from the fiery deserts of Rajasthan to the simple streets of Goa. Here we have selected the most renowned and famous festivals for some particular feature.
Camel Festival of Bikaner
In Bikaner every year at the end of January, this festival begins. From the most colorful performances of camels racing to dance exhibitions, all designed to pay tribute to the "wagons of the desert". In addition to some spectacular traditional dances, fire artists and a dazzling display of fireworks.
Kite Festival – Sankranti
A beautiful and familiar Hindu festival held throughout India, Makar Sankranti is one of the most popular events in the country. Every January 14 of every year, people everywhere mark the transition of the sun in the zodiac sign of Makara (Capricorn) with a focus on kite flying. In the skies you can see the colorful and unique kites of different shapes and sizes all with the same objective to cut other kites and be the last flight in this game. The city of Ahmedabad marks the festival in the form of the international kite festival when a dazzling crowd of kites flies in the air of dawn at dusk
Desert Festival in Jaisalmer
The beautiful strong city of Jaisalmer hosts a desert festival with events such as camel racing, tying turban, and longer mustache competition. Held in late January or in the first weeks of February, the quirky festival is a great option for first-time visitors to Rajasthan with its emphasis on local culture and heritage.
Colors of Festival – Holi
It is one of my favorites at the beginning of March, this festival is the welcome to spring and the new beginnings, the streets of India are filled with colors, this holi festival is very famous that already in some countries have their own Holi celebrations with water of colors and dust thrown to others dressed in white and fires lit the night before.
Hello Mohalla is celebrated in Anandpur Sahib at the beginning of March. It is a three-day Sikh festival, the Sikhs demonstrate their martial skills in simulated battles with dramatic battles of simulated martial arts (Gatka), daring displays of weapons, archery and wrestling.
In the state of Ladakh in early July, the Hemis Festival is celebrated in the Buddhist monastery of Hemis in honor of the eighth-century Indian Buddhist master Padmasambhava. During the festival ceremonial elements are placed around the monastery, the courtyard is filled with pilgrims and performances of traditional music and dance are held. The highlight of the festival is the meeting of the parishioners around the central staff that performs the mystical dances of the mask (Chams) and sacred games.
The Hindu festival Ganesh Chaturthi, which lasts about 11 days starting in mid-August, honors the elephant-headed god Ganesh with numerous images of Ganesh made between a precession of dances and parades through the streets and installed in temporary sanctuaries. At the end of the festival, the clay idols are submerged and dissolved in nearby lakes and ponds.
Durga Puja is celebrated in West Bengal, especially in Calcutta at the end of September, this festival is in honor of Durga considered for Hindus the divine strength and feminine energy, with large pandals – decorated stages that display statues of the goddess Durga. A live band accompanies the picturesque works of art and at the end of the festival the statues parade through the streets to immerse themselves in the local rivers.
Diwali Festival of Lights
All Indian families gather to celebrate this memorable Diwali festival in mid-October. According to the Hindus it is the symbol of the triumph of light over darkness, good over evil. Small lamps are lit and placed outside homes in the form of decoration and in order to illuminate the night and artificial games are also lit. It lasts around five days where several prayers and rituals are performed, it is a perfect and wonderful reason to visit a guest house and share the holidays with local Indian families
Pushkar Camel Fair
Held in the city of Pushkar at the end of October and the beginning of November, this great fair that lasts a week begins. The Camel Fair of Pushkar is a unique show with thousands of camels bought and sold, along with horses and cattle. As part of the camel fair the longest mustache competitions are held with unique designs, and the expected contests of desert women dances and various performances.