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New Years Day: January 1
The first day of the year is an official public holiday, with most shops and offices being closed. Although traditionally not celebrated with a lot of hoopla, New Years Eve is now marked by droves of urbanites attending lavish eve parties in bars, nightclubs and farmhouses. One of the most popular New Years destinations is Goa. With the perfect weather, vast beaches and wild parties ending at the break of dawn, Goa is the place to be!

Republic Day: January 26
The Republic Day commemorates the date on which the Constitution of Independent India came into force on January 26, 1950. The day is celebrated with a parade of military might in New Delhi, where the president and special guests view the parade. Security on this day and on other political public holidays is extremely tight. The best seats to watch the parade will be at the India Gate, where the action takes place live!


34th Kalachakra Festival: Bodh Gaya ( Bihar ) 14 to 25 January 2016
For followers or lovers of Buddhism, it is a special event . For 10 days the teaching of Kalachakra will be initiated by His Holiness the Dalai Lama for the 5th time since 1974 , this time in the small holy town of Bodh Gaya famous for being the place where Siddhartha Gautama attained enlightenment and is considered the birthplace of Buddhism . The Kalachakra tradition revolves around the concepts of time (Kala) and cycles (Chakra): from the cycles of the planets, to the cycles of the human breathing, it is a practice of working with the most subtle energies within one’s body, in order to attain enlightenment. The Kalachakra teaching is one of the most important events of the Buddhist world; it takes into account all aspects: body, mind, and everything around us, from the cosmic to the astrological. The event announcement is intense and many pilgrims from around the world will be present and it promise a great spiritual and human gathering.

Camel Fair Bikaner: Rajatsthan, 22 and 23 January 2016
For 2 days, Bikaner becomes a mecca for festivals. Desert dwellers meet to exchange, sell and buy their camels and livestock. This is an opportunity to discover local crafts and traditional dances of the city in the desert.

India Art Fair: Delhi, NSIC Exhibition Ground, from 28 to 31 January 2016
This excellent art festival, created in 2008, is one of the most visited in the world; nearly 100 exhibition spaces and nearly 1,000 artists from around the world will present their work. A major event in the world of art, where artists, gallery owners, collectors, museum directors, curators and art lovers find themselves each year.

Lohri: Punjab and Haryana, January 13, 2016
The peak of winter and harvest season in North India is celebrated by bonfires, singing and dancing. The date of this festival is not fixed but typically takes places around mid-January every year. Lohri’s origins are linked to Punjab and the festival is celebrated with the most gusto here. To witness the vibrant celebration of a new harvest, head to the land of Punjabis!

Makar Sankranti (Kite Festival): Northern India, January 14, 2016
Participants of all ages come together on their roofs with colourful kites that dot the sky. Kite fights are organized on this occasion, and they can become so competitive that kites are coated with glue and broken glass to turn them into lethal weapons for opposing kites.

Jaipur Literature Festival: Jaipur (Rajasthan), 21 to 25 January 2016
From national literature to international literature, this festival is an important literary affair in Asia. Lectures, debates and discussions take place, while interactive performances showcase the culture of Rajasthan.

Dover Lane Music Conference: Calcutta (West Bengal), 22 to 25 January 2016
The Dover Lane Music Conference has been one of the biggest festivals of music and Indian classical dance for over 50 years. This festival spans six days in December or January depending and brings together both young and old generations of Indian classical musicians.

Nagaur Fair: Nagaur (Rajasthan), 2016 dates to come
Nagaur Fair is one of the largest livestock markets in India. For several days, there are thousands of camels, horses, cattle and beautiful white oxen changing hands. This huge market is held under the patronage of Ramdeo, considered an incarnation of Vishnu. It is also an opportunity to attend many shows: camel races, dances, local songs, etc.

Beating Retreat Ceremony: Delhi, January 29, 2016
An impressive ceremony, which takes place at sunset at the foot of Raisina Hill marking the end of the Republic Day Celebrations. Foot-tapping beats of drums, sing-along martial tunes and calming chimes reverberate in the air.


Cochin Carnival, Fort Cochin: Kerala, January 1, 2016
The colorful parade of the Cochin Carnival is not to be missed. The participants, on foot or on floats, wear their imagination to make the characters they portray real. You can also participate!

