Kite flying Festival/ Festival that Jaipur loves celebrating!

Makar Sakranti is celebrated on 14th January, every year.

Makar sakranti denotes Uttarayan or northward journey of the Sun. The other aspect is that the Sun enters Makar raashi or Capricorn sun sign on this day. It has a huge religious significance in Hinduism. People visit Galta to take a dip in holy water storage also called Galta kund. They also visit Sun temple located close by, on a hill – Surya Mandir to worship the Sun God. Many people also carry out the ritual of performing charity to the poor and feeding domesticated animals like cow etc.

While this was the religious and astrological explanation, Makar Sakranti in Jaipur is also celebrated by flying kites. The entire market remains shuts on this day and people celebrate by flying kites on their terraces. The best place to witness the vigor and hype of the kite flying is in the walled city of Jaipur. People engage in kite flying & kite fights!! Kite fights are locally called Dangal or Pech.


Fancy kites on display. Kite festival, Jaipur

One of the most famous anecdotes associated with Makar Sakranti is that of  Maharajah Sawai Madho Singh II. He was a great patron of kites & kite festival. He used to fly kites made out of Gold and Silver from the City Palace. In case, his kite would lose during a kite fight, any person fetching his kite would be suitably rewarded. If the Jaipur royalty was so passionate about flying kites, it’s natural for this enthusiasm to trickle  down to the common people.


Here is a photo journey of Kite flying festival of Jaipur.

Roadside Vendor selling kites in Haldion Ka Rasta, Johri Bazar, Jaipur


Kites on display for sale in Haldion Ka Rasta, Johri Bazar, Jaipur. Makar Sakranti in Jaipur
Makar Sakranti- kite flying festival is celebrated equally by kids and adults. Kites are available in many designs. On Makar Sakranti, Haldion Ka Rasta, Johri Bazar, Jaipur
Charkhi, used for storing thread line while flying kite. Seen here is a Jumbo size charkhi on display in  a Shop at Haldiyon ka Rasta, Johri Bazar, Jaipur. Makar Sakranti in Jaipur
Flying kite
Kite Fight !! This is like a match…skilled kitesman know how to steer their kites well! Makar Sakranti in Jaipur


Kite festival on Makar Sakranti is celebrated with full vigor in Jaipur.


Many of the above pictures were clicked at Haldion Ka Rasta in Johri Bazar, Jaipur. This street is famous for the shops selling best quality kites and Manjha– glass coated thread used in flying kites. Usually, quality kites and Manjha is sourced from Bareilly, in Uttar Pradesh. There is another famous street in Ramganj Bazar,Jaipur  which is lined with many shops selling kites and Manjha. But this is more popular for commercial quality kites and Manjha.

I’ll retain a detailed post on special food on Makar Sakranti for some other time!

During Sunset, people switch to flying hot air lanterns  and fireworks. It seems as if people are celebrating Diwali!!! I’m unable to post these pictures…may be next time!!

Out of all festivals, kite festival has still retained its full flavor in Jaipur unlike other festivals which have faded over the years. It is worth experiencing this festival in Jaipur.




12 thoughts on “Kite flying Festival/ Festival that Jaipur loves celebrating!

    1. Thank you Bushra for checking it out and commenting! In India, two cities are crazy about kites – Jaipur & Ahmadabad. The tradition of kites in Jaipur is very old, as I mentioned in the post. Probably, next time I would also like to post about the evening celebrations with chinese lanterns and firecrackers! I’m happy that you liked the pictures!



    1. Pranjal! Thank you. I guess every city has it’s own culture, some are more renowned. Jaipur certainly is a very popular city for many reasons. Everyone’s got their own!


  1. Beautiful photos, Arv. I had no idea that there was a tradition of kite fighting there. From your description, it is exactly the way that kite fighting was done in Afghanistan (before the Taliban stopped it – I wonder if it still happens at all?)

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    1. It’s an old tradition. kite flying and fighting both were much stronger earlier, with advent of modern gadgets people have more options today. like any other sports, you need skills for flying and fight both. as for Afghanistan the connection seems to be logical. The king of amer /Jaipur -Maharajah sawai man Singh fought few wars in Afghanistan. It is possible that this tradition might have reached Jaipur in his rein.
      Thanks for pointing out Afghanistan link Mick! 🙂

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