Top Festival Tours Of India For A Peek Into Its Distinct Culture
If there’s one thing that describes the cultural diversity of India in the most breathtaking way, then it surely is the festivals. These merry occasions beautifully capture the traditions, customs, and cuisine of a specific place. For the same reason, a major chunk of travelers plans to visit India during the festive season to be a part of the grand celebrations.
This allows them to delve into the intricacies, rituals and celebratory practices pertaining to a particular festival. Being a land that has witnessed many religions and ethnicities, it won’t be wrong to term India as a treasure house of festivals. The vivaciousness, the exuberance and the colors displayed in Indian festivals find many admirers across the world.
Those who wish to gain a deeper perspective on the various festivals of India, check out this list of festivals celebrated between October and March to opt-in your Indian Festival Tours.
Date:- 4th – 10th March 2020, Location:- Barsana, Mathura
Special Attractions:- Lathmar Holi in Barsana, Prayer Ceremonies at Banke Bihari Temple, Watching preparation of Cannabis drink, Colour Splashing in groups.
Famously known as the festival of colors, Holi is celebrated all over India with great gusto and excitement. This joyous festival is acclaimed all over the world due to the riot of colors it presents which adds an energetic vibe to the festivities. Holi Festival tour is the best way to glimpse the rituals practiced in different parts of India.
The tour begins a week preceding the festival with colorful celebrations at Barsana, Mathura the village where Goddess Radha lived. Next seven days of the tour keep you occupied with fun occasions and rituals that give a distinct definition to this beautiful festival. Holi tour also features a visit to the monument of love, Taj Mahal which adds a wonderful streak of romance to the tour.
Suggested Tour: Holi in Braj Festival tour –( 8Days/7Nights)
Pushkar Camel Fair
Date:- 04th-12th Nov.2019, Location:- Pushkar, Rajasthan
Attractions:- Camel and Horse dance, Camel Trading, Bridal Competition, Moustache Competition, Kalbelia Dance, Puppet Shows, Craft Exhibitions
Pushkar attracts the highest number of tourists in India during the week preceding Kartik Poornima in November to attend Pushkar camel fair. This festival of livestock traders is a wonderful opportunity to capture the radiant hues of Rajasthani culture and art. Pushkar Camel Festival Tour is an activity-filled experience that gives a detailed preview of the life of nomads. Camel dances and races organized at the fair venue turn out to be great entertainers for visitors.
The spiritual significance of the Pushkar Camel Festival is observed on the last day. Thousands of devotees gather at the banks of Pushkar Lake to take a sacred bath early in the morning. The tour also includes a visit to eminent cities of Rajasthan offering a healthy dose of knowledge on Rajputana history.
Suggested Tour: Pushkar Camel Fair Tour –(14Days/13Nights)
Hola Mohalla Festival
Date:- 9th – 10th March 2020, Location:- Anandpur Sahib (Punjab)
Attractions:- Martial arts and Wrestling Competitions, Poetry Sessions, Colour Splashing, Processions carried out by Nihangs, Craft Markets, On-site Langar preparation
Hola Mohalla is a highly revered festival of Sikhs that displays an unmatched medley of colors, valour, and armory. This festival is celebrated by organizing a large fair at Anandpur Sahib where Sikh men are seen displaying self-defense skills. Huge processions are carried out by Nihangs dressed in traditional costumes. One also gets to watch local folks showcase their talents in horse riding and other gutsy sports activities.
Langars are prepared and served at the fair to ensure each and every visitor gets to taste the finger-licking dishes of Punjab. The venue transforms into a tiny village giving a glimpse of Punjab. Hola Mohalla tour also includes a visit to the golden temple and Rishikesh, where you get a chance to explore Sikh and Hindu religions.
