Matsya Festival

14 April 2021 - 15 April 2021


Alwar, Rajasthan

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Matsya Festival is celebrated in the Alwar city of Rajasthan. The festival is an opportunity for locals to display their rich heritage and vibrant culture in 2 days. The events and activities scheduled during this festival of Rajasthan are held at different forts and palaces in order to bring the limelight to the hidden marvels from the bygone era.

The Matsya Festival is visited by tourists and history buffs from all over the country. 

History of Matsya Festival

The name Matsya has been derived from the Sanskrit word Matsya which means fish. According to Hindu mythology, Lord Vishnu took Matsya's avatar to save Manu, the very first person on earth. During the Vedic period, an Indo-Aryan clan that resided on the west side of the Yamuna river named its kingdom Matsya Mahajanpada.

The present-day Alwar, Bharatpur, and some areas of sub-urban Jaipur are located on the same spot as Matsya Mahhajanpada. This historical significance has led to the naming of the festival as Matsya.

Since the events of the Matsya festival, Alwar is held at different historical, ancient, and cultural spots in the city, people can gather information about and explore these wonders while enjoying the festival. 

Indira Gandhi Stadium, Siliserh Lake, Nangli Circle, Mahal Chowk City Palace, and Fateh Jung Gumbad are a few popular places where events of the festival are planned.    

Major Attractions of Matsya Festival

1. Enjoy Fun Activities and Adventure Sports

Trekking, parasailing, and hot air balloon rides are the major attraction of the Matsya Festival. The locals and tourists participate with great enthusiasm. Besides these sports, people can also participate in fun games such as tug of war, Rumal Jhapatta (handkerchief snatching), and Teerandazi (archery).  

2. Exhibitions and Excursions

The festival also features an exhibition wherein handmade craft items are displayed. One can also witness ancient artifacts that have been extracted in excavations by ASI. Tourists can also opt for Alwar Darshan which is organized by the government during the Matsya Festival. The excursion tour will take you to several forts, palaces, wildlife sanctuaries, and lakes located in Alwar.      

- Day 1 Activities

The first day of this Rajasthani festival will begin with an aarti in the Shree Jagannath Ji Temple. The aarti will be followed by many fun activities such as eco trekking, hot air balloon ride, sand art performance, paddleboat race, along with folk music, and dance performances.

- Day 2 Activities

It has a lot more to offer as one may participate in a mehndi rangoli competition, a painting competition, and then concludes the day with a musical night with Asit Tripathi.  

How to Reach

Alwar is a nice blend of Indian traditions and culture. It is located at an approximate distance of 166, 1,292, 1,474, and 2,095 km from Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, and Bengaluru respectively. Here is how you can travel here by the following means of transportation. 

By Air

Jaipur International Airport, that is approx. 160km away from Alwar is the nearest airport. Direct and connecting flights from all metropolitan cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, and more arrive here. From the airport, one can take a taxi or a bus to reach Alwar.

By Rail

Alwar Junction Railway Station is the nearest station to reach Alwar. From the station, one can take a taxi or a bus to reach the desired location in the city. There are regular and frequent trains to Alwar hence one may consider traveling by train if looking for a budget-friendly travel option. 

By Road

Depending upon your location you can consider traveling to Alwar by road via a well-maintained motorable road network. For traveling, you can take interstate or private buses, hire a cab, or if it is suitable, you can also self-drive.

You can plan your trip and create your own route to the city with Adotrip’s technically driven circuit planner. Click here.

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