duration : 5 days
    • Timings : All day and Night
    • Location : In and around Udaipur
    • Highlights : : Folk art and Music are the major attractions of this festival
    • Accommodation and Food : Hotels in Jodhpur

6. Jaipur Literature Festival
The biggest literary festival on Earth “Jaipur Literature Festival” come together some of the most remarkable, clever, sensitive and brilliant collection of authors from India and all over the world for five days of readings, debates and discussions at the beautiful “Diggi Palace” of Rajasthan. If literature is not your thing/you don’t want to be an inch closer to your favorite’s writers, then there’s great music and food on offer too.

    • Month : January
    • Duration : 5 days
    • Timings : All day and Night
    • Location : In and around Jaipur
    • Highlights : : Literature, Readings, Debates and Discussions are the major attractions of this festival
    • Accommodation and Food : Hotels in Jaipur

7. Summer Festival, Mt. Abu
When the rough/dry summer beats down the desert land of Rajasthan, its only hill station – Mount Abu provides more than breather as it comes alive with its unique three day “Summer Festival, Mt. Abu”; starting on the day of Buddha Poornima, the summer festival opening ceremony includes the singing of ballads which is followed by enticing folk dance styles of Gair, Ghoomar and Daph, Sham-e-Qawwali. Along with folk culture, this festival host other events also like horse racing, tug of war, skating races, CRPF band show, boat races on the Nakki Lake and last but not least closing ceremony that include a sparkling display of fireworks make it a one-of-its gracious experience.

    • Month : May
    • Duration : 3 days
    • Timings : All day and Night
    • Location : In and around Mt. Abu
    • Highlights : : Skating Race, CRPF Band Show, Skater’s Show, Boat Race, Tug Of War, Paniharimatka Race and Deepdan are some of the major attractions of this festival.
    • Accommodation and Food : Hotels in Mt. Abu

8. Matsya Festival, Alwar
The two day “Matsya Festival” in Alwar displays the prosperity, traditional values and colorful customs of the region boost for its colorful processions, cultural performances, an array of sporting events, impressive artistic exhibitions and many events that no doubt make something for everyone.

    • Month : October
    • Duration : 2 days
    • Timings : All day and Night
    • Location : In and around Alwar
    • Highlights : : Several Competitions, Dance and Song Performances and Other Fun Activities are some of the major attractions of this festival.
    • Accommodation and Food : Hotels in Alwar

9. Camel Festival, Bikaner
An annual “Camel Festival” held in traditional city, Bikaner also known as the camel capital of the country attracts local, national, and international visitors through various events like camel processions, camel races, tug-of-war, camel dances, and camel dressing competitions etc. Apart from these, camel festival offer plenty of option for eating, souvenir-shopping, photography and other sights to watch out include the skirt-swirling folk dancers, fire dancers and the dazzling fireworks show, that lights up the night sky above the covered Desert City.

    • Month : January
    • Duration : 2 days
    • Timings : All day and Night
    • Location : In and around Bikaner
    • Highlights : : Camel Race, Best Decorated Camels, Tug Of War, Camel Shows (Camel Show Their Footwork, Dancing and Aerobic Skills), Fireworks Show and other exciting games are some of the major attractions of this festival.
    • Accommodation and Food : Hotels in Bikaner

10. Urs Fair, Ajmer
One of the biggest Muslim fair in the country “Urs Fair, Ajmer” which is celebrated in the memory of “Khwaja Muin-nddin Chisti” at Dargah Sharif, Ajmer is a wonderful event .On the evening of the Urs Festival, millions of devotees from all communities throng the tomb and offer Chadar, Ghilaph, and Neema/ Nazrana (Rose and jasmine flowers are placed on the tomb along with perfumes and incense) and blessed Kheer (milk pudding)/attend the famous qawali in evening.

  • Month : Seventh month of the Islamic lunar calendar
  • Duration : 6 days
  • Timings : All day and Night
  • Location : In and around Ajmer
  • Highlights : : Nazrana, Kheer (milk pudding) and famous “Qawali” during the evening are some of the major attractions of this fair.

