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Fairs & Festivals in India in March 2016

The month of March, in India, marks the beginning of spring season and during this time, the states of Rajasthan and Kerala play host to some popular and renowned festivals in India. 

While Kerala will host many temple festivals, Elephant Festival and International Yoga Festival will happen in Rajasthan and Rishikesh. On the other hand, there is Goa whose environment will be filled with fun and frolic during Goa Carnival. So, plan a vacation to India in March and enjoy the vibrant culture and colors of celebrations. 

Paripally Gajamela 

One of the most impressive festivals in Kerala, the Paripally Gajamela features around 50 richly decorated elephants. They form part of a ritual as they have the privilege of escorting the numerous gods and goddesses. The people of Kerala keenly observe elephant pageants during this festival. 


When: 6th March, 2016
Where: Paripally Kodimootil Sree Bhadrakaali Temple, Kollam


Chinakkathoor Pooram
This is a temple festival and brims with colors and tuskers. Chinakkathoor Pooram is held annually at the Shree Chinakkathoor Bhagavathy Temple in Palakkad of North Kerala. Performances of Panchawadyam, poothanum thirayum, kaalavela, kuthiravela, aandi vedan, karivela etc fill the festival with magnetism and zeal. One of its biggest highlights is Tholpavakoothu, a traditional shadow puppetry.

When: 22th Feb, 2016
Where: Palakkad, Kerala.
 
International Yoga Festival
Organized by Parmarth Niketan Ashram in Rishikesh, the annual International Yoga Festival is a one week festival. More than 400 people from far-off places partake in this world’s largest yoga gathering. The festival offers world class yoga classes from world class yoga teachers, evening discussions with some leading spiritual leaders and vegetarian cooking classes among others
When: March 1-7, 2016
Where: Parmarth Niketan Ashram, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand  

World Living Heritage Festival
Organized by the royal family of Mewar, The World Living Heritage Festival promotes the cultural diversity of the Mewar region. The four day long festival comprises of arts and crafts workshops, photo exhibition, musical concerts, food festivals and various technical conferences. This year a food festival called Rangoli will be organized with colorful food and beverages.

When: March 13-16, 2016
Where: Udaipur City Palace Complex, Rajasthan

Holi Festival
Commonly referred to as the “Festival of Color”, Holi is a time when people exuberantly throw color and water all over each other. They enjoy parties and dance under water sprinklers. On the occasion of Holi, Bhang is also consumed in the form of ‘Thandai’. It is a festival where people don’t mind getting wet and dirty.

When:  March 23, 2016
Where: All over India

Thirunakkara Arattu
Celebrated at Thirunakkara Arattu in the Kottayam district of Kerala, Thirunakkara Arattu is a grand festival which starts on the first day of Meenam month of Malayalam calendar. The main highlight of the procession is decorated elephants which are accompanied by drummers and other performers.

When: March 15-23, 2016
Where: Thirunakkara Mahadeva Temple, Kottayam District, Kerala

Jaipur Elephant Festival
Organized on the eve of Holi, the Jaipur Elephant Festival is the best event to witness groomed and decorated elephants enjoying a parade around the city. One can also catch a glimpse of Elephant Polo Game. Adding to the entertainment is the tug of war game between elephants and human beings.

When:  March 16, 2016
Where: Jaipur, Rajasthan

Godwar Festival
Sparkling tradition of Rajasthan is best portrayed through the dance and music performances that take place during Godwar Festival. Besides dance and music, the festival hosts bullock cart rides, horse race, and wildlife safari. Competitions like turban tying and tug of war add on to the enthusiasm and in the evening people gather for bhajans.  The celebration spans for three days and takes place in Ranakpur, which is famous for its Jain Temples and rural settlement.

When: 21-22 March 2016
Where: Mana Hotels, Ranakpur, Rajasthan.

Gangaur Festival
Gangaur Festival is one of the most important festivals for the people of Rajasthan, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh; especially for the ladies who worship Goddess Gauri. The name of the festival has been derived from the words Gana (Lord Shiva) and Gauri (Goddess Parvati, wife of Lord Shiva), and they both symbolize marital bliss. During the celebration unmarried girls worship the gods so that they get to marry a nice boy; while married ladies worship for the welfare and long life of their husbands. Females apply henna and make images of Goddess Gauri with clay during the commencement of the festival. It is concluded after the departure of Goddess Gauri, which is followed by holy rituals.

