Fairs & Festivals of Gujarat
This tour start with mega festival Ganesh Chaturthi in Mumbai, further along the journey we meet many people through Gujarat, we will celebrate two annual fairs and a Hindu festival. We take part first in the great Tarnetar fair in central Gujarat, then in Ravechi, located near the ethnic region of Kutch. We then discover the great annual Hindu festival of Bhadarvi Poornima at the Ambaji temple, located physically in Rajasthan but not far from northern Gujarat.
Fairs & Festivals of Gujarat
This tour will give a nice kaleidoscope of colours, life-style and rituals in Mumbai and Gujarat.
- Ganesh Chaturthi: the birthday of Lord Ganesha, the elephant headed Hindu God in Mumbai.
- Pandals (temporary structure) in Mumbai where huge idols of Ganesha are enthroned to be immersed later.
- A colourful kaleidoscope of rural Gujarat and its indigenous communities.
- Shops selling local products, handicrafts, jewelry, household goods and numerous fairground attractions.
- Newly wedded couples from the indigenous tribes of Gujarat in their beautiful traditional wedding dresses.
- Insight into the unique lifestyle, traditional textile and weaves of the indigenous communities of Gujarat
Mumbai – Rajkot – Bhuj – Dasada – Balaram – Ahmedabad
- Best Season: From 01 September – 30 April
The highlights of this trip
A broken tusk. A rounded body carrying the wisdom of the universe. A tray of sweets by his side. A tiny mouse on the other. A lotus in one hand. A crown on his head. The second arm raised with an axe. A third lifting in benediction and blessing. This is the mighty Ganesha. A god revered by millions around the world. The remover of obstacles. The patron of art and science. The God of wisdom. The son of Shiva and Parvati. It is his birth; Hindu’s celebrate with great fervour and devotion every year.
Yes, it is time for the annual Ganesh Chaturthi festival, also known as Vinayaka Chaturthi. In honour of this massive festival in India.
Tarnetar is a small village about 75 kilometers from Rajkot in Saurashtra. Here, one of the most colourful fairs in the State takes place. Elegantly dressed in colourful dhot s, waistcoat and head cloth twisted at an angle on their heads, they hold large colourful embroidered umbrellas which indeed have become emblems of the fair. Tarnetar is one of the most important matchmaking melas.
Ravechi Mata Temple is located near Nana Reva in Rapar Taluka of Kutch. A grand fair is held on Bhadra Sud Atham of Hindu Calender. More than 30 thousand people participate in Ravechi Fair, mainly Ahir, Rabari & Charan communities.
Bhadra Purnima Fair
Ambaji village lies at the foothills of the Aravalli mountain range in north Gujarat. It is the principal shrine of the goddess in Gujarat. The temple of Ambaji is recognised as one of the original Shakti Pithas. On full moon days there is a virtual festival at Ambaji.
- Wildlife 95% 95%
- Monuments 70% 70%
- Safaris 90% 90%
- Landscapes 95% 95%
Splash of colours and great festivals!
“Brilliant itinerary, lovely food, great tour manager, good hotel, friendly people, great weather. What’s not to love?.”
Brigitte & Laure – Clermont Ferrand, France
A varied and interesting tour during so beautiful fairs and festivals
“A varied and interesting tour during so beautiful fairs and festivals with excellent accommodation, fantastic food throughout and a guide, Vishu, who did all he could to make the tour more enjoyable. “
Group Noah – Zurich, Switzerland.
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