Welcome summer with a broad smile on the face. Yes! It is that time of the year again to plan your vacations with your loved and dear ones. Be it the scorching sun or the pouring rain, nothing can stop you from marking your calendar for upcoming holidays. The month of May is the busiest month of the year for tourist spots as these are immensely packed with tourists. These famous places exclusively plan few interesting events to entertain their tourists.
The throng of people planning out their vacations is such that coming across MakeMyTrip flight offers and other booking discounts is quite a common sight. Let us discuss some of the events which showcase the best of music, dance and cultural shows in India during May 2017:
1. Summer festival – Ooty, Tamil Nadu
Events Date: May 20th and May 29th, 2017
Ooty is an all-time favourite destination for summer vacations. It is an awesome place to escape scorching sun and experience untimely winter. Ooty is famous for the flower show in the Ooty Botanical Garden which happens every year in the month of May along with numerous other popular events such as the vegetable show at Kotagiri, Spice fare at Gudulur, Rose show at Ooty Rose garden, fruit show in Conoor and the boat race and pageantry in the Ooty Lake. Cultural programmes like dance, music and drama highlighting the cultural values are held in Ooty Breeks HADP open air stadium.
These events are a feast for your eyes adding to the mesmerising scenic beauty of the Udhagamandalam hills, or Niligiris.
2. Summer Festival – Mount Abu, Rajasthan
Events Date: May 9th to May 10th, 2017
Mount Abu in Rajasthan celebrates the summer festival every year in the month of May or June on Buddha Poornima. Mt. Abu is one the most sought-after tourist destinations, no matter the weather. The people of Mt. Abu celebrate this festival with warmth and joy to heartily welcome tourists from other places. The exotic locations where the festivals are held make it the most memorable experience. The famous festival event is the Boat Race at the Nakki Lake. Various other activities like Skating Race, Skaters show, Boat Race, Horse Race, CRPF Band show, Panihari Matka Race, Tug of War, etc. take place to entertain the tourists. The last day of the summer festival is celebrated with the grand and visually captivating fireworks.
The Mt. Abu Summer festival is truly indulgent and a cultural feast for every soul.
3. Parvati Peaking Festival – Parvati Valley, Kasol, Himachal Pradesh
Events Date: May 27th to May 30th, 2017
Parvati Peaking festival is one of India’s most popular trance festivals. It happens in the exotic locations of the Manali Hills, Parvati valley in Himachal Pradesh. This festival is known as one of the biggest psytrance events and famous artists from different parts of the world namely Spain, Canada, Sweden, Israel, Greece and Russia perform and throw spectacular shows to entertain the crowd. It is a must attend event as it gives us a glimpse of some the biggest performers along with spectacular views.
This festival is truly multicultural and the best way to beat the summer blues for country folks.
4. International Flower show – Gangtok, Sikkim
Events Date: May 1st till 31st, 2017
Sikkim, in North East India, is beautiful with green paddy fields, high mountains and orange orchards. The International Flower show is organised every year in the month of May in the Governor’s residence, Gangtok. This show exhibits a wide variety of beautiful flowers and 30 species of exotic Rhododendrons like cacti, roses, trees, ferns, alpine plants, gladioli etc. The show stealers of the exhibition are the 400 varieties of orchards. Some of the activities other than the primitive plants and flowers are the Yak Safari and River Rafting in Sikkim.
Gangtok Flower show is usually held in the peak flowering season and hence attracts a lot of tourists for the visual feast.
5. Chithirai Festival – Madurai, Tamil Nadu
Events Date: April 29th till May 10th, 2017
Madurai Meenakshi temple is one of the most popular and historical temples in South India. Chithirai festival is a famous festival in Madurai known as the City of festivals. Devotees in huge numbers gather every year during the month of May to celebrate Chithirai festival. It is believed that Lord Vishnu arrived to the wedding of Goddess Meenakshi and Lord Sundareshwar on a Golden horse. Hence, the procession of Lord Vishnu, the brother of Goddess Meenakshi, in the golden horse chariot is the highlight of this festival. This procession is followed by the beats of drums and devotees who offer flowers, camphor, coconut etc.
Exhibitions and fairs are must-visits for tourists from different parts of the country.
6. Moatsu Festival – Nagaland, North East India
Events Date: May 1st till May 3rd, 2017
Moatsu Festival is a joyous celebration of the Ao Tribes of Nagaland. People from different parts of the country come to experience this tribal festival every year in the month of May. The Nagaland tribes wait to celebrate this festival after the strenuous hard work of sowing and clearing the fields. The festival lasts for 3days and every second of it is celebrated with great zeal. During Sangapangtu, men and women sitting around the big campfire, dressed in their best attire to share their feelings while enjoying the feast, is a treat for viewers. Feasting on different meats of pig, cow, fowl and drinking rice brewed beer in sizable quantities makes are the highlights of Sangapangtu.
It is absolutely joyous experience for the tourists to see the tribes enjoy this fabulous festival.
The above list should help you block your dates and pack your bags for your favourite location. To make it worth the while, check out domestic flight coupons online while booking your tickets. Happy Vacation!