When: 9th to 10th April, 2016
Where: Rajasthan

Mewar Festival
Mewar Festival welcomes spring season with zest and not just Udaipur, the whole Rajasthan state gets excited about this festival. As Mewar Festival coincides with Gangaur festival the colors of festivity is filled in the air for quite a long time. Shopkeepers adorn their shops with lightings and women wear the best attires. Cultural programs and performances add further spark to the charm of this festival. One shouldn’t miss the cultural performance as this is the best way of getting closer to the effervescent culture of Rajasthan.


When : 9th to 10th April, 2016
Where: Udaipur, Rajasthan

Shigmo Festival
Shigmo is also known as Shishirotsava and it is a spring festival celebrated in the Goa state. Village deity is bathed and dressed in saffron robes on the first day of the festival, which is further followed by dance. The festival is celebrated by enacting the scenes of mythological stories, through folk and street dance. Various rural parts of Goa celebrate this 15-day long festival with different days earmarked for celebrations in different areas. There are two kinds of Shigmo festival, Dhakto (celebrated mainly amongst farmers) and Vhadlo (celebrated by everyone altogether).

When: 28 March 2016
Where: All over Goa

India Restaurant Week

An opportunity to dine in some of the best and finest restaurants in India at a fraction of normal fare, India Restaurant Week is the best place to treat your bellies with great and lip-smacking food. Three course meals are served.



When: Yet to be announced 
Where: Bangalore, Delhi and Mumbai
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Best Places to go for Summer Holidays in India

Are you tired of the scorching heat and the dripping sweat? If yes, it is the time for you to beat the heat and take a rejuvenating break by planning holiday at popular summer destinations in India. During the months of summer, the hill stations of India are the most sought-after destinations. 

Darjeeling 

Summer Holidays in Darjeeling

If you are looking forward to a holiday in the eastern part of India, Darjeeling in West Bengal is one of the most recommended names. Situated in the north-eastern part of India, Darjeeling is one of the most pacifying and soothing places in the world. 

The popularity of Darjeeling has attracted the ace directors of Bollywood. Consequently, several movies have showcased the quintessential beauty of this place on the 70 mm screen. Some popular places to visit in Darjeeling include Tiger Hill, Toy Train, War Memorial, Darjeeling Zoo and Observatory Hill.

Ooty

Summer Holidays in Ooty

Situated amidst beautiful Nilgiri Hills in Tamil Nadu, Ooty is commonly referred to as the “Queen of the Hill Stations” in India. It is a short name of Ootacamund and attracts thousands of tourists throughout the year. 

The hill station is home to beautiful green hills, tumbling waterfalls and scintillating river streams. The hill station is just a perfect place for spending summer vacations with fun & frolic. Some popular attractions in Ooty include Mudumalai National Park, Botanical Gardens and other local markets.

Shimla 

Summer Holidays in Shimla

Situated in the north-west Himalayan region, Shimla is a popular hill station in Northern India. The town is blessed with all the natural bounties such as snow-clad mountains, sublime greenery and surroundings of pine, oak and rhododendron forests. The scenic ambiance, favorable weather and colonial charm of Shimla also makes it one of the most sought after places to go for honeymoon in India.

The bazaars of Shimla still retain British charm and its theatres, like the Gaiety Theatre, have a historic appeal. Apart from this the presence of Victorian style buildings adds to the charm. Some prominent tourist attractions in Shimla include Viceregal Lodge, Christ Church, Scandal Point, Tara Devi Temple, Jakhoo Point, Kali Bari Point and General Post Office.

Srinagar

Summer Holidays in Srinagar


One of the most enthralling and mesmerizing locales in India, Srinagar is the summer capital of Jammu & Kashmir. Overlooking undulating Himalayas and lying on the banks of River Jhelum Srinagar is renowned for its Mughal legacy and picturesque beauty.

The houseboat and the floating gardens are the main attractions of Dal Lake. Visitors can enjoy the beauty of nature by taking a ride on the Shikara boat. Besides, there are Mughal Gardens, which have been built by the Mughal Emperors Shah Jahan and Jahangir. Nishat Bagh, Shalimar Bagh and Chashmi-e-Shahi Bagh are an intrinsic part of Mughal horticulture.

If you are planning to visit Jammu & Kashmir this summer, make sure to ask for a Jammu and Kashmir tour package with Srinagar as a must include.

