India is a land of festivals and celebrations. Over the wide expanse of the country, there are literally hundreds of festivals and celebrations that Indians participate in. Although festivals like Holi and Diwali are more popular amongst foreigners and locals alike, it's the smaller and lesser known festivals that give one the true experience of being in India.

NOTE: The information in this post was obtained from referring to the Illustrated Guide to India by Reader's Digest, Wikipedia, IMers and the Net.

Festivals in JANUARY

The Statesman Vintage and Classic Car Rally

Held in Kolkata, West Bengal

Started in 1968 as The Statesman Vintage Car Rally it was later modified as The Statesman Vintage & Classic Car Rally. Today, the entry of vintage cars & bikes is restricted to those manufactured prior to 1940. The Statesman Vintage & Classic Car Rally is not just a rally but a festival complete with fancy dress period costume, cultural program and food.

Ganga Sagar Festival (15th January 2017)

Celebrated in Sagar Island, West Bengal

About 200,000 to 300,000 pilgrims visit Sagar Island. Gangasagar pilgrimage and fair is the second largest congregation of mankind after the holy Kumbha Mela.

Dover Lane Music Festival (22nd to 25th January)

Held in Kolkata, West Bengal

The Dover Lane Music Conference has been engaged in the promotion and propagation of Indian classical music since 1952. The annual program of classical music draws a music-loving crowd of more than 4,000 a night.

Tribal Mela

Held in Bhubaneshwar, Odisha

This Tribal exhibition and festival is organized every year in the Adivasi exhibition grounds, situated in the heart of the capital city of Odisha, Bhubaneswar. This is considered to be the oldest and most colourful festival of the tribal people, where all the 62 tribes including 13 PTGs (Primitive Tribal Groups), come to the exhibition ground to spread their ethnic mosaic.

Modhera Dance Festival

Celebrated in Modhera, Gujarat

An annual festival of Indian classical dances is held at the site of the Sun Temple during the third week of January every year, after the festival of Uttarayan. Modhera provides an impressive backdrop for this spiritual festival.

Jatra

Celebrated in Quepem, Goa

Jatra is the feast of the God in Goa, to whom this temple is dedicated. Jatra in Goa is best celebrated at the Shantadurga Temple at Fatropa in Quepem.

Pongal

Celebrated in Tamil Nadu – the Tamil New Year

Pongal is a harvest festival celebrated in South India at the end of the harvest season. It is one of the most important festivals celebrated by the Tamils in Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and Sri Lanka. It is spread over 4 days.

Lohri (January 13th)

Celebrated in Punjab, North India

Lohri marks the culmination of winter, and is celebrated on the 13th day of January, a day before Makar Sankranti. Friends and relatives get together on the day of Lohri and enjoy some special cuisine.

Makar Sankranti (January 14th)

Celebrated in Jaipur, Chilika Lake, Gujarat & all over India,

Makar Sankranti is one of the most auspicious occasions for Hindus, and is celebrated in almost all parts of India in a myriad of cultural forms, with great devotion, fervour, and gaiety. It is a harvest festival. Makar Sankranti is perhaps the only Indian festival where the date always falls on the same day every year, January 14th. There are however some exceptions, when the festival is celebrated on January 13th or January 15th. Makar Sankranti is also believed to mark the arrival of spring in India.

Republic Day (January 26th)

Celebrated all over India

The main ceremony is held at Rajpath, New Delhi where the flag hoisting is done by the President of India followed by the Republic Day Parade.

Beating Retreat (January 29th)

Held in Delhi

This ceremony symbolises the retreat after a day on the battlefield, and marks the official end of the Indian Republic Day celebrations. It is held every year on January 29 in the evening. The bands of the three wings of the military, the Indian Army, Indian Navy and Indian Air Force perform at Raisina Hill and Vijay Chowk - flanked by the north and south block towards the end of Rajpath.

Jaipur Literature Festival

Held in Jaipur, Rajasthan

Asia's biggest literary festival, the Diggi Palace Hotel serves as the main venue of this literary festival. Festivities are usually held in the Hall of Audience and in the gardens of the Diggi Palace in the city centre. Jaipur Literature Festival celebrates excellence in Rajasthani, Indian and International writing.

Camel Festival

Held in Bikaner, Rajasthan

Every January, the small village of Ladera in Bikaner, becomes the venue of the two-day and night Bikaner Camel Festival. Camels fascinate tourists with their movement, charm and grace. People from all over the world come to India to attend the festival, where camel owners flock to show-off their camels. This festival is when the ships of the desert are seen at their best.

Feast of Three Kings

Celebrated in Reis Magos, Goa

Every year thousands of devotees congregate at the stone chapel of Nossa Senhora dos Reis to offer prayers of thanksgiving to Our Lady of Immaculate Conception - a lighthouse of faith and courage to its people. High mass is offered on the day of Epiphany and it is a time for rejoicing and partying.

Flower Show

Held in Lalbagh, Bangalore, Karnataka

Paryaya

Celebrated in Udipi, Karnataka

Paryaya is a system in which the eight pontiffs of Udupi undertake the responsibility of worshipping Lord Krishna and manage the temple by turn, for a fixed period of time. The Swamiji who is in charge of the worship and other rituals is known as the Paryay Swamiji. His Mutt is then known as the Paryaya Mutt. The duration of the tenure is known as the paryaya period. The ceremony of handing over the charge of Sri Krishna Mutt to the new Swamiji is known as the Paryaya Festival.

Pattadakal Dance Festival

Held in Pattadakal, Karnataka

The Pattadakal Dance Festival is held every year to celebrate the temples of Pattadakal. It is organised by the Government of Karnataka. The 'Nrithyotsava' draws many famous dancers and is accompanied by a craft mela.

Bijapur Music Festival

Held in Bijapur, Karnataka

All sorts of top class music are displayed here. The fair is organized by Shri Siddheshwar temple during Makar Sankranti. The Shri Shiddeshwar Temple is situated at the heart of the city and is a holy place for Hindus, but is also a beautiful place to visit, for tourists. This fair is well known for its cattle market, which is organized outside the city limits. Farmers from neighboring villages and even some parts of Maharastra come to trade in cattle. During this period there is also a fireworks display.

Barddhaman Festival

Celebrated in Barddhaman, West Bengal

Kenduli Mela

Held in Shantiniketan, West Bengal

The Kenduli Mela in Birbhum is well known for the gathering of the Bauls, a group of mystic minstrels. They are the bearers of a unique musical tradition, who are identified by their saffron attire and distinctive musical instrument, the Ektara. They have the proud distinction of being included in the list of “Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity" by UNESCO.

Sadhu Convention

Held in the Udayagiri & Khandagiri Caves, Odisha

Sazo

Celebrated in Kinnaur, Himachal Pradesh

On this day people take their bath in the natural springs, and a few even go to Satluj river for bathing if they happen to live nearby. Poltus, rice, pulses, vegetables, meat, halva, chilta and pug are the principal dishes prepared on this occasion. In the morning the family god is worshiped with food (except meat). The hearth is also worshiped and near noon the deity is brought out and worshiped with wine and halwa. A fold dance is held. Thereafter the deity is believed to have gone to Kinner Kailash.

Winter Carnival

Held in Manali, Himachal Pradesh

Among the other attractions of the Winter Carnival in Manali, is a variety of winter sports that draw a good number of enthusiasts from all over India. Contests like "Winter Queen" and "Mr. Manali" are also attractions of the festival.

Thyagaraja Music Festival

Held in Tiruvaiyaru, Tamil Nadu

Tyagaraja Aradhana is an annual Carnatic music festival held in January and February. Many exponents of Carnatic music come to perform and are watched by thousands of ardent fans of Indian classical music. It is associated with the world famous singer and saint Tyagaraja. Along with the Chembai Sangeetholsavam in Guruvayur, Kerala, this ‘aradhana’ is one of the two most important ones in South India.

Chariot Festival

Celebrated in Srirangam, Tamil Nadu

The annual temple chariot festival, called Rathothsavam where the processional deity, Utsavar is taken around the temple in the temple car. Chitra Poornima is a festival based on the mythological incident of Gaj-graha (elephant crocodile). The elephant suffered in the jaws of crocodile and was rescued by god. Vasanthothsavam is celebrated during the Tamil month of Vaikasi (May–June), which according to inscriptions has been celebrated from 1444 AD.

Drama Festival

Held in Kottayam, Kerala

Makaravilaku

Celebrated in Sabarimalai, Kerala

Falls when a celestial light is seen on the horizon. Its sighting is considered auspicious.

International Kite Festival

Held in Gujarat

This festival is celebrated across Gujarat, the main centres of activity being Ahmedabad, Vadodara and Surat.

Kite Flying Festival (January 14th)

Held in Jaipur, Rajasthan

The kites-with-lights flown add to the fanfare of the festival. If you like kite flying, this is the festival for you.

Epiphany (January 6th)

Celebrated in Thrissur, Irinjalakkuda, Palai, Kerala

The local name for the festival is Pindi Perunnal.

Banganga Festival

Celebrated in Mumbai, Maharashtra

Banganga festival is one of the popular festivals in Mumbai (organised since 1992). The festival takes place annually in the month of January and lasts for two days. The festival celebrates the medium of music and rhythm and pays tribute to the heritage of Mumbai.

Brahmaputra Darshan Festival

Celebrated all over Arunachal Pradesh

This festival begins with the worship of the river followed by a variety of cultural events - traditional dance, music and sports. These include food festivals, local handicrafts, herbal medicines, a boat race and river rafting as well.

Torgya Festival

Celebrated in Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh

This is a three-day festival signifying the destruction of evil spirits and harmful forces.

International Yoga Festival

Held in Puducherry, Puducherry

The festival is unique as it brings to the fore discussions, an exchange of ideas, demonstration of techniques and yoga aficionados and practitioners from all over the globe. Classical Indian dance performances are scheduled in the evening, to grace the occasion.

Dehing Patkai Festival (January 16th - 18th)

Celebrated in Dehing, Assam

An annual festival held at Lekhapani in Tinsukia district of Assam. The festival is named after the majestic Patkai range and the mischievous Dehing River. The festival is organized by the Government of Assam - providing the tourists with boundless chances of fun and feast.

Brahmaputra Beach Festival

Held in Guwahati, Assam

This is a scintillating open-air festival held in Guwahati on the ravine beaches of the mighty Brahmaputra River.

Netaji Mela

Celebrated in Karimganj, Andhra Pradesh

Netaji Mela is celebrated in Karimganj Andhra Pradesh as the birth Anniversary of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose. Over the years Netaji Mela has turned into a cultural fare.

Dhanu Yatra (January 7th - 17th)

Celebrated in Balagarh, Uttar Pradesh

The festival starts at 6 am on January 7th and ends at 11.55 pm on January 17. Dhanu Yatra commemorates the visit of Lord Krishna to Mathura. Dhanu Yatra also commemorates the victory of Lord Sri Krishna over his uncle Kansa.

Adoor Gajamela

Celebrated in Pathanamthitta, Kerala

This is an annual ten-day celebration of Parthasarathy temple Adoor in Pathanamthitta district. The festival is famous for its elephant pageant.

Champakulam Moolam Boat Race

Celebrated in Alappuzha, Kerala

It is the oldest and most popular vallam kali of the installation of the deity at the Ambalappuzha Sree Krishna Temple.

Kerala Village Fair

Held in Kovalam & Ernakulum, Kerala

Traditional thatched houses are decorated during this ten-day long festival and are the venue for folk dances, music and festivities. A typical Kerala village -'gramam' is recreated replete with the traditional nalukettu houses, 'chayakkada' local teashops etc. This fair recreates the bygone era of Kerala.

