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Fairs & Festivals

Holi, Diwali and Pushkar are probably the three best known fairs and festivals of India. Holi and Diwali in particular are celebrated over most of the country in what the world has come to recognise, in their own unique and spectacular ways. Other festivals include the kite festival in Gujarat and Rajasthan, Bateshwar and Nagaur cattle festivals, Onam in Kerala and its famous snake boat races. There are also modern festivals which are now capturing the imagination of the traveller, from sufi festivals to techno fests, the now world-famous Jaipur Literature Festival has spawned many smaller literature festivals. Art shows are becoming increasingly popular in Mumbai and Delhi. India even has its own home-grown wine festival. A selection of the main ones is below but we will be happy to assist you with finding something a little more obscure too.


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With more than 500 temples, Pushkar is one of Hinduism’s holiest sites. The main temple is supposedly the only temple in existence dedicated to Lord Brahma. It is best known for the yearly festival, during October or November, which runs for a week, the first part of which is largely for the trading of goods and livestock – notably camels. The ‘second part’ is much more religious, with many pilgrims and sadhus attending to cleanse their sins in the holy lake.
Most majestic and romantic of all the Indian states is Rajasthan with its royal palaces, forts, and legendary cities such as Jaipur, Jodhpur and Udaipur whose majesty and history conjure up images of the opulence synonymous with the region. It combines ancient desert tribes, warring Rajputs and royal Maharajas and features forgotten.
For many travellers, Kerala is South India’s most serenely beautiful state. A slender coastal strip is shaped by its layered landscape: almost 600km of glorious Arabian Sea coast and beaches; a languid network of glistening backwaters; and the spice- and tea-covered hills of the Western Ghats.
Surrounded by ancient forts and the rugged Aravali Hills, Jaipur, Rajasthan's Pink City, is one of the most enticing places in India. Every aspect of Jaipur (The story goes that when Queen Victoria visited 1876, the maharaja painted the whole city pink hence its nickname) was originally meticulously planned when it was founded in 1727 by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh. Today it is one of India’s fastest-growing cities, showcasing ‘new meets old’, yet even in the most modern parts, ancient traditions remain.
Bombay, now known as Mumbai, is a world unto itself, with a unique intensity that hits you the moment you land. Mumbai, India’s greatest port, financial capital, and trend-setting East-West nexus. Perched on the Arabian Sea on an island and separated from the rest of India by a winding creek.Its culture is contemporary, vibrant and often in your face, reflecting both the affluence and poverty of more than 15 million people crowded onto this island. Restaurants, bars, museums, and shops intermingle with shining new skyscrapers, congested streets, bright neon lights, and the glamorous film industry of Bollywood, India’s most prolific film industry.
Delhi is a city that bridges many different worlds. It has seen the rise and fall of many empires, that have left behind a plethora of monuments commemorating the glory of bygone ages. Then there is Old Delhi, with its labyrinth of narrow lanes, lined with crumbling Havelis and housing India’s largest mosque; in contrast, New Delhi created by the British Raj comprises spacious, tree-lined avenues and imposing government buildings. Then in modern Delhi, you will discover a city of shopping malls, world-class restaurants, fascinating museums and art galleries and a vivacious performing-arts scene. Whether architects or chefs, history buffs or teenagers,