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Festivals of India

What When Duration Where

Konkan Turtle Festival

February / March (2012) Maharashtra

Summer Festival (Mount Abu)

May 12-14, 2014 (Mon, Tue, Wed) 3 days Mount Abu

Mahankali Jatra

Jun 29, 2014 (Sun) 1 days Andhra Pradesh

Rath Yatra

Jun 29, 2014 (Sun) 1 days Puri

Guru Purnima

Jul 12, 2014 (Sat) 1 days Rishikesh

Teej

Jul 30-31, 2014 (Wed, Thu) 2 days Rajasthan

Nag Panchami

Aug 1, 2014 (Fri) 1 days Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, West Bengal

Pitr Paksha

Sep 9-24, 2014 (Tue-Wed) 16 days Entire India

Id-ul-Zuha

Oct 4, 2014 (Sat) 1 days Entire India

Marwar Festival

Oct 7-8, 2014 (Tue, Wed) 2 days Jodhpur

Pushkar Fair

Oct 30-Nov 06, 2014 (Thu-Thu) 8 days Pushkar

Chandrabhaga Fair

Nov 5-7, 2014 (Wed, Thu, Fri) 3 days Jaipur, Bundi, Karauli, Kota

Winter Festival

Dec 29-31, 2014 (Mon, Tue, Wed) 3 days Mount Abu

Nagaur Fair

Jan 26-29, 2015 (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu) 4 days Kota

Yuru Kabgyat

January Ladakh, Zanskar

Sabarimala Temple Festival

November / December / January Sabarimala

Gangasagar Mela

January West Bengal

Kite Festival

January Jaipur

Kerala Village Fair(Kovalam, Kochi)

January Kochi, Kovalam

National Kite Festival

January Jaipur

Pongal

January Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Pondicherry

Yaksha Festival

January Tamil Nadu

Kolkata Festival

January Kolkata

Makar Sankranti

January Entire India

Chennai Music and Dance Festival

January Chennai

Banganga Festival

January Mumbai

Lohri

January Delhi, Haryana, Punjab

Makar Mela

January Orissa

Pattadakal Dance Festival

January Karnataka

Mumbai Festival

January Mumbai

Guru Gobind Singh Jayanti

January Punjab

Bikaner Camel Festival

January Bikaner

Dehing Patkai Festival

January Assam

Feast of Three Kings

December / January Goa

Modhera Dance Festival

January Gujarat

Lepcha and Bhutia New Year

January Sikkim

Republic Day

January Entire India

Shopping Festival

December / January Kerala

Beating of Retreat

January Delhi

Visaka Utsav

January Visakhapatnam

Udupi Paryaya

January Udupi

Mamallapuram Dance Festival

January Mahabalipuram

Island Tourism Festival

January Andaman

Teesta Tea and Tourism Festival

December / January Sikkim, West Bengal

Thai Pushyam

January Palani Hills

Baneshwar Fair

Jan 30-Feb 03, 2015 (Fri-Tue) 5 days Udaipur

Desert Festival

Feb 1-3, 2015 (Sun, Mon, Tue) 3 days Jaisalmer

Shivaratri

Feb 18, 2015 (Wed) 1 days Entire India

Kolkata Film festival

February Kolkata

Deccan Festival

February Andhra Pradesh

Sabado Gordo

February Goa

Sufi Sutra International Sufi Music Festival

February West Bengal

Thar Festival

February Barmer

Tamil New Year

February Tamil Nadu

Jaisalmer Desert Festival

February Rajasthan

Shekhawati Festival

February Rajasthan

Valentine's Day

February

Sikkim Snow Festival

February Sikkim

Kala Goda Festival

February Mumbai

Rural Sports Festival

February Haryana

Khajuraho Dance Festival

February Khajuraho

Pariyanampetta Pooram

February Kerala

Tibetan New Year

February Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Sikkim

Magh Mela

February Allahabad

Taj Mahotsav

February Agra

Pop, Beat and Jazz festival

February Goa

Vairamudi Festival

February Mysore

Music Festival (Thyagaraja)

