The festivals celebrated in November bring the whole country together! You can spot festivity and celebrations on every street and corner. There is food, frills and fun everywhere. Come, be a part of these celebrations:
Pushkar Fair, Pushkar (Rajasthan)
Come November and the highway to Pushkar encounters a traffic jam of a unique kind. Two out of its eight lanes are jampacked with camels. You may ask the destination? Well, it is the gorgeous Pushkar Fair. It is undoubtedly one of the largest in India and more interestingly, the fair also involves a fair share of religious tourism as devotees take a dip in the holy lake at Pushkar to seek salvation from their sins.
Dates: 23rd Oct to 4th Nov, 2017
Rann Mahotsav, Kutch (Gujarat)
Organised by Gujarat Tourism, this carnival is one of the most awaited and popular festivals in India. A myriad of events, cultural performances, exhibitions by local artisans bring out a plethora of varied hues in the white arid land of Kutch. One of the most aesthetic and ethereal places in the state with its diverse ethnicity hosts this wonderful celebration of art, music, dance and craft. On the full moon night in the month of December the carnival commences at the iridescent landscape of Kutch.
Dates: Nov 1 2017 to 20th Feb 2018
Guru Nanak Jayanti, Pan India
Guru Nanak Jayanti celebrates the birth of the first Sikh Guru and the founder of Sikhism. It is believed that Guru Nanak was born on a full moon day in the month of Kartik, as per the Hindu calendar. The Golden Temple in Amritsar is where Sikhs from all over the country participate in several kirtans (religious songs) and “prabhat pheris” (processions) in which they recite several shabads (extracts from the Guru Granth Sahib) to celebrate this auspicious day.
Date: 4th Nov, 2017
Location: The festival is celebrated across India but Golden Temple in Amritsar is the main location for Guru Nanak Jayanti festival.
A dip in the Ganga in Varanasi at the break of dawn, on the day of Kartik Purnima, is believed to bring salvation. Most pilgrims gather along the ghats while tourists take the boats to the middle of the river to get a grand view of this spectacle. Gangaa Mahotsav, a cultural festival is also organised during this time. While the stairs of Rajendra Ghat double up as as galleries, the quadrangle overlooking the river becomes the stage.
Dates: 1st Nov to 3rd Nov, 2017
The amazing festivities are the perfect reason to travel and explore these lovely places in India while experiencing a slice of the local culture and heritage!