Top things to do

in Southern Karnataka

Bannerghatta Biological Park

The attached zoo is a little grim, but it’s worth making the 25km trek south of Bengaluru to this nature reserve to take its hour-long grand safari in a minibus through an 11,330-hectare enclosure. Here the Karnatak…
Literature in Rajasthan

Jaipur Literature Festival

Featuring international and Indian authors and a program of talks, films, debates and theatre. See the website for exact dates.
in Rajasthan

Nagaur Camel Fair

Camel and cattle fair that focuses on livestock trading but still colours the town with festivities.
in Rajasthan

Thar Festival

Just after the Jaisalmer Desert Festival, this features cultural shows, dancing and puppetry.
in Rajasthan

Cattle Fair

One of Rajasthan’s biggest cattle fairs.
in Rajasthan

Bundi Ustav

Cultural programs, fireworks and processions.
in Rajasthan

Kolayat Mela

Held at the same time as Pushkar Mela, but with sadhus rather than camels.
in Rajasthan

Winter Festival

Focuses on music and folk dance.
Religious in Bengaluru & Karnataka


Held once every 12 years, when the 58-foot monolithic statue of Bahubali is swathed in colourful offerings. The next date is in 2018.
Festival in Bengaluru & Karnataka

Vairamudi Festival

Lord Vishnu is adorned with jewels at Cheluvanarayana Temple in Melkote, including a diamond-studded crown belonging to Mysore’s former maharajas, attracting 400,000 pilgrims.