Folk dance, music, colours and cultural events in a 9th-century village. No, we are not day-dreaming! We are talking about the Abhaneri Festival that takes place every year to showcase Rajasthan’s kaleidoscopic beauty and folk charms.
Named after the village of Abhaneri in Dausa district, the festival takes place around the thousand-year-old Chand Baori stepwell.
Significance of Abhaneri Festival:
The festival is celebrated to promote tourism to Abhaneri village, significant for its early medieval and post-Gupta period heritage. The village has provided many sculptures to museums around the world. It is also home to the Harshat Mata temple, built in the 7th century.
Details of the Festival:
Dates: September 30 – October 1, 2019
Venue: Abhaneri Village, Dausa
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How to Reach:
It is advisable to reach Jaipur first and then take any of the numerous local buses to Abhaneri. The nearest airport is Jaipur Airport, about 96 km from Abhaneri. The nearest railway station is in Bandikui, 8 km from the village.
The myriad of cultural attractions like Kalbelia dance, Langa singing, Raas Leela, Puppet shows and Kachhi Ghodi dance are sure to immerse travellers in their rustic charm.
Travellers must shop for traditional handicrafts at the grand arts and crafts exhibition of the festival. Take a camel cart ride through the historic village to complete the picture-perfect trip.
So gear up for two days of colours, culture and music that you’ll always remember!