Fairs and Festivals in Gujarat

Festivals of Gujarat are as diverse as its physical features; they are vivid, colourful and beautiful. Various types of festivals are celebrated in Gujarat because it is an electric of people. For people of Gujarat, every day is a celebration, approximately 12,365 fairs and festivals are hosted everywhere which makes the state one of its kinds in the world.

Even the movement of the sun or oncoming of harvesting seasons is a matter of celebration for the people of Gujarat. Navaratri, the festival of feminine divinity in the forms of the goddesses Durga, Lakshmi and Saraswati, is the major festival celebrated in Gujarat. In fact, Navaratri is the longest dance festival in the world. Similarly, International Kite Festival celebrated during Uttarayan, is yet another famous festival celebrated across Gujarat. Raksha Bandhan, Janmashtami, Bhadra Purnima Fair, Urs, Diwali and Holi are the other festivals celebrated in the state.

Every month of the year keeps on buzzing with different fairs celebration. Agriculture, commercial, industrial, Religious, Trade and the list of exhibitions seems endless. Kite festival, Modhera dance festival, Rann Utsav, Bhavnath festival Mahashvratri, and Chitra- Vichitra Fair are some famous fests of Gujarat. In Industrial hubs like Ahmedabad, Surat, Vadodara and Rajkot keeps on buzzing with the many fashion, art, handicrafts, food and commercial fairs.

For those who are looking for adventurous ways to explore Gujarat, it's time to check out Paragliding Festival, Polo Cycle Race and Run The Rann. All these festivals happen to be the coolest and most amazing adventurous festivals celebrated in Gujarat.

Gujarat is home to diversified tribe population. Tribe festivals of Gujarat present an opportunity for the people belonging to different tribes to bond. Dang Darbar and Chitra Vichitra Fair are some of the tribe festivals celebrated in Gujarat that may be a spark of a traveller's interest to explore the tribal region of Gujarat. Scrumptious delicacies, beautiful ambience, cordial hospitality, excellent craft and friendly people reason enough to attend the tribe festivals of Gujarat.

With lively Television advertisements, Gujarat tourism has managed to attract the attention of travellers from around the world to their festivals. Pay a visit to Gujarat during the festivals and discover the lively side of the state in a different manner.

Interesting Facts

  • Navratri Festival holds the tag of the longest dance festival in the world that is celebrated for nine long days.
  • Gujarat is the only place in the world that hosts approximately 12,365 fairs and festivals in a year.
  • Rann Utsav is probably the longest running festival in India

Popular Fair & Festivals in Gujarat
Name When Where Duration
Rann Utsav Gujarat November - February Great Rann of Kutch in the Kutch district 2-3 months
International Kite Festival 14th January All over Gujarat 1 day
Modhera Dance Festival Third Weekend of January Sun Temple in Modhera 3 days
Polo Cycle Race January Abhapur 3 days
Run The Rann February Great Rann of Kutch 1 day
Bhavnath Fair February-March Bhavnath Mahadev Temple near Damodar Kund, at Girnar Taleti 5 days
Dangs Darbar March Ahwa District, Gujarat 1 day
Kavant Fair Third day after Holi Kavant Village 1 day
Chitra Vichitra Fair fortnight after Holi, around the month of March-April Where: Gunbhakhari in Sabarkanta district  
Tarnetar Festival August or September Tanetar Village, Surendranagar District 3 days
Bhadrapad Ambaji Fair Around August-September (Hindu month of Bhadrapad) Danta Taluka of Banaskantha 1 day
Navratri October or November All over Gujarat 9 days
Shamlaji Fair November Shamlaji,Sabarkantha district 3 weeks
Vautha Fair November(Kartika Purnima, the full moon night of the month of Kartik ) Vautha 5 days
Paragliding Festival December Saputara 25 days