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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 the festival are held at different forts and palaces in order to bring limelight to these hidden marvels from the bygone era. The festival is visited by tourists, and history buffs,  from all over the country.   

History of Matsya Festival 

The name Matsya has been derived from a Sanskrit word ‘Matsya’ which means ‘fish’. According to Hindu mythology, Lord Vishnu took the Matsya avatar to save Manu the 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 of Matsya Mahhajanpada. This historical significance has led to the naming of the festival as Matsya. 

Because the events of the Matsya festival are 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 for the festival are planned.    

Also Read: The city where this festival takes place is known for a total of 30 native species of flowers

Major Attractions of Matsya Festival 

Enjoy Fun Activities and Adventure Sports 

Trekking, parasailing, and hot air balloon rides are a major attraction of the festival in which 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 teer andazi (archery). 

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 festival. The excursion tour will take you to several forts, palaces, wildlife sanctuaries, and lakes located in Alwar.       

Matsya Festival Dates and Schedule 2019 

The Festival has been scheduled to take place on November 25 and November 26, 2019. The first day of the 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. The day 2 has a lot more to offer as one may participate in mehndi rangoli competition, painting competition and conclude the day with a musical night with Asit Tripathi.   

How to Reach 

By Road. Planning to reach the Matsya festival by road, you are required to cover nearly 170, 1,200, 1,400, and 2,000km from Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, and Bengaluru respectively. You may also consider traveling by an inter-state tourist 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 Air. Jaipur International Airport, that is approx. 160km away from Alwar is the nearest airport. Flights from all metropolitan cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Pune, Bengaluru, Hyderabad and more arrive here. From the airport, one can take a taxi or a bus to reach Alwar. 

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    25 November 2019 - 26 November 2019

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    Alwar

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