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Tuesday, 16 August 2022

10 Festivals and Fairs of Gujarat, India Worth Visiting

 10 Festivals and Fairs of Gujarat, India Worth Visiting

Rann Utsav

Set on the immaculate white salt marshes of the Great Rann of Kutch, Rann Utsav is a really wonderland for folk music and dance lovers. The festival features folk dance (Tippani, Garba and Hallisaka), drama, musical performances, handicraft bazaars, local art, wildlife safari tours, authentic Kutchi cuisine also  adventure activities like  camel rides, hot air balloon rides, rifle shooting, paramotoring and ATV rides. There are hundreds of AC and non-AC tents set up on the fringe of the bordering village of Dhordo if you’re thinking to stay overnight.

When: November to February, each year

Where: Rann of Kutchh in the Kutchh district in Gujarat 


Held over 9 nights, Navratri is the world’s longest dance festival that honours feminine divinity. During the ten -day Hindu celebration, nine forms of the Hindu goddess Durga Devi are worshipped. People fast and perform famous folk dances – Garba and Dandiya – while dressed in elaborate ethnic Gujarati outfits. On the 10th day, another Hindu festival, Dussehra, is celebrated to revel  the victory of good over evil.

When: October

Where: All over in the Gujarat

International Kite Festival (Uttarayan)

The International Kite Festival draws droves of tourists, skilled kite flyers and designers from around the world to show off their skills and unique creations. You’ll get thousands of kites of all sorts of colors, shapes and sizes adorning the blue winter sky. In the evening, kites with brighten paper lanterns (tukkals) are flown and held aloft. Conforming to the Hindu calendar, this festival even marks the end of winter and the beginning of warmer months.

When: January 14th  (on the day of Makar Sankranti)

Where: Ahmedabad

Shamlaji Fair

Held on the eve of Kartik Purnima – a festival devoted to the worship of both Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu – the annual Shamlaji Fair is celebrated on the banks of the  immaculate river Meshwo, near the Shamlaji Temple. The 3 -week-long fair sees thousands of devotees gathering together from all around the country to bathe in holy waters and seek their god’s blessings. While some devotees create their way to the Shamlaji shrine by camel carts, bus or car, others prefer to come on foot, singing hymns of Lord Vishnu and carrying religious banners. The fair is even used as an chance to trade silver ornaments, cloth and metal ware.

When: November

Where: Shamlaji Temple, Samalaji, Aravalli district

Bhavnath Mahadev Mela

Bhavnath Mahadev Mela centres on the Hindu lord Shiva. On the good day of Maha Shivratri, the fair begins with a procession of sages riding on elephants and blowing conch shells, heading towards the Bhavnath Mahadev Temple to seek the blessings of their deity . It is believed that Lord Shiva himself visits the temple while this fair. Held over 5 days, it includes music, dance, prayers, arts and crafts stalls and free meals. As part of the age-old ritual, pilgrims perform parikrama, or circumambulation, around the Girnar mountain before visiting the temple.

When: in February or March

Where: Bhavnath Temple, Junagadh in Gujarat 

Modhera Dance Festival

Set within the grounds of the majestic Sun Temple in the Gujarat, the Modhera Dance Festival is an annual celebration of classical Indian dance and music. Even recognized as Uttarardh Mahotsavis, this 3 -day celebration welcomes popular performers from across the country, with dance forms like  Bharat Natyam, Kuchipudi and Kathak on display, among others.

When: Third week of the January

Where: Sun Temple, Modhera

Bhadrapad Fair

Devoted to Goddess Ambaji, the Bhadrapad Fair is held at the Ambaji Temple, where a representation of the god is a triangular object called Vishwa Yantra. While the day, dedicated disciples of the goddess gather at the temple to seek her blessings, perform puja (worship) and read the Saptshati (700 prayer verses). By evening, the fair will organize folk dances (Bhavai and Garba), musical performances, cultural programs, merry-go-rounds, recreational activities and stalls selling trinkets and yummy local food.

When: Full moon day of the Bhadrapad (around August or September)

Where: Ambaji Shrine, Banaskantha


The Janmashtami Festival is celebrated throughout the nation to mark Lord Krishna’s birth. Festivities in Gujarat, however, hold a special place as it is house  to Krishna’s ancient kingdom, Dwarka. People celebrate this day by singing, dancing and chanting hymns, while an idol of Lord Krishna is placed in a cot with a thread tied to turn it into a swing. As part of the festival, dahi handi (a pot filled with yogurt)breaking competitions are held around the state. Participants form a pyramid in an attempt to break  the pot and spill the yogurt, which is then given to everyone as prasad.

When: August

Where: Throughout the state, with the special   event taking place in Dwarka.

Paragliding Festival

The annual Paragliding Festival in the Saputara, Gujarat lasts 26 days and attracts adventure seekers from across India. Training sessions are held for beginners by a expert pilots. If you’re looking for an added adrenaline rush, you can even take part in other sports like  zorbing, go-karting, parasailing and bike riding.

When: Between December and January

Where: Saputara

Vautha Fair

Hundreds of farmers and traders all around India descend on the tiny village of Vautha to trade their decorated donkeys and camels during the Vautha Fair. The fair lasts for up to five days and contains stalls selling handicrafts, fairground rides and incredible local fare. Camper tents are set up near the place , giving an unmissable opportunity to witness the trading and be a part of the festivities. This time is even religiously significant as the location happens to be the place where 7 holy rivers unite.

When: November

Where: Vautha

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