Dausa District Administration along with the Department of Tourism, Government of Rajasthan organizes a three day festival in Abhaneri village every year. The main objective of the festival is to promote the heritage of the area. With the myriad of colors and lively shades of its rich culture, Rajasthan once again is going to testify the beauty of music, dances and cultural events in the vibrant Abhaneri Festival scheduled to be held from 21 September to 23 September 2017.
Abhaneri is an ancient 9th Century village in the Dausa district of Dhundar region in northern Rajasthan. The village is famous for its post-Gupta and early medieval period heritage. The village has also provided various pieces of sculpture to numerous museums across the world. The main attraction are Chand Baori step-well (also known as Abhaneri step-well) and Harshat Mata Temple.
The Abhaneri festival is a perfect blend of live cultural evening, street plays (nukkad natak) and a tour of the village on camel carts. The Abhaneri step well is the main venue for the day long cultural performances like Mayur Dance, Terahtali, Chakri Dance, Ghoomar, Pad Dangal, Kachhi Ghodi, Behrupia, Bhavai and many others. The visitors have the option available to visit the step-well or to go for a village safari. An Art and Craft exhibition too is organized at Abhaneri where craftsmen and artisans from all over the state come to participate.