Annual Feast of the Three Wise Men at Church of Reis Magos: Goa, 6 January, 2016
The Reis Magos church is famous for the annual feast that is held on 6th of January and is dedicated to the Three Wise Men.

Kerala Village Fair, Kovalam (Kerala) 2016 dates to come
For 10 days a reconstituted Gramam (village), where visitors will discover the traditions and culture of rural Kerala spotlighting cooking demonstrations, crafts and dance shows, theater, martial arts, etc. showcasing a truly diversified and authentic Kerala.

Malabar Mahotsavam: Calicut (Kerala), 13 to 16 January 2016
Every year from January 13th to 16th, the city’s annual art and cultural extravaganza presents a range of art and literary events. Eminent performers in music, entertainment and literature attend the four-day event.

Pongal Tamil Nadu, 14 to 17 January, 2016
The celebration of the end of the harvest of rice is the most important festival in South India. In Tamil Nadu, it is the most picturesque four days of celebrations that begin with cleaning houses, while cattle and cows are painted and women draw the kolam (patterns drawn with rice) on their doorstep. On the day of Pongal ("boiling"), the first course of the new crop of rice is cooked in a pot with sugar cane and turmeric – and according to tradition, the more the rice bubbles and overflows, the better the next harvest will be. The next day, the cows are decorated and garlands are hung from their painted horns. Cattle races are held throughout the villages, led by young men.

Mamallapuram Dance Festival: Mahabalipuram (Tamil Nadu) - 2016 dates to come
The Mamallapuram dance festival is organized every year for four weeks from early January to early February. Various classical dances are presented such as Bharat Natyam, Kuchipudi, Kathak, Mohiniattam, Odissi and Kathakali.

Banganga Festival: Mumbai (Maharashtra), January 1, 2016
An Indian classical music festival held each year for two days by MTDC (Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation), at the historic Banganga Tank from the 13th century.

Thyagaraja Music Festival : Thiruvaiyaru (Tamil Nadu), 2016 dates to come
A Carnatic Music Festival which takes place every year in January for eight days in honor of the saint Shri Thyagaraja Swami.

Hampi Utsav: Hampi (Karnataka), 2016 dates to come
The Hampi Festival is organized every year by the Government of Karnataka. A cultural festival in all its excellence, it showcases dance, theater, music, puppet shows, and processions in one of the most magical places in India.



Baneshwar Festival: Rajasthan, 19 to 24 February, 2016
This modest religious festival is dedicated to Lord Shiva and brings together tribals of Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat.

Desert Festival: Jaisalmer (Rajasthan), 20 to 22 February 2016
Once a year, in winter, the dunes of the Thar desert come alive for 3 days in the Festival of the Desert, when the entire population of the city, dressed in their finest assets, attend performances of traditional dances, music and gypsy Rajputs, camel racing, shows snake charmers, puppeteers, acrobats, in an atmosphere of street theater. It is a colorful and unique festival in the astounding setting of the Thar Desert.

Wonderful Workshops (Beautiful workshops): Jaipur (Rajasthan), January 31 to February 7, 2016
Every year, for one week, Magnificent workshops is held dedicated to the development of the crafts from Jaipur. Local master craftsmen run introductory workshops on painting, sewing, Rajasthani design. For more information , visit their website: www.wonderfulworkshops.org.

Shekhawati Festival: Shekhawati (Rajasthan), 2016 dates to come
Established in 1996 and celebrated every year in the month of February, the festival aims to present the art and culture of Shekhawati with traditional games and folk arts as Mehandi, Madana and Bandhej.

Sufi Music Festival, Nagaur (Rajasthan), 22 to 24 February, 2016 and Jodhpur, 26 and 27 February, 2016 and
Known as "Sufi Darbar", this festival is held in the Nagaur Fort, a magnificent building which dates back to the 4th century AD. For a few days it hosts Sufi artists from around the world (Iran, Egypt, Turkey, India, etc.). You can discover various types of music: qawwalis, traditional Rajasthani, Indian classical and others during this extravaganza. The festival coincides with the Nagaur Fair, another major annual event.

Konark Dance Festival: Konark (Orissa), 19 to 23 February 2016
Each year, the Sun Temple in Konark becomes the scene of a magnificent festival of classical, tribal and folk dances, bringing together artists from all over India. Here we rediscover dances like Odissi, Kathak, Bharathnatyam, Kuchipudi, Manipuri or Mohiniyattam.

