It is not without a reason that travel pundits believe that the best way to explore India is by visiting one of its festivals. Vivid, colorful and cultural – here are 5 cultural festivals you have to visit when in India.
When: January 27-February 25, 2013
Where: Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh
Why:The biggest of all festivals in India, the Maha Kumbh Mela is visited by more than 5 million people within the span of a month. The Mela is coming together of Hindu devotees who swarm to the ghats of Allahabad to offer their reverences by taking a dip in the holy Ganga water. An absolute visual treat is the morning Aarti. You get yummy street food, though everything’s vegetarian.
When: January 26-27, 2013
Where: Bikaner, Rajasthan
When : January 25-27, 2013
Where : Pattadakal, Karnataka
What : International Kite Festival
When : January 14, 2013
Where : Ahmedabad, Gujarat
Why :Coinciding with the Hindu festival of Makar Sankranti, the International Kite Festival is attended by kite makers and kite flying enthusiasts from all over the world.
What :DSC Jaipur Literature Festival,
When : January 24 to 28, 2013
Where : Jaipur, India