We all were bedazzled from the TOMATINA festival featured in the movie ‘zindagi milegi na dobara’ and immediately added it to our bucket list. Well at least I did! While travelling to Spain in my present scenario seems a long lost dream (owing to my shopping sprees, *sigh*), but I can definitely quench my wanderlust here in India itself.
India being a land of rich heritage and finest culture offers a ton of different travel destinations. And if you must visit, make sure you visit when there’s a festival on. Yes, the travel experience will be slightly different than on any other occasion. But there’s something special when traveling for festivals. The aura is distinctive, people are friendlier and somehow the place becomes more energetic, lively and Fun! So here is our list of must visit festivals for Jan-Feb to make your New Year travel Fanta-bulous!
International Kite Festival, Ahmedabad
One of the most colourful and awaited festival that takes place in the month of January in Gujarat’s capital city of Ahmedabad. It is scheduled from January 7-15, 2018. People from all across the world flock to Ahmedabad to witness the magic of this festival. The best place to enjoy this festival is the Sabarmati Riverfront or the Ahmedabad Police Stadium, where people lay down to see the sky filled with thousands of kites. Also, enjoy various delicacies and special foods like laddoos, undhyu or surati jamun that are prepared on this occasion.
Desert Festival, Rajasthan
The Desert Festival of Jaisalmer, as the name suggests, is held in the deserts of Jaisalmer. Scheduled from January 29-31, 2018 it is a unique and high-spirited festival. Apart from being the best time to visit Jaisalmer, it gives plenitude of various fun options. You will be amazed to see competitions like Best Moustache competition, Turban tying and even a Mr. Desert pageant!! From a desert safari to camping under the stars at a desert or relishing the lip-smacking rajasthani cuisines, it is definitely a must visit destination.
Sula Fest, Maharashtra
Sula Fest is often addressed as the Gourmet World Music Festival, with loads to eat, drink and shop for. Known for its diverse mix of music genres, Nashik’s famous festival, organised at Sula Vineyards, features bands like Indian Ocean, Infected Mushroom, Kailasa to Nucleya, the options are abundant and you get to camp out, under the stars! Add a glass of wine to this and you’re good to go! It is scheduled to be held on 3-4th February, 2018.
Lohri is a very popular festival in Punjab and is celebrated with maximum zeal and enthusiasm in the state. While many say it marks the end of the peak winter season, Lohri is generally associated with the harvest of the Rabi crop by farmers in Punjab. It is usually celebrated on January 13 every year and is believed that the ‘bonfire festival’ brings good luck, happiness and prosperity in everyone’s life.
On the celebration day of Lohri, people gather around bonfire and throw sweets, popcorns and puffed rice in the flame. People move around the fire, sing Lohri songs and dance the bhangra and gidda to the beat of the dhol.
Khajuraho Dance Festival, Madhya Pradesh
Khajuraho, The UNESCO World heritage Site, is home to some of the most intricately designed temple complexes in the world. Apart from the world renowned temples, Khajuraho is also known for its Dance Festival.
Here, every February, an outstanding dance festival is hosted where artists from all over the country perform live with the best of their acts on Hindu Mythology, some of them being Shiva’s Tandava, Krishna’s Raas Leela etc.