Mussoorie
Summer Holidays in Mussoori

Fondly referred to as the ‘Queen of the Hills’, Mussoorie is an idyllic tourist destination amidst Garhwal Himalayas. It is a popular hill station in North India and offers breathtaking views of snow-clad mountains and other hill resorts. The destination is far away from pollution, noisy traffic and hustle-bustle of the metropolitan cities. 

It is also a great destination for trekkers, adventure freaks and nature lovers. Some popular attractions in Mussoorie include Lal Tibba, Kempty Falls, Municipal Garden, Jwalaji Temple, Gun Hill and Camel’s Back Road. Other things that you can do in Mussoorie include Boating, Nature walks, Trekking, Wildlife Sightseeing, Roller Skating, Trout Fishing and Para Gliding.

Prior to buying a summer holiday package, make sure to check all the inclusions and exclusions of your tour package. A good holiday package tour must incorporate all information regarding hotel, flight, booking details and other important points.

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Top 5 Famous Hindu Yatra : Some Popular and Revered Places

The oldest and most common religion in India is Hinduism. There are no traces about its origin and it has moved ahead with recorded history. It is a vast religion and has countless deities, each of which is revered in different parts of India. There are several mythological stories which speak volumes about the divine incarnations, holy experiences and foundation of temples & religious shrines in different parts of the country. 

One of the most prominent aspects of Hinduism is Tirtha Yatra. It literally means a pilgrimage undertaken to visit a holy site. As per Vedic shastras, a Yatri is supposed to undertake Yatra barefoot. However, these rules are not followed by present generation. 

Here is a list of five popular Hindu pilgrim destinations which are largely visited by Hindus living in different parts of India. 

1. Amarnath Yatra :


Amarnath Yatra

It would not be an overstatement to say that Amarnath Yatra is a sheer test of endurance with its duration spanning between 45 to 60 days. It is one of the most popular Himalayan pilgrimages in India and is organized yearly by the government of Jammu & Kashmir between the months of June and August. Baba Amarnath, the other name of Lord Shiva, offers a great treat for eyes.

Every year, during the months of June and August, an ice lingam forms along with two other ice formations representing Mata Parvati and Shri Ganesh inside the Amarnath Cave. The registration forms for Yatra are issued by Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board. Of late, the Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board has also started the facility of online forms, which can be downloaded from the official website. 

The government of Jammu and Kashmir launched Amarnath Yatra by Helicopter service in 2004 to cut down the duration of this religious trek. 


2. Kailash Mansarovar Yatra : 


Kailash Mansarovar Yatra

The Kailash Mansarovar Yatra is being organized by the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India. The minimum age to undertake this arduous trek is above 18 years and helps pilgrim who want to undertake religious journeys for Kailash and Mansarovar trek. The Mount Kailash is a sacred place for three different religions-Hinduism, Jainism and Bon. 

Mount Kailash is the abode of Lord Shiva and circumambulating Mount Kailash is a holy ritual. The pilgrim tour commence in the months of May and June. The pilgrimage takes place in several batches and one has to undergo a medical test to ensure one’s physical condition. Kailash Mansarovar Yatra by helicopter is a famous tour package, which cuts down the duration of this holy pilgrim. 


3. Rath Yatra :

Rath yatra in Puri

Ratha Yatra (Chariot Festival) is a popular festival in Orissa. Full of drama and spectacle, the fair attracts more than 5 million people from all around the world. This festival is celebrated in the honor of Lord Jagannath, another name of Lord Krishna. It is an ancient festival which is considered as the gateway to heaven by many devotees. 

A day before the ceremony, the three deities, Lord Jagannath, Balabhadra and Subhadra, are given holy bath (Snana Vedi). The chariot of Lord Jagannath is called Nandighosa, which has 18 wheels and is 23 cubits high. The chariot of Balabhadra is called Taladhvaja, which has 16 wheels and is 22 cubits high. At last, there is Devadalana, the chariot of Subhadra has 14 wheels and is 21 cubits high.


4. Chota Char Dham Yatra : 


Chardham Yatra in Uttarakhand

One of the most celebrated pilgrim expeditions in India, Chota Chardham Yatra in Uttarakhand covers four famous destinations - Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath and Badrinath. It is one of the most sought after expeditions to win a lifetime experience. 

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The foundation stone of these four pilgrim sites was laid by Adi Shankaracharya. With Chardham Yatra 2014 tour package, you can feel the religious pulsation and unshakable trust of pilgrims visiting these four destinations. 

