India is one of the richest countries in the world when it comes to culture, tradition and heritage. There is an abundance of uniqueness in each corner of India and what is a better way to explore them than through festivals and fairs. Here are some of the festivals and fairs of India that caters to the magnificent uniqueness of India.
1. Hemis Festival Of Ladakh
This beautiful festival amidst the mountains is dream come true for the travel fanatics. Ladakh , the name itself brings a sense of excitement,adventure and respect to the nature’s grandeur architecture and if amidst that a festival is organised to bring the spectacle of the ladakhi cultures than it is like party in paradise. This Festival is held in June or July each year at the Buddhist Monastery Hemis Jangchub Choling near Leh. Dances of Monks wearing masks are one of chief attractions .
2. Elephanta Festival of Mumbai
This festival is celebrated in the Elephanta island ,10 km from Mumbai Harbour. The main attraction of this beautiful island is the Maheshmurthy( Lord Shiva idol),in the Elephanta caves.This is a festival of awe inspiring dance and music surrounding the caves.
3. Pushkar Camel Fair
In the Town of Pushkar , Rajasthan this 5 day Camel and Livestock fair is held every year during the month of October -November. This has become one of the biggest tourist attractions of Rajasthan in recent years. This is considered as world’s largest camel fair. Apart from selling and buying of livestocks, recent years various entertaining competitions such as longest mustache, bridal competition etc. are also organised.
4. Hornbill Festival Nagaland
In the State of Nagaland, first week of December, this exotic festival is organised by State Tourism and Art and Culture Departments. This is a celebration of the “Switzerland of East” Nagaland. The breathtaking natural beauty with strikingly gorgeous culture of the various Naga tribes join hands in this festival. This festival takes place in Kisama Heritage Village , near Kohima. The highlights of this festival are dances of various tribes, art and crafts, folk songs, games like Naga Chilli eating Competition, rice beers and last but not the least the National Rock Concert in the evening.
5. Rural Olympic, Kila Raipur (Ludhiana)
Every year in the month of February, Kila Raipur turns into a hottest destination for the rural sports. Each year sportsperson from all over the globe participate in these unique rural sports. This festival is almost six decades old. The most popular games are bullock cart race, camel race, dog race, tractor race, cow jump , tug of war etc. Cultural events are also organised in the evening.
6. Jaisalmer Desert Festival
This festival is a celebration of the culture,beauty and the sheer colourfulness of Desert City Jaisalmer. In the month of January /February amidst the sand dunes this gorgeous festival is organised. This festival is a major tourist attraction as it brings out the magnanimous Rajasthani culture in one platform . The beautiful Gair dancers of Barmer,Moustache competition, Mr. Desert competition, the evening folk dances, songs are the prime crowd pullers.
7. Loku Festival of Arunachal Pradesh
This is traditional festival of Nocte Tribe of Arunachal Pradesh. Chalo Loku is Harvest festival. This is celebrated after the harvesting of the peddy and before the start of the new year. It is generally celebrated in the Month of October -November every year. This festival reflects the exotic colourful culture of the Nocte tribe. This festival also strengthen the bond of brotherhood, as relatives, friends gather together to enjoy the merriment.
8. Snow Festivals Of Jammu and Kashmir
This festival is celebrated in the month of December -January in “Queen of Hills”- Gulmarg , Kashmir . The breathtaking beauty of nature amidst the white mountains simply a must visit for the travellers. Organised by the Tourism Department of Kashmir, Snow cycling is the chief attraction. Apart from that winter sports such as rugby,snow baseball,ice skating, night skiing etc.
9. The festival of Uttarayan ( International Kite Festival) In Gujarat
Each Year on 14 th January Gujarat celebrates one of the biggest Kite festivals in the world. People from all over the world rush to join this colourful kite festival. The kite flying starts at 5 am in the morning goes till late night. Approximately 8-10 million people participate in this kite flying on that day.
10. Khajuraho Dance Festival
This festival is organised by the Madhya Pradesh Kala Parishad,which is one week long classical dance festival. This is held in the backdrop the the magnificent Khajuraho temples in Chhatarpur District in Madhya Pradesh . This is held in 1st week of February every year. The beautiful classical dancers performing in the backdrop is the khajuraho temples is breathtaking view . Apart from classical dances modern dances are also introduced in this festival recently.
11. Hampi Utsav or Vijaya Utsav ( Karnataka)
This utsav has been celebrated since the ancient times in the Vijayanagar Dynasty. The Government of Karnataka Promotes this festival and it has turned into a mega attraction among the tourist. This Utsav is a showcase of music, art, dance in the gorgeous backdrop of Vijayanagara Dynasty.
12. Onam Festival
This is one of biggest festivals of Kerala celebrated as harvest festival during autumn. This is a very beautiful traditional festival which has attracted lot of attention from the outside world. The rituals , the dance, the food and last but the not the least the snake boat race has created lots of stir among the tourists.
These are only a few of the festivals among the lot that is widely celebrated across India. Plan your vacations accordingly with the these festivals so that to experience the same.