Top Choice Cultural in Kohima

Hornbill Festival

Nagaland’s biggest annual jamboree, the Hornbill Festival is celebrated at the Naga Heritage Village, 10km south of Kohima. Naga tribes converge for a 10-day cultural, dance and sporting bash, much of it in full war…
Top Choice Religious in Varanasi

Dev Diwali

Leading up to the day each year that the gods are said to descend to Varanasi – 15 days after Diwali – the ghats along the Ganges glow in the flames of thousands of tiny oil lamps, thousands more of which are launch…
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 …
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 Cultural in Shantiniketan

Poush Mela

The high point of Shantiniketan's festive calendar, Poush Mela fair brings together artists, musicians, artisans and poets from nearby villages and far-flung continents. You can spend time with the bauls (the wander…
Top Choice Religious in Ujjain

Kumbh Mela

Ujjain is one of four sites in India that hosts the incredible Kumbh Mela, during which millions bathe in the Shipra River. It takes place here every 12 years, normally during April and May. The next one is due in 2…
Top Choice Hindu Festival 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 Kullu

Dussehra

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…
Top Choice Fair in Northern & Northeastern Odisha

Bali Yatra

A week of festivities commemorating past trading links with Indonesia. A huge fair is held on the river bank in Cuttack and you can shop for anything from cattle to fine textiles and silver filigree.
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…