Rajasthan is a state of vibrant grandeur and valor which can be seen well in its culture and festivals. Every time there is any fest or event, may it be big or small, in any corner of Rajasthan, the place is filled with cultural vibrancy and colorful extravaganza. The Marwar Festival in Jodhpur is one such proof of Rajputana pride and noble. People are singing, dancing, and are dressed up in colorful attires. It is a beautiful riot of colors. The best part of this or any Rajasthani event is the warm hospitality of the Rajasthani locals and the local community who treat you as their own and include you in all the celebrations and rituals.
The magnificent city of Jodhpur is the second largest city in Rajasthan lying in the Thar Desert. It is popularly known as the ‘Blue City’, the prominent destination manages to attract a swarm of tourists from all around the world. It is one of the best places in Rajasthan to experience the grandeur of Rajputana culture, heritage and tradition. Now it is time for us to see what the Marwar festival of Jodhpur 2021 is all about. Our luxury desert camp in Rajasthan will give you a glimpse into Rajasthani culture, art, tradition and heritage in its most native form. So do visit during the festival this year!
You will see a number of colorful festivals and events celebrated across Rajasthan to depict its royal cultural heritage, tradition and glorious history. The Marwar Festival of Jodhpur is celebrated to honor the valor and bravery of the strong Rajput warriors and kings. This event gives us a sneak peek into the days of yore and the battles that were fought during this period. The folk performers sing and dance to narrate the stories of the epic battles and gallantries. Music and dance are the two main things enjoyed in this event. Why it is celebrated in Jodhpur of all the Rajasthani cities is because it used to be the capital of the Marwar region during the times of yore. Our luxury desert camp in Rajasthan is near the city of Jodhpur where there are many museums which have a lot of information about the great battles that were fought by the valiant Rajputs of Marwar during the times of yore.
Originally known as the Maand Festival, this vibrant festival takes place during the full moon of Sharad Poornima in the Hindu month of Ashwin which comes in the period of September and October of the Gregorian calendar.
Since music and dance are the highlights of this event each and every year, you will get to experience various folk dance forms at their very best at this fest. Here are some of the iconic dance forms to look forward to in the great festival of Marwar -
Dandi Gair - A very popular group dance form of the native tribe Bhil, Dandi Gair is performed with sticks. The women of the tribe adorn beautiful bright skirts while men can be seen in red tunics and saffron-colored turbans. Both men and women move in circular motions and their colorful dresses create many beautiful patterns in the cross motion. It is one of the chief attractions of this immensely popular festival. This is one of the main highlights of the Marwar festival of Jodhpur, Rajasthan that you ought to see otherwise you will miss out on an experience of a lifetime.
Kalbelia - You must have seen the Kalbelia dancers performing in the Thar desert before. Kalbelia is the local snake charmer community of Rajasthan. Women wear dresses adorned with Gotta Patti work along with other glittery embellishments and emulate the movements of a snake while men play local instruments such as a flute or a shehnai in the background. The whole performance is extremely captivating and enticing.
Bhavai Chari - Have you ever seen the Rajasthani local women balancing brass pots and earthenware on the heads and yet busting some amazing moves? This local dance form is called Bhavai and Vhari. If you have always wondered about the meaning of the songs women sing in the vernacular language, they are actually telling you about their struggle to search for water in the desert. While our luxury desert camp in Rajasthan does not host Bhavai Chari as of now, we are definitely looking into including this exclusive art form here too soon!
Ghoomar - Ghoomar is a traditional dance performed by the Rajasthani women where they dress up in colorful flair dresses and spin in circular motions together. Ghoomar is actually another word for ‘spin’ or ‘spinning’. You can see women stepping about in repeated circular patterns. The beautiful image created when the light falls on their skirts when they move looks like the pattern from a beautiful kaleidoscope. Our luxury desert camp in Rajasthan is a great place to stay at during the festival for you to explore this experience of a lifetime.
Apart from watching these various folk performances, there are a lot of other things you can do during the massive fest in Jodhpur. Make sure you take the best of memories from this place with your loved ones and family!
Shopping - A large cultural fair is organized every year during the fest from where you can shop the authentic Rajasthani handicrafts, clothing and items. A motley of colors paints the whole fair into a beautiful fairytale picture. Some of the things you can buy from this massively popular fair are traditional jewelry, tie and dye dupattas, Bandhej suits and sarees.
Ziplining - Those who want to quench their thirst for an adrenaline trip or some adventure on their trip to Jodhpur can go ziplining at the Mehrangarh Fort. Isn’t it an enthralling experience going ‘whee’ with joy over the lakes and battlements of this gigantic fort. There are five zips across the fort to give you an amazing view of the Blue City of Jodhpur.
Picnic - How about a picnic by the side of the charismatic and elegant yet still Balsamand Lake? It is located on the Jodhpur-Mandore Road, the lake was an embankment to provide water to Mandore. However, now it has turned into a popular picnic spot in Jodhpur where people come to enjoy the scenic views, lush landscape and to have fun with their friends, family and loved ones. If you wish, you can even enjoy a luxurious stay at the royal Balsamand Lake Palace.
By Road - Jodhpur is at a distance of 606 kilometers away from New Delhi. It takes about eleven hours on a car journey. You can either take a road trip or travel on a bus or a volvo. A number of public transport buses and Volvos can be found on this route via Delhi to Jodhpur.
By Rail - The rail journey to Jodhpur from New Delhi takes about thirteen hours. There are a number of trains running between New Delhi and Jodhpur like the Mandore Superfast Express and Salasar SF Express which are the fastest ones and run daily. The Ranikhet Express and Malani Express are a few other trains that run on this route but are a bit slower.
By Air - The blue city of Jodhpur has its own airport which lies at a distance of 3.2 kilometers from the city. You will find a number of direct flights between New Delhi and Jodhpur which would make you reach Jodhpur in about an hour and twenty five minutes. Jet Airways, Air India, and Indigo are some of the airlines that travel via this route.