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Cultural interactions at the World Sufi Spirit Festival, Nagaur

Hosted within the magical setting of the 12th century Ahhichatragarh Fort, painstakingly restored in recent years by the Maharaja of Jodhpur's Mehrangarh Museum Trust, musicians, dancers and poets from across India as well as North Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia gather to celebrate their traditions beneath a full moon for India's annual Sufi festival in February.

The fort's palaces and courtyards act as stages and auditoriums for performances of Sufi devotional songs, mystical dances and ancient Indian musical styles including those of different Hindu communities from across the country, lit in the evening but thousands of flickering oil lamps. Dervishes whirl with outstretched arms to touch the stars, poets recite tales from journeys along the Silk Road, and devotional songs drift fromthe ramparts to the surrounding desert.

Visitors stay close to the action, either in Ranvas, the former apartments of the queens, or a tented camp reminiscent of an old royal hunting party set up for the occasion in the ancient ramparts of the fort. Three unforgettable evenings are filled with the magic of the Sufi festival while during the day the royal pavillions, gardens and palaces are yours to explore at leisure.

In the words of Omar Khayyam 'Be happy for this moment. This moment is your life'.

Get in touch to book your tailor-made tour of Rajasthan with the Sufi festival, or for more ideas to base  your holiday around around one of India's other many festivals.

Posted by: Andrea Hulme

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