Jodhpur is a land of many fairs and festivals. The city remains engaged in various festivals throughout the year & becomes even more magnificent during the festive season with tons of colors, music, folk-dances, bazaars, and of course a mouth-watering array of local sweets. So plan your trip around the months of September to October when major festivals like Navratras, Dussehra, Diwali and the local Marwar festival take place.
So, if you really want to witness some of the important festivals make sure that you keep their time of celebration in mind and then book a room in one of the budget hotels in Jodhpur accordingly.
Let’s take a look at some of the most famous festivals celebrated in Jodhpur:
Marwar Festival (September to October)
So we start with the biggest and the most popular festival celebrated here – The Marwar Festival. Held on the evening of Sharad Poornima, in the grounds of the Mehrangarh Fort and Mandore. This two-day festival is celebrated as a tribute to the heroes of Rajasthan. The celebration is done mainly through music and dance performances by the local artists.
The Jodhpur RIFF (September to October)
Celebrated every year in the month of October, this 5-day festival is planned to provide an open stage to all folk artists and musicians from India as well as from the globe. Around 250 musicians and artists from Rajasthan and elsewhere attend this festival.
Diwali (October to November)
Diwali falls in the month of October/November and is a celebration of Lord Rama’s return home after being in exile for 14 years. During this festival the whole city is decorated with millions of oil lamps, candles, electric lights, fireworks and crackers. In the evening, Lakshmi is worshipped as the goddess of wealth.
Jodhpur International Desert Kite Festival (14th to 16th January each year)
It is a three-day festival, held at the Polo Ground in Jodhpur, where best kite flyers from all across the country (or even abroad) come to this place each year, to participate. The date of the festival coincides with Makar Sankranti on 14 January. The skyline of the entire blue city gets dotted with numerous kites, a sight that you can witness from your Hotels in Jodhpur.
Jodhpur Nagaur Fair (January to February)
This is the next big event after the Marwar Festival. Popularly known as the ‘Cattle Fair’, more than 70,000 animals – including bulls, camels and horses – are traded during the event. Other attractions featured during the fair include the Mirchi chilli bazaar, and markets specializing in iron, wood and camel leather items. Social activities are popular, and include bull and camel races and cock-fighting.
There are numerous other festivals that are celebrated in the city. All you have to do is make sure that you are in the city to witness them!