The duration of Chardham Yatra destinations has been shortened with the commencement of helicopter service. With the introduction of Chardham Yatra by Helicopter service, pilgrims can explore these four religious sites within 2 to 3 days.


5. Kashi Yatra :


Varanasi

One of the oldest inhabited cities in India, Varanasi is once in a lifetime destination for many Hindu devotees. The purpose of Kashi Yatra for many people is the performance of Vedic rites for their ancestors. It is customary for all Hindu pilgrims to undergo Kashi Yatra on foot. 

The journey starts with Saikatha Pooja at Rameshwaram followed by visit to Triveni Sangamam at Allahabad where Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati meet. Following Kashi Vishwanath Darshan, Ganga water is collected to do Ganga Abhishek of Lord Shiva at Rameshwaram. Pilgrims also visit Gaya to do Gaya Shraddha to their ancestors.

Devotees who partake in these religious treks come with an unshakable trust and faith in the presence of almighty and its miracles. These pilgrim sites exhibit the dedication and endurance level of Hindu devotees. 

You may also check-out here about Top 10 Temples in India

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Best places to visit in India in February

The month of February in India is a special one when the chilling winter season slowly gives way to the spring season. Popular for ‘Valentine’s Week’, February is also known as the month of celebration of love. Planning a short vacation during this time looks like an ideal option to spend some quality time with your better half. The blog enlists the best places to visit in India in February, mainly due to their pleasant climate:

Jaipur


Tourist Attractions in Jaipur
Tourist Attractions in Jaipur
The capital and the largest city of the royal Rajasthan state, Jaipur is one of the most popular tourist destinations in India. A part of the most sought-after Golden triangle tour, the largest city of the state is also famed as the ‘Pink City’. Dotted with a number of tourist attractions, it was founded in November 1727 by the ruler of Amber, Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II. Amer fort, City Palace, Hawa Mahal, Chokhi Dhani, the Royal observatory, Albert Hall and Laxmi Narayan Temple are some of the must-visit places. Do not miss shopping for some exclusive stuff from the local bazaars.

Kochi (Cochin)

Tourist Attractions in Kochi
Tourist Attractions in Kochi
Referred to as the Gateway to Kerala, Kochi or Cochin is a popular as well as an important city of the south Indian state Kerala. Also called Ernakulam, this city has a history that can be traced back to 600 years ago. The city boasts of several tourist attractions including Bolgatty Palace, Jewish Synagogue, Chinese fishing Nets, Dutch Palace, Cherai beach, Willingdon Island and St Francis Church. The city is sandwiched between the Western Ghats on the East and the Arabian Sea on the west.

Delhi

Tourist Attractions in Delhi
Tourist Attractions in Delhi
The capital city of India, the vibrant city of Delhi is a part of the extremely popular Golden-triangle tour. The melting point of politics, Delhi boasts of being a cultural hotspot as well. Every year, it attracts a crazy number of holidaymakers as well as business visitors. Humayun's Tomb, Laxmi Naryana temple, Akshardham temple, Qutub Minar, National Museum, India gate, Red Fort, Gurudwara Bangal Sahib,Purana Qila are some of the popular attractions from a long list of tourist attractions. If you are a shopaholic, Delhi has a lot to offer.

Udaipur

Tourist Attractions in Udaipur
Tourist Attractions in Udaipur
The most romantic city of the royal Rajasthan state, Udaipur is famed as the ‘Jewel of Mewar’. A famed travel destination, Udaipur boasts of rich culture and heritage and an enchanting landscape, including the placid Lake Pichola. City Palace, Jag Mandir Palace, Bharatiya Lok Kala Museum (Udaipur Folk Museum), Vintage Car Museum, Shilp Gram, Saheliyon-ki-Bari are some of the attractions, you must visit.

Do not forget a romantic boat ride in the lake, while enjoying the mesmerizing sunset views. The local bazaars sell some excellent handicrafts and much more.

Jodhpur

Tourist Attractions in Jodhpur
Tourist Attractions in Jodhpur

Famed as the ‘Sun City’ and the ‘Blue City’, Jodhpur in Rajasthan is also a popular tourist destination, because of being close to the Thar Desert. The erstwhile princely state of Marwar, Jodhpur  is dotted with a number of tourist attractions such as the Mehrangarh Fort, Jaswant Thada, Umadi Bhawan Palace and Museum, Takhat Sagar Lake, Mahamandir temple and Mandore Garden are the major attractions of this historic city.

