Jaipur, like most of the other cities in Rajasthan, is an extremely colourful one. If you want to experience this city in its best, then you should definitely head out here during the time of any one of the major festivals that are held here.
The Pink City decks itself up in various colours and lights. It becomes a grand picture of opulence. You might find it a little difficult to find accommodations in five star hotels in jaipur during the time of the major festivals, and hence, it is best that you book your room right after you confirm your plans of coming to the city.
Let’s take a look at some of the most important festivals that are conducted in this city:
- Teej: This is one of the most important festivals of Rajasthan. This lasts for a single day and is meant for women and young girls, who are married. They dress up in new and extremely colourful clothes and observe a fast throughout the day. They draw mehendis on each other’s hands and even indulge in singing and dancing, since it is a part of the tradition. The women finally break their fast once they get a glimpse of the full moon at night in front of their husband. This ritual is observed by women to wish for the long life of their husbands.
- Gangaur: This is another festival that women take part in to wish for a healthy and long life of their partners. They sing songs and carry an apparatus they prepare themselves on their heads. This festival involves worshipping Parvati and Shiva. It is held during the months of April and March. Women head out in long processions, some of which you will be able to witness even from the 5 star hotel in jaipur where you will be staying.
- Kite festival: This festival is held in the month of January on the day of Makarsankranti. People dress up in colourful clothes and indulge in kite flying and sometimes even into friendly kite flying competitions. This festival is celebrated to mark the completion of harvest.
- Elephant festival: This is something that is truly worth experiencing. Elephants are perhaps the most important animals for the Hindus. The rajas and the kings also rode on elephants. In fact, it is known that even tigers and lions are afraid of the elephants. This festival is dedicated to this majestic animal. Many elephants are decked up in colourful accessories, and they all gather together in one place. These animals take part in various sports like racing, decoration competition, etc. on this day.
- Diwali: Like any other place in India, Diwali is celebrated with great pomp and grandeur in this city. It is usually held between the months of October and November, and since this is the tourist season, if you want to witness Diwali in Jaipur, make sure you get the bookings done well before hand. The entire city decks up in lights and people light crackers to mark the victory of good over evil.
These are some of the festivals that are celebrated with great pomp in this city. Do try and visit during the time of one of these festivals.