Kundam Festival

Celebrated in Sathyamangalam, Tamil Nadu

Organized every year at Bannari Amman temple, near Sathyamangalam in Tamil Nadu this Kundam Festival is celebrated in the Tamil month of Panguni.

Jali Kattu (January 16th)

Celebrated in Tiruchirapalli & Alanganallur, Tamil Nadu

On the second day of Pongal i.e. on Mattu Pongal day, Jalli Kattu or a bullfight takes place in villages. It is a traditional, spine-chilling fight. Alanganallur near Madurai & Tiruchirapalli are famous for this sport.

Purnagiri Fair

Celebrated in Purnagiri, Uttarakhand

Many people throng to the temple at Purnagiri, which is situated on the top of a mountain on the right bank of the river Kali near Tanakpur (District Champawat). The temple is crowded during the Navaratris of Paush and Chaitra. Every year a fair is held on Vishuwat Sankranti and this attracts a large number of pilgrims.

Kolhaiya Mela

Held in Chatra, Jharkand

This is one of the more popular cattle fairs in the state of Jharkand.

Garden Tourism Festival

Held in New Delhi

The Garden Tourism Festival features some of the most exotic varieties of flowers including roses, dahlias, potted plants, bonsai, home plants etc. Other attractions include painting competitions for children and a number of cultural shows. It is also an event where those interested in gardening meet and share ideas.

Jorethang Mela

Celebrated in Jorethang, Sikkim

This festival is celebrated to welcome the spring season after the harsh winter days.

Mukatsar Maghi Festival

Celebrated in Punjab

Mukatsar fair is one of the largest Sikh fairs held in Punjab. The fair is held in the middle of January i.e. on the Makar Sankranti day (Jan 14). The fair is organized in the Muktsar district of Punjab to pay tribute to Guru Gobind Singh and his followers.

Khogal Festival

Celebrated in Lahaul, Himachal Pradesh

To celebrate Khogal in Himachal Pradesh village people, essentially the male members of the family, unite for an exotic local drink, 'Chakti'. The process of visiting house after house continues until midnight. At midnight the drummers sit on the rooftop of a house and play drums and flutes. The sound of the drums and flutes mark the beginning of the Khogal celebrations.

Pune International Film Festival

Held in Pune, Maharashtra

This film festival celebrates both Indian and international filmmakers.

Kumbhalgarh Classical Dance Festival

Held in Kumbhalgarh near Udaipur, Rajasthan

This festival celebrates folk art and traditions in a beautiful setting.

Visakha Utsav

Celebrated in Visakhapatnam (Vizag), Andhra Pradesh

This festival celebrates the culture of Vizag with cultural programs, art exhibitions and of course, food.

Mumbai International Film Festival 

Held in Mumbai, Maharashtra

This film festival in India focuses on short films and documentaries.

Festivals in JANUARY / FEBRUARY

Gadda Yatra

The annual Gadda Yatra in Solapur, Maharashtra celebrated for the past 900 years, honours the spiritual leader, Siddheshwar. The festival attracts lakhs of devotees from the adjoining areas of Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka as well. The perfect symbol of communal harmony and social equality, it conitnues to be celebrated without politcal motives or government grants or aids.

Island Tourism Festival

Celebrated in Port Blair, Andaman Islands

This is a ten-day long festival of dance, drama and music. Exhibitions, displaying arts and crafts, flora and fauna and marine life, are part of the event. Aqua sports and parasailing are an additional attraction.

Saraswati Puja

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Celebrated in West Bengal, West Bengal

On this day, the Goddess of knowledge and fine arts is worshipped with great fervor. The Bengali community considers knowledge and fine arts as an integral part of its life. People of all ages participate in Saraswati Puja with unparallelled intensity. Tamilians celebrate this during Navami of Dusshera. They keep books in front of Goddess Saraswati.

Nagaur Cattle Fair

Celebrated in Nagaur, Rajasthan

Thousands of animals are gathered at this cattle fair for trading. Traders come to buy and sell cows, bullocks (the Nagauri breed is renowned) and camels. Various games are organized during this four day festival such as tug-of-war, camel races, cockfights etc. providing entertainment to the tourists and visitors.

Banashankari Temple Festival

Celebrated in Badami, Karnataka

The rathotsava or car festival is a major attraction of the fair.

Japan Habba

Celebrated in Bangalore, Karnataka

This is a cultural exchange program between Indians and Japanese. Started as an annual event in 2005, it aims at showcasing Japanese culture to all students of Japanese language,and those interested in Japan and its culture under one platform. It is celebrated in Bangalore during spring (January-February) of every year.

Numaish

Celebrated in Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh

Numaish Masnuaat-e-Mulki or Numaish is also known as an annual consumer exhibition held in Hyderabad.

Kolkata Book Fair

Celebrated in Kolkata, West Bengal

This is one of the largest Book fairs held all in the world.

Desert Festival

Celebrated in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan

A wonderful opportunity to experience the sandstone city of Jaisalmer and surroundings at their magical best.

Tilwara Cattle Festival

Celebrated in Barmer, Rajasthan

This festival lasts for a fortnight where highly popular breeds of cows, camels, sheep, goats and horses attract people not only form Rajasthan but also Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh. People of all castes and creeds participate freely in this fair.

Vagad Festival

Celebrated in Dungarpur, Rajasthan

The Vagad Festival is a beautiful amalgamation of folk music and local amusement like archery competitions.

Monlam Chenmo Prayers

Celebrated in Bodh Gaya, Bihar

Magha Saptami

Celebrated in Konark, Odisha

This is a day especially set aside for the worship of the Sun God at Konark. Although the temple is now a ruin, today thousands of pilgrims flock to Konark every year on the Magha Sukla Saptami, the day of Spring Festivals, to celebrate the new birth of the Sun God.

Urs of Qalandar Shah

Celebrated in Panipat, Haryana

Dargah beckons pilgrims from far and wide with Urs Mubarak celebrated joyously with Sufi abandon every year on the Saint's death anniversary. The WAKF Board makes the arrangements for this festival. The Dargah has a 'langar' on this day every year and also each Thursday. People of all religious denominations converge to pay obeisance to the Saint.

Thaipoosam

Celebrated in Coimbatore / Palani / Murugan Temples, Tamil Nadu

At Palani Periyanayaki temple, which is a famous temple, dedicated to Muruga, Thaipoosam is celebrated as a ten-day festival.

Theppam Festival

Celebrated in Madurai, Tamil Nadu

The Theppam Festival or Madurai Float Festival is a spectacular scene to behold. The deities are taken in golden palanquins, escorted by elaborately decorated elephants and horses, along with musicians and devotees who sing songs all the way from the main temple to the lake at the break of dawn.

Bullock Race

Celebrated in Chettinad, Tamil Nadu

This is an annual bullock cart race.

Parab Adivasi Mela

Celebrated in Koraput, Odisha

Organised every year to showcase the life of adivasis (tribals).

Spitok Gustor Zanskar

Celebrated near Leh, Jammu & Kashmir

An annual two-day festival at the Spituk Monastery in Ladakh. A characteristic of this Spituk Gustor is the mask dance carried out by the priests.

Milad-un-Nabi

Celebrated by the Islamic community across India

This festival celebrates the birthday of Mohammad or the Prophet.

Festivals In FEBRUARY

Delhi Horse Show

Celebrated in Delhi, Delhi NCR

India’s largest Equestrian Event, ‘The Anand Delhi Horse Show’ is the country’s premier equestrian event and forms the backbone of the equestrian tradition in India.

Vasantahabba

Celebrated in Bangalore, Karnataka

Vasantahabba is India’s Woodstock. It's all about peace, love and music, and just for one night, all is well with the world.

Elephanta Festival

Celebrated on Elephanta Island, Mumbai, Maharashtra

The main highlights of this Mumbai festival are the illuminated Shiva-idol in the main cave of the island. Folk dances by the local fisher folk and ethnic local cuisine are also a highlight.

Kala Ghoda Festival

Celebrated in Mumbai, Maharashtra

The Kala Ghoda Arts Festival is an annual celebration of dance, music and craft. The festival has been held since 1999 in the month of February at Kala Ghoda, South Mumbai. Kala Ghoda is an area between Flora Fountain and Colaba that has been made famous for the arts by the Jehangir Art Gallery and Rhythm House (Music Store).

Rose Festival

Celebrated in Chandigarh, Chandigarh

The largest rose show in the country is held at the famous Rose Garden at Chandigarh.

International Yoga Week

Celebrated in Rishikesh, Uttarakhand

During this one week Festival, you will have the opportunity to participate in over 70 hours of Yoga classes from world-class Yoga teachers practicing multiple styles of Yoga including Kundalini Yoga, Power Vinyasa Yoga, Iyengar Yoga and Kriya Yoga.

Taj Mahotsava

Celebrated in Agra, Uttar Pradesh

A ten-day event, the Taj Mahotsav at Agra is a cultural festival starting on 18th February. Arts, crafts and culture are on display here alongside performances in Folk music, shayari (poetry) and classical dances as well as elephant and camel rides, games and a food festival.

Jhansi Festival

Celebrated in Jhansi, Uttar Pradesh

A showcase for the cultural and literary heritage of the region.

Maner Urs

Celebrated in Maner, Bihar

Goa Carnival

Celebrated in Panaji, Goa

This Carnival in Goa is a non-stop 3-day festival of color, song and music. The Goa Carnival is an integral part of the Portuguese heritage of the state. The carnival epitomizes the fun-loving culture which is the characteristic of Goa.

Surajkund Crafts Mela (February 1st - 15th)

Celebrated in Surajkund, Haryana

Surajkund Mela features handloom and handicrafts and promotes traditional Indian Handicrafts ever since its inception in 1981. Surjakund fair has grown in stature every year and is a platform for Indian artists and craftsmen to display their skilled crafts and artwork.

Sufi Sutra (February 1st - 3rd)

Celebrated in Kolkata, West Bengal

A three day festival of Sufi and traditional music.

Sammakka Saralamma Jatara

Celebrated in Warangal, Andhra Pradesh

A famous tribal festival celebrated in the Medaram Village in Warangal.

Baneshwar Festival

Celebrated in Dungarpur, Rajasthan

This is a religious festival for the Bhil community of tribals from Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat who join to offer prayers to Lord Shiva. The temple of Baneshwar Mahadev remains open from 5.00 am to 11.00 pm during the fair. The other attractions of the fair include folk dances, magic shows, animal shows and acrobatics.

Urs of Shah Abdullah

Celebrated in Ponda, Goa

The anniversary of the death of saint Urs of Shah Abdullah.

Chariot Festival

Celebrated in Hampi, Karnataka

Numaish

Celebrated in Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh

Bhopal Mahotsav

Celebrated in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh

This festival is celebrated at Gohar Mahal. Highlights of Bhopal Mahotsav are the food festival, crafts mela and cultural performances by tribal artists.

Basant

Celebrated in Patiala, Punjab

Reh Festival

Celebrated in Roing, Arunachal Pradesh

This six day event is meant for the appeasement of the deities who control the peace and prosperity of the locals.

The Mother's Birth Anniversay (February 21st)

Celebrated in Puducherry, Puducherry

The Mother’s Birth Anniversary on 21st February is where devotees queue at Sri Aurobindo Ashram early in the morning, to visit the Mother’s room and pay their homage to the Mother.

Elephant Festival (February 11th - 17th)

Celebrated in Kaziranga, Assam

This is an assembly which is aimed at increasing eco-tourism amongst human beings. The main objective of the Kaziranga Elephant Festival is to find a solution to resolve the increasing man-elephant conflict.

