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.
Cultural in Mysuru (Mysore)

Dussehra

Mysuru is at its carnivalesque best during the 10-day Dussehra (locally spelt ‘Dasara’) festival. During this time Mysuru Palace is dramatically lit up every evening, while the town is transformed into a gigantic fa…
Wine in Nashik

SulaFest

Sula Vineyard's SulaFest, which takes place the first weekend of February, is Nashik's biggest party and one of India's best boutique music festivals. The winery swarms with revellers, hyped up on juice and partying…
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 …
Sports in Alappuzha (Alleppey)

Nehru Trophy Boat Race

The most renowned and fiercely contested of Kerala’s boat-race regattas, held annually on the second Saturday of August since 1954. Thousands of people, many aboard houseboats, gather around the starting and finishi…
Religious in Kerala

Onam

Kerala’s biggest cultural celebration, when the entire state celebrates the golden age of mythical King Mahabali for 10 days.
Cultural in Mumbai (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 opportun…
Religious in Old Goa

Feast of St Francis Xavier

A celebration of Goa’s patron saint; a nine-day novena precedes the feast day, when Old Goa's churches are packed. Once every 10 years, the saint is given an exposition, and his body hauled around Old Goa before sco…