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…
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 …
A well-established three-day annual event that celebrates literature and the local tradition of mushaira (poetry recital). Held at locations including Lamakaan.
This four-day music festival, named for two renowned classical musicians, celebrates Hindustani music. It's held in the Chowmahalla Palace.
Held in Hyderabad, this five-day 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.
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.
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.
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.
Hyderabad's skies fill with kites during this important regionwide Telugu harvest festival. Expect fairs, bonfires and communal feasts.
The three-day Lumbini Festival honours Andhra’s Buddhist heritage.