Joranda Mela (February 28th)

Celebrated in Dhenkanal, Odisha

Joranda Mela is a festival of the people belonging to the Alekh/Mahima Dharma religion. It is a three day fair, in which the Mahima sanyasis gather to worship Mahima Gosain's Samadhi Pitha. People who congregate here for the fair are taught how to achieve nirvana (salvation).

Chinakkathoor Pooram

Celebrated in Palakkad, Kerala

This festival is associated with the Chinakkathoor temple in Palakkad.

Parippally Gajamela

Celebrated in Kollam, Kerala

This is the grand elephant pageant which is held as part of the annual festival of Kodimoottil Sree Bhagavathi Temple, Parippalli.

Pariyanampetta Pooram

Celebrated in Palakkad, Kerala

A seven-day annual festival held at Pariyanampetta Bhagavathy temple situated at Kattukulam in Palakkad.

Kuttikkol Thampuratty Theyyam (February 23rd - 26th)

Celebrated in Kasaragod , Kerala

This annual ten-day Theyyam festival held at Kuttikkol, Thampuratty Theyyam is a grand affair showcasing an array of theyyams, where the colorful ritual dance of Kerala is recognized as one of the oldest folk art forms of India.

Roshni Fair (February 14th - 16th)

Celebrated in Ludhiana, Punjab

Roshni Fair (Fair of the Lights) is held in Jagravan, a town in the Ludhiana district of Punjab, from 14th to 16th day of Phagun month (February-March). It is held in the honor of a Muslim Pir (saint), Abdul Kader Jalani and people from all religions can participate in the fair. Circus, magic shows and swings are attractions of the fair.

Khatu Shyam Ji

Celebrated in Sikar, Rajasthan

Khatu Shyamji Temple is an important pilgrimage site in Rajasthan. Shyam is another name for ‘Krishna’. All year-round hoards of devotee stream in, but their numbers almost double during this fair. It is one of the most prominent festivals in Rajasthan.

Ramdeora Fair

Celebrated in Pokaran, Rajasthan

Ramdeora Fair is held at Ramdeora (a few kilometers from Pokhran) and is attended by a large number of tourists from different parts of India. The fair pays homage to Baba Ramdeo.

Magh Mela

Celebrated in Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh

This is a religious event held at Sangam, the holy confluence of the rivers Ganga, Yamuna and the Saraswati. Every twelfth year, the Magh Mela is converted into the Kumbha Mela, when millions of pilgrims congregate to celebrate this remarkable event. The entire state of Uttar Pradesh is full with tourists during this time.

Kunda Mela

Celebrated in Pratappur, Jharkand

To go with the cattle trade, food stuff and handicrafts are also sold by local sellers and there are programmes and other festivities as well.

Festival Of Gardens

Celebrated in Chandigarh, Chandigarh

The biggest rose show in the country, also known as 'Rose Festival' is celebrated in the last week of February. Zakir Rose garden, the venue of the Rose festival, displays huge varieties of roses. The festival includes flower shows, performances of music and dance; both classical and folk, exhibitions by local artists, photographers and craftsman.

Guru Daknar Chaan

Celebrated in Gangtok, Sikkim

Religious masked dances are performed on this occasion, welcoming the New Year as per Tibetian Calendar. This is held in monasteries of Rumtek, Pemayangtse and Phodong.

Sangat Music Festival

Celebrated in Mumbai, Maharashtra

The Sangat Music festival, organized at the Tata Theatre in Mumbai in the month of December, provides an opportunity to Indian musical diaspora to showcase their talent. Festival features performances by non-resident Indian instrumentalists and vocalists. The festival provides an opportunity to interact with the renowned musicians.

Kila Raipur Sports Festival

Held in Kila Raipur near Ludhiana, Punjab

Known as the Rural Olympics, this sports event includes cart races and rope pulling. There are many animals involved in the sports including bullocks, dogs and camels.

Shekhawati Festival

Held in Shekhawati, Rajasthan

This is a cultural festival that showcases the skill of the local craftspeople and artists of the region.

Festivals in FEBRUARY / MARCH

Basant Panchami (February 1st 2017)

Celebrated North India

Considered the first day of Spring.

Shivratri (February 25th 2017)

Celebrated Mandi, Khajuraho, Madhya Pradesh and all over India

Dedicated to Lord Shiva.

Delhi Drupad Samaroh

Celebrated in Delhi, Delhi NCR

Four Square White Water Rafting Challenge

Celebrated in Rishikesh, Uttarakhand

A week long event in Rishikesh.

Dance Festival

Celebrated in Khajuraho, Madhya Pradesh

This cultural festival highlights the richness of the various Indian classical dance styles such as Kathak, Bharathanatyam, Odissi, Kuchipudi, Manipuri and modern Indian dance, with performances from some of the best performers in the field.

Losar

Celebrated Bomdila, Tawang, and all over India regions where there are significant Buddhist populations.

Jambeshwar Festival

Celebrated in Bikaner, Rajasthan

This festival commemorates the memory of Jambeswarji, the founder of the Bishnoi sect.

Falgun Suth

Celebrated in Palitana, Gujarat

Bhavnath Fair

Celebrated in Junagadh, Gujarat

A five-day festival of Bhavnath is held at foothills of Mount Girnar in Junagadh at a temple called "Vastrapata Kshetra" during the Mahashivratri celebrations. Thousands of pilgrims from all over India converge here. Prior to the start of the Mahapuja, a huge procession led by “Naga Bavas” (ascetics with no clothes on) seated on decorated elephants and holding flags is held. Bhavai, folk songs and folk dances attract large audiences during the event.

Ramalinga Temple Chariot Festival

Celebrated in Aihole, Karnataka

Masimagam

Celebrated in Puducherry, Puducherry

This is an important day for Tamils. Idols of gods and goddess that are worshipped in Temples are carried in a procession to the sea shore. Pujas and rituals are held here and thousands of people gather to witness the auspicious event.

Dance Festival

Celebrated in Chidambaram, Tamil Nadu

This is a dance festival at the Nataraja temple at Chidambaram. It is a homage paid by all the dancers to the cosmic dancer, Lord Nataraja. It is celebrated near the thousand-pillared hall of the temple where 108 dancing poses of Lord Siva are depicted. Dancers all over India come to pay tribute by performing dances like Bharatha Natyam, Kuchipudi, Kathakali, Odissi and Kathak.

Pemyangste Festival

Celebrated in Pelling, Sikkim

During these two days religious dances are performed and pilgrims come from all over Sikkim to watch them.

Bumchu Festival

Celebrated in Tashiding, Sikkim

During this festival, the lamas of the monastery open the pot containing the Holy water to forecast weather conditions and natural calamities in the next year. A part of the holy water is also distributed amongst the gathering of devotees.

Yaosang

Celebrated in Imphal, Manipur

Every locality in urban and suburban Imphal has sporting competitions throughout the length of the Yaosang festival.

Stok Monastic Festival

Celebrated in Stok, Jammu & Kashmir

A ritual dance-mask festival that is held annually.

Annual Matho Festival

Celebrated in Matho, Jammu & Kashmir

Valiya Nercha

Celebrated in Malappuram, Kerala

This is a week long festival, celebrated at the Kondotty Mosque, situated at Kondotty in the district of Malappuram.

Purmandal Mela

Celebrated in Purmandal, Jammu & Kashmir

To commemorate the tying of bonds by Goddess Parvati and Lord Shiva, winter garments, fashion accessories and gents’ costumes are on display and sale here at this mela.

Festivals In MARCH

Elephant Festival

Celebrated in Jaipur, Rajasthan

This festival is held the day before Holi.

Holi (March 13, 2017)

Celebrated all over India (except a few pockets of South India) Celebration in Mathura / Vrindavan, Uttar Pradesh is the most famous.

This is the popular Festival of Colors where people throw colored powder at each other. 

Lathmaar Holi

Celebrated in Mathura (Barsana), Uttar Pradesh

Lathmaar and Laddu maar holi in Braj area are famous which are celebrations which must be attended. Kamalkalra has informed here the way to calculate the dates to know when these festivals are celebrated. He says that Laddu Maar Holi is on 8th day of bright half of Lunar just before Holi. It is around 8 days before Holi date. As per calculation, in 2017 Holi is on 13th March so Laddu-Maar is on 14th March. Lath-Maar Holi will be celebrated at Barsana on the next day of Laddu-Maar. i.e. on 15th March 2017. Lath-Maar at Nand Gaon (a village approximately 6-7 km from Barsana) will be celebrated on the next day of Lath-Maar at Barsana (on 16th March 2014). Kamalkalra says "Each temple in Vrindavan celebrates Holi at different days so you can enjoy the Holi in other festivals or visit other places in India as per your wish."

Jamshed e Navroz

Celebrated all over India

This is Parsi New Year.

Shigmo

Celebrated all over Goa

Shigmo is a festival of the masses and commemorates the end of winter and the beginning of the lovely spring season. There are a number of cultural and entertainment programs that keep the crowd totally mesmerized. The fifth day is the big day called ‘Rang Panchami’ where people greet each other with the traditional ‘gulal’ or the red colour. A post harvest festival, Shigmo receives participation from all sectors of the society irrespective of caste, creed and religion.

Hoysala Mahotsava

Celebrated in Belur, Halebid, Karnataka

This is a celebration of Indian culture and heritage. The splendid Hoysala temples with their sculptural extravaganza makes for the perfect venue for this cultural feast. Performing artists from classical streams from across India also participate in this one-day event.

Ugadi

Celebrated as Telugu New Year, all over Andhra Pradesh

The festoons of mangoe(torana) are tied to the doors and houses are decorated with fresh flowers. There is a special 'Chutney' called Ugadi pachadi that is made during the Ugadi festival which is kept in an earthen pot before the idol of the house. After puja is performed everyone takes the share of the chutney, and then feast together.

Yaaosan

Celebrated in Manipur, Manipur

Dhrupad Mela

Celebrated in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh

Held annually in praise of Dhrupad, one of the oldest forms of Hindustani classical music to have survived in its original form, this melodious festival of Varanasi is well attended and very popular with aficionados of Indian traditional music.

Thar Desert Festival

Celebrated in Barmer, Rajasthan

This Desert Festival started as a way to enhance the tourism potential of this lovely town.

Urs

Celebrated in Gulbarga, Karnataka

Patliputra Mahostav

Celebrated in Patna, Bihar

The Pataliputra festival is a 6-day festival held in the month of March in Patna, Bihar. It is a 6-day festival and a multi lingual drama and folk dance festival as well as a competition. Traditional Indian plays based on Indian mythology are performed regularly along with dances, song recitals and many more cultural events. There are various parades and sports activities held alongside music and dancing, thus bringing together the entire region.

Founder's Day

Celebrated in Jamshedpur, Jharkand

An occasion to recall the entrepreneurial spirit practiced by Tata group founder Jamsetji Nusserwanji Tata.

Panchkosi Yatra

Celebrated in Maheshwar, Madhya Pradesh

Rath ka Yatra

Celebrated in Vrindavan, Uttar Pradesh

These ten day long celebrations are marked by the pulling of the rath (the chariot car) by devotees from the temple to the adjoining gardens.

Teppakulam Float Festival

Celebrated in Trichy, Tamil Nadu

Arattupuzha Pooram

Celebrated in Thrissur, Kerala

This festival is the oldest and most extravagant of all the poorams celebrated in Kerala. The festival is celebrated at the famous Arattupuzha temple in Thrissur district of Kerala. The temple is dedicated to Lord Ayyappa.

