Top Choice Cultural in Ölgii

Ölgii Eagle Festival

Hunting with eagles is a Kazakh winter hobby, not a profession, and it's estimated that there are about 400 practitioners living in Bayan-Ölgii. Every October, around a hundred of them converge at Sayat Tube (Hunter…
Top Choice Sports in Cholpon-Ata

World Nomad Games

Held every two years in even-numbered years, this gathering of global sportsmen competing in traditional nomadic sports is a highlight of the entire region. Sports competitions are held at the Hippodrome just east o…
Top Choice Cultural in Khorog

Roof of the World Festival

This annual celebration of culture was initiated as a small scale festival in Khorog in 2008 and has expanded to become a regional expression of traditional Pamir customs and values. Dancers, artists, craftspeople a…
Top Choice Cultural in Murgab

At Chabysh

Aimed at reviving and strengthening the traditions of horsemanship of the Kyrgyz Pamirs, this annual festival features traditional horse sports interspersed with musical recitals and poetry recitations. It also incl…
Top Choice Religious in Varanasi

Dev Diwali

Leading up to the day each year that the gods are said to descend to Varanasi – fifteen days after Diwali – the ghats along the Ganges glow in the flames of thousands of tiny oil lamps, thousands more of which are l…
Top Choice Cultural in Bulgan

Bulgan Camel Festival

For two days every March (usually the 6th and 7th), Bulgan is happening! That's when visitors from around the country and beyond descend for camel polo, camel shearing and camel races, as well as demonstrations of h…
Top Choice Literature in Ubud

Ubud Writers & Readers Festival

Southeast Asia's major literary event brings together writers and readers from around the world in a five-day celebration of writing – especially writing that touches on Bali. A major event on the Ubud calendar.
Top Choice Religious in Gokarna

Shivaratri

A chariot bearing a statue of Lord Shiva and his lingam is pulled through the streets by hundreds of pilgrims to conclude this nine-day festival.
Top Choice Religious in Donggang

Burning of the Wang Yeh Boats

One of Taiwan's top folk festivals, this involves inviting gods to earth, feasting them, and then asking them to carry trouble-causing demons and plagues away with them on a boat. In the spectacular conclusion, the …
Top Choice Ice Sculpture in Harbin

Harbin Ice & Snow Festival

Every winter from early December to late February (officially the festival opens 5 January), Harbin dons a fur-lined, technicolour dreamcoat of ice, snow and neon and gets down, Narnia style – no matter that it's mi…