India is a land of different cultures and religion. Each month of the year has various festivals and celebrations. Diwali and Holi are prime festivals of the country, however, there are a few unknown festivals and events that take place in different parts of the country, and celebrated with much enthusiasm and zest. Each festival has its importance. And, what best than can be exploring each festival with a trip to the particular place. Let’s have a look at the ten different Indian festivals and events worth planning a trip
Indian Festivals and Events Worth Travelling For
1. Navratri Celebration in Gujarat
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Navratri is celebrated in various forms across the country; one of the forms is Garba and Dandiya nights in Gujrat. Navratris are the best time to visit the city since the entire city participates into nine days long dandiya dance and traditional dance is known as Garba. Both dances have their importance. Garba is performed after the Aarti, and dandiya dance is the form of celebration. Some of the best places to enjoy the festival most are Vadodara Navaratri festival, TrShankus Dandiya in Surat, Friends Garba in Ahmedabad.
2. Rann Utsav in Kutch, Gujarat
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The Rann Utsav is celebrated in Kutch, Gujarat. The festival marks its presence in November every year and concludes with Holi. People from around the globe visit the festival. The main highlight of the festival is full moon night, where the shine of the moon falls on the white desert sand. It’s no less than a heaven on the earth.
Activities like cultural act shows, traditional cultural dance, camel safari, etc. are the central part of this festival. From authentic Bandhni sarees, handicraft items to traditional ornaments, you can get your hands on various authentic items. Besides, Rann Utsav, you can also visit Wildlife sanctuary, historical sites, forts, palaces, etc.
3. Nehru Trophy Boat Race in Kerala
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Set in the Punnamada Lake, the boat race commences every August and pulls a massive crowd from across the country. The Nehru Boat race in Kerala began in 1952 in honor of then Prime Minister Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru. Thousands of man paddles the huge canoes known Chundan Vallam and snake boats in unison. During Vallam Kali or boat race, several games and activities take place to entice the participants. If you ever plan to visit Kerala especially during autumn, do not forget to visit Kuttanad which is famous for rice fields and geological peculiarity
4. Ziro Music Festival in Arunachal Pradesh
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The outdoor music festival is held in the Ziro valley of Arunachal Pradesh, the place from where the festival got it a name. The four-day-long music festivals take place in September. The festival showcases different forms of music and is a retreat for singers and musicians. Well known artist participate in the festival. If you are planning to visit the place, make sure you book your tickets in advance since last moment bookings can break your bank. Online traveling site like MakeMyTrip is bliss for travelers. It allows you to book your train, flight, bus and hotels tickets at much ease and with MakeMyTrip coupon codes you can save more on your booking.
5. Pushkar Camel Fair in Pushkar, Rajasthan
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Also known as camel fair and Kartik Mela, Pushkar camel fair is 5-6 days long festival. The cultural fete embarks with the month of Kartik and lasts with Kartik Purnima. It is one of the significant tourist attractions in Rajasthan. The fest has cultural events, stalls of handicrafts, camel and horse rides, music and dance competitions, many games and camel race. The festival is every year organized on the banks of Pushkar. It is the best time to know Rajasthan culture and traditions from close.
6. Pongal in Tamil Nadu
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Tamil Nadu is known for its surreal beauty and its unique traditions; one of them is Pongal. In North India is the same festival is known as Makar Sankranti. It is a four-day-long harvest festival which is celebrated with much vigor and enthusiasm in the state. During four days galore many festive activities take place. Each festive activity has its own importance. The festival is celebrated as Thanksgiving to Lord Sun for the harvest in the state.
7. Kumbh Mela in Allahabad, Nashik, Haridwar, and Ujjain
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The giant Hindu Mela is held once in three years, alternatively in 4 cities which are Allahabad, Nashik, Haridwar, and Ujjain. It is the largest Hindu pilgrimage where lakhs of devotees come to take a dip in the holy river. Kumbh Mela is one of its kind religious affairs that boasts Hindu rituals. After every 12 years, Maha Kumbh Mela is organized in Allahabad, and Ardh Kumbh is held after every six years in Haridwar and Pryagraj.
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8. Losar- Tibetan New Year in Tibet
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Losar is marked as the arrival of New Year for Tibetan Buddhist in Ladakh, Tibet, Nepal, and Bhutan in the month of February and March. The Colorful festival is celebrated in Gaudy and Zest. Participating in Losar is one of the lifetime experiences. The celebrations take place for 15 days, where different Buddhist rituals, dance, and musical activities are performed. The streets of the Ladakh are washed and decorated with colorful flags, and people prepare Lama-Losar.
9. Rath Yatra in Puri, Orissa
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Also, known as the chariot festival, Rath yatra is one of the largest festivals in India. The festival begins with Lord Jagannath and his siblings’ journey from Jagannath temple to Gundicha temple. The tour covers 17 km within Puri. The story of the festival says during the festival God Jagannath along with his brother and sister visit his aunt place and then come back to their home, i.e., Jagannath temple. If you plan to participate in the festival, you can take a flight or a train to Bhuvneshwar and then public transport to reach Puri.
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Ganpatiotsav is one of the main festivals of Maharashtra. It begins with Ganesh Chaturthi, where devotees bring idols of Lord Ganesha at their home, and several pandals are organized for mass celebration. The highlights of the festival are its pandals that are decked in different themes every year. This is one of the must-visit Indian festival.