Festivals in India

There are thousands of festivals, fairs and celebrations in India each year. All the major festivals of India are fascinating for the locals, but our experience has taught us that some are much more interesting for a visitor to experience, while other festivals, although extremely important to the natives, do not offer much of an opportunity for visitors to really experience the actual celebration. As an example, India’s biggest festival, Diwali (unlike Dev Diwali in Varanasi), is primarily celebrated by families in their homes, just like Christmas. The listing of festivals linked below is listed in an order on what we feel are the most interesting for a visitor.

Name of Festival / Fair 2018 2019
Pushkar Camel Fair (Pushkar) - Group & Private Tours Available 15th - 23rd November 4th - 12th November
Dev Diwali (Varanasi) - Group & Private Tours Available 22nd November 12th November
Holi (North and Central India) - Group & Private Tours Available 2nd March 21st March
Chennai Dance and Music Festival (Chennai) - Private Tours Available December/January December/January
Rath Yatra at Puri (Puri) - Private Tours Available 14th July 2018 4th July 2019
Nehru Trophy Boat Race (Kerala) - Private Tours Available 11th August 10th August
Desert Festival (Jaisalmer, Rajasthan) - Private Tours Available 29th - 31st January 17th - 19th February
Float Festival (Madurai) - Private Tours Available January January
Yuru Kabgyat Festival (Ladakh) - Private Tours Available 12th - 13th June 29th - 30th July
Nagaur Cattle Festival (Nagaur) 22nd - 25th February 10th - 13th February
Bikaner Camel Fair (Bikaner) 13th - 14th January 12th - 13th January
Diwali (All India) - Private Tours Available 7th November 27th October
Dussehra (All India) - Private Tours Available 19th October 8th October
Onam (Kerala) - Private Tours Available 24th August 11th September
Teej (Jaipur and the rest of Rajasthan) 13th -14th August 3rd August
Khajuraho Dance Festival (Khajuraho) February/March February/March
Thrissurpooram (Kerala) 26th April 13th May
Taj Mahotsava (Agra) - Private Tours Available 18 - 27 February 18 - 27 February

Dev Diwali Festival
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Dev Diwali Festival Quick Reference

  • What is Dev Diwali?
  • Dev Diwali is the festival of lights of the God, the biggest festival of India's holiest city Varanasi.

  • When is Dev Diwali?
  • Dev Diwali is celebrated on the occasion of Karthik Purnima. Dev Deewali celebrated on November 22 in 2018.

  • How is Dev Diwali celebrated?
  • Dev Diwali is celebrated on the occasion of Kartik Purnima when the Ghats of Varanasi come alive with thousands of Diya’s (earthen lamps) and vivid murals made out of powdered colors. Dev Diwali is a tribute to holy river Ganga by the people of Varanasi. Houses are decorated with oil lamps and colored designs on their front doors, processions of decorated deities are taken out into the streets of Varanasi.

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About Dev Diwali Festival

Diwali is Hinduism's biggest festival and is even celebrated by people of other faiths throughout most of India. It is a night of joyous celebration that has many similarities in how Christmas is celebrated in the United States, with a doze of 4th of July fireworks thrown in.

Homes and other building's facades are beautifully decorated with oil lamps and candles, gifts are exchanged, ceremonial prayers are offered, and then come the incredible fireworks that every family rejoices with!

Diwali's origins are based on the Hindu Epic, Ramayana. Lord Rama and his family returned to their ancestral land after 14 years of banishment, and the kingdom held a celebration unlike any seen before.

Varanasi is Hinduism's holiest city and is an incredible destination for explorers to experience at any time of year. Continuously inhabited for over five thousand years, the sights, experiences, smells and sounds of the city cannot be described in words. The countless rituals and ceremonies on the banks of the holy river are permeated with a spirituality that is seldom, if ever, experienced elsewhere.

Multiply the Diwali festivities by ten and you get Dev Diwali, the Diwali of the Gods. Celebrated 15 days after the countrywide festival, on the holiest night of the Hindu lunar calendar, this festival combines all the elements of the mainstream festival with the religious fervor of the holiest night of the year in Hinduism's most sacred city.

