Festivals are a great way to celebrate the traditions and culture. These help us in connecting with the people around us, be it family or friends. The carnivals or social events brings lot of people from different backgrounds, religions, ethnicity and race together to witness or participate in the special occasion which showcases a part of the Indian culture and also binds them together in mutual oneness. Here are the top five carnivals celebrated in India in the different parts of this remarkable country which exhibits the various colors of its culture and heritage.
Taj Mahotsav, Agra
A 10-day festival held annually in the month of February, Taj Mahotsav celebrates the artisans and handicrafts of India. With artists coming from different parts of the country, it offers a glimpse into the vibrant culture and heritage of India. It also exhibit the classical performances of the world-renowned artists. Witness some of the most amazing musical performances by artists from all over the country. Also, pamper your taste buds with the endless varieties of delectable dishes. If you are planning to see Taj Mahal then February is a great time to visit making you able to witness Taj Mahotsav.
Khajuraho Dance Festival, Madhya Pradesh
If you are a classical dance buff then, nothing can beat Khajuraho dance festival held during the months of February- March every year. This unique festival features wonderful dance performances showcasing various art forms of India including Kathak, Kuchipudi, Manipuri, Kathakali and Bharatnatyam. Along with the dance performances one can also see a number of craftsmen showcasing their indigenous arts and crafts to the visitors. It is held against the backdrop of the amazing architecture and the elegant ambiance of Vishwanatha and Chitragupta temples at Khajuraho.
Pushkar Camel Fair, Rajasthan
The festival began as an event to trade the cattle but with time it has gained a lot of popularity. It is an opportunity to witness more than 50,000 camels from close quarters. Held in the month of November, it is literally camel's day out. You would see them as far as your eye can see- all of them elaborately dressed and decorated. Beauty contest of camels are held and camel races are arranged. A mix of music, dance and color, Pushkar fair is a festival which showcases unique Indian culture.
Onam Festival, Kerala
Onam is celebrated with full energy and enthusiasm and the snake boat races held during the festival is a big crowd-puller. Each boat is a 120 foot canoe filled with more than 100 oarsman working in unison to steer their boat to victory. It is a great sight to witness team work and management. The race is held on second Saturday of August in the backwaters of Alleppey.
Deccan Festival, Andhra Pradesh
Organized by Andhra Tourism every year in the month of February- March, this 5-day festival celebrates the culture of Hyderabad with its rich Islamic influence. Enjoy a heavy mix of mushaira, qawwali with the mouth-watering Nawabi cuisine and performances by well-known Indian artists. Take this opportunity to shop for famous Hyderabadi pearls and jeweleries.