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Pushkar Festival Pushkar Festival  
Delhi-Jaipur-Pushkar Festival-Nimaj-Udaipur
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Nagaur Festival Nagaur Festival  
Delhi-Agra-Jaipur-Nagaur Festival-Jaisalmer-Udaipur- Delhi
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Hemis Festival Hemis Festival  
Delhi-Leh-Hemis Festival- Alchi-Leh
(9 Nights 10 Days)
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Festivals

In India, every region and every religion has something to celebrate. The festivals reflect the vigour and life-style of its people. Vibrant colours, music and festivity make the country come alive throughout the year. Indian Festivals, celebrated by varied cultures and through their special rituals, add to the colours of the Indian Heritage.

Every season brings along new festivals, each a true celebration of the bounties of the rich traditions followed for time immemorial.

 

That's not all! The birthdays of Gods and Goddesses, saints and prophets, great historical happenings and the advent of the New Year, all find expression in colourful festivities. The same festival, though celebrated differently in the various parts of the country, exhibits an eternal harmony of the spirit of celebration.

Holi, Diwali, Id, Christmas, and Guru Parabs are community festivals celebrated countrywide by the whole country However it is the regional festivals and Fairs which attract the curious eye.

Some of the important festivals are:

 
 
 

 

Hemis Festival in Ladakh
The courtyard of Hemis Gompa-the biggest Buddhist monastery in Ladakh, is the stage for the famous 'Hemis' festival that celebrates the birth anniversary of Guru Padmasambhava. The colourful two-day pageant falls on the 10th day (Tse-Chu) of the Tibetan lunar month. The local people are seen dressed up in their finest traditional clothes for the occasion. Lamas called

'chhams' perform splendid masked dances and sacred plays to the accompaniment of cymbals, drums and long horns. The head lama presides over the function

 
 
 

Dussera Festival of Mysore
This Hindu festival is celebrated all over India to mark the defeat of Ravana by Lord Rama. In Mysore, South India, the Mysore Palace is illuminated for a whole month during Dusshera and caparisoned elephants lead a colourful procession through the gaily-decorated streets of the city. A torch light parade and dance and musical events enliven the tranquil city.

 
     

 

Onam in Kerala
Onam, Kerala's most important festival, heralds the harvest season. Onam lasts ten days and welcomes King Mahabali's spirit from eternal exile once every year. Main celebrations are held for four days and People wear new clothes, visit temples and offer prayers. The major attractions of the Onam celebrations are the famed snake boat races along ' the backwaters at Champakulam, Aranmula and Kottayam.

About a hundred oarsmen in each boat row huge and graceful Odee (snake boats) to the rhythm of drums and cymbals and songs praising Mahabalis reign. Cultural festivities are held throughout the state at different venues with displays of the famed Kathakali , Kaikottikali, Mohiniyattom dances etc.

 

Phang Labhsol of Sikkim
This festival is in honour of Mount Khangchendzonga, Sikkim’s resident deity and the 2nd highest mountain of the world, and other protective deities of Sikkim. It takes place on the 15th day of the

7th month of the Tibetan calendar, corresponding to the month of August and September. Prayers take place at Tsuklakhang Monastery, the royal chapel, in all different directions (Tholung, Dechenling, Dhotapu, Pomdong, Kalijhora, Wangdi-tse, Yangzokdrag, Zongri) to appease the deities.

 
     

 

Khajuraho Dance Festival
Once the religious capital of the Chandela dynasty, one of the most powerful Rajput dynasties of Central India, Khajuraho is now famous for it's enchanting temples and it's legendary Khajuraho dance festival. The week long festival of classical dances is held every year in February/March against the spectacular backdrop of the magnificently lit temples.

This cultural festival highlights the richness of the various Indian classical dance styles such as Kathak, Bharathanatyam, Odissi, Kuchipudi, Manipuri and Kathakali with performances of some of the best exponents in the field.

 

Nehru Trophy boat race in Allepey in Kerala
Alappuzha is famous for its annual boat race, held on the second Saturday of August every year. The long elegant snakeboats, with crews of over hundred men vying to win the coveted trophy, attract spectators from all over.

 
     

 

Pushkar Fair in Rajasthan
This fair is held at Pushkar town, 11 km from Ajmer in Rajasthan for twelve days annually during October November. This cultural, trade and religious fair is an attractive and lively spectacle. Rajasthani men and women in their colourful traditional attire, saffron-robed and ash smeared Sadhus (holy men) and thousands of bulls, cows, sheep, goats, horses and camels in richly decorated saddles are all a feast to the eyes.

Perhaps the largest cattle fair in the world, it attracts more than one lakh people, from all over Rajasthan.

 

Nagaur Fair in Rajasthan
Held in the month of February, Nagaur bustles with life during the annual cattle fair, which is one of the largest in the country. The Nagaur bulls are renowned for their fleet footedness and attract buyers from all over. Exciting games like the tug of war, camel races and strains of ballads create a joyful atmosphere.

 
     

 

Desert Festival in Jaisalmer Rajasthan
The Desert Festival is a 3-day extravaganza of colour, music and festivity, held at the golden city of Jaisalmer. Gair and Fire dancers swaying to traditional tunes, a turban tying competition and a Mr. Desert Contest are part of the fun and frolic. The grand finale is a trip to the Sam Dunes where one can enjoy the pleasure of a camel ride and even watch the folk dancers and musicians perform.

 
     
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