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5 Offbeat Rajasthani Festivals

Welcome to Rajasthan – a timeless land where the sombre colors of the desert perfectly complement its vividly coloured festivals. Attending Rajasthani fairs and festivals is an immersive experience like none other. Here we highlight five offbeat events that are well worth planning your next Indian odyssey around. KOLAYAT FAIR[…]

5 Offbeat Festivals in India You Must Experience

When it comes to festivals, no other country can quite equal India in terms of diversity in culture, customs and tradition. The country sees a number of festivals throughout the year celebrating a variety of religions, sects, beliefs, and values Any discussion on the several festivals of India goes beyond the[…]

Experiencing the Aranmula Boat Race, Kerala

Every year during monsoons the state of Kerala, in the south of India, is witness to its many popular snake boat races. A snake boat or the Chundan Vallam is actually a long canoe style boat used in these boat races, which is now part and parcel of the rich[…]

Hemis Festival – An Experience Like None Other

If you happen to visit Ladakh in the summer try your best to align your holiday with the Hemis Festival. The festival commemorates the birth of the revered Guru Padamasambhava who is said to have brought the tantric form of Buddhism to the Himalayan kingdom. Every 12th year, known as[…]

Kalpathi Rath Festival, Kalpathi Rath Yatra, Kalpathi Ratholsavam

Kalpathi Ratholsavam – A Mix of Fervor, Frenzy and Festivities

“God’s own country”, Kerala is known for being home to several festivals. These are the times when grandeur and opulence completely take over the otherwise simple lifestyle of its people. One of the popular temple festivals celebrated here is the Kalpathi Rath Festival. An annual festival, it is held in[…]

5 Places to Celebrate Dusshera in India

Dussehra Dussehra is an India wide Hindu festival that celebrates the victory of the good over the bad, in remembrance of Rama’s victory over Ravana, from the Hindu text The Ramayana. The Ramayana, which originated in the second century BC, tells the story of Rama (incarnation of the god Vishnu) who defeats the[…]

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Stepping Back in Time, at the Pushkar festival

Rajasthan, the romantic desert state of India, hosts many colourful festivals throughout the year. Many of these festivals draw on the heritage of nomads, traders and magnificent Rajput warriors, to deliver a truly unique desert experience. Surely the most famous is the Pushkar Camel Fair held on the full moon[…]

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Nehru Boat Race

The Nehru Boat Race, as the name suggests, is named after Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru, the first Prime minister of independent India.  In 1952,  when he visited Kerala , Pandit Nehru was escorted by a pageantry of snake boats, called Chundan Vallams, on a boat trip from Kottayam to Alappuzha.[…]

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6 Must Experience Kerala Festivals

Kerala embodying its pseudonym of God’s Own Country is home to several colourful festivals that are an inherent part of its rich cultural heritage. Spread out across the year the rejoicing and festivities continue for several days. Next time you’re thinking of heading towards Kerala, try and align your holidays[…]