Religious in Tirumala & Tirupati


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 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 …
Music in Hyderabad

Pandit Motiram–Maniram Sangeet Samaroh

This four-day music festival, named for two renowned classical musicians, celebrates Hindustani music. It's held in the Chowmahalla Palace.
Dance in Telangana & Andhra Pradesh


Women and girls in the north of the state celebrate womanhood with dancing and feasting, and make elaborate flower arrangements in honour of the goddess Batakamma, which they then set adrift on rivers.
Religious in Hyderabad

Mahankali Jatra

A statewide festival honouring Kali, with colourful processions in which devotees convey bonalu (pots of food offerings) to the deity. Secunderabad’s Mahankali Temple goes wild.
Music in Telangana & Andhra Pradesh

Deccan Festival

Pays tribute to Deccan culture. Urdu mushairas (poetry readings) are held, along with qawwali (Sufi devotional music) and other local music and dance performances.
Cultural in Visakhapatnam

Visakha Utsav

If you're here in mid-January, your visit may coincide with Visakha Utsav, an annual festival with food stalls on Ramakrishna Beach, exhibitions and cultural events.
Religious in Hyderabad


Hyderabad's skies fill with kites during this important regionwide Telugu harvest festival.
Religious in Telangana & Andhra Pradesh

Lumbini Festival

The three-day Lumbini Festival honours Andhra’s Buddhist heritage.