From religious festivals to age-old traditions still being practised, here are 5 festivals you need to check out!
1. Pushkar Fair
Where: Pushkar, Rajasthan
Why not plan a visit to one of the oldest cities in the world?! This famous five-day long camel festival said to be the biggest (that’s right) camel fair in the world is something you cannot afford to miss! Watch thousands of camel’s being traded back and forth! Who’s up for a hot-air balloon ride? Enjoy views of the Pushkar Mela from the clouds. Wash away your sins at the Pushkar lake and later jam to famous fusion bands. (Fun tip: Free first come first serve at concerts). Fly kites, pan competitions, witness the camel race. Shop at Shipgram or just enjoy the beautiful Pushkar sunset.
2. Rann Utsav
Where: Kutch, Gujarat
One simply cannot live in India and not visit this spectacular event! Enjoy surreal views of the white desert sprawled across as far as the eye can see. Take part in this fun carnival full of music, dance and other fun activities like camel safari’s , ATV rides, live music concerts, local arts and crafts stalls that are unique to Kutch and much more! Find peace with yoga at the specially set up camps or just simply enjoy learning about the Gujarati culture. Don’t miss on on the night camel rides with only the full moon and the glistening white dessert to give you company. An experience you will never forget!
3. International yoga and music festival
Where: Rishikesh, Uttarakhand
Are you a yoga fanatic? Or maybe you’re just looking for some peace and quiet? What better place to go to than the yoga capital of the world? Attend the festival and learn various styles and forms of yoga from world renowned professionals, Indian and visiting from all over the world! How about learning some classical music from some of the best teachers and enjoying performances by some of the big names in the music scene. Wait, that’s not all! The whole festival is FREE!
4. Ganga Mahotsav and Dev Deepavali
Where: Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh
Visit the spiritual capital and witness the celebration of the holy river of Ganges. The Ganga Mahotsav is mainly aimed to bring in tourists from around the world to take part in the culture offerings of this holy place. On the last day is the festival of Dev Deepavali where river Ganga is illuminated with a thousand diyas lit for prayers and offerings. Cultural performances by some of the greats like Zakir Hussain and Bhimsen Joshi amongst others are something you can expect to witness. Flavoursome food, great music, dance and craftsmen displaying some of their finest works – What more do you need?
5. Rajasthan Kabir Yatra
Where: Bikaner and other parts of Rajasthan
This one is for the classical music lovers! This travelling Sufi festival was first started in 2012. Poetry, music and some great company with some of the country’s most talented artists make this one of the must visit festivals this month. With a limited capacity of only 200, you need to register at their official site if you want to be a part of the festivities.
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