Uthralikavu Pooram

Celebrated in Thrissur, Kerala

This annual festival is held at the Sree Ruthira Mahakalikavu Temple.

Chettikulangara Bharani

Celebrated in Alappuzha , Kerala

This annual festival is held at the Chettikulangara temple at Mavelikkara in Alappuzha.

Brij Fair

Celebrated in Bharatpur, Rajasthan

Lord Krishna is worshipped during this festival and Bharatpur becomes alive during this time.

Kailadevi Fair

Celebrated in Karauli, Rajasthan

During this festival local dance and folk song performances happen. Art and handicrafts can also be purchased during the fair.

The Jahan-e-Khusrau

Celebrated in Delhi, Delhi NCR

Jahan-e-Khusrau, directed and designed by Muzaffar Ali, an annual festival, was created to bring together artists from all over the country to share a platform. The festival gets its name from the Sufi poet Hazrat Amir Khusrau.

Khecheopalri Festival

Celebrated in Khecheopalri, Sikkim

During this festival, big prayers and worships are organized in the Khecheopalri Monastery at Khecheopalri Village in order to save the people of the village from avert diseases and natural calamities.

Stok Guru Tse Cue

Celebrated in Ladakh, Jammu & Kashmir

The festival comprises “masked dances” by the priests of Spituk monastery in Ladakh.

Matho Nagrang

Celebrated in Ladakh, Jammu & Kashmir

Celebrated after one week of "Stok Guru Tsechu" on the 15th day of the 1st Tibetan month Monastery - the only Saskyapa monastic establishment in Ladakh. During this festival, the two oracles of the monastery make a public appearance in their full spiritual form.

Konkan Turtle Festival

Celebrated in Velas, Maharashtra

This festival is focused on conservation of the Olive Ridley Turtles. Thousands of newly hatched turtles are released into the ocean as part of this festival.

Kavant Fair

Celebrated in Kavant, Gujarat

This festival brings together the Rathva community to celebrate the harvest. It begins three days after the festival of Holi. 

Festivals In MARCH / APRIL

Shankarlal Sangeet Sammelan

Celebrated in Delhi, Delhi NCR

This is a prestigious music festival held every year in New Delhi. It is one of the first classical vocal and instrumental music events to be organized in independent India.

Hola Mohalla

Celebrated in Anandpur Sahib, Punjab

The tenth Sikh Guru - Guru Govind Singh who had tried to gather Sikhs for military exercises and mock battles after Holi, started the festival and it is now an annual feature held at Anandpur Sahib and Kiratpur Sahib in Punjab. The festival also marks the New Year as per lunar Nanakshahi calendar of Sikhs.

Sarhool

Celebrated in Jharkand, Jharkand

This festival is full of pomp and show, where most of the Jharkhand tribal people meet with extreme joy to share happiness in various dance forms.

Jatra

Celebrated in Jharkand, Jharkand

Gangaur

Celebrated in Rajasthan, Rajasthan

Gangaur is colourful and the one of the most important festivals for the people of Rajastha. It is observed throughout the state with great fervor and devotion by women who worship Gauri, the consort of Lord Shiva during March - April. It is the celebration of spring, harvest and marital fidelity. Gana is a synonym for Lord Shiva and Gaur, which stands for Gauri or Parvati, who symbolizes Saubhagya (marital bliss). The unmarried women worship her to be blessed with a good husband, while married women do so for the welfare, health and long life of their husbands and a happy married life.

Good Friday

Celebrated all over India.

This Christian festival celebrates the day Christ was crucified. 

Easter

Celebrated all over India.

This Christian festival celebrates the resurrection of Christ.

Gudi Padwa

Celebrated all over Maharashtra.

This day is also the first day of Chaitra Navratri and Ghatasthapana, also known as Kalash Sthapana, is also done on this day.

Jagannathji Fair

Celebrated in Alwar, Rajasthan

Mahakali Festival

Celebrated in Champaner, Gujarat

This festival is held in honor of the great goddess Mahakali.

Vairamundi Festival

Celebrated in Mysore / Melkote, Karnataka

More than one lakh (one hundred throusand) devotees congregate here for the festival. Melkote is also famous for its handlooms.

Panguni Uthiram Festival

Celebrated in Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu

This is the Jayanti (Day of Incarnation) of Lord Ayyappan. It is also an important festival day for Lord Subramanya (Muruga), as it is on this day that Sri Deivanai married Lord Subramanya. On this day Goddess Mahalakshmi incarnated on earth from the ocean of milk (after the ocean was churned by the Gods and the demons) and hence it is celebrated as Mahalakshmi Jayanti. On this day Goddess Parvati, in the form of Gowri, married Lord Siva in Kanchipuram and hence this day is also celebrated as the Gowri Kalyanam day.

Ashokashtami

Celebrated in Bhubaneshwar, Odisha

Thousands of devotees pulled the Rukuna Rath of lord Lingaraj from the Lingaraj Temple to Mausima Temple. The Mangal arati begins early in the morning followed by Sahana Mela and Mahasnana later in the day.

Chandanakuda

Celebrated in Trivandrum, Kerala

Beema palli is a shrine dedicated to the hallowed memory of Beema Beevi, a pious and devoted Muslim lady gifted with divine powers.

Bharani Festival

Celebrated in Kodungallur, Kerala

Traditionally, this temple (especially during the Bharani festival) has been associated with animal sacrifices. The blood of the sacrificed animal is used to spilled over two stones in the prakaram (closed precincts of the temple), but these customs have been abolished in the 20th century. William Logan, a social historian of Kerala, noted in 1887 that Kodungallur Bharani could have been the most important celebration in Kerala (with the exception of Onam, the national festival of Kerala).

Ojiyale Festival

Celebrated in the Tirap District, Arunachal Pradesh

This festival is celebrated right after the sowing of millet when famers pray to Animist deities, Rang and Baurang, to protect their crop against the ravages of nature and to gift them a good harvest. The tribe’s chief, called Wangham or Wansa, and the main priest lead all the rituals and prayer during Ojiyale.

Summer Festival

Celebrated in Puducherry, Puducherry

The department of Art & Culture and Government of Puducherry organizes Indian Classical music and dances in various places in Puducherry.

Chaitraul Festival

Celebrated in Sirmaur, Himachal Pradesh

Chaitraul is a well-known festival of pictures in the Sirmour area in Himachal Pradesh. Food is distributed to the poor people. Houses are painted and decorated with figures of male animals and crops on this day. On this day the family deities are taken to the fields and offerings are made to the deity there.

Festivals in APRIL

Ramnavmi

Celebrated all over India

A Hindu festival, celebrating the birth of Lord Rama who is the 7th incarnation of the Lord Vishnu.

Chaitra Praba

Celebrated in Baripada, all over Odisha

This festival is for the bona fide fishermen community of Odisha who are popularly known as "Keuta" ('Kaivarta').

Mewar Festival

Celebrated in Udaipur, Rajasthan

Celebrated to welcome the spring season.

All Saints Procession

Celebrated in Velha, Goa

Every year thousands of people flock from different parts of Goa and the world to the village of Goa-Velha to take part in the ‘world famous penitential procession of Saints’. The procession is lead by the ‘Tau’ and the crossed arms symbol of the Franciscan order is followed by other images. The procession ends with the ‘Veil of Veronica’ that is carried by the priest in his hands and covered by a canopy and guarded by the confraria members.

Chitrai

Celebrated in Madurai and all over Tamil Nadu

This festival re-enacts the wedding of Lord Sundareswarar (Lord Shiva) and Goddess Meenakshi (Lord Vishnu's sister).

Vishu

Celebrated all over Kerala

This is Malayali New Year.

Aoeling Monyu Festival

Celebrated in Mon, Nagaland

This celebrates the arrival of spring.

Baishaki (April 13th)

Celebrated Punjab, Haryana and North India

This Harvest festival is where the farmers harvest the rabi crops and offer gratitude to the gods for bountiful harvest and pray for the same next year as well.

Poila Baisakh (April 14th)

Celebrated all over West Bengal

This is Bengali New Year.

Bihu (April 14th)

Celebrated all over Assam

This is Assamese New Year.

Feast of Our Lady of Miracles

Celebrated in Mapusa, Goa

This Goan festival reflects the existing respect amongst the varied faiths, which are prevalent in this small state in India.

Karaga

Celebrated in Bangalore, Karnataka

One of the oldest community festivals in the city, kicks off from the Dharmarayaswamy temple in Thigalarapet towards midnight.

Sui

Celebrated in Chamba, Himachal Pradesh

In memory of princess Sui, who is known to have sacrificed her life for the cause of her people, the people of Chamba.

Chaitra Purnima

Celebrated in Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu

Sanken Festival

Celebrated in the Lohit District, Arunachal Pradesh

This is an occasion to bathe the images of Lord Buddha ceremoniously.

Choekhor

Celebrated by the Monpa Tribe (Tawang), Arunachal Pradesh

This festival is organized in the villages by the entire village community with the aim of offering supernatural protection to the crops sown, for good harvest and to drive away evil spirits.

Chandan Yatra

Celebrated in Puri, Odisha

This is the longest festival observed at Jagannath temple. Chandan Yatra meaning Sandalwood Voyage in Sanskrit, which continues for 42 days and is observed in two parts: Bahara Chandana and Bhitara Chandana

Attuvela Mahotsavam

Celebrated in Kottayam, Kerala

This annual water carnival is held at the Elankavu Bhagavathy Temple, Vadayar in Kottayam.

Jageshwar Fair

Celebrated in Jageshwar, Uttarakhand

This is a single fair for a cluster of almost two hundered temples.

Thal Fair

Celebrated in Thal, Uttarakhand

This festival attracts a large number of Shaukas. However with the closure of the Indo - Tibet trade this fair has lost its former importance.

Sankat Mochan Music Festival

Celebrated in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh

Sankat Mochan Music Festival is celebrated at Sankat Mochan Temple in Varanasi. It celebrates the birth of Hanuman. On the occasion of Sankat Mochan Sangeet Samaroh, classical music performances are held by the Indian Maestros.

Mahu Nag Fair

Celebrated in Mandi, Himachal Pradesh

People visiting the Mahu Nag Fair also visit nearby temples in the area.

Food & Craft Mela

Celebrated in Mansar, Jammu & Kashmir

Stretching for three days in April, Mansar Food and Craft Mela is celebrated at the Mansar Lake, 60 kms from Jammu.

Festivals in APRIL / MAY

Mahavira Jayanti

Celebrated Gujarat, Rajasthan and all over India

This festival celebrates Bhagwan Mahavir's birthday, the founder of Jainism.

Weiking Dance

Celebrated in Shillong, Meghalaya

This is a thanksgiving dance.

Lai Haraoba

Celebrated in Imphal, Moirang, Assam

Associated with Meiteis, this is celebrated to please traditional deities.

Thrissur Pooram

Celebrated in Thrissur, Kerala

A two century old temple festival of spectacular processions of caparisoned elephants and enthralling percussion performances.

Nageshwara Temple Festival

Celebrated in Kumbakonam, Tamil Nadu

Deccan Festival

Celebrated in Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh

This Hyderabad Festival highlights the Deccan region's culture, arts, crafts and their famous cuisines.

Pyditthallamma Utsavam

Celebrated in Vijayanagram, Andhra Pradesh

This festival provides secular entertainment in the form of shops, rides and cultural events, and it also has religious religious, as its history suggests.

International Paragliding Festival

Celebrated in Vagamon, Kerala

This festival in Kerala made an entrance in the year 2006 and attracts pilots from different parts of the world.

Festivals In MAY

Himachal Hang Gliding Rally

Celebrated in Kangra, Himachal Pradesh

This is an international contest conducted every May at Billing.

