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.
Sports in Alappuzha (Alleppey)

Nehru Trophy Boat Race

This is the most renowned and fiercely contested of Kerala’s boat-race regattas. Thousands of people, many aboard houseboats, gather around the starting and finishing points on Alleppey's Punnamada Lake to watch sna…
Cultural in Mysuru (Mysore)

Dussehra

Mysuru is at its carnivalesque best during the 10-day Dussehra (locally spelt ‘Dasara’) festival held September or October. During this time the Mysuru Palace is dramatically lit up every evening, while the town is …
Wine in Nasik

SulaFest

Sula Vineyard's SulaFest, which takes place the first weekend of February, is Nasik's biggest party and one of India's best boutique music festivals. The winery is swarmed with revellers, hyped up on juice and party…
Religious in Tirumala & Tirupati

Brahmotsavam

Initiated by Brahma himself, this nine-day festival sees the Venkateshwara Temple adorned in decorations. Special pujas and colourful chariot processions are a feature of the festivities, and it’s considered an ausp…
Religious in Hyderabad

Muharram

Muharram is the first month of the Islamic year and commemorates the martyrdom of Mohammed’s grandson Hussain with mass mourning and all-night sermons. Shiites wear black in mourning, and throngs gather at Badshahi …
Cultural in Mumbai

Ganesh Chaturthi

Mumbai gets totally swept up by this 10- to 12-day celebration of the elephant-headed Hindu god Ganesh. On the festival’s first, third, fifth, seventh and 11th days, families and communities take their Ganesh statue…
Cultural in Pune

Ganesh Chaturthi

Celebrated with fervour all across Maharashtra in August/September. Pune goes particularly hysteric in honour of the elephant-headed deity with a tide of festivities across the city. It provides a fantastic window f…
Carnival in Kochi (Cochin)

Cochin Carnival

The Cochin Carnival is Fort Cochin's biggest bash, a 10-day festival culminating on New Year's Eve. Street parades, colourful costumes, embellished elephants (which won't appeal to all), music, folk dancing and lots…
Religious in Hampi

Virupaksha Car Festival

The Virupaksha Car Festival is a big event, with a colourful procession characterised by a giant wooden chariot (the temple car from Virupaksha Temple) being pulled along the main strip of Hampi Bazaar.