You will be witness to the spiritual intensity of the preparations, the passion of the pilgrims, and the colors of their rituals, while walking on the Ghats after your sunrise cruise on the Ganga. During your sunset cruise to view the main festival ceremonies, unlike Varanasi tours during other parts of the year, you will not walk on the main Ghats. You will experience this from the protected environment of your boat. This is because 3 to 4 million pilgrims visit Varanasi during Dev Diwali and the average rural pilgrim has no concept of personal space. Movement on the Ghats is only possible as a part of a sea of people, with each person completely sandwiched between the bodies around them.
Pushkar Festival & Fair
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Pushkar Fair Quick Reference

About Pushkar Festival and the Camel Fair

The small town of Pushkar is spread around a holy lake that has been a pilgrimage destination for centuries. Devout Hindu’s from Rajasthan and neighbouring states visit the destination throughout the year to immerse themselves in the sacred water, but the numbers increase significantly during the days leading up to Kartik Poornima, one of the the holiest days in the Hindu lunar calendar.

Pilgrims start arriving a few days before the most auspicious day, praying to the God Brahma at his temple near the lake, and immersing themselves in the holy water. Our guests get to witness colorful religious processions parading through the streets of the now bustling town, where gypsy bazaars have cropped up everywhere.

The Pushkar Camel Fair takes place at the same time. It is the finest opportunity to explore true rural Indian culture in the heart of Rajasthan. As fall sweeps through the arid state of Rajasthan in North India, thousands of people begin driving herds of camels, horses, and cows towards the town of Pushkar for this yearly holiday that combines all the hallmarks of a typical country fair with the flair of the Hindu religion into a truly unique festival.

For most of the year, Pushkar is a quiet town resting on the banks of its holy lake, but the Pushkar Fair turns this usually sleepy village into the most colorful destinations in the world. Parades, camel safaris, acrobatic performances, races, and livestock pageants are just a few of the intriguing spectacles that can be spotted during the Pushkar Camel Fair.

Like most festivals on the Indian subcontinent, the holiday’s dates are determined using a lunar calendar, and as such, dates can shift several weeks each year. Typically, the Pushkar Camel Fair falls between late October and early November.
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Diwali Festival
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Diwali Festival Quick Reference

  • What is Diwali?
  • Diwali is the Festival of Lights in India.

  • When is Diwali?
  • The dates vary, but typically the holiday is between October and November. Diwali Festival celebrated on November 7th in 2018.

  • How is Diwali celebrated?
  • Bright lights, candles, temple ceremonies, fireworks, and food are all part of the 5 day Diwali celebration.

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About Diwali Festival

The annual festival of Diwali is an Indian celebration of the victory of light over dark, good over evil, knowledge over ignorance, and hope over despair.

A five day festival held before and after the darkest day of the year, Diwali is celebrated across India by practitioners of the Hindu, Jain, and Sikh religions with varying themes. Families prepare for the celebration by cleaning their homes, dressing in new clothes, preparing special foods and sweets, and lighting candles and lanterns to invite good fortune from the gods.

The holiday spills into the streets of cities across India with performances by acrobats, musicians, and plays. Fireworks light the night sky in colorful blossoms, and the spark and pop of firecrackers thrown from the hands of children and adults illuminate the streets across the Indian subcontinent. Families and friends exchange gifts, and share elaborate meals and desserts together.

The lights, smells, tastes, and sounds of this jubilant festival draw travelers from across the globe for luxury tours of India. The holiday dates are selected using the Hindu lunar calendar, and fall annually sometime between October and November.

A busy time for the local populace and travelers alike, advance planning for trips during this holiday season is recommended. Diwali is celebrated across the subcontinent from the smallest villages to bustling cities like Delhi and Mumbai.

Cultural enthusiasts on tours in India relish experiencing one of India’s largest and most festive holidays. The sights, smells, and flavors of this ecstatic holiday remain fresh in memory long after the fireworks have faded from the night sky of India.