Buddha Jayanti

Celebrated in Bodh Gaya, Bihar

This celebrates the birthday of Lord Buddha in the place where he attained Enlightment.

International Flower Festival

Celebrated in Gangtok, Sikkim

The festival is dominated by exotic Rhododendrons ranging from the gigantic to 2 inches in length. Whilst the flowers are the highlight, the show remains incomplete without displays of stunning varieties of bamboo.

Saga Dawa

Celebrated in Gangtok, Sikkim

This is a threefold festival that celebrates the birth, death and nirvana of Lord Buddha and is also considered the holiest day for Mahayana Buddhist. On this day people visit the monastery and light butter lamps with faith and belief.

Sipi Fair

Celebrated in Mashorba (Shimla), Himachal Pradesh

This celebration pays respect to God Sip.

Dhungri Mela

Celebrated in Manali, Himachal Pradesh

This annnual festival is  held at Devi Hadimba temple to celebrate Hadimba's birthday.

Shevaroyan Temple Festival

Celebrated in Yercaud, Tamil Nadu

The native tribals come in hundreds to celebrate their annual festival in the premises of this temple.

Summer Festival

Celebrated in Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu

This festival attracts myriads of tourists to take part in sports and adventure activities. In this festival, people can see and take part in various sport programs and cultural activities such as boat race competitions, flowers exhibition, fruit shows and various other shows. Cultural programs are also a part of this summer festival.

Flower Show

Celebrated in Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu

Gurudwara Fatehgarh Sahib Jor Mela (May 14th)

Celebrated in Fatehgarh Sahib, Punjab

The day when the two innocent sons of Guru Govind Singh were illegitimately taken by Wazir Khan and killed for refusing to embrace Islam.

Chithairai Dance Festival

Celebrated in Chennai and Madurai, Tamil Nadu

Brahmothsavam or Chitthirai festival is the chief festival celebrated in all temples for 10 days. Every day 'urchavar' or the processional deity is carried in procession on different chariots. The Meenakshi Temple at Madurai and the Kapaleeswarar temple, Chennai, are renowned for this festival.

Festivals in MAY / JUNE

Summer Theatre Festival

Celebrated in Delhi, Delhi NCR

Summer Festival

Celebrated in Shimla, Himachal Pradesh

This famous festival is a riot of colors and festivity and is celebrated on a grand scale. The Summer Festival in Shimla is a beautiful amalgamation of various talented people of India who make it an event that is remembered for a long time to come.

Brahmotsava

Celebrated in Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu

This festival is celebrated for a period of 14 days.

Villianur Temple Car Festival

Celebrated in Puducherry, Puducherry

A 15 metre high, beautifully decorated temple chariot is taken out in a procession during this car festival, which is then pulled by thousands of devotees.

Summer Festival

Celebrated in Yercaud, Tamil Nadu

A yearly festivity celebrating the powers of Lord Servaroyan.

Ooty Flower Show

Held in Ooty, Tamil Nadu

A festival held at the Botanical Gardens in the Queen of the Hills to celebrate the beautiful flora and build awareness of horticulture in the region.

Mt Abu Summer Festival

Held in Mt Abu, Rajasthan

Held on Budh Poornima each year this festival includes a ceremonial procession, a skater's show and even a tug of war competition.

Festivals in JUNE

Hemis Festival

Celebrated in Hemis, Jammu & Kashmir

This is dedicated to Lord Padmasambhava (Guru Rimpoche) venerated as the Dance Performance at Hemis Monastery which is representative of the reincarnation of Buddha.

Mrigasira

Celebrated in Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh

This includes the swallowing of small live freshwater fish called maral which is believed to bring great relief to asthma patients.

Sindhu Darshan (June 23-26th 2016)

Celebrated in Leh, Jammu & Kashmir

The main reason behind the celebration of Sindhu Darshan Festival is to endorse the Indus River (Sindhu River) as an icon of the communal harmony and unity of India. The festival is also a symbolic salutation to the courageous soldiers of the country, who endanger their life to save ours.

Summer Festival

Celebrated in Mount Abu, Rajasthan

The festival celebrates the warmth and cheerfulness of the people of this hill station, who welcome tourists from the depth of their hearts.

Ambubachi

Celebrated in Guwahati, Assam

As per mythology, Ambubachi is when the presiding deity Goddess Kamakhya is believed to have her menstrual period over these three days.

Summer Festival

Celebrated in Dharamshala / Dalhousie, Himachal Pradesh

A variety of programmes and a splendid setting make Summer Festival a memorable event.

Guru Rimpoche's Trungkar Tshechu

Celebrated in Gangtok, Sikkim

This festival is celebrated in homage to Guru Rimpoche. Guru Rimpoche established Buddhism in Sikkim and introduced a form of Tantric Buddhism to the Himalayas after vanquishing ‘demons’ obstructing the growth of Buddhism in Tibet. The day commemorates his victory over these demons.

Yuru Kabgyat

Celebrated in Ladakh, Jammu & Kashmir

A two-day festival held at Lamayuru, 127 kms from Leh. Buddhists from all over the country come for this festival. A key feature of this festival are the Mask dances.

Chettinad Food Festival

Celebrated in Chettinad, Tamil Nadu

Famous for the use of a variety of spices, Chettinad dishes are hot and pungent and mainly Non-vegetarian. Chettinad cuisine is a diverse range of cuisine from the rest of Tamil Nadu and neighboring Kerala. The meal consists of fish, prawn, lobster, crab, chicken and lamb. Chettinad dishes are eaten with rice and rice based accompaniments such as Dosais, Appams, Idiyappams, Adais and Idlis.

Festivals In JUNE / JULY

Ratha Yatra (July 6th 2016)

Celebrated in Puri, Odisha

Three richly decorated chariots, resembling temple structures called Badadanda, are pulled through the streets of Puri. This commemorates the annual journey of Lord Jagannath, Lord Balabhadra, and their sister Subhadra to their aunt's temple, the Gundicha Temple which is situated at a distance of 2 km from their temple.

Pola

Celebrated all over Maharashtra

This is a bull worshipping festival celebrated by farmers mainly in the Indian state of Maharashtra, particularly in the Vidarbha region.

Rath Yatra

Celebrated in Ranchi, Jharkand

Rath Yatra similar to that celebrated in Puri, attracts thousands of tribal and non tribal devotees not only from Ranchi but also from neighbouring villages and towns, and is celebrated with much pomp and vigor.

Ramalinga

Celebrated in Rameshwaram, Tamil Nadu

Annual Temple Festival

Celebrated in Tirunelveli, Tamil Nadu

Festivals In JULY

International Mango Festival

Celebrated in Delhi, Delhi NCR

This is a brilliant opportunity to taste the eleven hundred varieties of mangoes for free and relish the everlasting delicious experience.

Harela Mela (July 16th - 21st)

Celebrated in Uttarakhand, Uttarakhand

A festival to mark the advent of the rainy season.

Van Mahotsav

Celebrated all over India

This is an annual tree planting festival in India.

Urs

Celebrated in Nizamuddin Complex, Delhi NCR

Haryali Teej

Celebrated in Vrindavan, Uttar Pradesh

A festival for the rainy season when the Idol of Lord Bankey Bihari together with Gopis are placed on a special swing of gold and silver.

Bastille Day (July 14th)

Celebrated in Puducherry, Puducherry

This French festival in India commemorates the storming of the Bastille, which took place in Paris on 14 July 1789.

Shachukul Gustor

Celebrated in Ladakh, Jammu & Kashmir

Shachukul monastery is located at an altitude of 14,000 feet. The Shachukul Gustor is centered around this monastery. The festival is marked by dance performances that depict the victory of good over evil.

Phyang Tsedup

Celebrated in Ladakh, Jammu & Kashmir

During the festival men throng to the Monastery dressed in colorful costumes wearing a smile on their faces. Dance drama forms the core ceremony of the Phyang Tsedup festival, as well as the worship of the Thankha of Jigten Gombo. The Buddhist Lamas also dress up in colorful costumes and play the various characters in the dance drama.

Festivals in July / August

Kanwar Mela (July 20-August 18, 2016)

Celebrated in Haridwar, Uttarakhand, Deoghar, Jharkhand

Thousands of devotees from all over North India come to the spiritual city of Haridwar to collect the holy water from Ganga and offer it to Lord Shiva.

Janmashtami (August 25, 2016)

Celebrated all over India but particularly in Mathura and Vrindavan, Uttar Pradesh

This festival celebrates the birth of Lord Krishna. On the occasion of Janmashtami, a large number of pilgrims from all over the country come to visit this Shri Krishna Janmabhoomi Temple, Mathura. Mathura and Vrindavan are in festive moods during Janmashtami.

Minjar

Celebrated in Chamba, Himachal Pradesh

This festival marks the triumph of the Raja of Chamba over the ruler of Trigarta (now called as Kangra), in 935 AD and also celebrates the paddy and maize crops grown at this time of the year.

Teej

Celebrated in Rajasthan, Rajasthan

Women undertake 24 hour nirjala fasting (without water or fruit) for the wellness of their spouse and their married life whilst the unmarried women pray to find a nice husband.

Adi Perukku

Celebrated all over Tamil Nadu

This is essentially a thanksgiving to monsoon which fills the rivers – the lifeline of farmers.

Bastar Dussehra (July 28th - October 11th 2016)

Celebrated in Bastar, Chhattisgarh

A 75 day festival. Bastar Dussehra involves the participation of diverse tribes and castes. The festival includes rituals of extraordinary rigor like a girl swinging on a bed of thorns; a youth (jogi) sitting in vigil and being buried shoulder-deep for nine days.

Ashadhi Bij

Celebrated in Bhuj, Gujarat

This is New Year Day for Kutchh and Kutchhis.

Shravan Mela (July 20-August 18, 2016)

Celebrated in Deoghar, Jharkand

The main ritual during this mela is the pilgrimage undertaken by scores of Lord Shiva devotees from Sultanganj to Baba Baidyanath temple.

Karsha Monastery Festival

Celebrated in Zanskar, Jammu & Kashmir

Drukpa Tsheshi

Celebrated in Gangtok, Sikkim

This festival is observed by Buddhists to mark the event when Buddha first turned the Wheel of Dharma (his first sermon to five disciples at Sarnath). This festival celebrates Buddha's first preaching of the four Noble Truths to his first five disciples in a deer park at Sarnath.

Pori Festival

Celebrated in the Lahaul Valley, Himachal Pradesh

Locals worship Lord Trilokinath during this festival. The statue of the Lord is bathed in milk and yogurt. Devotees gather at the temple in the morning and go around the temple beating drums, blowing conch shells and bugles. A huge procession is then carried out on a horseback.

Ramadan

Observed by Islamic communities across India

This is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar where a month of fasting is observed. It is considered to be one of the five pillars of Islam.

Eid-Al-Fitr

Celebrated by Islamic communities across India. Some good places to celebrate Eid-Al-Fitr include Delhi, Hyderabad and Lucknow.

This festival celebrates the breaking of the fast of Ramadan. People pray, give gifts and feast on delicacies.

Guru Poornima

Celebrated by Hindus and Buddhists across India.

This festival is a spiritual day that celebrates the wise saint Vyasa and is considered by farmers to be the beginning of the monsoon season. It is also the day that Buddhists celebrate celebrate when Buddha have his first sermon at Sarnath in Uttar Pradesh.

Festivals in AUGUST

Raksha Bandhan (August 18th 2016)

Celebrated all over India

The bond of protection or Rakhi is a Hindu festival primarily observed in India, Mauritius and Nepal, which celebrates the relationship between brothers, cousins and sisters.

