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Konkan Turtle Festival

February / March (2012) Maharashtra

Udupi Paryaya

January Udupi

Makar Mela

January Orissa

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

Makar Sankranti

January Entire India

Chennai Music and Dance Festival

January Chennai

Lohri

January Delhi, Haryana, Punjab

Yuru Kabgyat

January Ladakh, Zanskar

Sabarimala Temple Festival

November / December / January Sabarimala

Pattadakal Dance Festival

January Karnataka

Mumbai Festival

January Mumbai

Guru Gobind Singh Jayanti

January Punjab

Modhera Dance Festival

January Gujarat

Bikaner Camel Festival

January Bikaner

Feast of Three Kings

December / January Goa

Mamallapuram Dance Festival

January Mahabalipuram

Banganga Festival

January Mumbai

Yaksha Festival

January Tamil Nadu

Teesta Tea and Tourism Festival

December / January Sikkim, West Bengal

Island Tourism Festival

January Andaman

Kolkata Festival

January Kolkata

Republic Day

January Entire India

Thai Pushyam

January Palani Hills

Visaka Utsav

January Visakhapatnam

Lepcha and Bhutia New Year

January Sikkim

Beating of Retreat

January Delhi

Shopping Festival

December / January Kerala

Dehing Patkai Festival

January Assam

Kolkata Boi Mela

January / February Kolkata

Desert Festival

February Jaisalmer

Sufi Sutra International Sufi Music Festival

February West Bengal

Delhi Flower Show

February Delhi

Pop, Beat and Jazz festival

February Goa

Thar Festival

February Barmer

Adivasi Mela

January / February Bhubaneswar

Baneshwar Fair

January / February Udaipur

Deccan Festival

February Andhra Pradesh

Jaisalmer Desert Festival

February Rajasthan

Shekhawati Festival

February Rajasthan

Valentine's Day

February

Sikkim Snow Festival

February Sikkim

Nagaur Fair

January / February Kota

Rural Sports Festival

February Haryana

Pariyanampetta Pooram

February Kerala

Surajkund Crafts Mela

February Haryana

Khajuraho Dance Festival

February Khajuraho

Kala Goda Festival

February Mumbai

Shivaratri

February Entire India

Natyanjali Dance Festival

February Chidambaram

Vairamudi Festival

February Mysore

Teppam Float Festival

January / February Madurai

Goa Carnival

February Goa

Eranakulathappan Utsavam

January / February Kochi

Sabado Gordo

February Goa

Attukal Pongala

February Trivandrum

Music Festival (Thyagaraja)

