Visitors to India this month can soak up the local culture and visit a traditional market in the town of Bairath.

 The Indian celebration of Banganga Fair is due to take place this May, with thousands of Hindu worshippers drawn to the historic town of Bairath in the Jaipur region.

Marked on the full-moon day of Vaishakh season, devotees engage in rituals and blessings as part of a lively and exciting festival.

A visit to the holy site of Radha-Krishnaji Temple on the banks of the Banganga River is believed to purify the soul, as Hindus sing traditional devotional songs or bhajans.

The day also features bathing in the sacred river as well as processions to the nearby shrines to pay homage to various gods.

Visitors on flights to India will also be able to pick up a range of local and traditional goods at the market fair, from simple rural ornaments to children’s toys.

Brits looking to book flights to Jaipur can choose from several airlines, including Air India, Jet Airways and Kingfisher.

Written by Ruth Norris

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