Bangalore Flower Show

Celebrated in Bangalore, Karnataka

This flower show showcases several varieties of potted plants and cut flowers, but the main attraction are the flora replicas, Ikebana, Jannur, Indian Floral Art, Bonsai, Thai Art, and vegetable carvings.

Nehru Trophy Boat Race (August 13, 2016)

Celebrated in Alappuzha, Kerala

On the day of this fiercely fought boat race, the tranquil lake front is transformed into a sea of humanity with an estimated two lakh (two hundred thousand) people, including tourists from abroad, who come to watch it.

Narali Poornima (August 18th, 2016)

Celebrated all over Maharashtra

Celebrated by the fishing community of Maharashtra, this festival marks the end of monsoon and the beginning of fishing season in Maharashtra.

Independence Day (August 15th)

Celebrated all over India

Flower Show

Celebrated in Lalbagh, Karnataka

Feast of St. Philomina

Celebrated in Mysore, Karnataka

Chariot Festival

Celebrated in Udipi, Karnataka

Rasa Festival

Celebrated in Bishnupur, West Bengal

In the days of the Mallas all the idols worshipped in Bishnupur temples were exhibited here during the annual Rasa festival.

Enchey Monastery Festival

Celebrated in Gangtok, Sikkim

Urs at Rauza Sharif

Celebrated in Sirhind, Punjab

This three day annual Rouza Sharif Urs starts at the tomb of Sufi saint Sheikh Ahmad Farooqui in Sirhind, considered one of the holiest places in Islam, second after Makka.

Ladarcha Festival

Celebrated in Spiti, Himachal Pradesh

Exhibits a confluence of culture between traders of Spiti, Ladakh and Kinnaur and the Indian plains.

Jammu Festival

Celebrated in Jammu, Jammu & Kashmir

is a cultural show that showcases all the different aspects of Jammu and Kashmir's history and culture.

Golden Chariot Festival

Celebrated in Tuticorin, Tamil Nadu

Birth Anniversary Of Sri Aurobindo (August 15th)

Celebrated in Puducherry, Puducherry

French Food Festival

Celebrated in Puducherry, Puducherry

Famous chefs, cooks, recipe writers, food experts and even amateurs cook and bring dishes made by them. One can have both non vegetarian and vegetarian dishes here as well.

Ramdeora Fair

Celebrated in Pokaran, Rajasthan

This annual Fair is held in memory of Baba Ramdev near the temple of Ramdev Ji, where his Samadhi also exists.

Gogamedi Fair

Celebrated in Goga Veer, Rajasthan

In memory of Gogaji (a Chauhan Rajput from Dadrewa Village in Churu District), thousands of devotees gather to pay homage at this memorial annually in the month of Bhadrapada during the Gogaji fair.

Rani Sati Mela

Celebrated in Jhunjhunu , Rajasthan

This fair takes its name from Rani Sati, the first of the series of thirteen Satis of the Jalan family, who immolated herself on Magh Krishna Navami day.

Fete De Puducherry (August 15th)

Celebrated in Puducherry, Puducherry

This is a cultural pageant, coinciding with Liberation Day and Independence Day.

Tendong Lho-Rum-Faat

Celebrated in Tendong Hill, Sikkim

An important Lepcha festival to mark the celebration of Tendong Hill. According to legend, the hill rose like a horn during a flood and saved many people. The ceremonies of the festival are held at Mount Tendong.

Pang Labhsol

Celebrated all over Sikkim

This festival worships Khangchendzonga for its unifying powers. This festival also marks the signing of the treaty of blood brotherhood between the local tribes Lepchas and Bhutias.

Korzok Gustor Festival

Celebrated in Ladakh, Jammu & Kashmir

The Korzok Gustor (Tsomoriri Lake) is an ancient Buddhist festival. Held in the Korzok Monastery and known for its Black Hat Dance, a masked Dance performed to ward off evil forces from nature.

Festivals in AUGUST / SEPTEMBER

Manimahesh Yatra

Celebrated in Bharmour, Himachal Pradesh

This is a pilgrimage, which starts from Lakshminarayan Temple in Chamba and ends at the Manimahesh Lake in Bundhil valley.

Tarnetar Fair

Celebrated in Tarnetar, Gujarat

This fair is a celebration of ethnic Gujarat’s folk-dance, music, costumes and the arts, centered around young tribal men and women seeking marriage partners.

Naga Panchami

Celebrated all over India

This festival is celebrated in the honor of snakes.

Punn (Kashmiri for thread)

Celebrated by Kashmiri Pandits. Held around Ganesh Chaturthi, called Vinayak Chorum by Kashmiris, deep-fried wheat bread, called roth, is made and distributed among relatives, neighbours and friends.

Ganesh Chaturthi (September 5, 2016)

Celebrated Maharashtra and all over India

A large number of Lord Ganesha idols are made of clay or metal in all possible sizes, sometimes even up to twenty feet, and are installed within homes and communities. Community gatherings are organized around the idol and everyone celebrates with a sense of devotion to Lord Ganesha and there is a festive community spirit. At the end of the 5th, 7th or 10th day of the festival, the idols are decorated in a ceremonious procession filled with dance, color, lights and music and these idols are taken to the nearest beach, riverfront or lake and immersed.

Onam

Celebrated all over Kerala

The festival commemorates the Vamana avatar of Vishnu and the subsequent homecoming of the legendary Emperor Mahabali. It is the state festival of Kerala.

Khordad Sal

Celebrated all over India

This celebrates the birth anniversary of Prophet Zoroaster.

Kailash Fair

Celebrated in Agra, Uttar Pradesh

Kailash Fair is celebrated to commemorate the appearance of Lord Shiva in the form of a stone lingam.

Avanimoolam

Celebrated in Madurai, Tamil Nadu

This festival in Madurai is celebrated to mark the coronation of Lord Sundareswarar, the titular deity of the city. During the festival, the people of Madurai perform a play, which is popularly called 'Lila'.

Onam Boat Regatta

Celebrated in Arunmula, Kerala

The oldest river boat fiesta in Kerala, the south western State of India, this festival is held during Onam.

Kamdasakadavu Boat Races

Celebrated in Thrissur, Kerala

These races are held for the rolling Chief Minister's trophy.

Sodal Mela

Celebrated in Jalandhar, Punjab

This fair is held to pay tribute to the great soul of the Bab Sodal.

Velankanni Festival

Celebrated in Velankanni , Tamil Nadu

The celebration of this feast is an annual festival which lasts for 9 days and draws more than a million and a half pilgrims.

Nandadevi Fair

Celebrated all over Uttar Pradesh

Celebrated in honor of the goddess by the same name who is a representation of the goddess Parvati.

The Monsoon Festival

Held in Delhi, Delhi NCR

This festival celebrates the monsoon with music, walks, food and design.

Festivals in SEPTEMBER

Ladakh Festival (September 1st - 5th)

Celebrated in Leh and Kargil, Jammu & Kashmir

The main aim of this festival is to revitalize and bestow the spectacle of Ladakh's deep-rooted culture, traditions and heritage for the world to admire and enjoy.

Feast of St. Xaviers (September 3rd)

Celebrated in Old Goa, Goa

Bandra Fair

Celebrated in Bandra in Mumbai, Maharashtra

The Bandra Fair is estimated to be around 300 years old. The fair started when a statue of Mother Mary was found floating in the Arabian Sea between 1700 and 1760, which, according to legend, a Koli fisherman had dreamt about a few years earlier.

Keil Poldu

Celebrated in Kodagu, Karnataka

The weapons from the martial race that produced two great Indian soldiers- Cariyappa and Thimmaiah - is worshipped.

Asar Mahal Urs Festival

Celebrated in Bijapur, Karnataka

Shey Stubla (September 1st Week)

Celebrated in Shey, Jammu & Kashmir

Pune Festival

Celebrated in Pune, Maharashtra

The main attractions of Pune Festival are local language plays, local dance recitals, a painting competition and art Exhibition. There are also feature shows that attract locals in large numbers. Pune Festival is an excellent reason for guests from other metros and mini-metros to travel and experience the cultural side of Pune.

Puri Beach Festival

Celebrated in Puri, Odisha

This festival offers a kaleidoscopic view of Odisha's cultural heritage and modern lifestyle.

Payippad Boat Race

Celebrated in Alappuzha, Kerala

The boat race commemorates the legend associated with the installation of the idol at the Subrahmanya Swamy Temple, Haripad.

Chappar Mela

Celebrated in Chappar, Punjab

People mainly worship snake embodiment of Guga in this fair.

Udupi Festival

Celebrated in Udupi, Karnataka

Festivals in SEPTEMBER / OCTOBER

Navratri (October 1, 2016 to October 10, 2016)

Celebrated across India but it is the best in Gujarat.

The Goddess Durga is worshipped over 9 nights. In Gujarat it is celebrated with music and dance (garbas and dandiya raas) which much fervor and color.

Dusshera (October 11, 2016)

Celebrated in Kullu, Mysore, West Bengal Odisha, Gujarat and all over India.

From day 6 onwards Durga Puja is celebrated with grand fanfare in West Bengal, Odisha and many other places all over India that have a huge Bengali population.

Bathukamma

Celebrated in Warangal, Telengana region of Andhra Pradesh

Bathukamma is a beautiful flower stack, arranged with seasonal flowers, in seven concentric layers, of potter’s clay like a cone.

Brahmotsavam

Celebrated in Tirumala, Andhra Pradesh

The annual festival at Tirumala Lord Venkateswara Temple is celebrated for nine days in the months of September and October.

Jatar Fair

Celebrated in Patan, Gujarat

Ramlila

Celebrated in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh

This is a dramatic folk re-enactment of the life of Lord Ram, ending in ten-day battle between Lord Ram and Ravan, as described in the Hindu religious epic, the Ramayana.

Kalahasti Temple Festival

Celebrated in Srikalahasti, Andhra Pradesh

This festival is held for a period of 13 days. During the Kalahasti Temple Festival, Lord Shiva is worshipped as Kalahasteeswara.

Urs at Erawadi Dargah

Celebrated in Ramnathapuram, Tamil Nadu

To commemorate the anniversary of Hazrat Sulthan Syed Ibrahim Shaheed Badhusha nayagam whose grave is in Ervadi.

Rajasthan International Folk Festival

Held in Jodphur, Rajasthan

This is a music festival that includes concerts and events all held around the beautiful Mehrangarh Fort. Traditionally this is held during Sharad Purnima, the brightest full moon of the year.

Pitru Paksha

Celebrated across India.

A 16 day festival where Hindus celebrate their ancestors.

Eid-Al-Adha

Celebrated by Islamic communities across India.

This is the feast of the sacrifice, where people pray and also sacrifice an animal in memory of Abraham who was willing to sacrifice his own son.

Festivals in OCTOBER

Gandhi Jayanti (October 2nd)

Celebrated in all over India

This national holiday in India celebrates Mahatma Gandhi's birthday.

Urs

Celebrated in Ajmer, Rajasthan

This day commemorates the anniversary of the death of the Sufi Saint Moinuddin Chishti, (founder of the Chishtiya Sufi order in India). It is held over six days and features night-long dhikr/zikr qawwali singing.

Jaswant Mela

Celebrated in Bharatpur, Rajasthan

In the Bharatpur region, Dussehra is celebrated in the form of the Jaswant mela, which can be visited by those who don't have an aversion for crowds.

Marwar Festival

Celebrated in Jodhpur, Rajasthan

This festival is held every year in memory of the heroes of Rajasthan. Other attractions of the festival include horse riding and horse polo. Various other competitions are also held during the festival as well.

