Release your inner child at Jaipur's Kite Festival, a celebration of Makar Sankrati that sees the entire city take to the streets and rooftops to fly kites.
- When? TBC Jan 2018
- Where? Polo grounds in Jaipur, India.
- Price: Free
Relive the kite-flying days of your childhood at the Kite Festival in Jaipur. Held on the 14th of January each year to celebrate Makar Sankrati, the movement of the sun from Dhanu Rashi (Sagittarius) to Makra Rashi (Capricorn), this festival is one of colour and excitement that everyone gets involved in.
Be warned, India take kite-flying very seriously with competitors in the Kite War using brutal tactics to take out the opponent's kites. Some even coat their string in metal and glass in an attempt to wipe out the competition. If you want something a little more light-hearted, take your kite along to the 'Friendly Kite Flying Session' to see the sky turn kaleidoscopic with every colour imaginable as kids show off their skills.
The festival kicks off at the polo grounds in Jaipur. Locals gather to release their kites at the site to signal the beginning of the festivities. Remember to take your camera, as it's an experience you'll want to relive again and again.
If you want to get involved in the action but have no room in your backpack to bring your favourite kite, have no fear - the kite market is only a short walk away. After all, the best way to experience the kite festival is by getting involved with the flying sessions.
Makar Sankrati is a public holiday so enjoy the quiet roads but bear in mind that shops and banks close for the occasion. It's a family event, so while children are on the rooftops flying kites, their mothers are in the kitchen cooking til ladoo and til papdi, sweets made of sesame seeds and jaggery which are then shared with close family and friends.
Stand back, hold on tight and let the wind take your kite into the sky. Just watch out for the competitors, there's no mercy in the kite-flying game.
- Get there: Fly to Jaipur then use taxis or public transport to get around.
- Stay: Book accommodation within walking distance of the Chaugun Stadium if possible.
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