Fairs and festivals of Western India:
India is a land of culture, color and celebration! In our opinion, the best time to visit any country would be during the time of a festival as that is one of the best ways to fully immerse yourself in the culture of the country, get to know the locals, experience the best of their traditional cuisines and of course to get wonderful pictures of it all! When it comes to India, we celebrate all festivals from the start of the harvest cycle to the end of the lunar cycle. So it would be safe to say that the Indian festive calendar is the longest in the world. Thus any time and every time is a good time to visit the beautiful India!
Now, we do not want to discredit any festival by not mentioning it in our list, but some festivals are celebrated with so much grandeur that they simply cannot be left out! Here are some of the most famous Fairs and Festivals of West India that you must explore on your visit to India-
1. Bikaner Camel Festival, Rajasthan
During the month of January, the state of Rajasthan organizes the Bikaner Camel Festival to celebrate camels- the "king of the desert." The camels are adorned with fine jewelry, along with the vibrant and colorful bridles, bejeweled necks and jingling anklets. During the festival, activities such as camel races, camel milking, fur cutting, best breed competition, camel acrobatics and even camel beauty pageants are held to honor the camels! The grounds host numerous stalls displaying an amazing variety of souvenirs, local goods and cuisines!
2. Goa Carnival, Goa
Visiting Goa anyway makes you feel like you’re in a carnival, but this one is the real deal. The Indian version of Cinco de Mayo is this three-day carnival which is all about party, parade, celebration, and fun. The major parade held in Panjim consists of floats, entertainers and dancers. This is the best time to visit Goa as many hotels provide bonfire, ball night, and other celebrations for the guests and the beaches have beach parties all night long!
3. Holi and Elephant Festival, Jaipur
Holi is the vibrant and fun festival of colors. On the day of Holi, Jaipur also celebrates the Elephant Festival where the elephants are adorned with colorful fabrics and fine jewelry. Activities such as elephant dance and elephant polo games are held. The best part of the celebration has to be the large procession, which includes decorated elephants, horses and camels along with many locals who sing and dance along with the procession
4. Mount Abu Summer Festival, Rajasthan
The serene and pleasant weathered hill station of Mount Abu near Udaipur in Rajasthan annually hosts a summer festival to celebrate the joyous life and cultural uniqueness of Rajasthan. This festival attracts many travellers and is definitely worth visiting to experience their vibrant style of living. The 3 day celebration includes many folk and classical dances, music, various competitions, night skies lit with firework and numerous stalls selling Rajasthani handicrafts as well as shops wherefrom you can relish the mouth-watering local delicacies!
5. Ganesh Chaturthi, Maharashtra
Ganesh Chaturthi is a nine day long Hindu festival that is celebrated to adorn Lord Ganesh. This festival is one of the biggest festivals in Maharashtra that is celebrated on a very grand scale. In Mumbai there are city wide competitions for the best Ganesh Idol! On the first day, people buy clay idols of Ganesh and perform religious rituals and worship Lord Ganesha. On the last day, lakhs of peoplejoin to be a part of a grand procession towards different water bodies, where the idols are immersed in the water.
6. Navratri, Gujarat
Navratri is a nine-day festival, celebrated by Hindus to worship Goddess Durga. Different parts of the country celebrate this festival for different reasons. Navratri is mainlycelebrated in a grand way in Gujarat and Mumbai where large pandals are set up and people dress up in the traditional ghagra-choli and dance the night away to very energetic beats.
7. RannUtsav, Kutch
This is the longest festival of the country, spanning for four months starting from the end of October to February. This is the winter festival of Rann of Kutch, the salt desert of Gujarat. During this festival, a temporary city is erected in the desert with numerous stalls for cultural and adventure activities.Apart from this, you can find dance performances, music shows, puppet shows, street arts, storytelling and a number of handicraft stores.
Festivals present wonderful opportunities to take pictures. Don’t forget to hire travel photographers from Travorapherto accompany you and make sure that your pictures capture the true essence of the festivities around you!