Khajuraho Dance Festival: Khajuraho (Madhya Pradesh), 25 February to 2 March 2016
The temples of Khajuraho are among the most famous in all over India. The finesse and elegance of their sculptures are unparalleled in the history of Indian art. In recent years, for one week a year they become the privileged setting of representations of traditional Indian dances where artists from all regions and all schools Kathak are invited to showcase Bharat Natyam, Odissi, Kuchipudi, Manipuri, Kathakali and even modern Indian dance.

Dhrupad Mela: Delhi and Varanasi, 2016 dates to come
Dhrupad, developed in Gwalior in the sixteenth century, is the classic version of the Indian song; composed mainly of largely improvised poems & recitals dedicated to love. This festival will give you the opportunity to discover great musicians mastering this demanding and complex form of traditional music.


Float Festival (Deepam): Madurai (Tamil Nadu), 19 February, 2016
This festival celebrates a ritual established by King Thirumalai Nayak in the 17th century. The deities of the great temple of Madurai are dressed in silk wreaths and jewelry before beginning a procession to the great reservoir of the city, including the adjoining temple. The idols are then placed on barges and submerged into the water in the midst of songs and dances. This festival also commemorates the anniversary of the king.

Goa Carnival: Goa, 6 to 9 February, 2016
During the four days before the start of Lent, the Goa carnival is held in a different city every day: Panaji, Margao, Mapusa and Vasco. Everyone is invited to the festivities that are animated by processions, dance groups, barbecues and parade floats. The streets of towns and villages are filled and festivities extend all night on beaches.

Natyanjali Festival: Chidambaram (Tamil Nadu), 2016 dates to come
A festival of classical dance, Natyanjali is held annually for five days in the Nataraja temple. This festival is dedicated to Lord Shiva, the universal dancer and begins on the day of Maha Shivaratri.

Nishagandhi Nritya Festival: Trivandrum (Kerala), 2016 dates to come
The dance festival of Nishagandhi Nritya showcases different styles of dancing: Bharat Natyam, Mohiniyattam, Kathak, Odissi, modern ballet and other folk forms.


Dosmoche: Leh Palace, 6 and 7 February, 2016
Celebrating the victory of good over evil, the Dosmoche festival is celebrated with great fervor in Leh and the monasteries of Liker (Bas Ladakh) and Deskit (Numbra Valley). The monks of Leh and surrounding monasteries prepare offerings to symbolically protect the inhabitants from any natural disasters. At the end of the festival, these offerings are carried in a procession around the town and then burned.

Losar Festival: Ladakh, 8 February, 2016
The famous Losar celebration signifies the Ladakhi New Year. This is the most important festival of Ladakh. Preparations begin weeks in advance with the storage of supplies and livestock, and the purchase of new clothes and jewelry. The festivities start with the illumination of buildings and sacred places at night.

Stok Guru Tsechu: Stok, 16 and 17 February, 2016
Located about 20 km south of Leh, the village of Stok is the cradle of the Ladakhi royal family. Celebrated in the monastery of Gurphug, the festival is a tribute to the oracles during which the monks of Spituk Stok celebrate Guru Padmasambhava (founder of Tibetan Buddhism) through sacred masked dances. The highlight of the festival is the appearance of two oracles during the dances prepared by the monks who come to receive the spirit of the gods.

Matho Festival, Matho Monastery, 21 to 22 February, 2016
During the two days of celebration, many masked dances are performed by the monks of the monastery of Matho, the only monastery of the Sakya branch of Buddhism. The dances are performed with colorful silk dresses and masks of different gods and goddesses. The highlight of the festival is the appearance of two oracles during the dance and prediction of future events.



Maha Shivaratri, 8 March, 2016
One of the largest festivals of India, Shivaratri is the great night of Shiva and the celebration of his marriage with Parvati. The day is marked by offerings, prayers and fasting, to purify and elevate ones soul. At night, the temples are animated and fasts are broken. Many dances are organized for the occasion.