January / February Thanjavur

Basant Panchami

January / February Entire India

Teppam Float Festival

January / February Madurai

Shivaji Jayanti

February Mumbai

Eranakulathappan Utsavam

January / February Kochi

Delhi Flower Show

February Delhi

Indian Derby

February Mumbai

Goa Carnival

February Goa

Adivasi Mela

January / February Bhubaneswar

Attukal Pongala

February Trivandrum

Kolkata Boi Mela

January / February Kolkata

Natyanjali Dance Festival

February Chidambaram

Surajkund Crafts Mela

February Haryana

Mewar Festival

Mar 22-24, 2015 (Sun, Mon, Tue) 3 days Udaipur

Gangaur Festival

Mar 22-23, 2015 (Sun, Mon) 2 days Rajasthan

Shigmotsav

March Goa

Elephant Race

March Guruvayur

Chapchar Kut

March Mizoram

Thirunakkara Utsavam

March Kumarakom

Dosmoche

February / March Leh, Manali

Ellora Festival

March Aurangabad

Sheetala Ashtmi

March Rajasthan

Ugadi

March Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Maharashtra

Pataliputra Mahotsava

March Bihar

Bumchu

February / March Gangtok

Uthralikavu Pooram

February / March Kerala

Ashok Ashtami

March Bhubaneswar

Procession of All Saints

March Goa

Dang Durbar

March Gujarat

Paripally Gajamela

March Kerala

Bharani Festival

February / March Kodungallur

Jaipur Elephant Festival

March Rajasthan

Gudi Padwa

March Maharashtra

Bhavnath Fair

February / March Gujarat

International Yoga Festival

March Rishikesh

Matho Nagrang

February / March Ladakh

Elephanta Festival

February / March Mumbai

Cheti Chand

March Punjab

Holi

March Entire India

Id-i-Milad

March Entire India

Holla Mohalla

March Delhi, Haryana, Punjab

Rameshwaram Car Festival

February / March Rameswaram

Basant Utsav

March West Bengal

Bohag Bihu

April Assam

Good Friday

April Entire India

Thiru Kalyanam

April Rameswaram

Ardh Mela

January / April Allahabad

Kumbh Mela

January / April Allahabad

Arubathimoovar Festival

March / April Chennai

Feast of Our Lady of Miracles

April Kochi

Sui Mata Mela

April Chamba HP

Khachoedpalri Mela

March / April Sikkim

Pooram Festival

April Trivandrum

Thrissur Pooram Festival

April Thrissur

Ram Navami

March / April Entire India

Akshaya Tritiya

April Entire India

Morkulangara Temple Bharani Festival

March / April Kumarakom

Mahavir Jayanti

March / April Entire India

Hanuman Jayanti

March / April Entire India

Bengali New Year

April West Bengal

Jammu Festival

April Jammu

Ambedkar Jayanti

April Entire India

Easter

April Entire India

Chithrai Festival

April Madurai

Vishu

April Kerala

Baisakhi

April Punjab

Urs

May Ajmer

Buddha Jayanti

May Himachal Pradesh, Punjab

Kodaikanal Summer Festival

May Kodaikanal

Himalayan Hang Gliding Rally

May Himachal Pradesh

Beach Bonanza

April / May Goa

Igitun Chalne

May Goa

Dhungri Mela

May Manali

International Flower Festival

May Sikkim

Saga Dawa

May Sikkim

Ooty Summer Festival

May Ooty

Chaitra Navratri

April / May Gujarat, West Bengal

Urus – Beemapally

May Trivandrum

May Day

May Entire India

Mrigasira - Asthma Fish treatment in Hyderabad

June Hyderabad

Kumari Amman Car Festival

May / June Kanyakumari

Sindhu Darshan Festival

June Leh, Ladakh

Hemis Festival

June Leh, Ladakh

Feast of St Anthony

July Kochi, Goa

Phyang Tsedup

July Ladakh

Rath Yatra (West Bengal)

July Kolkata

Bastille Day

July Pondicherry

Mango Festival

July Delhi

Champakulam Boat Race

July Alleppey

Gu-Stor

July Ladakh, Zanskar

Nariyal Purnima

August Entire India

Jhapan Festival

August Santiniketan

Amarnath Yatra

July / August Jammu

Raksha Bandhan

August Entire India

Ahilyabai Holkar’s Birthday

August Maheshwar

Shravan Purnima

August Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Uttaranchal, Uttar Pradesh

Karaga

August Karnataka

Drukpa Teshi

August Himachal Pradesh

Feast of St Lawrence

August Goa

Avani Moolam

August Tamil Nadu

Pateti

August Mumbai

Nehru Trophy Snake Boat Race

August Alleppey

Minjar

July / August Chamba HP

Independence day

August Entire India

Ladarcha

August Himachal Pradesh

Jamshed-e-Navroz (Parsi festival)

