The vibrant country of India finds its diversity in its unity. With the amalgamation of so many vivid cultures, India is a paradise of traditional ethos. The best way to discover the colours of India is through its many cultural festivals, each being distinct from the other.
This month get a taste of India through the festivals listed below:
- Jaisalmer Desert Festival:
When: 08 February – 10 February
Where: Sam Sand Dunes, Jaisalmer, Rajasthan
Nearest Airport: Jodhpur Airport
The Jaisalmer Desert Festival is the perfect platform that provides a profound insight into the traditions and culture of Rajasthan. Held amidst the beautiful dunes of the Sam Sands, the festival introduces us to the unique culture of the state. There are several competitions held during this three-day extravaganza, some of the popular competitions are the Turban Tying Competition, the mustache competition, and the Mr. Desert Competition. However, the highlight of the festival is the musical performances by traditional folk singers who create a magical ambience under the moonlit sky. Your Rajasthan Tourism itinerary will be incomplete without the Jaisalmer Desert Festival.
- Taj Mahotsav
When: 18 February – 27 February
Nearest Airport: Agra Airport
Set against the beautiful backdrop of the majestic Taj Mahal on the banks of River Yamuna, the Taj Mahotsav is a vibrant introduction to India’s rich art, dance and music. This 10 day celebration is an absolute must for culture connoisseurs. The event has over the years attracted the best of folk artists, dramatists and musicians who paint an unforgettable picture of India through their art. The market at the Taj Mahotsav gives a platform for small scale artists to display their talent. Your trip will be incomplete without buying souvenirs ranging from handicrafts, antiques, woodwork and other Indian specialties at one of the many market stalls.
- Khajuraho Dance Festival
When: 20 February – 26 February
Where: Chitragupta Temple and Vishwanatha Temple, Khajuraho
Nearest Airport: Civil Aerodrome Khajuraho
Khajuraho – the world renowned UNESCO heritage site is a glowing example of one of the finest temple arts of history. Built in the 10th Century during the Rajput Chandela Dynasty, the temples of Khajuraho are an ideal backdrop to display the rich cultural heritage of India. The Khajuraho Dance Festival is the celebration of traditional Indian dance forms performed in an open air auditorium. Head to Khajuraho for an immersive cultural experience.
- Goa Carnival
When: 25 February – 28 February
Nearest Airport: Dabolim Airport, Goa
The Goa carnival is as unique and exclusive as the state of Goa. Introduced by the Portuguese in the 18th Century as a precursor to the abstinence of Lent, the carnival has now come a long way. As the festival is celebrated 40 days before the Lent, the carnival is high on energy with an army of dancers. They are accompanied by brilliantly coloured floats which are beautifully decorated with flowers. The Goa Carnival translates the mood of every merry-maker through its parades, colourful masks and delicious cuisine. A visit to Goa during the carnival is highly recommended and must be added to your things to do in Goa. The high-on-energy carnival is concluded with the famous Red and Black ball that is usually held in Panaji.
- Losar Festival
When: 27th February
Nearest Airport: Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport, Leh
The Losar Festival marks the beginning of the Tibetan New Year. Often considered as the biggest Indo – Tibetan festival, Losar is celebrated in large numbers both by locals and visiting tourists. The 3-day celebrations give visitors a glimpse of the Tibetan culture through dance, songs and celebrations on the street.
The month of February is filled with many cultural festivals that will surely give you a new found perspective to the Indian Culture. Which cultural festival has you excited? Tell us in the comments below.