Holi: 24 March 2016
The end of winter and beginning of spring are celebrated by throwing coloured paint and powder, water balloons and flowers at friends, neighbours and random passersby. This North Indian ‘festival of colours’ is one of the most enrapturing religious festivals to experience as a foreigner. Do not wear your best clothes and women should be careful when they venture out on their own. Traditionally, some people drink ‘bhang lassi’ (a special type of milkshake mixed with cannabis)! While this Hindu festival is celebrated nationally, in Rajasthan it witnesses greater exuberance. On the day of Holi, social rules are suspended until noon while men and women flirt, dance in the streets and splash pink, red or purple water. In Mathura and surrounding villages that worship Krishna, the holidays are unrestrained.

Jaipur Heritage International Festival: Jaipur (Rajasthan), 2016 dates to come
This festival hosts many concerts of Indian classical music, Rajasthani folk as well as fusion, rock and even electro nights. Besides music, the festival also has dance performances, theater, literary cafes, craft workshops and art exhibitions. What makes this festival even more interesting is that these events that animate the city for 10 days are often held in heritage sites such as temples, palaces and havelis. www.jaipurfestival.org

Dangs Darbar: Ahwa, Gujarat, Just before Holi
This three days festival, celebrated just before Holi commemorates the tradition of rulers started during the British Raj. Today, it is the tax collectors and essentially tribal district of Dang participating in this meeting. The festival is also an opportunity to dance performances and traditional songs. Awareness programs to tribal culture and the protection of forest surrounding areas are established.

Bhavnath Mahadev: Bhavnath Temple: Gujarat, 8 March, 2016
This important religious festival coincides with Shivaratri, the night of Shiva. Legend has it that during a moonless night Shiva performed the cosmic dance of creation and destruction and visited the temple of Bhavnath. The festival lasts 5 days and the last night culminates at midnight, when hundreds of Naga sadhus arrive on elephants in a procession to the temple, before performing a mahapuja (great prayer).

Elephant Festival: Jaipur (Rajasthan), 23 March, 2016
The elephant festival takes place during the annual festival of Holi. This is an opportunity to attend races, polo games and processions of decorated elephants.

International Yoga Week: Rishikesh (Uttar Pradesh), 2016 dates to come
This event takes place for a week in Rishikesh, a small town at the foot of the Himalayas. Lectures and demonstrations of Yoga take place at various venues and hotels throughout the week.

South India

Procession of All Saints: Goa, March 26, 2016
The procession of All Saints of the Third Franciscan Order takes place on Monday after Palm Sunday in St Andrew’s Church (Goa Velha). Statues of saints are paraded in a procession decorated according to a tradition dating back to the seventeenth century.



Hindu New Year: 14 April, 2016
Official holiday giving rise to many local festivities.

Mahavir Jayanti: Gujarat, 19 April, 2016
The Jains celebrate the birth of Mahavir, founder of their religion, by organising pilgrimages to sacred sites such as Palitana. Ceremonies are also held in Ranakpur and Shravanabelgola.


Gangaur: Rajasthan, 9 April, 2016
The great spring festival of Rajasthan is celebrated two weeks after Holi in Udaipur. Gauri (name sometimes refers to the wife of Shiva, Parvati) is the goddess of abundance and fertility. Women pray in temples before her effigy, asking happiness and fidelity in marriage. Then, dressed in yellow, they take these effigies to Lake Pichola, where they give them a ritual bath while singing. This festival is also celebrated in Bengal and Orissa, where it is called Dolajyatra.

Mewar Festival: Rajasthan, 9 to 10 April, 2016
The Mewar festival is celebrated to announce the arrival of spring and coincides with the festival of Gangaur.

Chitra Vichitra: Gunbhakhari, Gujarat, 22 April, 2016
This is the most important adivasi (tribal) festival of Gujarat. Shortly after Holi, Garasia and Bhil tribes come from all around to pay homage to their ancestors but also offer prayers to the gods for fertility. Each group comes with musical instruments, mainly drums, and all play, sing or dance. Hundreds of booths are installed, offering traditional dishes and jewelry. Everyone comes dressed in their finest clothes. The festival is also considered a match making opportunity to find a spouse.

Baisakhi: 13 April, 2016
This ancient harvest festival marks the Sikh New Year and the founding of the ‘Khalsa’, the Sikh brotherhood. This festival is celebrated across North India, especially in the state of Punjab. Since a bountiful harvest is considered a blessing in India, this festival is celebrated with a lot of fun and fervor.