Most Indian families dress in their very best for the holidays, but western wear is fine for travelers unless they plan to attend any activities at temples, shrines, or other holy sites where modest clothing covering shoulders, arms, and legs is recommended.
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Holi Festival
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Holi Festival Quick Reference

  • What is Holi?
  • Holi is India’s Festival of Colors.

  • When is Holi celebrated?
  • Holi typically falls towards the end of February or the beginning of March on western calendars. The date for Holi celebrations in India during 2018 is March 2.

  • Where is Holi celebrated?
  • Holi is celebrated throughout the Indian subcontinent, as well as in numerous other countries around the globe.

  • How is Holi Celebrated?
  • From sunup to sundown, Holi is celebrated with a riot of color, music, and dance in virtually every public place in India.

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About Holi Festival

Holi, the Festival of Colors, is one of India’s most recognized holidays. This festival, held annually near or on a full moon, celebrates the end of winter and the onset of spring with a riot of colors, sounds, music, and dance.

City streets across India erupt into a playful, carnival atmosphere during Holi as revelers spend the day throwing handfuls of dye at each other, dancing, singing, and playing mischievous pranks on each other. Parades of musicians and dancers are a common sight on many city streets across the nation, and public parks and temple grounds often see large and joyful gatherings of people. The holiday is universally celebrated across caste, class, and creed.

While there are a number of religious connotations and ceremonies that go along with Holi, like the traditional Holika Bonfire held the evening before, the holiday is mostly a secular event where neighbors, friends, and family gather together to celebrate the first blooms of spring.

India’s Holi festival coincides with Vernal Equinox, and as such the dates of the celebration vary from year to year. The festival is usually held towards the end of February or the beginning of March on western calendars.

The Holi festival is a great opportunity to get a taste of the subcontinent’s thrilling and distinct culture during one of our luxury tours of India. The riot of activity, sound, music, and color is one of the most unforgettable holiday experiences in the world, and the festival’s inclusive nature means foreigners are often active participants in the daylong celebration.

Holi is typically celebrated across India from the smallest villages to the largest cities. While there is some regional variations in the length of the festival, it typically runs all day and finishes with the setting of the sun, when festival goers head home to clean up, done their finest apparel, and head back out to exchange gifts and warm greetings with their friends, family, and neighbors.

During the daylight hours, it’s best to wear some older clothing you don’t mind getting a permanent color adjustment, and a good pair of stout shoes.
Go to the Holi Festival Page
Rathyatra - Puri
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Rathyatra – Puri Quick Reference

  • What is the Rath Yatra?
  • Rath Yatra is a Hindu festival dedicated to the deity Jagannath in East India.

  • When is the Rath Yatra celebrated?
  • The Rath Yatra celebrated on July 14th in 2018.

  • Where is the Rath Yatra?
  • The Rath Yatra is held annually in Puri, Odisha, India.

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About Rathyatra – Puri

Rath Yatra, the Chariot’s Pilgrimage, is the Indian state of Odisha’s (Orrisa) most spectacular Hindu festival. Lord Jagannath is the patron deity of the city of Puri where the annual festival is held, and the event marks the deity’s return to his city and temple after a long period of absence.

Lord Jagannath’s idol is removed from its temple along with the idols of two other closely related deities during the festival. Each idol is placed inside a massive custom built chariot and drawn through the city. The chariots are typically the size of small houses, and it takes hundreds of Hindu devotees to pull the massive building-sized carts through the streets of Puri during the Rath Yatra. A massive procession of devotees follows closely behind the chariots playing devotional hymns and other tunes using traditional instruments.

The festival dates, chosen using a traditional lunar calendar, typically fall between late June and early July. The Rath Yatra festival is a particularly unique experience for travelers on our India tours as the inner sanctum of the temple where the deities reside is closed to foreigners and non-Hindus, and the festival is the only time outsiders can view the ancient icons.
Go to the Rathyatra – Puri Page

Onam Festival Quick Reference

  • When is India’ Onam Festival celebrated?
  • Onam, which is usually celebrated in late August or early September, on August 24th in 2018.

