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#1 May 30th, 2005, 21:10
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I noticed that in the guidebooks dates of festivals are somewhat vague. (I presume they are based on a lunar calendar?) I am going to be traveling in India Sept 6 -Oct 10 then to Katmandu where I will be volunteering for Art Refuge until mid December, after that I plan to travel in India until the beginning of March. I would like to go to as many festivals as I can. I am interested in any recommendations and exact dates for this upcoming fall/winter. I particularly interested in Durga in Nepal and Holi in Rajasthan… any others? The more exotic and earthy the better, I have no interest in Goa.
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I was in Mumbai and Pune last Sept/Oct and was able to take part in the Ganesh festival. It was a wonderful experience. It falls in early September this year, check it out if you can.

I found this website quite useful:

http://festivals.tajonline.com/

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You're lucky ! Ganesh Chaturthi falls on Sept.7 this year and the immersion day is Sept. 17. This is a great festival and can be best viewed in Mumbai or Pune.
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Originally Posted by SHIMLA .... and the immersion day is Sept. 17. This is a great festival and can be best viewed in Mumbai or Pune.
Sounds good... What is immersion day?
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Originally Posted by Jadeskirt Sounds good... What is immersion day?
Immersion day is the last day of the festival, when the clay Ganesh idols are taken in a procession to the accompaniment of dance and music, to the lake/river/sea and respectfully immersed. Its a sight to behold, particularly at Mumbai !
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May be obvious, but googling for +festival +india will lead to a massive number of hits. Picking the name of any one of those festivals you can narrow it down to sites with further pointers to other festivals. Or at least when I did a search for one particular festival some time ago.

Let us know which ones you pick!
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Good idea machadinha! I will also "do a" ( ) google.

I'm still interested in getting input from the IM community. Its very helpful and fun to get information and stories from fellow travelers.
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Dussehra in the Kullu Valley is in October, if memory serves.

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10-12 October according to this site

If you want a bit of background on Dussehra, you can do a lot worse than have a read of this article on Neoncarrot's website.
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Originally Posted by Dr Funkenstein 10-12 October according to this site
Dussehra falls on October 12 this year. Dussehra day is the same throughout the country, in Kullu valey or elsewhere. However, the peculiarity of the festival in Kullu valley is that celebrations begin on Dussehra day, whereas in other parts of the country they end on Dussehra.
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Here is another Calendar of Hindu Festivals for 2005.

Dushera, or Vijaya Dashimi, comes after the nine-night navaratri festival during which Durga, the female aspect of God is worshipped.
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Originally Posted by Nick-H Here is another Calendar of Hindu Festivals for 2005.
Nick-H, thank you for the link. i am finding many helpful links from this one.
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