Suggested Tour: Hola Mohalla Ganges Tour – (8 Days/7 Nights)
International Yoga Festival
Date:- 1st – 7th March 2020, Location:- Rishikesh, Uttarakhand
Attractions:- 70 hours of Yoga Practice Sessions, Discourses by Yoga Masters, Light and prayer ceremonies, Bhajans, Meditation, Cultural shows
Suggested Tour: International Yoga Festival Rishikesh –(10Days/9Nights)
Date:- 1st – 7th December 2019, Location:- Kohima, Nagaland
Attractions:- Naga Tribal Dance, Handicraft Exhibitions, Tribal Food stalls, Tribal house tour in Kisana Village, Visit to Khonoma Tourist Village, Hornbill Rock Contest, Archery, Kids Carnival, Cycle Rallies
If tribal life enchants you, it becomes imperative for you to attend the Hornbill festival to view the distinct cultural treasures Nagaland has to offer. Named after the hornbill bird that is found solely in this region, the festival offers a rich insight into the tribal culture.
This week-long event manages to be a major crowd-puller with an endless range of activities. The craft shows, sports competitions, and cultural events keep the visitors occupied and entertained. Hornbill festival tour helps you seize some precious moments that cease to part with you on your return. It’s one power-packed package that showcases the simple lives of tribal folks.
Suggested Tour: Hornbill Festival Nagaland Tour –(11Days/10Nights)
Date:- 7th – 9th Feb. 2020, Location:- Konark, Orissa
Attractions: – Indian Classical Dance performances, Crafts Mela, Musical Concerts, Violin Recitals, Interacting with renowned dance artists
Konark dance festival is recognized all over the world as a preserver of ancient Indian dance forms. This illustrious event is celebrated every year in the month of February to honor Indian Classical dance. Dancers and artists from all corners participate in this legendary festival to perform dance and musical shows. These performances receive ample attention and praise from the attendees who are equally delighted with the enthusiasm of dancers.
The backdrop of Sun Temple lends an exquisite ancient feel to the festival. To make sure you get to grasp the fine details of ancient Indian dance, the Konark festival tour is a brilliant option for you. Interacting with dancers from different parts of India would motivate you to learn and practice classical dance.
Suggested Tour: Konark Dance Festival
Date:- 28thOct. 2019 – 23rdFeb. 2020, Location: Gujarat
Attractions:- Desert Safaris, Cultural shows, Star gazing, Hot air ballon rides, Shopping, Food fests
Rann Utsav is a world-famous festival that sees millions of visitors from different countries who come to seize the vibrant culture of Gujarat. The white deserts of Kutch, the venue of the festival adds an exclusive charm to the colorful festivities. Huge tents are installed during the festival where cultural shows are presented for the visitors.
The craft exhibitions, sporty games, folk performances, and desert safaris all infuse a zingy vibe to the atmosphere. Accompanying your Rann Utsav tour with a visit to other attractions of Gujarat gives complete knowledge of the rich traditional set up of Gujarat.
Suggested Tour: Rann Mahotsav Gujarat Tour–(12days/11Nights)
Date:- 14th -16th Jan. 2020( Jaipur ), Date:- 7th-14th Jan. 2020( Gujarat )
Attractions:- Kite Markets, Kite flying sessions and competitions, Homemade sweets, Kites from different countries (Gujarat Kite Festival)
This colorful festival finds recognition around the world for the fun and vigor of people living in the villages of India. Kite festival is celebrated on the occasion of Makarsankranti in which people gather at rooftops to participate in kite-flying competitions. In India, this event s organized on a grand scale in two places, one in Gujarat and the other in Jaipur to give a boost to international tourism.
Both these Kite festival packages beautifully highlight the culture of Gujarat and Rajasthan. The rituals and customs associated with this festival remain the same at both places. Watching the sky filled with colorful kites of different shapes is a wonderful spectacle for visitors.
Rajasthan folk festival
Date: 10th -14th Oct. 2019, Location: Rajasthan
Attractions:- Musical concerts, Puppet shows, Sufi Music, Martial Arts Contests, Poetry sessions, Humanitarian Speeches, Rajasthani Food fest
Rajasthan folk festival is recognized for the spectacular range of cultural attractions that offer a peek into its affluent culture. The festival attempts to focus on bringing the folk music of Rajasthan into the spotlight. The five-day event sees a huge influx of visitors and musicians from across the globe.
Opting for the Rajasthan International folk festival tour allows you to capture every little detail of Rajasthani art. The musical performances put together by talented folk artists creates a heavenly experience. Apart from the festival, you also get to visit a few notable attractions of Jodhpur on the tour which are enjoyed by everyone.
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