  • Where is the Onam Festival celebrated?
  • Onam is celebrated across the South Indian state of Kerala, but larger cities like Thiruvananthapuram typically have the largest celebrations.

  • How is Onam celebrated?
  • The ancient festival is celebrated with traditional boat races, songs, dances, feasts, and parades.

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About Onam Festival

Onam, Kerala’s harvest festival, is a traditional South Indian holiday that celebrates the coming winter with feasts, songs, dances, and boat racing.

Local traditions say Onam has been celebrated since time immemorial in Kerala to honor the return of Mahabali from the underworld. Mahabali is a mythical king said to have reined over southern India during a golden age of prosperity before being banished by the gods for his arrogance. Though dethroned and banished, Kerala’s traditions say Mahabali is allowed to visit his former kingdom on earth once a year during the Onam festival and rejoice in the happiness of his people.

For 10 straight days, the entire state of Kerala in South India comes to life in a dazzling display of elephant parades, firework displays, songs and dances. Traditional sporting events, like snake boat races, are both popular and common throughout the festival. Snake boat races (Vallamkali) involve dozens of oarsmen per watercraft rowing in time to the furious beat of drums.

As with most Indian holidays, Onam’s dates are chosen using a traditional lunar calendar. The celebration typically falls between the end of August and the beginning of September. Onam is a wonderful chance to guests on our India tours to experience one of the most ancient celebrations on the Indian subcontinent, and gain powerful insight into the distinct culture and heritage of South India’s state of Kerala.

The Onam festival is celebrated throughout Kerala, but the largest festivities are concentrated in larger cities like Thiruvananthapuram. As many of the festival’s most important events involve water sports, it’s best to dress in clothing you don’t mind getting wet.
Go to the Onam Festival Page
Dussehra (Vijayadashami)
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Dussehra (Vijayadashami) Quick Reference

  • What is Dussehra?
  • Dussehra is an epic Hindu festival that celebrates the victory of Good over Evil.

  • Where is Dussehra celebrated?
  • Dussehra is celebrated across India, but Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh often has the largest festival.

  • When is Dussehra celebrated?
  • Dussehra Festival celebrated on October 19th in 2018.

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About Dussehra (Vijayadashami)

Dussehra, a Hindu festival also known as Vijayadashami, is an annual celebration of the victory of light over darkness in Hindu mythology. Legends tell of a great war fought between the avatar of Vishnu, Hinduism’s supreme deity, and a demon king who stole the god’s wife.

Over the course of a full day each fall, the epic saga is retold in the streets across India in the form traditional plays, reenactments, and parades. Songs are sung, and traditional Indian orchestras march through the streets driving the festivities towards a crescendo. Actors dressed as Hindu deities reenact scenes from the epic 10 day battle against the forces of Darkness.

The day’s festivities culminate with gigantic bonfires burning effigies of the demon king to make the final victory of light over darkness. One of India’s most thrilling festivals, Dussehra is a great opportunity to see the epic stories of Hindu mythology spring to life and walk amongst humanity. It is an experience to be immersed in true Hindu culture that should not be missed. Go to the Dussehra Festival Page
Thrissur Pooram

Thrissur Pooram Quick Reference

  • What is Thrissur Pooram?
  • Thrissur Pooram is a temple festival in South India that features traditional orchestras, dances, and elephant parades.

  • Where is Thrissur Pooram celebrated?
  • Thrissur Pooram is held on the grounds of Vadakkunnathan Temple, in the town of Thrissur, Kerala, India.

  • When is Thrissur Pooram celebrated?
  • Thrissur Pooram celebrated on April 26th in 2018.

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About Thrissur Pooram

The most colorful of Kerala’s temple festivals, Thrissur Pooram is one of the most interesting celebrations in India. Celebrated in the town of Thrissur in the South Indian state of Kerala, the holiday mingles traditional dance, music, fireworks, and elephant parades.

