Mewar Festival, the harbinger of Spring season, joy, and happiness, is celebrated in Udaipur, the city of lakes, with great fervour and gusto. It is attended by thousands of people, locals, and tourists. The whole city is decked up in vibrant colours and ready to welcome visitors with whom the glorious history and culture of Rajputana are shared in multiple ways. The festival is organised to celebrate the onset of the Spring season. The gardens and parks are bathed in sparkling, verdant colours with a smattering of a cornucopia of vibrantly coloured flowers in full bloom. Thus, the festival is an eclectic blend of age-old Rajputi traditions and rituals. Enjoy the amazing hospitality of Mewar, where they welcome everyone with immense enthusiasm and joy. ‘Padharo Mhare Des’ is the aan, baan, and shaan of the land of Rajputana.
To participate in the festivities, people from numerous villages come together, and one can witness the buzz increasing slowly and steadily, rising to its crescendo as more and more tourists and artists pour into the city. Coinciding with the Gangaur Festival, the city of Udaipur, immersed in the colourful vibes, as the local markets are decorated with bright lights, is simply stunning to watch. Interestingly, the Mewar Festival is linked to the legacy of the Royal House of Mewar, which has been passed unbroken for the past seven and half decades or so.
Department of Tourism, Government of Rajasthan organises three-day Mewar Festival, also known as Gangaur Festival in association with Udaipur District Administration. This charming festival is held in the Hindu month of Chaitra or March or April, which coincides with the festival of colours Holi. A variety of functions and activities are held during the festival and multiple venues simultaneously. The entry to this festival is open for all and no tickets are charged from the visitors.
The history of this iconic festival dates back to the era when the Sisodia dynasty used to rule Udaipur and nearby Mewar region. According to the historical records, Maharana Udai Singh once met a holy man during one of his hunting expeditions. It is believed that upon meeting the king, the holy man blessed the king and also advised him to build a palace at that place. The king readily agreed and as per the instructions of the saint, founded the city and built a palace in this region.
Udaipur attracts thousands of tourists every year. The city is peppered with lakes and other water bodies, verdant parks and gardens, magnificent forts and palaces, museums, dance, music, and more that is the major attraction for the tourists coming here. During the Mewar Festival, the whole city is drenched in light and comes alive with interesting activities. Here are a few attractions that make the Mewar Festival a must-visit event in Rajasthan.
As the Mewar Festival coincides with the Gangaur Festival, it holds a special significance for women. Gangaur celebrations start from the very next day of Holi as the locals gather the ashes of Holi fire which is then used to bury Barley seeds on the Earth.
During this period, the newly married women are also required to keep a fast for ensuring a happy married life. However, a great number of unmarried women also keep a fast with the desire to attain marital bliss in the future.
On the day of Gangaur, the women dress in their most sophisticated and fine clothing and take the idols of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati in a colourful procession to Lake Pichola where the idols are safely further carried on in special boats. Witnessing several colourful boats sailing on azure water is a moment worth cherishing.
The procession of the Mewar Festival is then followed by a number of cultural events which are inclusive of dance performances of Ghoomar and Kalbeliya. When Rajasthani women twirl gracefully in their colourful ghaghra odhni, the view is truly breathtakingly beautiful. Visitors are forced to tap their feet to the melodious beats.
Rajasthani folk artists sing their traditional songs based on classical tunes and welcome the tourists to the land of royalty with their peculiar performances. Amazing renditions of maand, like Kesariya baalam aao ni, padharo mhare des, moomal, chirmi, gangaur, and more are a delight to hear. The music is so heart touching that it transports you to a world of your dreams.
Beautiful and colourful rangolis are drawn in the front of houses and shops. Rangoli is considered to be very auspicious and as such it can be commonly seen during the festival.
Shops, homes, historical monuments, palaces, forts, etc., shines with beautiful lights. Bazaars are also decorated with colourful lights. It seems everyone is excited to welcome the Spring season, the season of renewal.
Concerts are also organised during Mewar Festival where some well-known and some budding artists display their musical skills. Most of these concerts are organised against the beautiful backdrop of shining and lighted-up forts and palaces.
At the end of the three-day festival, one gets to watch an impressive display of fireworks.
Udaipur is a popular city and occupies a prominent position on the World Tourism Map. It attracts millions of tourists every year. The city is easy to access using different modes of transport. Here, we bring you details that can help you decide the best way of reaching here and enjoy the magnificent and truly glorious Mewar Festival.
Deboard at the Maharana Pratap Airport (UDR) situated 25-35 km away. The airport is well-routed with other Indian cities via several prominent airlines. From the airport, take a taxi or some other means of locally available means of transport like an auto-rickshaw to reach here.
There are two railway stations available; one is Udaipur City Railway station and Rana Pratap Nagar railway station. You get smooth connectivity with the major cities across India like Delhi, Jaipur, Mumbai, Indore, and many more.
Udaipur is well-connected by roadways and national highways to other Indian cities. To travel here, you can consider travelling here by private/state-run buses. Otherwise, you can also consider booking a taxi to reach here from nearby cities and towns or take your own vehicle here.
Ques 1. Why is the Mewar Festival celebrated?
Ans 1. Mewar Festival is celebrated with a lot of gusto and excitement to welcome the onset of the Spring season. The festival is the best time to experience the rich cultural, religious, and historical heritage of the Mewar region. The city comes alive with a brighter and vibrant look, attracting thousands of visitors.
Ques 2. When is the Mewar Festival celebrated?
Ans 2. This charming festival is held in the Hindu month of Chaitra or March or April, which coincides with the festival of colours Holi. You can plan your trip and create your own route to the city with Adotrip’s technically driven circuit planner. Click here.