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Jaipur: Fairs & Festivals

Other than the traditional fairs, recently established festivals that involve elephants, camel races, dance and music have been specially organised for the tourists. Some of the known fairs celebrated in Jaipur are given below.


Gangaur Festival

Celebrated in March-April, this spring festival is held in honour of Gauri, the consort of Lord Shiva, the goddess of abundance. During the festival young girls dress up in their finest wardrobe and pray for grooms of their choice and the married women do the same for the well-being of their husbands. Though celebrated throughout Rajasthan, in Jaipur it has its own charm and attraction. Girls worship the goddess throughout the preceding fortnight. Colourful images of Gauri are taken out in procession with the town band.


It is a festival to mark the advent of monsoon (July-August). Essentially a women's festival, Teej celebrates the home coming of Parvati to the abode of Shiva, her husband. Mainly married women who idolize Parvati for her devotion to her husband Shiva celebrate Teej. Unmarried girls also join in the worship to achieve husband like Shiva. Parvati's idol is taken in a procession escorted by elephants, camels and musicians. The festivities end with exchange of gifts and the arrivals of Shiva to escort Parvati home and the husbands to fetch their wives.

Elephant Festival

Elephant Ride

A festival celebrated around Holi, great occasions for the visitor, to watch several elephant sports and enjoy the festival of colours. A magnificent spectacle, it unveils the majesty and grandeur of elephants. A royal procession of sixty elephants in their best finery, a match of elephant polo and an elephant race are main events of the festival.