Agra

Agra Fort
Agra Fort
One of the 3 cities of the world-renowned Golden-triangle tour, the Mughal City of Agra is located on the banks of river Yamuna. Famed all around the world for the Taj Mahal- one of the Seven Wonders of the World’, it is home to a number of tourist attractions including the World Heritage Sites of the Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri. Do not miss to take Petha and Dalmoth- popular local renditions back to your home. When in Agra, shop for handicrafts, carpets, rugs, gold threads and leather articles.

Andaman and Nicobar islands

Andaman and Nicobar islands
Andaman and Nicobar islands
A Union territory of India, Andaman and Nicobar Islands is a group of islands on the meeting point of the Arabian Sea and the Bay of Bengal. One of the extremely popular honeymoon destinations in India, it offers several opportunities to indulge in a number of water sports activities. Here, you can also visit popular attractions like Anthropological Museum, Cellular Jail, Samudrika Marine Museum, Radhanagar beach, Ross Island, North Bay Island, Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park etc.

Interested in vacation in Andaman? Check out this 6 nights Andaman Island tour package.

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Taj Mahotsav: Culture Festivals in India

Agra is known all around the world for the white-marble beauty of the Taj Mahal, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. But, there is one more thing that attracts tourists to Agra- the Taj Mahotsav. An extravagant 10-day event, the Taj Mahotsav is an effervescent cultural platform that puts together the finest of arts, crafts and culture of the Mughal city of Agra as well as India.

Taj Mahotsav Festivals 2015
Organized every year, Taj Mahotsav 2015 will begin from 18th February and will be on till 27th February. A much-awaited event, organized at Shilpgram, it includes a number of interesting events. You get see amazing artistry, crafts and culture on display at this event. Classical dance performances, poetry, folk music, various games, a food festival, camel and elephant rides etc are a part of this festival.

Here's more on popular things to do in Agra and how to reach Agra to enjoy the celebration of Taj Mahotsav around there.

Location: Shilpgram, Near the Taj Mahal, Agra, Uttar Pradesh (just 500-600 m from the Eastern Gate of the Taj Mahal)
Duration: 10 days
Taj Mahotsav 2015: 18th February to 27th February
Time of the year: February
Planned by: Department of Tourism, Government of India
Importance: Promotion of rich arts, crafts, culture, music, dance and cuisine of the state as well as the country
High-points: Folk music and dance performances, a procession taken out in the typical Mughal style, a food festival and even more

Theme Taj Mahotsav 2015- Paigham-E-Mohabbat

Theme Taj Mahotsav 2014

Entry Fee

For Adult: INR 50/-
Children up to 12 years - Free
For Foreign Tourist: Free
10- day Season Ticket – INR 300 per person

History 

Started in the year 1992, this cultural event is being organized since then with great enthusiasm and zeal, taking it to new heights. This year, it is in its 23rd year. Organized by the Department of Tourism, Government of India, this vibrant event held at the World Heritage Site - Taj Mahal, is attended by national as well as international tourists in crazy numbers. This is the perfect time to plan a tour to Agra. Along with promotion of art and craft of Agra as well as India, another objective of this Mela is to encourage and support the local and national artisans. Visitors can get their hands on some amazing work of these artisans at genuine and affordable prices.

Taj Mahotsav Programme

It is no exaggeration to say that a visit to the Taj Mahotsav is a cultural, artistic, musical, visual and gastronomical delight. You get a chance to experience, observe and absorb the crème de la crème of India’s culture.

Art and Craft at the Taj Mahotsav

At Taj Mahotsav, over 400 artisans from different parts of India are given a chance to showcase their fine works and exquisite talent. You get an opportunity to have a look at exotic art and craft from various states such as Cane/Bamboo work from north-eastern states, stone/wood carvings from Tamil Nadu, zari work and silk from Benaras, Zardozo and marble work of Agra, Chikan Kadhai work from Lucknow, Paper-mache work from Kashmir and South India, brassware from Moradabad, Kantha stitch from West Bengal, wooden, carving from Saharanpur, hand printed items from Farrukhabad, Pottery from Khurja and more. 

Taj Mahotsav -  Art and Craft

If you are a shopaholic, this is the place to be. You can buy some exotic stuff including traditional dresses, paintings, antique and modern furniture, show pieces, linens and other knick-knacks.

Culture at the Taj Mahotsav

This event is also a majestic show of some mesmerizing and captivating cultural performances by artists from all parts of life. These performances of artists, dramatists, musicians etc from all the regions of the country can surely cast a spell on the spectators. 

