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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 …
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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…
Dance in Khajuraho

Festival of Dance

Free nightly Indian dance performances amid the Western Group temples are the focus of this week-long festival, which packs Khajuraho with visitors.
Religious in Pachmarhi

Shivaratri Mela

Up to 100,000 Shaivite pilgrims, sadhus (holy men) and Adivasis (tribal people) attend celebrations at Mahadeo Cave, then make a pilgrimage up Chauragarh to plant tridents by the Shiva shrine.
Music in Gwalior

Tansen Music Festival

This five-day festival, dedicated to the revered 16th-century composer-musician Tansen, attracts classical musicians and singers from all over India, usually with free performances at Tansen's tomb.
Parade in Maheshwar

Ahilyabai Holkar Jayanti Mahotsav

The birthday of the revered Holkar queen, Ahilyabai, is celebrated with particular fervour in Maheshwar on or close to her birth date, 31 May, with percussion-heavy processions of palanquins (enclosed seats carried …
Festival in Sanchi

Chethiyagiri Vihara Festival

Buddhist monks and pilgrims flock to see relics of two of Buddha’s early disciples, Sariputta and Maha Moggallana (discovered in Stupa 3 in 1853) that are revealed to the public only on this weekend.
Cultural in Ujjain


The Festival of Nine Nights, leading up to Dussehra, is celebrated with particular fervour in Ujjain. Lamps on the large pillars in the Harsiddhi Mandir are lit.