Thrissur Pooram is held at the Vadakkunnathan Temple in town, but the performances held on the temple grounds during the event are collaboration between 10 Hindu temples in the surrounding area. The area temples are divided into two teams, East and West, and each group sends a traditional drum and flute orchestra to compete. For three hours during the early afternoon, the two orchestras create a crescendo of music while an honor guard of dozens of elephants bob and sway in time with the music.

As with most Hindu festivals, the dates for Thrissur Pooram are chosen using a traditional Hindu calendar. This means the dates can shift several weeks from year to year, but the holiday is typically in late April or early May.

As one of the grandest celebrations in South India, Thrissar Pooram is a wonderful chance to get a taste of Kerala’s distinct culture while enjoying a luxury tour of India.
Go to the Thrissur Pooram Page
Nehru Trophy Boat Race
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Nehru Trophy Boat Race Quick Reference

  • What is the Nehru Trophy Boat Race?
  • The Nehru Trophy Boat Race is Kerala’s most popular water race.

  • Where is the Nehru Trophy Boat Race held?
  • The Nehru Trophy Boat Race is held on Punnamada Lake.

  • When is the Nehru Trophy Boat Race celebrated?
  • The Nehru Trophy Boat Race celebrated on August 11 in 2017.

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About Nehru Trophy Boat Race

The Nehru Trophy Boat Race is the South Indian state of Kerala’s most popular maritime festival. Started in 1952 to commemorate the visit of India’s first Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru, the trophy race sees hundreds of Chundan Vallams (Snake Boats) each rowed by dozens of oarsmen competing on the Punnamada Lake near the city of Alappuzha.

The snake boats used for the races measure over 100-feet in length, and each boat contains between 90 and 100 oarsmen. The race transforms the typically tranquil lake into a thundering celebration as hundreds of thousands of spectators line the banks of Punnamada Lake to cheer for the racers.

The Nehru Trophy Boat Race is held on the second Saturday every August. The race is an excellent opportunity to experience one of Kerala’s best loved traditions. Each village in the area enters into the race, and months of preparation go into creating the boats and training the rowers.
Go to the Nehru Trophy Boat Race Page
Float Festival

Float Festival Quick Reference

  • What is the Float Festival?
  • The Float Festival is a traditional Hindu festival in South India.

  • Where is the Float Festival celebrated?
  • The float Festival is celebrated in Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India.

  • When is the Float Festival Held?
  • Mandurai’s Float Festival will be held on February.

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About Float Festival

The Float Festival is one of the more unique festivals in South India. While many of the richest celebrations in India are centered on massive temples and ancient idols contained within, during the city of Madurai’s Float Festival the icon the goddess Meenakshi is brought forth from her temple and paraded through the city to the banks of Teppakolam Lake.

Once the idol reaches the banks of the lake, it is removed from the golden palanquin that transported it through town and deposited on a raft, and pulled across the lake using ropes. As the evening closes, the idols are floated to a temple at the center of the lake where they remain during a fireworks show that precedes a number of special ceremonies.

Many temples in India keep their inner sanctums and the corresponding deity’s images closed to foreign travelers, and the Float Festival in Madurai is a rare and excellent chance to witness and participate in a truly ancient cultural ritual.
Go to the Float Festival Page
Chennai Dance & Music Festival
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Chennai Dance & Music Festival Quick Reference

  • What is the Chennai Dance and Music Festival?
  • The Chennai Dance and Music Festival is a celebration of traditional South Indian dance.

  • When is Chennai’s Dance and Music Festival?
  • Chennai’s Dance and Music Festival is held annually between December and January.

  • Where is the Dance and Music Festival Held?
  • The Dance and Music Festival is held in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India.

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About Chennai Dance & Music Festival

The Chennai Dance and Music Festival showcases the ancient art forms of a number of South Indian dynasties. These performances originated as part of Hindu temple ceremonies, and combine speech, mime, dance, and music into opera-like celebrations of Hindu mythologies.

