India, a country that is famous for its diversity, is also one of the most famous tourist destinations. It has a lot to offer not just to foreigners but also for nationals. The festive season has come to an end but Indians are not ready to stop the celebrations yet. If you wish to soak in the culture and heritage in its full glory, here are some upcoming fairs and festivals you can look forward to:
- Pushkar Fair, RajasthanAlso known as Pushkar Camel Fair, or Pushkar Mela, the fair is being held this year 28th October - 04 November 2017 on the occasion of holy Kartik Purnima. An enormous amount of pilgrims coming together at the Pushkar Lake for a holy bath to wash away their sins and pay their respects at the Brahma Mandir. Held in the town of Pushkar, this is one of the world’s largest camel fairs. The fair offers Hot Air Ballooning, Cattle Fair, colourful and vibrant display of different exhibitions, handicrafts bazaar and competitions like the matka phod, camel run and longest moustache. INDIA - 2015/11/25: Cultural program during the Pushkar fair. The Pushkar Fair or locally Pushkar ka Mela is an annual five-day camel and livestock fair held in the town of Pushkar in the state of Rajasthan, India. It is one of the world's largest camel fairs. (Photo by Shaukat Ahmed/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)
- Rann Utsav, GujaratOne of the most awaited festivals in India is being held this year from 1st November 2017 to 20th February 2018. The cherished festival focuses on the celebration of life, festivities and culture of the Kutch and Gujarat. On a clear full moon night, the white sand of Kutch reflects the moonlight and paints an unforgettable sight for you to behold. Rann Utsav has a wide range of engaging activities like Camel Safaris, Pool, Table Tennis, Bird Watching, Horse Riding, Para-motoring, Archery, ATV, Giant Chess, Bicycle, and Net Cricket etc. to offer the visitors.
- Jaipur Literature Festival, RajasthanThe pink city plays host to Asia’s biggest literary event, the Jaipur Literature Festival. Held in the last week of January, this year it will take place from 24th - 29th January 2018 at the Diggi Palace. The festival has gained quite a reputation for itself for attracting the best authors who recite, discuss and present their finest work in front of an awed audience.
Poet & Lyricist Gulzar speaks during the Jaipur Literature Festival 2017 'JLF' at Diggi Palace in Jaipur , Rajasthan , India, 19th Jan,2017. (Photo by Vishal Bhatnagar/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
- Goa Carnival, GoaThe tourist magnet of India, Goa boasts of its beautiful beaches and churches. Attracting both national and international tourists every year, the fest will be held from 10th February to 13th February in 2018. The festive spirit that starts with Christmas continues till the carnival. Huge parades on various streets are accompanied by live bands and dance performances. Most of the streets are decorated with attractive lighting and grand balls. If you thought Christmas was the best time to visit Goa, try visiting during Carnival and you will change your mind.
- Kala Ghoda Arts Festival, MumbaiThe nine-day long festival celebrates art, music and culture of the city. This year the festival will take place from 3rd to 11th February 2018 held in the Kala Ghoda district which is known for its museums, art galleries, cafes and restaurants. It also houses some of Mumbai’s most spectacular buildings and art centres. MUMBAI, INDIA - FEBRUARY 4: Mumbaikars enjoy Kala Ghoda Art Festival 2017 on February 4, 2017 in Mumbai, India. The 9 days long art festival offers a kaleidoscope of events across music, dance, theatre, literature, food, cinema, visual arts, urban design and architecture, heritage walks and lots more. (Photo by Satish Bate/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)
- Taj Mahotsav, AgraOrganized by the Uttar Pradesh Tourism every year, the Taj Mahotsav celebrates the glory of the Taj Mahal and the historic city of Agra. The festival takes place in the month of February. The extravagant fair is celebrated over the span of 10-days. It attracts craftsmen, artisans, dancers, and performers from all over the country to showcase their talent. The folk dances, live ghazals and cultural performances add the charm to the mystical aura. Not only will it pamper your spirit, the event will also offer you an unforgettable culinary experience.