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Famous Festivals of Rajasthan in January and February

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Famous Festivals of Rajasthan in January and February

January 31, 2012

While every season and month has a charm of its own in Rajasthan, the months of January and February offer an unparalleled cultural extravaganza with multiple festivals and events taking place all over the state. Whether it’s music, dance and literature or vibrant regional festivals; Rajasthan comes alive with a host of revelry. Lying on the western frontier of the country, the state of Rajasthan oozes royalty and splendour of a bygone era. The forts and palaces still reflect a grandeur that makes a trip down this vibrant state an experience worth treasuring forever.

Celebrate the spirit of intellectualism in Jaipur amidst the greatest literary geniuses of our age at the DSC Jaipur Literature Festival (20th – 24th January 2012). Hailed as the largest literary festival in Asia-Pacific, JLF 2012 is expected to receive 12,000 visitors per day and more than 200 of the world’s finest authors over the 5 day extravaganza. Superstar writers like Michael Ondaatje, Ben Okri, Richard Dawkins, Amy Chua and Tom Stoppard will be attending the festival alongside international celebrities like Oprah Winfrey.

The annual Nagaur Cattle fair (30th January – 2nd February 2012) is the second largest animal fair in the country where more than 75,000 camels, bullocks, cows, oxens and horses are traded every year. Activities like tug-of-war, camel and bullock races, cockfights etc. are further enhanced by the enchanting folk music. An exclusive feature of the Nagaur Festival is the “mirchi bazaar” which is the largest Chilli market in Asia.

The perfect time to visit Jaisalmer is during the Jaisalmer Desert festival (5th-7th February 2012) when the golden city reverberates to the sound of melodious tunes and rhythms. Folk dances, camel races, special craft bazaars and exciting competitions like the popular turban-tying contest and Mr. Desert contest brings the city to life. The popular sound and light spectacle with folk artists performing against the splendid backdrop of the famous Sam sand dunes on full moon night is a must visit.

The World Sufi Spirit Festival held in February is when prestigious historic sites of Ahhichatragarh Fort in Nagaur(16th-18th February) and Mehrangarh Fort (20th-21st February) in Jodhpur open their doors to a veritable musical journey of initiation, offers an unforgettable experience. Lit by the sparkling incandescence of a thousand and one candles, magnificent choreographic and musical shows illustrate the very origin of spirituality. Traditional artists from Rajasthan, Egypt, Iran, Mongolia, China, Zanzibar and the Comoros Islands will present a soul-stirring affair.

Revel, rejoice and relish Rajasthan’s cultural extravaganza!




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