Top Choice Religious in Varanasi

Dev Diwali

Leading up to the day each year that the gods are said to descend to Varanasi – 15 days after Diwali – the ghats along the Ganges glow in the flames of thousands of tiny oil lamps, thousands more of which are launch…
Religious in Western Uttar Pradesh

Holi

Perhaps the world's most colourful festival – you've probably seen pictures of people covered in all shades of fluorescent powder – this nationwide party celebrates the arrival of spring and the triumph of good over…
Religious in Allahabad (Prayagraj)

Kumbh Mela & Magh Mela

The Magh Mela is a huge annual religious fair that transforms into the world’s largest human gathering, the Kumbh Mela, every 12th year (next in 2025).
Religious in Agra

Ram Barat

Celebrated before the Hindu festival of Dussehra, Ram Barat is a dramatic recreation of the royal/divine wedding procession of Rama and Sita. Expect three days of colourful lights and pounding Hindu rhythms, highlig…
Cultural in Varanasi

Ram Lila

Every year since the early 1800s the Ram Lila, a lengthy version of the Ramayana, has been performed beside Ramnagar Fort in Varanasi. The epic saga of Rama’s marriage to Sita and his battle against the demon king R…
Cultural in Agra

Taj Mahotsav

This 10-day carnival of culture, cuisine and crafts is Agra's biggest and best party. Held at Shilpgram, the festival features more than 400 artisans from all over India, a pot-pourri of folk and classical music, da…
Religious in Sarnath

Purnima

Also known as Vesak, Buddha Jayanti or, informally, Buddha’s birthday, Purnima actually celebrates the birth, enlightenment and death of Buddha. Sarnath takes on a particularly festive air on this day, when Buddhist…
Cultural in Lucknow

Mahindra Sanatkada Festival

A well-curated four-day festival of arts, crafts, food and performances, focusing on a different theme each year. Most events take place in the Safed Baradari building in Kaiserbagh.
Religious in Mathura

Janmastami

You can barely move here during Krishna’s birthday, when temples are swathed in decorations and musical dramas about Krishna are performed.
Cultural in Lucknow

Lucknow Mahotsav

The spirit of the nawabs comes back to life during this 10-day festival starting in late November. Events include processions, plays, Kathak (North Indian classical dance), ghazal (Urdu love songs), sitar recitals, …