The annual festival is in mid-December or early January in the city of Chennai, the capital of the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu. A number of organizations participate to prepare venues for the performances across the city, but the most splendid of these shows are held on the grounds of the city’s many ancient Hindu temples. Over the course of the festival, hundreds of productions are performed by several thousand artists.
Go to the Chennai Dance & Music Festival Page
Nagaur Cattle Fair
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Nagaur Cattle Fair Quick Reference

  • What is the Nagaur Cattle Fair?
  • The Naguar Cattle Fair is Rajasthan’s second largest cattle fair.

  • When is the Nagaur Cattle Fair held?
  • Typically, the Nagaur Cattle Fair celebrated from 22nd - 25th February.

  • Where is the Naguar Cattle Fair celebrated?
  • The Naguar Cattle Fair is celebrated in Nagaur, Rajasthan, India.

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About Nagaur Cattle Fair

The Indian state of Rajasthan’s second largest cattle fair, the Nagaur Cattle Fair sees as many as 70,000 heads of livestock brought to the city of Nagaur for this eight day festival each winter. Camels are the most common animal at the fair, but herds of cows, oxen, horses, and goats can easily be spotted.

The Nagaur Fair also features a rich market brimming with traditional Rajasthani handicrafts. Beautiful wooden carvings, metal crafts, and handmade leather goods are a few of the more popular items among guests on our tours in North India. There are a number of competitions held throughout the week including a tug-of-war and a camel race.
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Bikaner Camel Festival
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Bikaner Camel Festival Quick Reference

  • What is the Bikaner Camel Festival?
  • The Bikaner Camel Festival celebrates true Rajasthani desert culture.

  • Where is the Camel Festival held?
  • The Camel Festival is held in Bikaner, Rajasthan, North India.

  • When is the Camel Festival celebrated?
  • The Camel Festival celebrated from January 13 to January 14 in 2018.

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About Bikaner Camel Festival

The Camel Festival in Bikaner celebrates the contribution of the camel to the lives of Rajasthan’s people. Held each January in northwest Rajasthan, the Bikaner Camel Festival is an expression of true North Indian desert culture.

A procession of decorated camels at the Royal Junagarh Fort in the city of Bikaner kicks-off the annual event, but the real celebration begins outside of the city in the desert where the festival grounds have been prepared for thousands of spectators. Camel pageants, races, dance competitions, and grooming contests are just a few of the numerous events held throughout the two day event.

As dusk settles across the dunes, the celebration takes on a rustic feel as traditional folk songs are sung around campfires. As the evening continues, mesmerizing fire dances and beautiful displays of fireworks delight hundreds of festival goers.
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Teej Festival

Teej Festival Quick Reference

  • What is the Teej Festival?
  • The Teej Festival is a monsoon celebration in Rajasthan, India.

  • When is the Teej Festival?
  • The Teej Festival usually falls sometime between the middle of late July and mid-August. The Teej Festival will be celebrated on August 13th to August 14th in 2018.

  • Where is the Teej Festival celebrated?
  • The Teej Festival is celebrated throughout Rajasthan, India.

  • Where is the best place to see the Teej Festival?
  • Jaipur’s Teej Festival is a favorite among us, and our guests on luxury tours of India.

  • How is the Teej Festival celebrated?
  • The Teej Festival is celebrated with ritual dances, songs, and other devotions to the goddess Parvati.

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About Teej Festival

The Teej Festival celebrates the coming of the monsoon season to the arid state of Rajasthan. During this festival Hindu women pray to the goddess Parvati for marital bliss.

While the Teej Festival is celebrated throughout Rajasthan, the city of Jaipur’s festivities standout as the state’s most intriguing fair. One of the main features of the Teej Festival in Jaipur is a winding procession of music, dance, and drama that is so large it takes two days for the entire parade to end. The city is also well known for hanging elaborate, flower bedecked swings called Jhoolas throughout town, and local residents sometimes refer to Jaipur’s Teej as the Festival of Swings.

Throughout the festival, devout Hindu women praise the goddess Parvati with song and dance. Women who participate in the celebrations typically wear their finest clothes and jewelry and apply elaborate traditional henna tattoos. The goddesses’ Idol is brought from the City Palace of Jaipur and paraded through the streets where the general public can pay their respects and pray to Parvati as she’s born through the city on a palanquin.

