Grab the opportunity to spend a perfect winter in Rajasthan

The land of the Rajas and Maharajas, Rajasthan is famed for being the most popular tourist destinations of India.

With numerous forts and palaces, it is a favorite amongst all kinds of travelers. A colorful state with a vibrant and melodious culture, Rajasthan invites you regally in winter to experience a lot of things.

Getting to know the Thar Desert’s Jewel of India, it starts with booking cheap flights to Jaipur.

Built by the Rajputs mostly, beautiful monuments along with other festivals &occasions make Rajasthan all the more exciting.

Let’s celebrate Rajasthan in style and head for it-

RANAKPUR FESTIVAL

A delightful setting organized by the Department of Tourism, Ranakpur Festival is a fun occasion. The town of Ranakpur comes alive during its festival.

Ranakpur Jain Temple front portion

It offers a cool perspective to know the place better. You get to feel and understand the local culture at its best here.

Highlights of the festival:

  • Cultural programs conducted in the open-air amphitheater. This makes it easier for everyone to witness the ongoing feat easily. The Sun Temple Amphitheater is the best spot for the extravaganza.
  • Travelers are invited and encouraged to join in the festival competitions. This helps forge a closer bond with the place.
  • The evening is the time for the festivities to begin. This provides you ample time to make the best of roaming nearby.

Distance from Jaipur: ~350 km-420 km

Monuments to visit:

  • Ranakpur Jain Temple
  • Muchhal Mahavir Temple
  • Desuri Fort
  • Surya Narayan Temple
  • Sadri: For more temples and getting to know the rustic side of Rajasthan.

Dates: 21-22 Dec 2019

WINTER FESTIVAL – MT. ABU

Held in Mt. Abu in December, this is a perfect way to pay homage to Rajasthani culture. The vibrancy of the culture and traditions of Rajasthan come alive in this festival. Gorgeous handicraft, delicious food with a scenic backdrop, Mt Abu Winter Festival is all you can ask for a perfect holiday trip.

Rajasthani woman artist performing a folk dance

The 2-day extravaganza brings the best of performers and craftsmen. They come from all parts of the state to perform here. Also, there are a number of entertainment and sporting events taking place.

You can indulge here in-

  • Rowing
  • Kite Flying
  • Poetry reading sessions
  • Cricket

A grand procession from the Nakki Lake with the spectacular ‘Deepdaan’(offering earthen lamps to float on the lake) ceremony marks the beginning of the festival.

 The rest of the evening displays stunning fireworks on a spectacular scale.

Monuments to visit:

  • Dilwara Temples
  • Guru Shikhar
  • Trevor’s Tank
  • Raghunath Temple
  • Toad Rock

Dates: 29-30 Dec 2019

CAMEL FESTIVAL – Bikaner

The camel is the poster boy animal of Rajasthan. And it rightly shows off its place in the land’s customs and traditions.

A camel festival organized every year is another proof apart from murals and paintings.

Bedecked and decorated Camel standing with people in the background

Organized by Rajasthan Tourism, the celebrations are a great way to witness –

  • Camel races
  • Camel milking
  • Fur cutting design
  • Best breed competition
  • Camel acrobatics
  • Camel beauty pageants.

Decked with the best of animal decorative beads and jewels, it forms a colorful spectacle. The red backdrop of the Junagarh Fort makes it all the more appealing. You can spoil yourself here with mouth-watering, souvenir-shopping to your heart’s fill. You’re your Insta- feed with breathtaking photography at this festival and nearby areas. Lehnga-swirling dancers and fire dancers with spectacular fireworks and the festive mood light the whole environment with zeal.

Monuments to visit:

  • Lalgarh Palace
  • Shiv Bari Temple
  • Junagadh Fort
  • Devi Kund

Dates: 11-12 Jan 2020

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KITE FESTIVAL –Jaipur

Being a kite loving nation, India celebrates Kite Festivals on a large scale. Rajasthan hosts this festival in its capital with great fervor. There is almost a frenzy on who would win and who would have the most unique kites.

String of multiple kites in a row flying in the air

Kites in variety of shapes and sizes fly the best of cultural imprint on them. The celebration is a perfect way of displaying the prowess of flying kites. Different color and patterns brighten the sky and light the evening as the festival comes to close.

The festivities peak in Jaipur on the holy occasion of Sankranti on 14 Jan every year.  

You can enjoy cultural performances along with the thrill of flying kites that are truly remarkable.

Monuments to visit:

  • Amber Palace
  • Rambagh Palace
  • City Palace
  • Samode Palace
  • Hawa Mahal
  • Hari Mahal Palace
  • Jal Mahal

Dates: 14-16 Jan 2020

Magnetic Fields Festival, Alsisar

The trend of boutique festivals is gaining pace in the mainstream outdoor entertainment.

Shekhawati region boasting of the 17th-century palace, the Alsisar Palace is the venue. Packed with really cool fun and the best of Rajasthan in a remote place, Magnetic Fields Festival is nothing short of wonderful.

Magnetic Fields Festival arena of Alsisar Mahal in Rajasthan

Eclectic music with soul-stirring melodies and ecstatic feeling make it all the more worthy.

The attendees are treated like royalty and there is a sense of community in the ambiance and environment. It has thus become one of the look-forward-to festivals in India.

Monuments to visit:

  • Alsisar Mahal

Dates: 13 – 15 Dec 2019

Jaipur International Film Festival

Launched in 2009, Jaipur International Film Festival is a great way to end your day with. It is the coolest hallmark of winters in Rajasthan with a bang.

This five-day festival witnesses participation of actors/directors globally. They come to showcase their very best here. A vast exchange of information, knowledge and ideas make it a happening place. Cultural exchange and cooperation forms the base of this festival.

Dates: 17- 21 JAN 2020

Jaipur International Film Festival official poster with dates

Monuments to visit:

  • Gaitore: Just 15 k away from Jaipur is Gaitore. Cenotaphs of Islamic and Hindu architectural styles are present here. You can have a short day trip.
  • Galtaji Temple

Don’t wait for X-Mas because it is round the corner. Get your cheap flights to Jaipur from US today. The festivals are waiting for you.

Happy traveling!

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