Meera Utsav

Celebrated in Chittorgarh, Rajasthan

Fama de Menino Jesus

Celebrated in Colva, Goa

This festival celebrates the 'miraculous' favor granted by the Menino Jesus which resides within the Church of Our Lady of Mercy in Colva.

Haridwar Festival

Celebrated in Haridwar, Uttarakhand

Phoolwalon ki Sair

Celebrated in Mehrauli Archaeological Park, Delhi

Meaning "procession of the florists" is an annual celebration by the flowers sellers of Delhi. It is a three-day festival.

Urs at Akbar's Tomb

Celebrated in Sikandara, Uttar Pradesh

Rajaraja Chola's Birth Anniversary

Celebrated in Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu

The birth anniversary of King Raja Raja Chola is celebrated as 'Sadhaya Vizha' at Tanjore Brahadeeswarar Temple every year during his birth star Sadayam which falls in the Tamil month of Iyppasi (October).

Soorya Dance Festival

Celebrated in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala

This dance festival is held for ten days every year in Thiruvananthapuram.

St. Theresa's Feast

Celebrated in Mahe, Puducherry

The Shrine of St. Theresa of Avila on the Kozhikode- Kannur Road is one of the oldest shrines in India and probably the oldest in Malabar. Large numbers of devotees will flow into the region during the main feast days.

Rayalaseema Food & Dance Festival

Celebrated in Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh

This festival is held to bring to light the cuisine and culture of the Rayalseema region of the state.

Tea & Tourism Festival

Celebrated in Ooty, Tamil Nadu

Tea lovers from all over the world converge upon this famous hill station of South India.

Cape Festival

Celebrated in Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu

This annual festival is held for three days and is celebrated with great enthusiasm

Dehati Mela

Celebrated in Kaithal, Haryana

This fair is quite popular among the locals. The highlight of the festival comprise folk dances, music performances and fireworks.

Jatra

Held in Indore, Madhya Pradesh

This 3-day Marathi food festival (generally organized on Friday, Saturday and Sunday) includes thumka of Lavani by famous Lavani dancers. Thousands of people visit Jatra and taste the typical Marathi cuisine. The festival is very popular among the locals. The highlight of the festival is Lavani performances by famous Lavani dancers on all the three evenings.

Dasain

Celebrated all over Sikkim

This is the prominent festival of Hindu Nepalese in Sikkim. This festival signifies the victory of good over evil. The elders of the family bless the young with Tika and Gratuities.

GoMAD Festival

Held in Ooty, Tamil Nadu

This is a 3 day music, arts and dance festival that is designed to be a celebration of the arts.

Mumbai Film Festival

Held in Mumbai, Maharashtra

This film festival in India has both local and international feature productions.

Rajgir Dance Festival

Celebrated in Rajgir, Bihar

This large dance and music festival is held in the town of Rajgir in Bihar, also famous for its Buddhist pagodas and proximity to the ancient university of Nalanda.

Festivals in OCTOBER / NOVEMBER

Diwali (Festival of Light) (October 30, 2017)

Celebrated all over India

This is the largest festival in India celebrating the victory of good over evil.

Kali Puja

Celebrated in Kolkata, West Bengal.

This festival is celebrated at midnight on Diwali and is one of the largest celebrations in Kolkata.

Bandi Chhor Divas

Celebrated in Amritsar, Punjab

This Sikh festival celebrates the release of the sixth guru from prison and is associated with freedom and liberation.

Puskhar Fair

Celebrated in Pushkar, Rajasthan

This is the annual five-day camel and livestock fair, held in the town of Pushkar in the state of Rajasthan, India. It is one of the world's largest camel fairs, and apart from buying and selling of livestock it has become an important tourist attraction. Highlights of Pushkar Fair include competitions such as the "matka phod", "longest moustache", and "bridal competition" that are the main draws for this fair which attracts thousands of tourists.

Guru Parab (November 14, 2016)

Celebrated Punjab, Haryana, all over India

This Sikh festival celebrates Guru Nanak's birthday.

Thikse Festival

Celebrated in Thikse, Jammu & Kashmir

Sacred dances such as the mask dance or Cham Dance are performed as a part of this ritual. Another special feature is the trade fair held at the base of the monastery, where villagers from all over Ladakh assemble to barter and trade items and socialize.

Ganga Festival

Celebrated in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh

This festival is celebrated to promote Varanasi as the cultural capital of India and the Ganges as India’s lifeline. Ganga has always been an integral part of India and is considered as a thing of reverence by the Hindus.

Karwa Chauth (October 19, 2016)

Celebrated in North India

An annual one-day festival celebrated by Hindu women where married women fast from sunrise to moonrise for the safety and longevity of their husbands.

Kartik Mela

Celebrated in Junagadh, Gujarat

Kartik Ekadashi Fair

Celebrated in Pandharpur, Maharashtra

This marks the end of the four-month period of Chaturmas, when god Vishnu is believed to sleep. The end of Chaturmas, when marriages are prohibited, signifies the beginning of the Hindu wedding season.

Kartik Purnima (November 14, 2016)

Celebrated in Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh

Thousands of pilgrims, kalpwasis and devotees of Lord Rama have arrived in the city perform the Chaudah Kosi Parikrama of the city. The 45km long parikrama route encircles the twin townships of Ayodhya and Faizabad.

Bali Yatra

Celebrated in Cuttack, Odisha

Celebrated annually as a large open fair near the Barabati Fort area, children float toy boats made of colored paper, dried banana tree barks, and cork in the Mahanadi, ponds and water tanks to commemorate the voyage of their ancestors to Indonesia.

Qutb Festival

Celebrated in Qutb Complex, Delhi NCR

A three day long, winter festival, organized by the Delhi Tourism.

Bodh Festival

Celebrated in Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh

Monastery Festival

Celebrated in Tabo, Himachal Pradesh

Thulam

Celebrated in Mannarsala, Kerala

The Ayilyam of Thulam had no speciality or importance. It was a regular custom for the Maharaja of Travancore to visit this temple on Ayilyam day in Kanni. On one occasion, the Maharaja could not reach the temple as usual and had to postpone the visit to the Ayilyam day in Thulam. The royal palace met all the expenses for the celebrations of that Ayilyam. Several landed properties were given away to the temple free of land tax in order to make the festival more attractive, as an expression of repentance. Thus the Ayilyam of Thulam came to secure a royal splendor and official glamour without difficulty. The Ayilyam days of Kanni and Kumbham are still celebrated with befitting grandeur.

Chariot Festival

Celebrated in Palakkad, Kerala

Jhiri Mela

Celebrated in Near Jammu, Jammu & Kashmir

Jhiri Mela is organized within the month of October-November to commemorate the martyrdom of Jitu Baba at Jhiri Village which is 14 kms from Jammu.

Siddhapur Cattle Fair

Celebrated in Siddhapur, Gujarat

This is a livestock fair in which the locals and tribals from surrounding towns and villages participate. The camels and horses are decorated by their owners. The farmers bring in huge quantity of sugarcane, which are also sold along with various other local handicrafts items. The Kartikeya Temple opens for a week during this fair.

Govardhan Puja

Celebrated in Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Gujarat, Maharashtra and Bihar

This festival celebrates the day that Lord Krishna defeated Indra.

Muharram

Observed by Islamic communities across India.

Muharram is the most sacred month in the Islamic calendar and is observed by many with fasting and meditation.

Autumn Festival

Celebrated in Shillong, Meghalaya

This festival celebrates the beginning of Autumn with song, dance and food. It also has a focus on conserving the environment.

Festivals in NOVEMBER

Prithvi International Theatre Festival

Celebrated in Mumbai, Mumbai

Lavi Fair

Celebrated in Rampur, Himachal Pradesh

The largest trading event in the north Himalayas attracting traders from Kashmir, Ladakh, Yarkand, and the rest of India.

Renuka Fair

Celebrated in Nahan, Himachal Pradesh

Held in honour of Goddess Renuka, this religious fair also includes music, street markets, exhibitions, dance performances and many other activities. According to an ancient ritual, people exchange their turbans, caps and even share water with each other to spread the message of brotherhood.

Chaityagiri Vihara Festival

Celebrated in Sanchi, 46 kilometers, East of Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India

The festival of Chethiyagiri Vihara is celebrated on the last Sunday of November (this year on 15 December 2013 due to election in state on 25th November). The relics of Sariputta and Mahamogallena, Gautam Buddha's two early disciples, are displayed as a part of the rituals of the festival. These relics are brought out during the festival and the pilgrims from all over the country come to see the relics and pay their homage.

Kalidasa Festival

Celebrated in Nagpur, Maharashtra

This festival is held in memory of the great Sanskrit poet Kalidas and his fabulous work in the field of poetry.

Hampi Festival

Celebrated in Hampi, Karnataka

This is a cultural extravaganza which is been celebrated since the times of the Vijayanagar reign. The festival is celebrated with full of joy and happiness and the entire ambiance is lively and colorful. There is some doubt over whether this festival continues to be held in November, or if it is now only held in January.

Festival of Andhra Pradesh

Celebrated in Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh

This festival includes some of the greatest names in Indian music.

Ragasthan (November 16th - 18th)

Celebrated in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan

This folk music festival is held on the dunes of Jaisalmer.

Kolayat Fair

Celebrated in Bikaner, Rajasthan

Combining a huge cattle fair with a pilgrimage to the town’s holy lake, this festival is quite a spectacle as buffaloes, camels, horses and cattle are traded, and pilgrims bathe and float clay lanterns in the lake.

Huthri

Celebrated in Kodagu, Karnataka

A traditional harvest festival widely known for the variety of dances and folk songs which are performed on the day of the festival.

St. Andrews Day

Celebrated in St. Andrews Kirk, Tamil Nadu

Nishiganda Dance Festival

Celebrated in Trivandrum, Kerala

Sai Baba Birthday (November 23rd)

Celebrated in Puttaparthi, Andhra Pradesh

Tea Festival

Celebrated in Jorhat, Assam

Vautha Fair (November 10th)

Celebrated in Vautha, Gujarat

The largest animal fair held in Gujarat, which involves wholesome trading of camels, donkeys and other animals. Held on the grounds of Sangam Tirtha, it is considered very auspicious and important by many communities.

Chhat (November 6, 2016)

Celebrated in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh and all over India where there is a significant Bihari and UP population

The Chhath Puja is performed in order to thank Surya (the sun) for sustaining life on earth and to request certain wishes be granted.

Dev Diwali (November 14, 2016)

Celebrated in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh and all over India

The gods are believed to descend on earth to bathe in the Ganges on this day. The festival is also observed as Tripura Purnima Snan held on Full Moon day of Kartik month of the Hindu Calendar.

Hariharkshetra Mela (Sonepur Cattle Fair)

Held at Sonepur (around 25 kms from Patna), Bihar

The largest animal fair in Asia is held in Bihar, which involves trading of every types of animals including elephants. It is held at the confluence of River Ganges and River Gandak which starts on Full Moon day of Kartik month of the Hindu Calendar and officially continues for 15 days but stretches to a month. It's great occassion to see a lot many elephants at one place in Haathi Bazaar (Elephant Market).

Shamlaji Fair (November 6th - 10th)

Celebrated in Shamlaji, Gujarat

The Shamlaji mela is famous for the bath in the Nagdhara kund and the traditions that are centuries.

Bada Osha

Celebrated in Cuttack, Odisha

A major occasion for fasting by men.

Kalpathi Ratholsavam

Celebrated in Pallakad, Kerala

This is the annual Chariot festival of Sree Viswanatha Swamy Temple at Kalpathi.