Taj Mahotsav Culture

The Mahotsav offers a maddening mix of music and dance including Sapera dance from Rajasthan, folk wealth of Bundelkhand, Lavani of Maharashtra, Kerala’s Kathakali, special centuries-old performances from Brij Bhumi and more. These performances are so exciting that you cannot stop yourself from being a part of the artists’ performances. Popular performers from various popular art forms, from all over the country also visit the Taj Mahotsav.

Cuisines at the Taj Mahotsav

This event is not only a display of soul-stirring arts and crafts, but it also a chance for aficionados of mouth-watering food to tingle their taste buds and relish an endless array of sumptuous delicacies. You can gorge on vegetarian and non-vegetarian food, regional specialties, popular dishes of the states and the country, fast food and much more.

Fun Fair at the Taj Mahotsav

Taj Mahotsav - Fun & Fair

Funfair at the Mahotsav is quite popular amidst children who visit this event. A complete family entertainer, funfair offers thrill for all. Members of a family of all the ages can enjoy several kinds of rides. Some of the special rides for children include Ferris-wheel, Merry-go-round and train-rides.

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Festivals in India in February

Fairs & Festivals in India: February 2015

February, in India, is the last month of winter and thus, the month of celebration of various festivals across the nation. Here is a list of some of the popular festivals and fairs held in the month of February every year. Plan your vacation in India in February and enjoy the vivid cultures and colors of celebrations.

Baneshwar Festival

Baneshwar FestivalThe festival is celebrated in Rajasthan and is dedicated to Lord Shiva; the name too has been derived from him. The tribals gather in the fair to pay their homage to the lord. This fair is popular amongst the Bhills community and is organized at the delta formed by river Som and Mahi.

Devotees visit Baneshwar Mahadev temple and apply saffron to the Shivalinga; in the evening bhabut is applied. There are many rituals that are performed during this festival. Folk dance and music performances, multiple stalls, animal shows, magic shows, acrobatic programs can be witnesses during the fair.

When: 30 Jan 2015 - 3 Feb 2015
Where: Rajasthan

Indian Derby Weekend

Indian Derby Weekend Festival
On the Mumbai social calendar, Indian Derby Weekend is one of the major events to be celebrated in the month of February. This is a massive lifestyle sporting weekend, which is attended by about 25000 people.

Some of the major highlights of the festival are horse racing, professional salsa dancing and international aerial ballet. There will also be live bands performing and playing tributes to Rolling Stones, Cliff Richard and The Beatles.

When: First weekend in February, Each year. January 31 February 1, 2015.
Where: Mahalaxmi Race Course, Mumbai.

Surajkund Crafts Mela

Surajkund Mela in Faridabad
The 28th Surajkund Crafts Mela is one of the popular fairs to be attended in Delhi/NCR. In the fair, finest handicrafts, handlooms and delicious Indian cuisines are showcased. About 400 artists from all across India participate in the fair and exhibit their amazing work.

Thus, to make the fair interesting, there also are cultural programs and special kids’ zone organized. Every year, the fair has different theme and Goa has been chooses as the theme state for 2015. Additionally, Sri Lanka is the partner nation, thus, visitors can expect variety in handlooms & handicrafts, which will be unique to India.

When: February 1-15, each year.
Where: Surajkund, in the Faridabad district a short distance from South Delhi.

Jaisalmer Desert Festival

Jaisalmer Festival, Rajasthan
Jaisalmer Desert Festival is one of the lovely festivals that help in exploring the best of the sandstone Jaisalmer city. The festival features vibrantly dressed locals and camel parade.

There also are polo matches, camel races, turban tying competitions, acrobats, the finest facial hair, jugglers and puppeteers featured in the festival. 

When: February 01-3, 2015.
Where: Jaisalmer, Rajasthan.

India International Leather Fair

India International Leather Fair
This is a major platform for global manufacturers and exporters engaged in leather industry.

The fair showcases expansive variety of leather products such as fashion accessories, travel-ware, shoes, gloves, harness, belts, saddler etc. Other than leather products, chemicals, machinery and other equipments can also be found.

When: February 01-3, 2015.
Where:  Chennai Trade Center

Shekhawati Festival

Shekhawati Mela
If you are fascinated about old painted mansions (havelis), Shekhawati Festival is one of the must-enjoyed festivals. The Shekhawati region is popular for such havelis.

