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 Religious in Gokarna


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 Cultural in Jagdalpur

Bastar Dussehra

In Bastar the Dussehra date (usually in early October) is just the last of 75 days of rituals and preparations that give Bastar Dussehra claim to be one of the world's longest festivals. Things climax in the final 1…
Top Choice Religious in Ki

Ki Chaam Festival

The monastery at Ki is the scene of whirling dances performed by brightly costumed and masked lamas on the last day of this one-week festival, which is attended by villagers from across Spiti and serves as a ritual …
Top Choice Fair in Northern & Northeastern Odisha

Bali Yatra

A week commemorating past trading links with Indonesia. A huge fair is held on the river bank in Cuttack and you can buy anything from cattle to fine textiles and silver filigree.
Top Choice Religious in Kullu


Kullu hosts one of the most unusual and colourful Dussehra festivals in India. Unlike the one-day celebrations common elsewhere, Kullu Dussehra goes on for a week. The opening day is the most exciting, with 200 or m…
Fair in Pushkar

Pushkar Camel Fair

Come the month of Kartika, the eighth lunar month of the Hindu calendar and one of the holiest, Thar camel drivers spruce up their ships of the desert and start the long walk to Pushkar in time for Kartik Purnima (F…
Religious in Kolkata

Durga Puja

Bengal's biggest carnival brings Kolkata to a fever pitch of colourfully chaotic mayhem, as the city’s biggest festival celebrates the maternal essence of the divine. For five days, people venerate ornate idols of t…
Cultural in Kohima

Hornbill Festival

Nagaland’s biggest annual jamboree, the Hornbill Festival is celebrated at Kisama Heritage Village, where various Naga tribes converge for a 10-day cultural, dance and sporting bash, much of it in full warrior costu…
Religious in Haridwar

Kumbh Mela

The largest religious gathering on earth, drawing millions of worshippers, the Kumbh Mela is an auspicious time to wash away sins in a sacred river. It's celebrated in Haridwar every 12 years (rotating between Allah…