From Pushkar Mela to Matsya Festival, fairs in Rajasthan you must not miss in November

They say, ‘travel to Rajasthan in November’ not only because the temperature is soothing at that time, but you get to explore the real Rajasthan. The royal state is everything, from colourful streets which showcase opulent grandeur to historical architectural wonders. November witness the most number of fairs in the state, and to understand the culture and heritage of the Desert state, one must visit the magnificent fairs in Rajasthan. They are the celebration of life, culture, heritage and nature in a true Rajasthani style. 

Don’t listen to what they say, go and see! So, pack your bags and make your itinerary as this year Rajasthan will be hosting 5 fairs in November, which you can attend. Here is the list:

Pic credit: Sarthak Sharma
  • Pushkar Camel Fair (November 4 to 12)

Pushkar Mela or Pushkar Camel Fair is one of the popular cattle fairs in India. This fair is considered to be a highly rated touristic experience in India. It is the weeklong camel and livestock fair held in the town of Pushkar between October and November. For the first time visitors, it’s an immensely pleasurable experience. The carnival is a combination of camel, culture, and colour. 

Various activities are held in the Pushkar Fair including camel and horse races, cultural performances, and competitions such as the ‘matka phod’, ‘longest moustache’ and ‘bridal competition’ are the main draws for this fair which attracts thousands of tourists. In recent years, the fair has also included an exhibition cricket match between the local Pushkar Club and a team of foreign tourists.

Distance from Delhi by road: 419 km

Nearest Airport: Kishangarh

Railway Station: Ajmer

  • Kolayat Fair, Bikaner (November 10-12):

Kolayat Fair happens every year in the month of November at Kolayat, which is a few km away from Bikaner. The fair holds great importance for the locals who eagerly await it. Tourists also experience a great time as the fair is celebrated on an expansive scale. The fair is held in commemoration of Kapila who is an ancient sage, who is believed to be an avatar of Lord Vishnu. 

Kolayat’s earlier name was Kapilastan. Kapila Muni lived here and hence this place was given this name. The pomp and show of the fair is not its only attraction as it also possesses great religious significance. A large number of devotees visit the fair to take a holy dip in the Kolayat Lake. It is believed that a holy dip can absolve them of all their sins.

Distance from Delhi by road: 515 km

Nearest Airport: Jodhpur

Railway Station: Kolayat

  • Chandrabhaga Fair, Jhalawar (November 11-13)

Every year, the Chandrabhaga Fair in Rajasthan welcomes thousands of visitors and participants from all over the nation. The fair is held at Jhalrapatan, situated at a distance of about six kilometres from Jhalawar, in the month of Kartik (October and November). This fair attracts travellers, pilgrims and explorers alike with rituals and traditions practiced in this region. A lot of pilgrims assemble on the banks of river Chandrabhaga during the fair and participate in this gala event. The festival, named after the river Chrandrabhaga, is considered very sacred by the people of Rajasthan.

People travel from far just for a dip in the river as they believe this will purify their souls. A huge cattle fair is also organised here, where livestock such as cows, horses, buffaloes, camels and bullocks are purchased from various parts for resale. The fair includes several spiritual and traditional activities. During the fair, the Department of Tourism organises activities over a course of 3 days like traditional Deepdan, Shobha Yatra and various competitions as well as cultural evenings.

Distance from Delhi by road: 607 km

Nearest Airport: Raja Bhoj Airport, Bhopal

Railway Station: Ramganj Mandi

  • Bundi Utsav, Bundi (November 15-17)

Bundi is a picturesque location in the Hadoti district of Rajasthan. The Bundi Utsav is a three-day celebration of the cultural richness of the town of Bundi. It is a remarkable cluster of traditional art, culture and craftsmanship and visitors are left charmed by its magnificence. The program includes a colourful Shobha Yatra, arts & crafts fair, ethnic sports, cultural exhibition, classical music & dance program, turban competitions, bridal clothing, musical band competitions, and a sparkling fireworks display. Early in the morning, after the full moon night of Kartik Purnima, women and men clad in attractive colourful costumes light diyas or lamps on the banks of River Chambal and seek blessings.

Distance from Delhi by Road: 485 km

Nearest Airport: Jaipur International Airport

Railway Station: Bundi

  • Matsya Festival (November 25-27)

The Matsya festival of Alwar held in November over two days is the foremost of all fairs and festivals of Rajasthan. It is celebrated to glorify the prosperity, traditional values and colourful customs of the region. This festival is renowned for its colourful processions, cultural performances, an array of sporting events and impressive artistic exhibitions. The magnificence of Alwar’s numerous palaces and forts, lakes, hunting lodges, archaeological sites and thick forests, make it a delightful setting for a flamboyant celebration.

Distance from Delhi by Road: 185 km

Nearest Airport: Jaipur International Airport

Railway Station: Alwar

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