During the festival, 1-day excursion of Shekhawati which has farm visits and jeep & camel safari as major highlights. Additionally, competitions, fireworks and cultural programs are also organized during the festival.

When: February 5-8, 2015.
Where: Shekhawati region of Rajasthan. The main location is Nawalgarh.

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Sufi Sutra International Sufi Music Festival

Sufi Sutra International Sufi Music Festival
Indulge into the Sufi music, which is regarded as ‘soul music’, this February with Sufi Sutra International Sufi Music Festival. The festival will feature popular Sufi & traditional folk musicians from West Bengal, Punjab, Rajasthan, Denmark, Spain, Iran, Sweden and Portugal. The music is used to transcend from physical realms into the spiritual one. In this festival there will be music workshops throughout the day along with exhibition and concerts in the evening.

When: February 6-8, 2015.
Where: Mohar Kunj, Kolkata.

India Surf Festival

India Surf Festival
The India Surf Festival makes the sleepy seaside town in Odisha come to life. The festival also doubles as music and arts festival, thus inviting visitors from all across India and abroad.

The major highlights of the festival are surfing & paddling workshops, eclectic electronic music, yoga sessions and photography workshops.


When: February 6-8, 2015.
Where: Ramachandi Beach, Konark, Odisha.

Attakkalari India Biennial Festival

Attakkalari India BiennialThis is a festival of contemporary dance, digital art and research. Bangalore acts as a platform for the performance of art by different diversities in South Asia.

Attakkalari India Biennial is considered to be South Asia’s largest international contemporary dance and movement arts festival. The lovers of dance must attend this event at least once in their lives.

When: February 6-15, 2015.
Where: Multiple venues in Bangalore, Karnataka.

Kala Ghoda Arts Festival

Kala Ghoda Arts Festival
Enjoy the 9-day Kala Ghoda Arts Festival and witness the Kala Ghoda Arts Precinct of Mumbai getting transformed into stage show and open air exhibition space. The street festival features arts & crafts, seminars, theater, exhibitions, music, dance, and heritage walks. There also are special events organized for kids.

When: February 7-15, 2015.
Where: Mumbai.

SulaFest Festival

SulaFest
The 7th SulaFest is going to celebrated in a much bigger and better way ever. The festival will feature a perfect mix of music, drinks, wine, food, shopping and fashion. The major attraction is new cool, edgy fashion.

In the festival, VERO MODA will also be launching their high street, young denim brand ‘Noisy May’. Fashion Show is also another major attribute of the festival.

When: February 7-8, 2015.
Where: Nashik, Maharashtra.

Neralu: Bangalore Tree Festival

Neralu: Bangalore Tree Festival
Parks, greenery and gardens are a few attributes that built the identity of the city of Bangalore. Neralu is the festivals celebrated in Bangalore to appreciate the trees and natural heritage of the city.

The festival also includes various activities such as interactive storytelling events, nature walks, art walks, photography, and nature workshops.

When: February 7-8 and 14-15, 2015.
Where: Bangalore, Karnataka.

World Sufi Spirit Festival

World Sufi Spirit Festival
World Sufi Spirit Festival, held in Rajasthan, is organized with 2 beautiful forts on its backdrop. The motive of the festival is to take visitors on “amazing spiritual & musical journey” in course if the Sufi traditions from Asia, East, India and Africa.

In this 6th World Sufi Spirit Festival there will be almost 100 artists participating from India and abroad collectively.

When: February 9-11 and February 13-15, 2015.
Where: Nagaur and Jodhpur, Rajasthan.

Natyanjali Dance festival

Natyanjali Dance festival
Natyanjali is an Indian Classical dance form and as Lord Shiva is also known as Lord of Dances, this festival is dedicated to him. The festival also holds great significance in Chennai’s traditions and history.

The venue of the festival, Chidambaram Temple is about thousand years old. Its ceilings are adorned with gold and pillars have sculptures of Lord Nataraja performing 108 postures of Bharatnatayam. Dancers coming from different parts of the country exhibit their talent and spread the message of “Unity in Diversity”.

When: 11th February 2015 to 17th Feb 2015
Where: Chidambaram Nataraja Temple, Tamil Nadu. 

Ragasthan Festival

Ragasthan
If you love music, Ragasthan is the craziest music festival to be attended this February. The festival is organized in the sand dunes near Jaisalmer. There will be 4 music stages and desert camping with all night open-air movie screenings. Various adventure sports are also included in the festival as a major highlight.

