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Fairs and Festivals

In India, which is a land of cultural and geographical diversities, one gets to enjoy and experience wide varieties of culture, fairs and festivals, and India is an epitome of such experiences. A country where after every hundred kilometer you are embraced by a new cultural identity one gets the feel of a diverse background, belief and heritage. The fairs and festivals are part of the intrinsic cultural fabric of the Indian society as well as a continuation of the Indian heritage. By and large the flow of Indian festival continue throughout the year and behind every fair and festival there is a noble cause and meaningful identity based upon rituals , traditions, legends, history, monsoon, while many festivals express devotion to the religious deities. Some significant festivals which offer a unique experience are Rajasthan’s Pushkar festival, the world’s biggest livestock fair, held along the banks of the Pushkar lake, which is a coming together of nomadic culture presenting many cultural activities, games, dance, and entertainment. The Hornbill Festival of Nagaland held from 1st to 7th December, brings to the world the culture and beauty of Nagaland. Poush Mela, held in Shantiniketan, West Bengal, during the last week of December, is a unique festival which signifies the end of the harvest festival. The festival is the celebration of the farmer’s life and Bengal’s rural lifestyle, which presents the Bengali culture through folk songs (Baul sangeet) and dances. The Puri Rath Yatra is one of the Biggest religious events of the year in India – a spectacle in the grandest scale. In the northernmost corner of the country amidst the cold deserts of Ladakh is held the festival of colours, beauty and worship known as the Hemis Festival, held in the month of June or July, which takes place to commemorate the death of Swami Padmasambhava, and is a great event to learn Buddhism and the culture of Ladakh. The Jaipur Literary is another landmark festival which brings together the brightest of the literateurs from across the world for 3 days at the Diggi Palace, Jaipur which is a session of intellectual bliss and enjoyment. The major celebrations include Holi – the Festival of colours, Diwali – the festival of lamps, Durga Puja – the coming home of Goddess Durga (held for four days in the Eastern India, with great pomp and show particularly in West Bengal), Ganpati – predominantly celebrated in Maharashtra, The Goa Carnival and the Snake Boat race, and the list goes on ……

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The Pushkar Fair (Rajasthan)

Duration: 9 nights | 10 days

The royal state of Rajasthan popularly known as “The Land of the Kings” is a place where one can travel back in time. The magnificent forts and palaces have tales of heroism, chivalry and romance to tell.

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Rajasthan Desert Festival

Dates: 29th January 2018 – 31st January 2018

The Desert Festival in Rajasthan held in Jaisalmer gives you the opportunity to explore Rajasthan within the shortest span time. The three day event stresses more on local elements and heritage. You will get to see the traditional cultural events like the camel races, turban tying competitions and many more.

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Hornbill Festival of Nagaland

Duration: 7 nights | 8 days

Hornbill Festival often referred to as “ the Festival of Festivals”, which is a tribute to the “Great Hornbill”, the most admired and revered bird for the Nagas, is held every year in Nagaland from 01st – 10th December and is a major attractions for tourists from all over the world. The festival showcases a mélange of cultural displays under one roof.

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Poush Mela - Shantiniketan

Duration: 12 night | 13 days

Poush Mela is an annual fair and festival that takes place in Santiniketan, West Bengal, popularly known as the land of the Nobel Laureate Rabindra Nath Tagore.The key characteristic of this fair includes live performances of Bengal Folk music, notably (baul), dances, songs and tribal sports, which offers a perfect insight into the true heritage of the state of West Bengal.