Minakshi Kalyanam: Madurai (Tamil Nadu), 22 April to 2 May, 2016
For 10 days, the faithful fill the vast temple of Meenakshi to commemorate the wedding of Meenakshi (another name for Parvati) and Shiva. The ceremonies are concluded with a grand procession of deities on a huge ratha, or chariot parade procession.



Escape Festival: Naukuchiatal (Uttarakhand), 2016 dates to come
ESCAPE is a festival of music and art for all. Located on the shores of Lake Naukuchiatal in Uttarakhand, the festival happens every year in May, welcoming about 200 artists from all creative fields who spend 3 intense days to create and share together. Since its launch in 2009, Escape has established itself as a benchmark thanks to the excellence of its organization and the satisfaction of its participants.

Buddha Purnima: Bodh Gaya (Bihar), 21 May, 2016
Celebrated on a full moon day in all sacred Buddhist places, this festival commemorates the birth of Buddha, his enlightenment and access to nirvana. The experience is particularly intense in Bodh Gaya, where the Buddha experienced his awakening.

Summer Festival: Mount-Abu (Rajasthan), 21 to 22 May, 2016
Organized at Mount Abu, this small festival of dance and folk music is held in Mount Abu in Rajasthan, which remains the coldest place in Rajasthan.


Saka Dawa: Ladakh, May 20, 2016
Celebrated during the 4th month of the Tibetan calendar, the day of the full moon, it is considered the holiest day of the year. The festival celebrates the birth, enlightenment and attainment of Nirvana by Buddha. This is the most auspicious day to perform meritorious deeds.



Eid-Al-Fitr, 7 July, 2016
Eid-Al-Fitr, also known as Feast of breaking the Fast, is an important Muslim festival celebrated all across India. On this day, Jama Masjid in Delhi is visited by people of all caste and creed to celebrate the festival.


Puri Rath Yatra: Puri (Orrisa), 6 July, 2016
Puri Rath Yatra is a huge Hindu procession and it is held every year at the Jagannatha temple in Puri.


Hemis Festival: Tse Chu, 14 to 15 July, 2016
Hemis is the largest and most famous monastic festival. Frequented by both tourists and locals, it commemorates the birth of Guru Padmasambhava, the founder of Tibetan Buddhism and savior of Ladakhis against demons, through sacred songs and dances performed by the lamas. Every 12 years, the largest monastery treasury is publicly displayed: a huge Thanka, a religious icon made ​​of painted silk and embroidered with precious stones, representing Guru Padma. The next exhibition of the Thanka will take place in 2016.

Phyang Tsesdup: Phyang Monastery, 31 July to 1 August 2016
As with other Buddhist festivals, sacred dances are performed by masked monks dressed in colorful dresses. It is celebrated in the monastery of Phyang in whose court a huge Thanka representing Skyoba Giksten, hangs.



Independence Day: 15 August 2016
This national holiday commemorates the anniversary of the Independence of India in 15 August 1947, when the Viceroy Lord Mountbatten transferred power to Jawaharlal Nehru. Every year in Delhi, the Prime Minister delivers a televised speech from the ramparts of the Red Fort and Rashtrapati Bhavan is illuminated.


Teej: Rajasthan, 5 to 6 August, 2016
If you have suffered from the heat and humidity prevailing in Rajasthan before the monsoon, you will rejoice with the people who celebrate the rains by singing and dancing, and decorate the streets with flower adorned swings. The women wear veils striped in green. The festivities also celebrate the marriage of Shiva and Parvati. In Jaipur, a procession of caparisoned elephants is accompanied by the image of Parvati.

Janmashtami: Vrindavan (Uttar Pradesh), 25 August, 2016
The celebration of the birthday of Lord Krishna is seen in villages associated with his mythical tumultuous youth, especially in Vrindavan and Mathura. Among the festivities in the temples, you can watch the famous lyrical Ras Lila dances, which are danced in a circle as shown in the miniatures depicting Krishna and his wife Radha.


Nehru Trophy Boat Race: Allepey (Kerala), 8 August, 2016
Every year on the second Saturday of August, hundreds of elegant rowers on long boats rush to win the race.