Chandrabhaga Fair

Celebrated in Jhalawar, Rajasthan

This fair includes a huge cattle fair where livestock such as cows, horses, buffaloes, camels and bullocks are purchased from various parts of the country and brought here for re-sale.

Jauljibi Fair

Celebrated in Jauljibi, Uttarakhand

This fair is held at the confluence ofthe rivers Kali and Gori, which is a meeting place of three different cultures - the Shauka, the Nepali and the Kumaoni.

Kapalmochan Mela

Celebrated in Bilaspur, Haryana

As per the belief of the people, taking a bath in Kapal Mochan sarovars washes away sins which are even as grave as ‘Braham Hatya’.

Tihar

Celebrated all over Sikkim

A Nepalese festival, which is celebrated during the month of November. During this festival, sisters offers gifts and special meals to their brothers.

Lhabab Dhuechen

Celebrated all over Sikkim

This festival symbolizes the descent of Buddha from the heaven of the thirty-three gods after visiting his mother. It is believed that after attaining enlightenment, Lord Buddha through spiritual powers, came to know about the whereabouts of his mother and at the age of forty-one ascended to the heavens along with thousands of his followers.

Phulaich Fair

Celebrated in Kinnaur valley, Himachal Pradesh

The fair starts with animal sacrifices and then the whole village gathers on a hilltop and looks for the 'Ladra' flower. People serve rice wine and food on a mound of bricks and it is later also served to the poor.

Bundi Utsav

Celebrated in Bundi, Rajasthan

This festival includes cultural performances, dance, music and a beautiful ceremony where everyone dresses in brightly colored costumes and women light diyas and float them in the river.

Chemrey Angchok Festival

Celebrated in Ladakh, Jammu & Kashmir

This 2 day festival is held at the Chemrey Monastery about 45 kilometres from Leh. 

Festivals in NOVEMBER / DECEMBER

International Seafood Festival

Celebrated in Miramar Beach, Goa

Lucknow Mahostava

Celebrated in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh

A great event for food connoisseurs, from Thandai to Kesaria doodh, Kabab parathas and other mouth watering non-veg exotic dishes are served here. The Mahotsava offers mouth-watering delicacies at affordable prices.

Tansen Music Festival

Celebrated in Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh

This event is held in honor of the great classical musician Tansen.

Karthigai

Celebrated in Tiruvannamalai, Tamil Nadu

A huge fire lamp is lit up on the hill, visible for several kilometers around the hill.

International Trade Fair (November 14th - 21st)

Celebrated at Pragati Maidan, Delhi NCR

Kadalekaye Parishe

Celebrated in Bangalore, Karnataka

An annual groundnut fair held in Bangalore.

Ulsavam

Celebrated in Kochi, Kerala

Teesta Tea & Tourism Festival

Celebrated in Darjeeling, Sikkim

This festival is celebrated with the intention of promoting tourism and the heritage of this region.

Shilp Gram Crafts Mela

Celebrated in Udaipur, Rajasthan

This Rajasthan fair is held to promote the arts and crafts of Rajasthan.

Bateshwar Fair

Celebrated in Bateshwar, Uttar Pradesh

Although the origins of this ancient fair are religious, and of immense significance in the Hindu religious calendar, the fair is also of great commercial importance and is renowned as the 2nd largest animal fair in the country (Sonepur in Bihar being the largest).

Godachi Fair

Celebrated in Ramdurg, Karnataka

This fair is held in the honour of Shri Veerabhadra.

Mahadeshwara Mela

Celebrated in Kollegal, Karnataka

This fair is regarded as a very sacred event for the local people of Kollegal. Mahadeshwara Mela is basically celebrated by the people in honor of Lord Mahadeshwara.

Sohrai Festival

Celebrated all over Jharkhand

During these festive celebrations cattles are washed and worshipped. Other attractions of this fair are the bullfights that are organized.

Kundri Mela

Celebrated in Pratappur, Jharkand

This is one of the most popular cattle fairs in the state of Jharkand.

Nimar Utsav

Celebrated in Nimar, Madhya Pradesh

A three day event that is a comprehensive feast of music, dance, drama, boating and canoeing. It is organized by the state government of Madhya Pradesh and is celebrated on the banks of the holy river Narmada.

Festivals in DECEMBER

Madras Music

Celebrated in Chennai, Tamil Nadu

Spanning some six weeks, thousands of large and small kutcheris (Carnatic music concerts) are performed by highly competent musicians. The traditional role of the Music Season is to allow aficionados of Carnatic music to appreciate performances by renowned artists, and to allow promising young artists to display their talent and skill. Audiences and artists come from across India and from the international Indian diaspora to be part of the event.

Ellora Festival

Celebrated in Ellora, Maharashtra

A festival of dance and music held in the splendid surroundings of this world-heritage listed cave temple.

Hornbill Festival

Celebrated in Kohima, Nagaland

Takes place in the first week of December in Kohima district, at the Kisama heritage village, situated about ten kilometres from Kohima town. All the tribes of the North East congregate to celebrate their traditions. It has become quite popular and attracts crowds. You will need to book accommodation at least six months beforehand if you wish to attend.

Konark Dance Festival (December 1st - 5th)

Celebrated in Konark, Odisha

A dance festival held every year in December with the backdrop of the Sun Temple in Konark, Odisha in India. The exquisite 'Salamander' or the 'dancing hall' of this shrine is an architectural wonder. Every inch of its walls have been covered with fine artistic designs of the ancient times. Musicians playing drums, cymbals and other musical instruments adorn the sculptures in Odissi dance poses. Many celebrated dancers come from all over the country perform at this venue. Since 1989, this festival has been organized in the state jointly by Odisha Tourism and Odissi Research Centre to promote the diverse Indian dance heritage as well as the popularity of the Konark Temple and Odisha as a tourist destination.

Christmas (December 25th)

Celebrated all over India

This festival celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ.

Sunburn Festival (December 25th - 27th)

Celebrated in Goa

Offers non-stop music, party and fun on the sandy beaches of Goa

Feast of Holy Spirit

Celebrated in Panaji, Goa

Neeratu Utsavam

Celebrated in Triplicane, Tamil Nadu

Poush Mela

Celebrated in Shantiniketan, West Bengal

Tribal sports, folk songs and dances including songs by bauls, the itinerant singers, are a part of the fair and festivities. Some sort of "bhanga mela" or broken fair, continue until the end of December.

Enchey Monastery Festival

Celebrated in Gangtok, Sikkim

Assam Tea Festival

Celebrated in Guwahati, Assam

Urs

Celebrated in Nizamuddin Complex, Delhi NCR

Shaheedi Jor Mela

Celebrated in Sirhind, Punjab

Guru Gobind Singh attained martyrdom on 26 December 1705 at a very young age. This is known as Saka Sirhind. Every year on 26 December, Shaheedi Jor Mela is organised at Fatehgarh Sahib, to commemorate the supreme sacrifice at the place of his martyrdom.

Winter Festival

Celebrated in Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu

Babayya Fair

Celebrated in Penukonda, Andhra Pradesh

Lumbini Festival (December 9th)

Celebrated in Nagarjunasagara, Andhra Pradesh

This festival is held for three days in the second weekend of December and draws thousands of tourists from across the country and other parts of the world.

Perumthitta Kottamkuzhy (December 7th - 16th)

Celebrated in Tharavad , Kerala

This Theyyam festival held at Perumithitta Tharavad Kottamkuzhy is a grand affair showcasing an array of theyyams, where the colorful ritual dance of Kerala is recognized as one of the oldest folk art forms of India.

Cochin Carnival (December 25th - 31st)

Celebrated in Kochi, Kerala

Carnival of Cochin is held in Fort Cochin between the 25th and 31st December. Many competitions are held during the festival such as the beach bike race, sea swimming, beach football and beach volleyball.

Harballabh Sangeet Sammelan

Celebrated in Jalandhar, Punjab

The first Harballabh Sangeet Sammelan was organized in 1875. Since then, it continues to be one of the most widely visited concerts in India. This three-day concert attracts audience as well as artists from all over the country. Both vocalists as well as the instrumentalists perform during the Sammelan.

Rash Mela

Celebrated in Cooch Behar, West Bengal

Rash Yatra Festival is celebrated In North Bengal in the memory of Lord Krishna and Radha and the days that he spent in Vrindavan. The Rajbari or the palace of Cooch Behar is decked out during the Rash Yatra Festival.

Bishnupur Festival

Celebrated in Bankura, West Bengal

Bishnupur festival celebrates the tribal culture of the Bishnupur area. Music and vocal performances are held from Bishnupur Gharana and are generally the highlight of the festival.

Pinjore Heritage Festival

Celebrated in Pinjore, Chandigarh

The Pinjore Garden is lit up and forms the backdrop for this festival. Pinjore Gardens are one of the oldest Mughal gardens and a popular tourist spot. There are number of cultural programmes held during the festival. Visitors to the festivals can also enjoy local cuisine.

Geeta Jayanti Samaroh

Celebrated in Kurukshetra, Haryana

Kurukshetra was visited by divine personalities like Lord Krishna, Gautama Buddha and some eminent Sikh Gurus and therefore it is an important pilgrimage stopover. Pilgrims from all over gather here. A normal ritual observed is to take a bath in holy water of the sacred tanks - Sannihit Sarovar and Brahma Sarovar.

Kagyed Dance

Celebrated in Gangtok / Darjeeling, Sikkim / West Bengal

This dance is performed on the 28th and 29th day of the 10th month of the Tibetan Calendar, usually around December. This dance is performed symbolizing the destruction of the evil forces.

Losoong

Celebrated in Gangtok / Darjeeling, Sikkim / West Bengal

Losoong marks the end of the harvest season and also the end of the tenth month of the Tibetan Year. Celebrating a good harvest and praying for even better prospects for the next crop, the festival is marked by Chaam dancing's at the monasteries at Palace, Phodong and Rumtek.

Festivals In DECEMBER / JANUARY

Mamallapuram Dance Festival

Celebrated in Mamallapuram, Tamil Nadu

Mamallapuram Dance Festival is held on an open-air stage near some of the famous sculptures of this town. This is a spectacular dance festival in a beautiful surrounding that brings everlasting joy to onlookers. Renowned artists perform classical dance forms such as Bharatha Natyam, Kuchipudi, Kathakali and Odissi.

Rann Utsav

Celebrated in the Great Rann of Kutch, Gujarat

This festival is a cultural extravaganza organized at different locations within Kutch in Gujarat. The fair is like a mirror to the traditional art forms and culture of the region. This annually organized festival offers an opportunity for visitors to attend and experience folk dances, camel safaris and even musical evenings. Guests also have an opportunity to visit the bird sanctuaries in the region, watch artisans at work, shop for handicrafts and visit different monuments and places of interest.

Gotipua Dance Festival

Celebrated in Raghurajpur, Odisha

Kalakshetra Dance Festival

Celebrated in Kalakshetra, Tamil Nadu

A five-day festival on Indian classical dance forms to commemorate the birth anniversary of Kalakshetra founder Rukmini Devi.

Arudhara

Celebrated in Chidambaram, Tamil Nadu

Vaikunta Ekasadhi

Celebrated in Srirangam, Tamil Nadu

Arudhra Festival

Celebrated in Suchindram, Tamil Nadu

Mandalam

Celebrated in Sabarimalai, Kerala

Guru Gobind Singh Sahib's Birthday

Celebrated by the Sikh community in India, primarily at Patna Saheb, the bithplace of Guru Gobind Singh Sahib, and in Amritsar, Punjab

This is the birthday of the tenth Guru of the Sikh community.