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Festivals of Rajasthan - GUIDE 2016-17

Planning to book a Rajasthan Tour Package? Willing to experience some a festival of Rajasthan or wish to cover some of the best things to do in Rajasthan? Then this blog post is just for you!

One of the most culturally vibrant states of India, festivals of Rajasthan draw attention of millions of tourists each year and with the engagement of Rajasthan Tourism, these events today have turned into extravagant affair for travellers from around the world. Vedic Walks bring to you a complete guide to Festivals of Rajasthan in year 2016-17.




Rajasthan International Folk Festival; also known as RIFF, is theme based festival. Conceptualised and endorsed as "Peoples" platform for creativity and sustainable development in the region of Jodhpur, Rajasthan. RIFF, Jodhpur has become one of the most popular cultural festival of Rajasthan in the last few years and travellers from all over the world flock to Jodhpur to witness grand performances and cultural highlights in the magical surrounding of Mehrangarh Fort. This is certainly one of the best things to do in Rajasthan. If you are visiting Rajasthan this October, ensure to include RIFF in your Rajasthan tour package. For more details on RIFF 2017, contact Vedic Walks.

Rajasthan International Folk Festival Dates 2016 (RIFF): 13 - 17 October, 2016




Travelling to Rajasthan and being a part of India's biggest festival is a dream come true for an avid traveller. If you are planning to visit India during the month of October this year, make sure you are in Jaipur to witness the grand celebration of Diwali. The locals decorate and illuminate their houses to the best of their capacity to draw attention of Laxmi 'Goddess of wealth'.

One of the best things to do in Rajasthan is being a guest of local family and participate in rituals, festivities and celebration with them. Ask your tour company to include this experience in your Rajasthan tour package.

Diwali Festival Date 2016: 30 October, 2016




What would be a better place than Pushkar to witness 'Worlds largest cattle fair'. Pushkar is located at a very convenient distance from Jaipur, Udaipur, Jodhpur and is well connected with both; road and railways. Pushkar camel fair remains a prime attractions for travellers visiting Rajasthan in the month of November each year. Pushkar is a small deserted town that transforms into a funfair during the time of Pushkar camel fair.

Participate and challenge locals in different events organised during the fair like: Turban tying, Tug of war, Camel race, wrestling and many more. Choose to stay either at a hotel in Pushkar or book desert camping in Pushkar staying in luxury camps. For more details on Pushkar Fair and best things to do in Rajasthan, click here.

Pushkar Fair Dates 2016: 08 - 14 November'2016




Bundi is a hidden gem of Rajasthan located in its 'Hadoti' region. Bundi festival is comparatively a newer festival promoted by the Rajasthan Tourism and includes several spiritual and traditional activities. The event includes a colorful procession, cultural exhibitions, classical music and dances performances followed by sparkling firework display around Bundi Fort.

If you like non-commercial places with great historical and cultural values, Bundi will be the perfect base for you to spend a couple of nights during Bundi Festival. Being a boutique tour operator, Vedic Walks promotes events like these to offer support towards initiatives of Rajasthan Tourism and also to promote unadulterated experiences for travellers from around the world.

Bundi Festival Date 2016: 17 - 19 November, 2016




The Kumbhalgarh fort, cradled in the Aravali Ranges, hosts one of the most vibrant and colourful Festivals named as Kumbhalgarh Festival. Another effort by Rajasthan Tourism to promote the culture and heritage of Rajasthan. The event is divided into two parts- day and night. In the daytime there is the folk performances by traditional artistes and competitions like turban tying and henna applying. On the other hand, the night is filled with impressive explosions of lights, sound, colours and dance that adds to the glory of Kumbhalgarh.

For more details on Kumbhalgarh Festival and Rajasthan tour packages, contact Vedic Walks.

Kumbhalgarh Festival Dates 2016: 01- 13 December'2016




Festival that brings all the kites lovers in the world flock to Rajasthan for celebrating one of the largest International Kite Festivals in the world. While one can witness colorful kites of various shapes and sizes, the celebration looks truly spectacular in the evening, when fireworks alongside flying lamps brightens up the city's skyline.

Take a unique Kite festival walk in Jaipur to celebrate the festival like a local, join a local family for meal or drive to the highest point of Jaipur to get an amazing bird's eyes view of the city with millions of kites flying right below you!

Kite Festival Date 2017: 14 January, 2017




Imagine the time of year when empty sands around Jaisalmer come to life with mesmerising cultural events, that's Desert Festival Jaisalmer for you! Jaisalmer remains a must visit place in Rajasthan and this events adds to the number of travellers with deep interest for age old culture, arts and dance forms. While traditional musicians try their best to outdo each other to showcase their talent, the women are dressed in traditional cloths full of vibrant colors. Definitely, one of the best things to do in Rajasthan.

Desert Festival Jaisalmer truly depicts why Rajasthan is called as state of camels and puppetters. For more information, please ask Vedic Walks.

Desert Festival Jaisalmer: Date 2017: 08 -10 February, 2017




The best saved for the last, Holi Festival is celebrated across north India but Jaipur, Mathura and Vrindavan are some of the best cities to celebrate the festival of colors with locals. With the significance of 'Good over Evil', Holi festival begins with a fire ritual on the eve of the festival followed by 'Dhulandi' (next day) by visiting friends and relatives and applying colors on them. However, it is recommended to book your tour in advance and avoid walking on the streets without a local support.

If you are planning to visit India in the coming months, this festival can be covered in your Rajasthan tour package. For more information, ask Vedic Walks.

Holi Festival Date 2017: 13 March, 2017



Vedic Walks is a boutique tour operator that offers only Handcrafted & Bespoke tours of Rajasthan. Working closely with the artisans and tourism projects on grass root level, the aim is to develop and offer unadulterated and Exceptional Indigenous Experiences to Luxury vagabonds from around the world. Vedic Walks has been recognised as one of the most Innovative and Responsible Tour operators.

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