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Majorly known for the Tarnetar fair that is held here, Tarnetar village is located in the Surendranagar district in the state of Gujarat. The Tarnetar fair is one of its kind fair that happens on such a grand scale and is participated by tourists and locals alike. The major highlight of the fair is that bachelor tribal men and women arrive here to find their soulmate. Tarnetar village is famous for the Trinetreshwar Temple where the Tarnetar fair is held every year. The temple is the finest architectural specimen and an aesthetically appealing beauty which is a reason for pride for the village.  

History of Tarnetar 

Tarnetar fair which has brought international recognition to Tarnetar village and is a fair cum public platform that demonstrates the folk art, music and dance of Gujarat. Every year thousands of tourists visit Tarnetar village in the month of August to September to witness this unique 3-day festival. According to the legends and the local villagers, the fair is organized on similar lines as Draupadi’s Swayamwar during the times of Mahabharata.

Tribal bachelor men dress in the traditional attire, wear fancy headgears and carry a hand-embroidered umbrella to showcase their artisanal skills and impress the bachelor tribal girls. People from multiple Gujarati tribes such as Charan, Kathi, Kanbi, Rabari, Koli, and Bharwad participate in the fair. Locals claim that the fair has been taking place for more than 200 years and initially, the festival was participated only by bachelors who were granted the freedom to choose their partners on their own.    

Today, the festival is participated by everyone from kids, married people, elderly people to tourists from across th globe hence a little shift in the theme of the fair can be witnessed. The fair now also focuses on cultural performances and features bullock cart race, horse race, cattle exhibition, along with swings, apparel, accessories and food stalls for the entertainment of all. Besides this annual fair the village is also known for Trinetreshwar Mahadev Temple.  

Trinetreshwar Temple is believed to be constructed in the Solanki era in Gujarat between 950 to 1300CE. The Pratihar Kings are believed to have made it who were worshippers of Lord Shiva and were great architecture. The design of the temple is exquisite and there are 33 deities carved on its walls with utmost perfection. There are three kunds (water bodies) around the temple which are highly sacred, and it is believed that a dip in the holy waters of these kunds is equal to that of river Ganga.

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Places to visit in Tarnetar

Trinetreshwar Temple

Trinetreshwar is an ancient temple in the village of Tarnetar. The temple is no less than an ornament from the time of the Gujarat Pratihar rule. The temple is the attribute of the Pratihar reign and hence is quite significant to people of the village. The designs sculpted on the temple are extraordinary and attract a lot of people who visit the village.

Things to do in Tarnetar

Attend one of the most fun and unique fairs of the state of Gujarat known as Tarnetar Mela. People from around the state come to see the fair and enjoy the culture of the state.

Events and Festivals in & around Tarnetar

Tarnetar Mela

The amazing fair is mainly to find a life partner but that does not mean it has less entertainment for married people or kids in any way. The fair showcases the folk arts of the state and there is a lot of entertainment through performances, dance, and music that one shouldn’t miss out for sure. Read more

Rann Utsav

If you have heard of White Desert, you must also know about the great grand event that takes place amidst that White desert of India in full Gujarati Style. Rann of Kutch is one of the most beautiful places in India that hosts Rann Utsav, a kaleidoscope of Gujarati culture. Read more

Best time to visit Tarnetar

Though winters are the best time to visit the place as summers can get extremely hot and humid. People can also plan a visit in the month of August when the biggest fair, Tarnetar Fair is hosted by villagers. 

How to reach 

By Road. Traveling by road brings the opportunity to wander in the unpopular roads and areas of the city and closely experience the local culture. One can travel by roadways either in inter-state or Intra-state tourist buses or may travel to the village in their personal vehicle. In either case, one has to cover approximately 1000, 680, 2200, and 1600km from Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, and Bengaluru respectively. 

By Rail. The Than junction railway station is the nearest station to reach Tarnetar. Many express and superfast trains arrive at the station from major cities and states of India such as Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Bengaluru, Jaipur, Pune, Lucknow, Hyderabad, and Chennai. Saurashtra Express, Surat Intercity, and Somnath Express are a few regular and frequent trains to Than junction.     

By Air. The village is situated near the city of Thangadh which is the nearest gateway to the village. The nearest airport is in Rajkot which is 90 km from there and the nearest international airport is in Ahmedabad which is around 200 km from the village. Both the airports receive direct and connecting flights from all parts of the country hence traveling by air will not be problematic. 

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