The Shekhawati region in Rajasthan is made up of three districts: Jhunjhunu, Sikar, and Churu, and includes several places such as Laxmangarh, Fatehpur, Mandawa, Nawalgarh, Ramgarh, and others. It is best known for hosting the famous Shekhawati festival, which is held in the second and third weeks of March. The fair is one of the region's most popular attractions, with a variety of events ranging from a historical walk to a shobha yatra. Rangoli, Mehandi, Painting, KhoKho, Matka Race, Turban Tying, and more cultural activities are organised. It is an ideal display of the Shekhawati region's culture and legacy, with numerous events and cultural competitions aimed at encouraging tourism and presenting the region's rich cultural heritage.
Every year, the Department of Tourism, Government of Rajasthan, organises the Shekhawati Utsav, which is presently being held between March 10th - 12th, 2023. The Utsav is held to boost tourism in the state. The Utsav will last three days and will captivate visitors and tourists with pomp, colour, history walks, performances by well-known Rajasthani folk performers, rural games and local contests in which ladies will compete, as well as traditional Rajasthani foods.
The event provides guests with an excellent opportunity to immerse themselves in the rich culture of Shekhawati. The event kicks out with a magnificent parade of local musicians and dancers dressed in vibrant traditional garb. The parade winds through the town's streets, creating a celebratory mood.
The haveli contests, in which the owners of the havelis vie for the title of the finest decorated haveli, are the festival's highlight. Beautiful paintings cover the havelis, which had been expertly renovated for the event. A panel of specialists judges the competition, and the winner receives a cash reward.
The event also allows guests to enjoy Shekhawati's delectable indigenous food. Traditional Rajasthani meals like dal baati churma, gatte ki sabzi, and missi roti are created by local cooks following age-old traditions.
In addition to cultural performances and contests, the festival includes a variety of activities such as camel rides, hot air balloon flights, and pottery workshops, which give visitors a look at Shekhawati's rural way of life.
So, if you're planning a trip to Rajasthan, be sure to include the Shekhawati Festival in your itinerary. It's an experience you won't want to miss, and we guarantee that it will leave you with memories that will last a lifetime.