Continuing our focus on Indian events and festivals, Eventraveler is proud to feature the Rajasthan International Folk Festival from 23rd -27th October held at the stunning sandstone Mehrangarh Fort in the walled city of Jodhpur. If you happen to be in the city right now, make sure you buy tickets to visit RIFF Jodhpur and experience the heart of Indian folk music. While the festival has enough and more to keep you engaged, right from starting the day at 5:30 am with Meghwals of Marwar to main stage performances that go on till 10:00 pm, here’s a quick Eat, See & Do to ensure you make the most out of your trip.

Eat:
While you can tuck into stuffed kachoris, Mirchi ke Bade and of course the Marwar Kachori in and around the Fort while you navigate the maze of the old town streets, you cannot leave Jodhpur without tucking into some serious Laal Maas and Ker Sangri. But you’ll find that many of the restaurants increasingly cater to foreign palates. If you happen to be staying at the gorgeous Raas Hotel that boasts Rajasthani elegance with a touch of Philippe Starck, then you’ll no doubt dine at Darikhana to sample excellent cuisine that might be pared down a little. For the real stuff, head to Shahi Samosa for the perfect Mirchi Vada and Mawa Kachori at Janta Sweet Home. I would also tuck into the Rasmalai because when can you say no to Rasmalai? Fan of Dal Baati Choorma dipped in ghee then head to Bhavani Dal Baati restaurant

See:
While the fort might be packed, stay a day or so to explore the museum in peace. Get the Audio guide and make your way to the top of the fort at around half three to watch them feed the wild kites and eagles and also gaze at the blue city in all its azure filled glory. If you happen to wake up in time for the early morning events at the fort, then stop on the way to Jaswant Thada, the white marble cenotaph built in the memory of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II. Offering you another aerial view of the city, set against the foreground of a lake, this will make for the perfect sunrise. Not staying at the Ummaid Bhavan? You don’t need to. Head to the Museum, take a turn around the Palace gardens and stay for high tea at Pillars. Live as the royals do.

Do:
Buy yourself a pair, or ten, colorful mojris to show off during Diwali at the local markets. Take a night off from the festival to sit by a bonfire and gaze at the stars at Osian, the closest desert experience albeit buzzing with tourists. Check out Safari Camp Osian for more details.

(Image by Varun Shiv Kapur)

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