January / February Thanjavur

Tibetan New Year

February Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Sikkim

Indian Derby

February Mumbai

Kolkata Film festival

February Kolkata

Taj Mahotsav

February Agra

Tamil New Year

February Tamil Nadu

Basant Panchami

January / February Entire India

Shivaji Jayanti

February Mumbai

Magh Mela

February Allahabad

International Yoga Festival

March Rishikesh

Matho Nagrang

February / March Ladakh

Elephanta Festival

February / March Mumbai

Holi

March Entire India

Id-i-Milad

March Entire India

Holla Mohalla

March Delhi, Haryana, Punjab

Shigmotsav

March Goa

Basant Utsav

March West Bengal

Ellora Festival

March Aurangabad

Sheetala Ashtmi

March Rajasthan

Elephant Race

March Guruvayur

Chapchar Kut

March Mizoram

Pataliputra Mahotsava

March Bihar

Thirunakkara Utsavam

March Kumarakom

Bumchu

February / March Gangtok

Uthralikavu Pooram

February / March Kerala

Ugadi

March Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Maharashtra

Mewar Festival

March Udaipur

Dosmoche

February / March Leh, Manali

Dang Durbar

March Gujarat

Ashok Ashtami

March Bhubaneswar

Paripally Gajamela

March Kerala

Jaipur Elephant Festival

March Rajasthan

Bharani Festival

February / March Kodungallur

Gudi Padwa

March Maharashtra

Cheti Chand

March Punjab

Procession of All Saints

March Goa

Rameshwaram Car Festival

February / March Rameswaram

Bhavnath Fair

February / March Gujarat

Bohag Bihu

April Assam

Feast of Our Lady of Miracles

April Kochi

Baisakhi

April Punjab

Pooram Festival

April Trivandrum

Thiru Kalyanam

April Rameswaram

Ambedkar Jayanti

April Entire India

Ardh Mela

January / April Allahabad

Kumbh Mela

January / April Allahabad

Bengali New Year

April West Bengal

Chithrai Festival

April Madurai

Easter

April Entire India

Good Friday

April Entire India

Jammu Festival

April Jammu

Hanuman Jayanti

March / April Entire India

Thrissur Pooram Festival

April Thrissur

Mahavir Jayanti

March / April Entire India

Sui Mata Mela

April Chamba HP

Khachoedpalri Mela

March / April Sikkim

Akshaya Tritiya

April Entire India

Ram Navami

March / April Entire India

Gangaur Festival

March / April Rajasthan

Arubathimoovar Festival

March / April Chennai

Morkulangara Temple Bharani Festival

March / April Kumarakom

Vishu

April Kerala

Kodaikanal Summer Festival

May Kodaikanal

Himalayan Hang Gliding Rally

May Himachal Pradesh

Beach Bonanza

April / May Goa

Dhungri Mela

May Manali

Urs

May Ajmer

Chaitra Navratri

April / May Gujarat, West Bengal

Saga Dawa

May Sikkim

Buddha Jayanti

May Himachal Pradesh, Punjab

Summer Festival (Mount Abu)

May Mount Abu

Urus – Beemapally

May Trivandrum

Ooty Summer Festival

May Ooty

International Flower Festival

May Sikkim

Igitun Chalne

May Goa

May Day

May Entire India

Mrigasira - Asthma Fish treatment in Hyderabad

June Hyderabad

Hemis Festival

June Leh, Ladakh

Sindhu Darshan Festival

June Leh, Ladakh

Kumari Amman Car Festival

May / June Kanyakumari

Phyang Tsedup

July Ladakh

Bastille Day

July Pondicherry

Rath Yatra (West Bengal)

July Kolkata

Mango Festival

July Delhi

Gu-Stor

July Ladakh, Zanskar

Champakulam Boat Race

July Alleppey

Mahankali Jatra

June / July Andhra Pradesh

Guru Purnima

July Rishikesh

Rath Yatra

July Puri

Feast of St Anthony

July Kochi, Goa

Minjar

July / August Chamba HP

Nehru Trophy Snake Boat Race

August Alleppey

Independence day

August Entire India

Jhapan Festival

August Santiniketan

Ladarcha

August Himachal Pradesh

Amarnath Yatra

July / August Jammu

Jamshed-e-Navroz (Parsi festival)

August Entire India

Pateti

August Mumbai

Avani Moolam

August Tamil Nadu

Raksha Bandhan

August Entire India

Nag Panchami

July / August Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, West Bengal

Shravan Purnima

August Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Uttaranchal, Uttar Pradesh

Nariyal Purnima

August Entire India

Ahilyabai Holkar’s Birthday

August Maheshwar

Karaga

August Karnataka

Drukpa Teshi

August Himachal Pradesh

Feast of St Lawrence

August Goa

Teej

August Rajasthan

Sheikh Farid Aagman Purb Festival

September Haryana, Punjab

Nanda Devi Fair

August / September Uttaranchal

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

Paryushan Parva

September Entire India

Pitr Paksha

September Entire India

Aranmula Palliyoda Sadya

August / September Alleppey

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

Rayalaseema Food and Dance Festival

October Tirupati

Vaishno Devi Yatra

March / April / September / October Jammu and Kashmir

Feast of St Jude

October Goa

Karva Chauth

October Entire India

Marwar Festival

October Jodhpur

Konkani Drama Festival

October Goa

Ki Chaam Festival

October Gangtok

Bihu

April / January / October Assam

Ram Lila

September / October Varanasi

Gandhi Jayanthi

October Entire India

Rajgir Dance Festival

October Nalanda

Pinjore Heritage Festival

October Haryana

Brahmotsavam

October Tirupati

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

Jhansi Festival

November Jhansi

Chathiyagiri Vihara Festival

November Sanchi

Goa Heritage Festival

November Goa

Tiatr Festival

November Goa

Id-ul-Zuha

October / November Entire India

Keshavrai Patan

November Bundi, Kota

Kolayat Fair

November Bikaner

Hampi Festival

November Hampi

Ka Pomblang Nongkrem

November Shillong

Boita Bandana

November Orissa

Dhanteras

October / November Entire India

Darjeeling Carnival

November Darjeeling

Chemrey Angchok Festival

November Ladakh

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

Pushkar Fair

October / November Pushkar

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

Chandrabhaga Fair

November Jaipur, Bundi, Karauli, Kota

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

Kalidas Festival

November Nagpur

Guktor Festival

November Himachal Pradesh

Mahakala Dance

November Sikkim

Pandit Motiram-Maniram Sangeet Samaroh

November Hyderabad

Sonepur Mela

November Bihar

Hornbill Festival

December Nagaland

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

Konark Dance & Music Festival

December Konark

Winter Festival

December Mount Abu

Lucknow Festival

December Lucknow

New Year

Entire India

Magh Bihu Festival

Renuka Mela

November / December Himachal Pradesh

Qutub Festival

November / December Delhi

Elephant Festival Assam

Elephant Festival Assam

Rash Mela

December Sundarbans

Losoong

December Sikkim

Muharrum

November / December Entire India

Cochin Carnival

December Kochi

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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