As the new year beckons, it is time to pull out your rucksacks and get set go on a travel excursion around India to soak in the fun and frolic of various festivals (No, we are not talking about the religious ones, but the art and cultural festivals) held around India. From Kashmir to Kanyakumari there is no shortage of events throughout the year. No matter if you are a music lover, a nature enthusiast or an outright party animal, there is something for everyone. If you have been making travel plans some of the top festivals we at the Royale have shortlisted 5 Festivals that definitely are worth going.
The vibrant Gujarat becomes more vibrant than you could imagine during the Rann Utsav, which is also known as the Kutch Festival. The mystique Rann is a land of salt marsh located in the Thar Desert and renowned for its pristine white salt that comes to life under the shimmering white moon. The enchanting beauty of the land is also the inspiration for the annual Rann Utsav festival. The festival commences from 14th December 2014 and will continue till 31st January 2015. During the festival, entire Gujarat rises to the festive mood lurking in the air and for tourists there are a plethora of activities to indulge in as the musicians, folk dancers, artisans and craftsmen enthrall the tourists with their performances and their offerings.
Don’t we all love to eat mangoes? Slurrrp..! If you love mangoes, the International Mango Festival is the place to be. It’s one of the most popular events in New Delhi and is usually, held in Mid July. The festival gives you the perfect opportunity to indulge in tasting more than 1000 varieties of mangoes, including some of the rare species of the fruit. While you enjoy eating your slice of mango, you can also take part in the various recreational activities that takes place during the two day event. The event is all about mangoes and the most popular event to look forward to is the mango eating competition, where you can feel free to shed your adulthood inhibitions and get your hands dirty eating the mangoes.
Taj Mahal, the magnificent mausoleum and the greatest symbol of love is the inspiration for the Taj Mahotsav. The event is held for over a period of 10 days that transverses the visitors to the 18th and 19th century and gives them the glimpses of the rich and varied culture of the Mughal Era. During the festival the city of Agra comes to life as artists and artisans from different parts of India come together to showcase their talents and expertise. The fest is also a great place to indulge in shopping and pick up some amazing regional specialty products of India like the Benaras carpets and shawls, Chikan fabric of Lucknow, and wood carving souvenirs from Tamil Nadu
Kashmir, the jewel of India plays host to this beautiful festival. Nature lovers will revel in the beautiful landscape that surrounds the Garden. The garden located on the banks of the stunning Dal Lake is the biggest Tulip garden in Asia. The annual festival is held in April, when the flowers are blooming in full swing. The garden spread over 5 hectares of land is home to more than 60 varieties of Tulips and they present a picturesque scene that you would see nowhere. During the festival various cultural programs are held that reflect the Kashmiri culture; tourists can also taste delectable Kashmiri cuisine.
Last but definitely not the least, we talk about Sunburn. You must be wondering the 2014 fest is yet to commence and we are already talking about 2015. Well, what can I say, it’s worth it. Beaches, loud music, party, dancing, revelry and the cool blue sea, doesn’t that excite you already? Well this is exactly you get at Sunburn as the tiny state of Goa extends its Christmas and ushers in the New Year in grand style amidst music and parties. During the festival, the beaches across Goa literally transforms into a party zone where you can dance away your time all night