There will be more than 50 artists, across all genres, performing in the festival. Enjoy some of the exclusive rock, alternative, pop, world, electronic, classical, and experimental music, complemented with full moon.

When: February 12-15, 2015.
Where: Khuri sand dunes, near Jaisalmer, Rajasthan.

Goa Carnival Festival

Goa Carnival Festival
Started in the year 1961, Goa Carnival is initially celebrated by King Momo, one of the legendary Chao Kings of the state and a major Portuguese festival.

During the festival, the street comes alive with parades, floats, musical performances and masked dances. The festival culminates with a formal ball dance performance in Panaji, where the dress code is red and black.

When : February 14 - 17, 2015
Where : Goa.

Mahindra Blues Festival

Mahindra Blues Festival
The 4th Mahindra Blues Festival is the Asia’s largest and finest blues festival.

The major highlights of the festivals are The Tedeschi Trucks Band, Lil' Ed, Zac Harmon, Jimmie Vaughan, Doyle Bramhall II, and Blackstratblues and Soulmate, the homegrown talent.

When: February 14 and 15, 2015.
Where: Bandra West, Mumbai.

Maha Shivratri Festival

Maha Shivratri Festival
Maha Shivratri is one festival that is celebrated with grace throughout India. Legends say the day marks as the day when Lord Shiva performed cosmic Tandava dance, which is regarded as the origin of the creation, preservation, and destruction cycle.

On this day, devotees pray to Lord Shiva to get relief from the cycle of death and rebirth. Various events are organized throughout the day.

When: February 17, 2015.
Where: Shiva temples all over India.

Taj Mahotsav Festival

Taj Mahotsav Festival in Agra
Held at Shilpgram in Agra, the Taj Mahotsav majorly focuses on art, craft and Indian culture. Additionally, the festival also features the aura of magnificent Mughal era.

There also is spectacular procession held which includes camels, elephants, and drummers. Visitors can also enjoy camel and elephant rides. 

When: February 18-27 each year.
Where: Agra, Uttar Pradesh.

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Pariyanampetta Pooram Festival

Pariyanampetta Pooram Festival
The last day of the 7-day celebration at the Pariyanampetta temple (Kerala) is called the Pariyanampetta Pooram. On this day, a procession of 21 beautifully decorated elephants is held.

On other days of the festival, there are various highlights such as shadow puppetry, and folk & religious arts.

When: February 19, 2015.
Where: Pariyanampetta Bhagavathy Temple, Kattukulam, Palakkad district of Kerala.

Khajuraho Dance Festival

Khajuraho Dance Festival
Khajuraho Dance Festival has entertained visitors since 1975. The festival is held in Khajuraho with the Khajuraho temple complex in the backdrop. During this festival, classical dance styles from all across India are showcased.
These performances are held in the Western group of temples, majorly in the Vishwanatha Temple (devoted to Lord Shiva) and Chitragupta Temple (devoted to the Sun God, Surya).

When: February 20-26, 2015.
Where: Khajuraho, Madhya Pradesh.

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Kuttikkol Thampuratty Theyyam Festival

Kuttikkol Thampuratty Theyyam Festival
Theyyam is indeed one of the most flamboyant ways to worship lord, and we thank Kerala for its invention. Kuttikkol Thampuratty Theyyam is a temple festival brimming with vibrant colors and pageantry.

Mime, dance and music combine to make Theyyam so graceful and engaging. There are many forms of Theyyam and Theyyam Festivals, but Kuttikkol Thampuratty Theyyam is amongst the most notable ones.

When: February 23-26, 2015.
Where: Kuttikkol Thampuratty Bhagavathy Temple at Kuttikkol, Kasaragod district of Kerala.

Uthralikavu Pooram Festival

Uthralikavu Pooram Festival
Uthralikavu Pooram is the Kerala temple festival, which is devoted to the Goddess Kali. In the evening, there are varied rituals and folk art performances held under the light of traditional temple lamps.

Some of the major highlights of the festival are all night elephant pageantry along with loud traditional drumming.

When: February 24, 2015.
Where: Sree Ruthira Mahakalikavu Temple in Vadakkancherry, Thrissur, Kerala.

Konkan Turtle Festival

Konkan Turtle Festival
Konkan Turtle Festival is one of the fascinating festivals as it features newly hatched, endangered Olive Ridely turtles marching into the sea.

In addition to this, visitors can enjoy traditional Indian village life as they can stop over at local home stays in the region.
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