Check out the exciting events, festivals and cultural celebrations in India that occur all year round. Click on one of our destinations below to see whats happening locally!
Dancing in a hypnotic trance to the rhythm of drums, devotees of Muruga carry the 'Kavadi' a flower-decked decoration, all the way up the Palani Hills to fulfill their vow.
The Summer Festival of Tamil Nadu is one of the most popular events in the region. It is held on hill stations of like Kodailkanal, Yercaud, Yelagiri Hills and Udhagamandalam.
Saga Dawa is the threefold festival that celebrates the birth, death and nirvana of Lord Buddha and is also considered the holiest day for Mahayana Buddhist.
The Kanthuri Festival is held at Tamil Nadu's Shrine of Saint Quadirwali. One of the saint's descendent is chosen as spiritual leader of the celebration; they are then honored by the devotees.
Bhanu Jayanti marks the birth of the most revered Napalese poet, Bhanu Bhakta.
Drukpa Tseshi is an important day to the Buddhist for it marks the day when Lord Buddha turned the ‘Wheel of Dharma’.
This famous race takes place in August every year, in Vembanad Lake to the east of Aleppy town - 60km from Cochin.
The festival of Phang Lhabsol is unique to Sikkim. The festival is dedicated to Mt Kanchendzonga, the guardian deity of Sikkim and to the Treaty of Brotherhood signed between the Lepchas and the Bhutias.
The celebration of this feast is an annual festival which lasts for 9 days and draws more than a million and a half pilgrims.
Biswakarma Puja is celebrated in the honour of Lord Vishwa Karma - the God of Machines.
Navarathri (nine nights) is one of the greatest festivals of India when God is worshiped in the form of Mother. This is a period of introspection and purification.
Dasain is the most important festival for the Nepalese Hindu of Sikkim. The festival marks the victory of good over evil, when Goddess Durga defeated evil Mahisura.
Kaarthigai Deepam is a festival of lights, celebrated in the Tamil month of Kaarthigai. It is celebrated on the full moon of the month which coincides with the Krithikai star.
Lhabab Dhuechen is one of the important festivals celebrated in Sikkim. The festival marks the day when Lord Buddha descended to the world from the heaven upon the request of his devotees.
Diwali is celebrated all over India to mark the return of Lord Rama to his Kingdom Ayodhya, after 14 years of exile. In this festival people also conduct Laxmi Pujato please the Goddess of Wealth.
Kagyed Dance is a popular Chaam dance of Sikkim performed at the years end. The themes for the Chaam are normally taken from Buddhist mythology, symbolizing the destruction of evil forces and restoration of peace.
Enchey Monastery performs the annual Detor Chaamdance in the month of December.
Losoong festival is celebrated to mark the end of harvest season and the year.
The Chennai music and dance festival is a celebration of classical music and dance of South India held during mid December to mid January in the capital city of Chennai.
This annual dance festival is performed on an open-air 'stage' created 13 centuries ago and against the backdrop of the incredible monolithic rock sculptures of the Pallavas in the city of Mamallapuram.
Originally in Tamil Nadu, Pongal is one of the most significant festivals of the region celebrated to honor a good harvest and to rejoice in prosperity.
Cham Dance is a visual delight because it incorporates elaborate and colourful costumes, choreographed dance movements and a very catchy storyline.
Losar is the Tibetan New Year, which is also shared by the Sikkimese.
Arubathimoovar refers to the 63 saints of Shiva canonized for leading exemplary lives of devotion and penance. Annually, the 63 bronze figures that adorn Kapalizwar Temple are carried through Mylapore.
Bhumchu is a yearly festival in Sikkim held at Tashiding Monastery. What makes the festival intriguing is that it still lives in the ancient history.
'Puthandu' popularly known as 'Varusha Pirappu', marks the beginning of the Dravidian New Year in the State of Tamil Nadu