Jaipur’s Teej Festival typically falls between late July and early August as the monsoon rains sweep Rajasthan. The Teej Festival is a great way for guest on our luxury tours of India to get unique and thrilling insight into Rajasthan’s distinct culture.
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Khajuraho Dance Festival
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Khajuraho Dance Festival Quick Reference

  • What is the Khajuraho Dance Festival?
  • The Khajuraho Dance Festival is a celebration of Central India’s traditional dances.

  • Where does the Khajuraho Dance Festival take place?
  • The Khajuraho Dance Festival is held in the Khajuraho Group of Monuments in Madhya Pradesh.

  • When is the Khajuraho Dance Festival?
  • The Khajuraho Dance Festival will be held between January/February.

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About Khajuraho Dance Festival

The Khajuraho Dance Festival is a weeklong celebration of traditional dances from the Rajput dynasty that ruled Central India between the 10 th and 12 th centuries. The festival highlights classical forms of Indian dance such as Kathak, Bharathnatyam, Odissi, Kuchipudi, Manipuri, and Kathakali.

Well known performers lead some of India’s finest dance troops throughout the festival, and a number of traditional arts and crafts are on sale in the open market near the grounds. There are a number of ancient temples in Khajuraho, but the event usually takes place in front of either the Chitragupta Temple or the Vishwanath Temple, which are both in the Western Group of temples that represent the best preserved temples in the area.
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Taj Mahotsav
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Taj Mahotsav Quick Reference

  • What is the Taj Mahotsava Festival?
  • The Taj Mahotsava Festival celebrates a wide spectrum of traditional Indian arts, cuisine, and crafts.

  • Where is the Taj Mahotsava Festival celebrated?
  • The Taj Mahotsava Festival is held on the grounds of the Taj Mahal in Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India.

  • When is the Taj Mahotsava Festival celebrated?
  • The Taj Mahotsava Festival will be celebrated from February 18 to February 27 in 2018.

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About Taj Mahotsav

The Taj Mahotsava Festival, often simply referred to as the Taj Festival, is a fair-like holiday held on the grounds of the Taj Mahal in the city of Agra in North India.

A recent addition to the nearly limitless fairs, festivals, and holidays celebrated throughout India, the Taj Festival was developed in the last few years by the Tourism Department of Uttar Pradesh to promote the city of Agra's distinct Mughal heritage. With the incomparable Taj Mahal as the backdrop for the event, The Taj Mahotsava Festival quickly became one of the city's brightest cultural celebrations with vibrant displays of folk music, traditional poetry readings, and classical dance performances.

The festival channels the opulent tastes of the former Mughal Emperors from beautifully costumed elephants to parades of lavishly dressed dancers, musicians, and other performers. The Taj Festival also features a culinary festival dedicated to the Mughlai cuisine of the Mughal dynasty where some of the Indian subcontinent’s finest delicacies are freshly prepared by the country’s most acclaimed chefs. Go to the Taj Mahotsav Page
Desert Festival
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Desert Festival Quick Reference

  • What is the Desert Festival?
  • The Desert Festival is a celebration of Rajasthani desert culture.

  • Where is the Desert Festival celebrated?
  • The Desert Festival in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan, India.

  • When is the Desert Festival?
  • The Desert Festival celebrated from January 29th to January 31st in 2018.

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About Desert Festival

Jaisalmer’s Desert Festival is a celebration of the authentic desert culture of Rajasthan. Jaisalmer, nestled amid shinning sand dunes, is called Rajasthan’s “Golden City,” and during the three-day Desert Festival the celebrations bring out the very best of the desert culture of Northern India. Colorful activities including traditional performances of music, dance, and drama give visitors a first-hand look into the royal mystique of this ancient land.

The Desert Festival in Jaisalmer hosts a number of desert themed competitions including: camel races, camel polo matches, and camel dancing and decoration completions. But the most unique events like the longest mustache competition and the turban tying contents have proven to be the most popular among foreigners. Go to the Desert Festival Page

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