Festival calendar - 2017

    Festivals and the commotion exclusively inherent to them, together brings respite into our otherwise busy and taxing life. It is these festivals that rekindle light and hope in us and reclaim spirits in us to perpetuate with the rest of the human struggle. So in keeping with this thought, here is a list of festivals that are scheduled to take place in the year 2017 successively in different parts of India. Take a walk through it and make your favourite pick. We wish you all the best for your journey.

    Festive calendar - March

    Festival - International Yoga Festival


    Place - Parmarth Niketan Ashram, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand
    Date - March 1- 7 2017

    Begin the year on a healthier note by attending the International Yoga Festival. The programme will be held early in the month of March and hence plan your days accordingly.

    Scheduled to be held in the beautiful Parmarth Niketan Ashram situated in Rishikesh, this trip will also allow you the chance to explore the beauty of Uttarakhand in the month of March. The yoga festival will be administered by several trainers coming from different parts of the world. And remember yoga can find you anywhere and at any age, so encourage your entire family to partake the trip.

    We recommend: 2 Nights / 3 Days in Uttarakhand @ Rs 11,200/-

    Festival - Holika Dahan


    Place - City Palace, Udaipur, Rajasthan
    Date - March 12, 2017

    Make this Holi an unforgettable experience by taking a trip to Udaipur to celebrate the Holika Dahan.

    Holika Dahan marks the beginning of the festival Holi and hence is an important festival. On the full moon night of Phalguna, the holy fire is lit and the celebration commences. At this gala festival you will be able to witness palace processions of regally decked horses with royal band. The journey will commence from the royal residence and conclude at Manek Chowk.

    We recommend: 2 Nights / 3 Days in Udaipur @ Rs 8,600/-

    Festival - Thirunakkara Arattu


    Place - Thirunakkara Mahadeva Temple, Kottayam district, Kerala
    Date - March 15 - 24, 2017

    This is a famed temple festival that takes place in the green state of Kerala.

    One of the chief attractions for the month of March, the Thirunakkara Arattu festival revolves around a procession that carries the deity for a grand bath. Expert drummers beating rhythmically onto their instruments to match with the other performances such as the Kathakali dance or a Mayilattom performance also known as the peacock dance, together grace the beauty of the festival. The festival marks auspiciousness for the participants.

    We recommend: 5 Nights / 6 Days in Kerala @ Rs 15,200/-

    Festive calendar - April

    Festival - Ram Navami

    Uttar Pradesh

    Place - Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh
    Date - April 5, 2017

    Begin the month on a pious note by taking a trip to Uttar Pradesh. Come April, one of the most celebrated festivals in India, the Ram Navami is going to be celebrated on the historical land of Ayodhya.

    The festival, scheduled to be held on 5th of April, will become the nucleus of devotees coming from several corners of the world flocking in Ayodhya to conjoin in this cosmic celebration. Take a dip in the holy Sarayu river to anoint your troubled soul and engross yourself in the exchange of knowledge in the company of learned people.

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    Festival - Baisakhi


    Place - Amristar, Punjab
    Date - April 14, 2017

    Colourful and noisily dulcet, the Baisakhi festival is all about mirthfully celebrating the glory of the history and culture of Punjab.

    Baisakhi, as many of us know, is the festival of harvest, and this marks the Punjabi new year. But what many of us may not know is the fact that the Baisakhi festival also commemorates the foundation of the Khalsa. From local cuisines to fairs, from Bhangra dance to other cultural presentations, this festival will be conducted on 14th April in Amritsar. So get ready for a fun-filled April!.

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    Festival - Rangali Bihu or Bohag Bihu


    Place - Assam
    Date - April 14 - 16, 2017

    Rangali Bihu, the three-days festival is the most awaited celebration in the state of Assam and it will take place in the month of April. So get ready for your next North-East trip!

    This is one interesting festival that you must not miss and here is why - the Bihu festival, albeit takes place thrice a year, the Rangali Bihu or Bohag Bihu, observed in the month of April, is the most significant segment. It is an agricultural festival marking the time to sow the seeds with the arrival of spring. As mentioned earlier this is a three-days festival. The opening day is consecrated to the cows which play an inevitable role in propelling agriculture, while the second day is all about merrymaking with the kith and kin. Finally, on the third day which is also the last day, the Assamese people worship their deities.

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    Festive calendar - May

    Festival - International Flower Festival

    International Flower Festival

    Place - Gangtok, Sikkim
    Date - May 1 - 31, 2017

    In the month of May, will come into bloom, a wide variety of beautiful flowers in Gangtok. The capital city of Sikkim, becomes the playground of varicoloured flowers including multiple species of Rhododendrons and sprawling orchards growing sweet oranges.

    This is also the time when the state grows over hundreds of varieties of unique orchids. Even bamboo cultivation flourishes around this time. You can purchase a lot of bamboo-made products to decorate your home on your trip to Sikkim.

    We recommend: 3 Nights / 4 Days in Gangtok @ Rs 13,800/-

    Festival - Buddha Purnima Festival

    Buddha Purnima Festival

    Place - Dharamsala, Himachal Pradesh
    Date - May 10, 2017

    Dharamsala observes the Buddha Purnima Festival to celebrate the birth of Gautam Buddha.

    Dharamsala is the residence of the Dalai Lama and the headquarters of the Central Tibetan Administration which is the Tibetan government in exile. Pompous religious rituals accompanied by several cultural renditions will be in full swing during this time. You may celebrate this festival with the monks themselves to attain a spiritual maturity in life.

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    Festival - Pocheeshe Boishakh/ Rabindranath Tagore Jayanti

    Pocheeshe Boishakh/ Rabindranath Tagore Jayanti

    Place - Jorasanko Thakurbari, Kolkata
    Date - May 7, 2017

    On Pocheeshe Boishakh, ‘Pocheeshe’ meaning ‘25th’ and ‘Boishakh’ meaning ‘month of May’ as per Bengali calendar, this beautiful festival is celebrated in large scale in the ‘Jorasanko Thakurbari’, the ancestral abode of Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore.

    On Pocheeshe Boishakh, ‘Pocheeshe’ meaning ‘25th’ and ‘Boishakh’ meaning ‘month of May’ as per Bengali calendar, this beautiful festival is celebrated in large scale in the ‘Jorasanko Thakurbari’, the ancestral abode of Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore..

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