Sufi Festival 2018
The Sufi festival at Nagaur has to be one of the most lovely festivals in the world; it’s small, it’s intimate- you get a chance to meet not only the people attending the festival, but also to sit down and chat with the artists, the food is amazing, the music is awesome and the Nagaur fort- lit up by over 5000 oil lamps, provides a magical setting. Plus of course you have Royalty! Mr. Gaj Singh II of Jodhpur is a charming person and he’s very accessible during the festival.
The performances at the 2017 edition were a treat. The festival opened with a mesmerizing performance by the Gair dancers of Rajasthan and just took off from there. The amazing vocal range of the artist from Mongolia, the melodious notes of the robab played by a master from Afghanistan, the incredible control and energy of the tap dancers from Africa and Italy, the technical virtuosity of the young dancers from the Jaipur Kathak Kendra, the melody and rhythm of the Cretan lyra, the harmonious music of the multinational group from the Isha Foundation, the uplifting Sufi songs by Chaar Yar - interspersed with comments by their lead singer Prof. Madan Gopal Singh and the rustic sounds of the Rajasthani manganiyars… Surely, so much pleasure must be illegal!
The Sufi Festival 2018 will be held from 12th to 15th February 2018 at the Nagaur fort and on 16th to 18th February at the Mehrangarh fort, Jodhpur. The Nagaur event is very exclusive and tends to sell out quickly, so if you’d like to be there, we recommend that you book now. Use the form at the bottom of the page to get in touch.
Nagaur was founded in the 4th century BC and its historical significance is closely linked to its geography, as it lay along ancient trade and invasion routes at the edge of the Thar desert. Nagaur was also an ancient site of Sufism and the festival here carries forward that heritage in the gorgeous Ahhichatragarh Fort. Initially constructed in the early 1100s, it's a beautiful example of Rajput-Mughal architecture, besides being an unbeatable setting for the spiritual experience that the festival offers.
Click here to see the 2016 festival programme at Nagaur.
Day 1 (Sun 11th February): Jodhpur
Arrive into Jodhpur, where you will be met by our car and driver. Right in the heart of Rajasthan, Jodhpur was the capital of the former Marwar kingdom and is a city with a rich and colourful history. Check in to your hotel, freshen up and head out to explore the massive Mehrangarh Fort that looms over the town. This is one of India's largest and best-maintained forts and is full of curious artifacts, opulent royal costumes and antique weaponry. Adjacent to the fort is another monument, the Jaswant Thada, a royal cenotaph constructed entirely in white marble. There are a number of great options for dining- tell us what you're in the mood for and we'll make recommendations. Return to your hotel for the night.
Day 2 (Mon 12th February): Jodhpur - Nagaur
Have breakfast at your hotel and check out. Your driver will meet you at your hotel. You have the chance to see some more of the city this morning- Jodhpur also has some good shopping opportunities, particularly for handicrafts and durries (rugs). Have lunch at the Gypsy Restaurant if you want to try a really good Rajasthani thali, or check out On the Rocks or Darikhana which offer great Indian and International cuisine. After lunch, drive 2 & 1/2 hours southwest to Nagaur. You will be staying within the fort here, either at the Ranvas- beautifully restored havelis, built as a residence for the maharajah's queens or in the elegant Royal Tents (with bathrooms attached). Relax and take in the tranquility of your surroundings. The festival kicks off at 7:00 pm, with performances running late into the night.
Days 3 & 4 (Tue 13th & Wed 14th February): Nagaur
Enjoy breakfast at the fort. The festival programme starts at 9:00 am with music, poetry, dance, art, lectures and historical walks. There will also be tours of the town, museum and bazaars. All meals are provided, with cocktails every night and the celebrations go on into the wee hours.
Day 5 (Thu 15th February): Nagaur - Jodhpur & onward
The festival ends. After breakfast, check out of Nagaur and continue to Jodhpur airport to catch your flight out. Or if you're not quite ready to end this journey just yet, well, Rajasthan is something of a specialty of ours and we have a number of fabulous places for you to explore across the state. Options nearby include the desert town of Jaisalmer and the picturesque Khimsar Fort, an oasis of luxury in the desert. Both are great places to savour the experiences of the last few days...
Note: The Nagaur leg of the Sufi festival is a pretty exclusive affair, open only to the guests staying within the fort. Tickets are limited and increasingly sought-after, so do be sure to book as early as you can.
US$ 2620 per person on twin sharing basis
Please note our standard booking & cancellation policy does not apply for the Sufi Festival. Write to us for details.
- Meet and assist at arrival and departure
- 01 night's stay with breakfast and taxes at a deluxe heritage hotel in Jodhpur
- Festival passes
- 03 nights' accommodation with all meals and taxes at Nagaur Fort
- Cocktails every night at Nagaur Fort
- Local sightseeing
- Intercity travel by private a/c car with driver, fuel, tolls and taxes
- Personal expenses like telephone calls, laundry, beverages, etc
- Tips and gratuities to drivers, guides and hotel staff
- Government Service Tax @ 5%