Buckle up, folks! India's festival express is about to leave the station, and you're invited for a wild ride!
January to April is a vibrant time to be in India, with a whirlwind of festivals bursting onto the scene like Bollywood dance numbers. From the colorful chaos of Holi to the serene beauty of Maha Shivratri, there's something for everyone in this kaleidoscope of cultural experiences. Let's ditch the FOMO and get ready to paint the town (or at least your face) red!
Makar Sankranti (January 14th):
Let the kite-flying frenzy begin! This harvest festival marks the sun's northward journey, and what better way to celebrate than by taking to the skies with a rainbow army of kites?
Head to Ahmedabad for the International Kite Festival, where the sky becomes a canvas for artistic battles and breathtaking displays. Don't forget to grab some melt-in-your-mouth tilgul and revdi sweets while you're at it!
Lohri (January 13th):
Up north, Punjab sets the stage for Lohri, a bonfire extravaganza that welcomes the harvest season. Witness the hypnotic beats of dhol drums, savor the smoky aroma of roasted sugarcane, and participate in the bhangra dance that'll have you twirling like a dervish. Just remember to bring a warm coat, because the bonfire's heat is only matched by the warmth of Punjabi hospitality!
Pongal (January 15th-18th):
Down south, Tamil Nadu erupts in a four-day fiesta called Pongal. This harvest festival is a vibrant ode to the Sun God and Mother Earth, with farmers offering prayers and decorating their homes with colorful kolam patterns.
Witness the "jallikattu" bull taming event for a dose of adrenaline, savor the delicious Pongal rice dish, and groove to the rhythmic beats of traditional Tamil music.
Republic Day (January 26th):
Witness the grand spectacle of India's Republic Day parade, where military might meets cultural diversity in a breathtaking display of national pride. Catch a glimpse of the decorated tableaux, the synchronized marching bands, and the aerial acrobatics that paint the sky with vibrant colors.
Mahashivratri (February 24th/25th):
Immerse yourself in the spiritual serenity of Maha Shivratri, a night dedicated to Lord Shiva. Devotees observe fasts, perform pujas, and chant mantras throughout the night. Witness the grand Shivalingam abhishekams in temples, participate in all-night jagrans, and lose yourself in the devotional music that fills the air.
Holi (March 24th):
The granddaddy of them all, Holi, is a riotous explosion of color and revelry. Let loose your inner child, grab your pichkaris (water guns) and gulal (colored powder), and paint the town red (and blue, and green, and every other color imaginable!). Dance to pulsating music, share sweets like gujiya and malpuas, and embrace the spirit of uninhibited joy that defines this iconic festival.
Ram Navami (April 10th):
Celebrate the birth of Lord Rama with grand processions, vibrant decorations, and devotional music. Witness the enactment of the Ramayana in colorful Ramlila performances, and indulge in the sweet treat of panchamrita, a prasad made with five fruits.
Vaisakhi (April 14th):
Img: Hindustan Times
In Punjab, Vaisakhi marks the harvest season and the beginning of the New Year. Witness the vibrant Baisakhi mela, where farmers offer prayers, participate in traditional bhangra dances, and enjoy delicious Punjabi cuisine.
Also read: 15 things to do in Punjab this winter 2023
Don't forget to be respectful of local customs and traditions.
Dress comfortably and colorfully!
Pack your camera and capture the vibrant moments.
Most importantly, be prepared to have a blast!
So, what are you waiting for? India's festival express is waiting to whisk you away on a journey of joy, color, and unforgettable experiences. Book your tickets, pack your bags, and get ready to go!
Get updated on travel deals and trip ideas!
One of the most popular holidays in West Bengal is Durga Puja, especially in the energetic metropolis of Kolkata. Taking place during the auspicious Navaratri season, this unique event is an homage to the beloved goddess Durga.
From the witchy streets of Salem to the Gothic grandeur of Transylvania, and the vibrant Dia de los Muertos celebrations in Mexico, this article unveils 13 unique global Halloween destinations that promise spine-tingling experiences like never before!
The Pushkar Fair, also known as the Pushkar Camel Fair, is a vibrant and culturally rich festival in Rajasthan. Attracting thousands of visitors from around the world. This blog showcases the main highlights of the upcoming fair in November 2023.
Planning to treat yourself with a long vacation from your daily job? Don’t miss these dates for long weekends at all cost. Checkout the cheat sheet!
Join us on a journey to experience the magic of Mysore Dasara, a festival that embodies the spirit of India.
Theme park in the middle of ocean? Hell yeah!
Japan invites Indian students to study and makes the visa process easy!
A curated list of perfect summer escape destinations in India's various hill stations, covering distance, accessibility, activities, and accommodation options. It caters to travelers seeking cool getaways during the hot season.
As of now, Sinan's wheels have rolled across continents, reaching the vibrant landscapes of the USA. His dedication and zeal have not gone unnoticed. Along his route, communities and cities have honored him with awards, acknowledging his efforts.
The daily flights will operate with the following schedule, ensuring optimal timing for travelers: - Departure from Hyderabad at 3:55 AM IST, arriving in Bangkok at 09:05 Bangkok AM local time. - Return flights from Bangkok will depart at 10:05 AM local