The Teej Festival is a good excuse to travel to Rajasthan during the month of August. This festival, championed by women in homage to the goddess Parvati, reaches its maximum splendor in its capital Jaipur.

Jaipur and the Teej Festival.

Jaipur is the capital of the state of Rajasthan. Also known as the “pink city” because of the color of the sand with which the old walled city was built. One of its main attractions is the Observatory , or Jantar Mantar , built in 1728. Another, and main point of reference in Jaipur, is the Palace of the Winds , a good example of Rajput art.

In the festive section, the Teej Festival is one of the most picturesque. It is celebrated during the month of August, coinciding with the arrival of the monsoon, when the lakes and reservoirs raise their level and the State offers its most splendid face. The Festival commemorates the union between the goddess Parvati and Lord Shiva. The women, tattooed with henna and dressed in bright colorful costumes, star in the parade in honor of Parvati, which is later joined by musicians, dancers and other artists.

Elephant Festival

Photo by ‘Pondspider’ (CC on Flickr)

Another of the great events in Jaipur is the Elephant Festival , which takes place during the first half of March, on the eve of Holi .

Pushkar and the camel fair.

It is a cozy and quiet place, located on the very edge of the desert, on the shores of Lake Pushkar. It is famous for being an important place of pilgrimage for Hindus.

For the rest of the world Pushkar is best known for its massive camel and cattle fair , also known as Pushkar Fair or Pushkar Mela , which is held between October and November. It is then when this quiet town becomes a hotbed of tribes, pilgrims and tourists from all corners of the planet. During the fair, men buy and sell livestock and organize competitions and camel races. Women raise occasional markets for bracelets, clothes and fabrics. One of the key events of the fair is the “Kartik Purnina”, the night of the full moon of November.

women-pushkar

Udaipur, the city of the performing arts.

Dubbed the “Venice of the East”, Udaipur is one of the most romantic cities in Rajasthan. The Palacio del Lago (now the Taj Lake Palace hotel ) is undoubtedly the best example of its sophisticated past. And his pride, his legacy as a center for performing arts, painting and crafts. The Meera Rangshala Theater offers regular shows of dance and popular music.

Jodhpur and Fort Meherangarh

After Jaipur, it is the largest urban center of Rajasthan. It is located on the edge of the Thar desert. Its historical center is a labyrinth of narrow streets full of bazaars that lead to 8 doors that lead to the exterior of the walled city. Its fort, one of the most imposing in the state, rises on a cliff 125 meters high. Inside it houses courtyards, museums and palaces with names as suggestive as “Palacio del Placer” or Palacio de la Perla “that keep exquisite collections of their real past.

Meherangarth Fort and Jaswant Tada, Jodhpur. Photo: David Martín, 2009

Jaisalmer and the camel safaris.

This city is something like the Afghanistan of the Middle Ages. The Golden City, named for the colors with which its walls are dyed at sunset, seems to have stopped in time. Each and every one of your stones have a story to tell. They say that whoever makes the effort to reach her is never disappointed.

In addition to its famous mansions or ‘ havelis ‘, one of the usual tourist attractions in Jaisalmer , is a camel safari through the desert. Beware of bargains. The fierce competition makes the cheap come out expensive. If one prefers to travel with certain amenities, eat well prepared dishes, have a cold beer at nightfall and sleep more or less comfortably, do not skimp on expenses. Most good safaris last between 3 and 4 days. Ask us.

 

– Rajasthan has an invaluable cultural and monumental wealth. Here we have pointed out a few, but there are many other destinations and characteristic places. In this blog you will find some references. 
In any case, do not hesitate to ask us when we are working on personalizing your trip.