Kolayat Fair, Bikaner, Rajasthan
Kolayat fair (also known as ‘Kapil Muni Fair’) is an important fair in the list of many fairs and festivals of Rajasthan. If you find Pushkar fair as much commercialised now, then Kolayat fair would feel as a treat for you. This fair is celebrated with much grandeur on the banks of holy Kolayat lake in the Kolayat town in Bikaner district, Rajasthan.
The fair is observed on Kartik Purnima, which is the full moon night of Kartik month according to Hindu calendar. This year, the fair is to be held from 10th November to 12th November. People gather on the 52 ghats (banks) of the Kolayat lake. They bathe, worship, offer sweets, fruits etc to the deity. In the evening people decorate ghats, lit oil lamps and let those lamps float on the calm waters of the lake, which creates a magical mesmerising scene. People also buy and sell livestock there. They decorate their camels, horses and other cattle. This fair has now gaining popularity among domestic and foreign tourists.
How to Reach:
Kolayat is at a distance of 52 km from the famous city of Bikaner. Kolayat can be reached from Bikaner via railways and road. Bikaner is connected to rest of the country via railways, air and roads. Bikaner airport (BKB) is the nearest airport while trains from Bikaner to Jaisalmer stop at Kolayat (KLYT).
Where to Stay:
Kolayat is a small place. Only few hotels are available. Siyana Sojourn might be a good option. At around a distance of 20 km, there at Gajner, a very beautiful heritage hotel Gajner Palace could also be a choice.