August Entire India

Aranmula Palliyoda Sadya

August / September Alleppey

Sheikh Farid Aagman Purb Festival

September Haryana, Punjab

Paryushan Parva

September Entire India

Nanda Devi Fair

August / September Uttaranchal

Avani Avittam

August / September Kerala, Tamil Nadu

Aranmula Boat Race

August / September Alleppey

Manimahesh Yatra

August / September Himachal Pradesh

Ladakh Festival

September Ladakh, Leh

Janmashtami

August / September Entire India

International Film Festival

September Goa

Teachers Day

September Entire India

Onam

August / September Kerala

Id-ul-Fitr

August / September Entire India

Ganesh Chaturthi

August / September Entire India

Tarnetar Fair

September Gujarat

Rayalaseema Food and Dance Festival

October Tirupati

Bihu

April / January / October Assam

Ram Lila

September / October Varanasi

Feast of St Jude

October Goa

Gandhi Jayanthi

October Entire India

Rajgir Dance Festival

October Nalanda

Pinjore Heritage Festival

October Haryana

Karva Chauth

October Entire India

Fama de Menino Jesus

October Goa

Drupchen

October Sikkim

Fulpati

October Darjeeling

Batakamma

October Hyderabad, Warangal

Durga Puja

October Entire India

Dussehra

October Entire India

Ki Chaam Festival

October Gangtok

Konkani Drama Festival

October Goa

Vaishno Devi Yatra

March / April / September / October Jammu and Kashmir

Brahmotsavam

October Tirupati

Tiatr Festival

November Goa

Goa Heritage Festival

November Goa

Kolayat Fair

November Bikaner

Sonepur Mela

November Bihar

Ka Pomblang Nongkrem

November Shillong

Boita Bandana

November Orissa

Dhanteras

October / November Entire India

Jhansi Festival

November Jhansi

Chathiyagiri Vihara Festival

November Sanchi

Diwali

October / November Entire India

Lakshmi Puja

November Entire India

Bandi

October / November Punjab

Manjunatheshwara

November Dharmasthala

Govardhan Puja

November Entire India

Karthika Deepam

November Kerala, Tamil Nadu

Prithvi Theater Festival

November Mumbai

Bhaia Dooj

October / November Entire India

Chhath Festival

November Bihar

Lavi

November Himachal Pradesh

Hampi Festival

November Hampi

Cattle Fair

November Agra

Children’s Day

November Entire India

Jagadhatri Puja

November West Bengal

Kadalekayi Parishe

November Bangalore

Id-al-Adha

November Entire India

Ganga Mahotsav

October / November Varanasi

Kalidas Festival

November Nagpur

Guru Nanak Jayanti

November Delhi, Punjab

Kartika Purnima

November Entire India

Bali Yatra

November Puri, Cuttack

Vettucaud Church Festival

November Trivandrum

Puri Beach Festival

November Puri

Bundi Utsav

November Bundi

Keshavrai Patan

November Bundi, Kota

Darjeeling Carnival

November Darjeeling

Mahakala Dance

November Sikkim

Pandit Motiram-Maniram Sangeet Samaroh

November Hyderabad

Guktor Festival

November Himachal Pradesh

Chemrey Angchok Festival

November Ladakh

Huthri

December Madikeri

Feast of St Francis Xavier

December Goa

Laksha Deepotsava

December Dharmasthala

Losar

December Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Sikkim

Feast of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception

December Kochi, Goa

Lumbini Festival

December Hyderabad

Paush Mela

December Santiniketan

Mandala Festival

December Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu

Vishnupur Festival

December Santiniketan

Harballah Sangeet Sammelan

December Chandigarh, Jalandhar

Bishnupur Festival

December Santiniketan

Magh Bihu Festival

Hornbill Festival

December Nagaland

Konark Dance & Music Festival

December Konark

New Year

Entire India

Lucknow Festival

December Lucknow

Elephant Festival Assam

Losoong

December Sikkim

Muharrum

November / December Entire India

Elephant Festival Assam

Rash Mela

December Sundarbans

Renuka Mela

November / December Himachal Pradesh

Cochin Carnival

December Kochi

Qutub Festival

November / December Delhi

Christmas

December Entire India

Khatu Shyamji Fair

Rajasthan

Ashtamudi Art and Craft Festival

December Alleppey, Trivandrum

Chinakkathoor Pooram

Kerala

Tansen Music Festival

November / December Gwalior

Thirunakkara Arattu

Kerala

Kaila Devi Fair

Rajasthan

Vaikunda Ekadashi

December Kerala, Tamil Nadu

Festival of Dance

December Chennai

Kurushetra Festival

December Kurukshetra

Attuvela Mahotsavam

Kerala

Yamuna Jayanti

Uttar Pradesh

International Himalayan Festival

December Himachal Pradesh

Sawai Gandharva Sangeet Mahotsav

December Pune
 

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