Nightlife In Rajasthan

“Nightlife” which is always recognized with metropolitan cities is not fair, as with the growing times and expanding lifestyle of people, even smaller cities have more choices for entertainment and nightlife. Are you excited to know about other cities/state nightlife???? So without ado let’s go on and read about the “Nightlife in Rajasthan”.
Rajasthan which is a good example of India’s grandeur and magnificence is an ideal choice for those who love spirit, energy, and lively nightlife. From low-cost drinking holes and dim light lounges to unique dance clubs and exquisite bars- the state is packed with countless options where visitors entertain enough, its lots of cultural and traditional performances (Kalbelia dance, folk music, puppet shows), fascinating light and sound show, movie hall/ theatre and so more offer diverse, traditional, colorful shine nightlife or the height of enjoyment in comparison with the places having no or ordinary nightlife. So the next time, if you’re deciding on where to go in the midnight tour, just head out Rajasthan and choose from plenty of great after-hours options.

1. Sound and Light show in Rajasthan
The dazzling play of lights along with the musicals highlights the rich folk culture and legends of Rajasthan allure everyone. Sound and light show which are the memorable part of the region enjoy in various parts of Rajasthan but if you are a first-time visitor then don’t forget to watch the 50-minute sound and light Show at famous “Amber Fort, Jaipur” and the 12 episodes sound and light show at “Udaipur City Palace” which narrate the whole history of Mewar region( includes the foundation of Mewar by Bappa Rawal, the ‘Johar’ of Chittor’s Rani Padmini, the story of Mughal emperor Humayun and Rani Karmavati, the story of Pannadhai who sacrificed her own son for the safety of Prince Udai Singh and the battle of Haldi Ghati) in a classic way. Truly it’s one of an experience that you’ll cherish for a lifetime.

2. Dance and Music show in Rajasthan
Fond of folk music and dance? Fancy this – sit in a huge number of resorts and hotels/theatre of Rajasthan and watch the famous “Rajasthani Folk Music” and“Kalbelia” and “Ghoomar” dance performances live. For more glimpses of colorful and enchanting traditional Rajasthani folk dance and music, must-visit on some of the popular cultural centers of Jaipur like Birla Auditorium (Statue Circle, C Scheme, Jaipur), Jawahar Kala Kendra (Jawahar Lal Nehru Marg, Jaipur) Ravindra Manch (Adarsh Nagar, Jaipur) or you can also enjoy all Rajasthani dances at Bharatiya Lok Kala Mandal, Bagore ki Haveli and Meera Kala Mandir in Udaipur.

3. Puppet Shows in Rajasthan
The native string puppet theatre of Rajasthan is world-famous and is a must-watch when you are in the region of Rajasthan. An important part of the Rajasthani culture, these puppet shows can be enjoyed at various places but two organizations that are doing great work in preserving and promoting Kathputli named “Rupayan Sansthan of Jodhpur” and “Bhartiya Lok Kala Mandir of Udaipur” has a unique puppet show in the evenings. So get ready to be an audience to Rajasthan’s traditional puppet show.

4. Movie Halls in Rajasthan
The two things that bind our country into a thread of unity are – Cricket and Bollywood and Rajasthan which is a hot-spot tourist destination is famed for movie halls and TV serial shootings.
It’s not wrong to say that your visit to Rajasthan is incomplete if you don’t watch Bollywood movie in “Raj Mandir Cinema Hall in Jaipur” one of the best/biggest cinema halls in Asia with 1300 seats divided into four categories namely Pearl, Ruby, Emerald, and Diamond has amazing architecture both within and outside; its large Chandeliers hanging on the main hall, striking lighting in the lobby before every show, exterior welcomes with its ‘Nine stars’, which symbolize the nine gemstones and signifies the occupation of the Surana Jewellers, the proud owners of Raj Mandir, interiors of a revolving panel with the fascinating artistic work on the walls, rising staircase next to the lobby, main viewing hall velvet draped curtains and so more add or resemble Raj Mandir Hall one of a royal palace. So don’t forget to book your seat in advance and enjoy its royal structure and Bollywood masala flick at this classy cinema hall.

5. Disco/ Pubs/ Bars in Rajasthan
Are you in the mood for some wine? Head to the glitzy bars, pubs and discotheques of Rajasthan. Sip finest varieties of drinks, enjoy delicious snacks, groove to the music and dance freely and have complete fun. For more one of the happening night spots of Rajasthan, explore Udaipur and Jaipur vibrant clubs/pubs that are famed for happening nightlife.

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