Korzok Gustor: Korzok, 5 to 6 August, 2016
2 days per year, the Monastery of Korzok, located on the west bank of the lake tso Moriri, one of the highest in the world, comes to life and celebrates the victory of good over evil spirits. This festival celebrated mostly by nomadic Chang-pa, is punctuated by masked dances and rituals. The 2-day festival culminates in the distribution of a sacrificial cake by the master of the dancers to the participants.

Dakthok Festival: 13 to 14 August, 2016
Celebrated in the monastery which holds the same name, the Dakthok festival is one of the largest summer festivals in Ladakh. Viewers can enjoy the dances performed by monks and lay people, who celebrate the good deeds of Guru Rimpoche. This festival attracts many tourists who come to attend the celebration of the villagers, but also the many farmers in surrounding villages.



Ganapati /Ganesh Chaturthi, September 5, 2016
Lord Ganesh, the elephant-headed god of good fortune and prosperity is admirably suited to the rich Mumbai (Bombay), where everything stops during the festivities. More than 6,000 painted clay statues in garish colors are produced every year. The 10-day festival begins with a puja (prayers and offerings) of smaller effigies at homes and on street corners. On the day of the full moon, people exhibit their idols in a procession to Chowpatty Beach. They dance, sing, throw pink powder, and finally immerse their effigies into the sea.


Tarnetar : Gujarat, 200 km from Ahmedabad, 5 to 9 September 2016
This festival is the celebration of the marriage of Arjuna and Draupadi through dances, songs, costumes and traditional arts. Young men and women in their finest clothes come here in search of their future spouse; men are held under large embroidered umbrellas, indicating their status as single. Unions are usually formalized at the end of the festival. In parallel, rituals and prayers are offered to the Trinetreshwar temple, adding a religious atmosphere to the festival.

Bhadrapad Ambaji: Ambaji, Gujarat, 190 km north of Ahmedabad, 2016 dates to come
This festival takes place on one of the oldest religious sites in India, the temple of the goddess Ambaji, which gave its name to the village. This festival is of great importance among farmers. It announces the end of the monsoon and farmers come to pray for abundance. Performances of dances and songs, and prayers are organized.



Gandhi Jayanti, Gandhi’s birthday : 2 October
Declared a National holiday, the anniversary of Gandhi’s birthday is celebrated annually across the country.

Diwali: October 30, 2016
Unarguably the most important Hindu festival, Diwali is celebrated at the end of October or the beginning of November. The sobriquet ‘Festival of lights’ is truly befitting as each home is lit up with candles, oil lamps and lights. Bursting firecrackers has been a tradition for years, and exchanging gifts and sweets are rituals of this festival. This Hindu festival is celebrated in most exuberance in the north of India. On the night of Diwali, Goddess Lakshmi is invoked so she brings luck and prosperity. Merchants who celebrate this special day, start their new account books.


Rajasthan International Folk Festival (RIFF) : Jodhpur (Rajasthan) 21-27 October 2016
Hosted by the organizers of the Jaipur International Film Festival and the Mehrangarh Museum Trust, the largest music festival is held annually in one of the most beautiful fortresses of Asia: the sublime Meherangarh Fort overlooking Jodhpur and the desert.

Marwar Festival : Jodhpur (Rajasthan), 15-16 October 2016
A festival which takes place every year in Jodhpur, which aims to present the art and culture of the blue city..

Dussehra : October 11, 2016
This nation-wide festival celebrates the victory of good over evil. In the North, the festivities mark the victory of Rama over the demon Ravana to rescue his wife Sita. In Delhi, Old Delhi is the venue for many processions and spectacular outdoor performances of the Ramayana. At Benares, a whole month of nightly shows and concerts end in a huge procession and uninterrupted reading of the legend of Rama and Sita. In Mysore, this festival, which bears the name of Dassera, celebrates the triumph over the demon Mahishasura by Chamundeshvari. It involves ten days of dances and plays and concludes with a procession and fireworks. In Calcutta the event is called Durga Puja.

Durga Puja : 08-11 October 2016
In Calcutta, the festivities take place in the city for three weeks to celebrate the goddess Durga, the destroyer of evil. Towering effigies painted brightly and decorated wreaths are laid in the streets and Bengalis come to admire them during night walks. Lively concerts, dances and plays are hosted until the last day, where effigies are taken through the streets in a procession to the Hooghly and submerged.


