Festivals are a time to celebrate and infuse the much needed oneness and optimism in the people, making them an important aspect of any culture and community. India is justly described as the land of many religions and innumerable languages but to add to this one can also aptly describe it as the land of fairs and festivals.
Every month there is an occasion to celebrate in almost every region of India, be it harvests, change of seasons or a religious event. Observed with enthusiasm and gaiety the festivals are filled with music, dance and feasting.
Talking about the fairs and festivals of India Holi, Diwali and Pushkar fair are probably the most sought after festivals by travelers to India, but there are many lesser known festivals which offer a very distinctive experience that is inimitable elsewhere and probably not so commercialized as the popular ones.
The festivals give you a deeper understanding of regional culture. So join in and enjoy the festivities of some of the Indian subcontinent’s unique festivals, during your travel and experience the never-dying spirit of its people.
International Kite Festival, Gujarat - January 14, 2014
Nagaur Fair, Rajasthan - February 6-9, 2014
World Sufi Spirit Festival, Nagaur, Rajasthan - February 17-20 ,2014
Desert Festival, Jaisalmer - February 12-14, 2014
Elephant Festival, Jaipur, Rajasthan - March 16, 2014
Holi, Jaipur, Rajasthan - March 17, 2014
Mewar Festival, Udaipur, Rajasthan - April 2-4, 2014
Hemis Festival, Ladakh - July 7-8, 2014
Kerala Boat Race - 2nd Saturday of August 2014
Diwali, All over India - October 23,2014
Pushkar Camel Fair, Rajasthan - October 26 -November 6, 2014
Ganga Mahotsav, Varanasi - November 3-5, 2014
Chennai Dance & Music Festival - December 15, 2013 - January 15, 2014