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…
Featuring international and Indian authors and a program of talks, films, debates and theatre. See the website for exact dates.
Camel and cattle fair that focuses on livestock trading but still colours the town with festivities.
Just after the Jaisalmer Desert Festival, this features cultural shows, dancing and puppetry.
One of Rajasthan’s biggest cattle fairs.
Cultural programs, fireworks and processions.
Held at the same time as Pushkar Mela, but with sadhus rather than camels.
Focuses on music and folk dance.
Held once every 12 years, when the 58-foot monolithic statue of Bahubali is swathed in colourful offerings. The next date is in 2018.
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.