Surya Nritya Utsav : Trivandrum (Tamil Nadu), 2016 Dates to come
Festival of classical dance that takes place every year in Trivandrum.



Pushkar Fair : Pushkar (Rajasthan), 08 to 15 November 2016
Every year on the full moon of November, hundreds of pilgrims purify themselves in the sacred waters of Pushkar Lake. They also participate in a cattle fair in the dunes, where camels, horses, cows, goats and sheep are traded, This colorful festival attracts tens of thousands of Indians ranchers, farmers, sadhus, knights, pilgrims and simple bear tamers. A kind of medieval mystery in the setting of 1001 nights.

Shamlaji Gujarat: 130 km northwest of Ahmedabad, November 11 to 14, 2016
Shamlaji is one of the largest festivals of Gujarat and pilgrims come from all over Gujarat and some border states to participate. The temple of Shamlaji, dating back to the eleventh century on the banks of the River Meshwo, is dedicated to Vishnu and is among one of the most sacred sites of Vaishnava. Pilgrims come here to take a purifying bath and also to trade silver jewelry, clothing, fabrics, household items, etc. Nearly 200,000 people attend this great festival each year.

Guru Nanak Jayanti / Gurupurab : Amritsar (Punjab), November 14, 2016
The anniversary of the birth of Guru Nanak, the founder of the Sikh religion, is celebrated with fervor at the Golden Temple in the holy city of the Sikhs, Amritsar.

Sonepur Fair : Patna (Bihar), 2016 Dates to come
This huge agricultural fair, which lasts a month, takes place in the outskirts of the city, on the banks of the Ganges. The inauguration takes place on the day of the full moon. During the fair, all kinds of animals are negotiated for: cows, horses, goats, parrots and even elephants. Agricultural equipment, plants and seeds are also sold.

Vautha: Gujarat, 60 km south of Ahmedabad, November 14 to 15, 2016
Once a year, the small village of Vautha becomes the scene of a huge festival combining both pilgrimage and trade. Thousands of donkeys (and to a lesser extent, camels), are trimmed and colored on this sacred site (Tirtha Sangam) to be sold. Alongside, hundreds of craft stalls with local specialties are installed. The highlight of the festival held on the evening of the full moon is the holy dip in the river Sabarmati, for the absolution of sins.

Ganga Utsav: Varanasi (Uttar Pradesh), 11 to 14 November 2016
The famous holy city reveres the holy river, the Ganges. Three days of classical and folk music along the ghats. A unique opportunity to attend local concerts in this magical city of North India.



Tansen Festival : Gwalior (Madhya Pradesh), 2016 Dates to come
This festival is celebrated every year in November / December in memory of the great musician Tansen. This musician in the court of Emperor Akbar was the father of Hindustani music and especially the Dhrupad style. Renowned classical musicians go there and play for five whole nights near the tomb of Tansen.

Sawai Gandharva Sangeet Mahotsav : Pune (Maharashtra), 2016 Dates to come
One of the biggest Hindustani music festivals.


Festival of Dance and Arts Chennai : Chennai (Tamil Nadu), 2016 Dates to come
For four weeks, the best musicians and classical dancers in the country come every night, often in simple white tents in the streets. For visitors browsing the temples of South India, it is an opportunity to discover music and dance created in the temples.

Kochi Muziris Biennale : Kochi, 12 December, 2016 to 29 March, 2017
In December 2012, Kochi hosted the first Biennale in India. A unique global event. Indian and international artists exhibit their work through a variety of ways (paintings, installations, sculptures, photography, performances) and spaces: galleries, public spaces, archaeological sites and historic buildings. In parallel, exhibitions, lectures, screenings and educational workshops are held. This biennial is an excellent opportunity to discover Cochin and its rich cosmopolitan and multicultural history.

Sunburn Festival: Vagator (Goa), 2016 Dates to come
Every year since 2007, the beach around Vagator becomes the scene of one of the biggest Asian festivals in electronic music. More than a hundred global artists enliven the quiet and pretty village of Vagator for 7 days and nights.

Christmas: Kerala, Goa, Pondicherry, December 25, 2016
These three states are heavily influenced by Christianity and celebrate Christmas with great fervor. The churches are illuminated and resonate with Christmas carols. The streets are decorated and shows are organized usually in schools, churches and community halls. The vast majority of churches hosts a midnight mass on December 24.

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