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October 2006

Colourful Traditions - Pushkar Fair - Rajasthan

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The fair of Pushkar is renowned all over India for the unparalleled fun and merriment that it provides to visitors. Celebrated during the month of November, Pushkar is transformed into a sea of men and animals for the four days that the fair lasts. The Pushkar fair also witness a grand camel fair and it is great fun to watch all the haggling and bargaining that is enjoyed by both the customers and the buyers alike.

Besides the usual fanfare and festivity, there is also a religious angle to the Pushkar Fair. Thousands of devotees come to take a dip in the Pushkar Lake, which is supposed to wash away the sins of a lifetime. It is indeed a grand sight to see the colorfully dressed local populace descend on the fair grounds and enjoy a much-deserved break from their daily grind. As the men head for the cattle market, the women flock the shops that display a number of colorful and fancy items.

The Pushkar Fair is also a great place to enjoy some riveting performances by the local artists. You just stand mesmerized as they give a full display of their talents. Besides, there is also another angle to the Pushkar fair. Gripping camel races, horse races and camel shows also give it more color and make it an experience of a lifetime. Travel to Pushkar and attend the fair that will be held during the period of 29th October - 5th November, 2006.

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Festival of Urs - Ajmer shariff - Rajasthan

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The festival of Urs Ajmer Shariff is an annual event that that celebrates and honors the memory of one of the greatest Sufi saints of all time Moin-ud-din Chisthi. Travel to Ajmer and experience this soulful festival that brings together people of all faiths.

The dargah where Saint Moin-ud-din Chisti's mortal remains lie buried is one of the most important pilgrimage sites in India. During the Urs festival devotees who come from far and wide make rich offerings at the dargah and invoke the saint's blessings.

The largest Muslim Fair in India, Urs is held in the holy town of Ajmer. It is held in the memory of Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti (Rh.), a respected Sufi saint popularly known as Gareeb Nawaz because he devoted his entire life for the services of mankind. More than five lakes devotees gather from all parts of the subcontinent to pay homage to the Khwaja Sahib on his Urs (death anniversary) during the first six days of Rajab (seventh month of the Islamic calendar).

As the strains of Qawwali pervade the air, the whole of Ajmer dons a festive look with people of all faiths coming together to preach the message of love and humanity to everyone around. This colorful festival is one of the most important events in Rajasthan and if you want to be a part of this grand tribute to humanity, don't forget to visit Ajmer during the next edition.

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Colourful Traditions - Marwar Festival - Rajasthan

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The Marwar Festival, celebrated during the auspicious Sharad Purnima, goes on for a period of two whole days. The festival is held in the honor of the valiant heroes of Rajasthan who had lain down their lives for the protection of their homeland. The Marwar Festival is highly rated and attended by people from all the state as the honor, and chivalry forms an integral part of the Rajasthani culture.

Originally known as the Maand Festival, the Marwar Festival is a grand event that showcases the culture of the Marwar region. Energetic performers converge here to regale onlookers with their talents, which is a treat to the eyes. Music and dance become the order of the day at the Marwar festival where you will never have a dull moment. Besides, a host of competitions and other attractions like horse riding and horse polo make a visit to the Marwar festival an experience to cherish for a lifetime. This year (2006), it will be celebrated on 6th - 7th October.

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