8 winter festival which you cannot afford to miss

In these winter months, plan an extraordinary journey to witness the finest culture of the country. Well, there are hundreds of festivals in our country but winter festivals are our favorite. so here is a list of winter festivals that you shouldn’t miss.

Camel Fair

Winter brings out the best in some places, and, Rajasthan is one such royal destination that gets prettier with the onset of winter. Apart from visiting the majestic havelis and breathtaking forts of the state, visit the desert land to revel in art, culture, and festivals. The two-day affair scheduled for January 13-14, 2018 is sure to mesmerize you with its splendor and make for a perfect getaway during the winter.

jaipur Literary Festival

Several literary fests take place in and around India. However, the Jaipur Literary Festival scheduled from January 24-29, 2018 at the Pink City of India is the world’s largest free event of its kind that will see renowned personalities including historians, politicians, humanitarians and business leaders grace attendees with their presence. The literary fest, with its stimulating conversations held in the backdrop of the famous Diggi Palace, will offer a unique cultural and intellectual experience.

Sufi Spirit Festival

Rajasthan is definitely much more than its historic forts and palaces. The Sufi Spirit Festival at Nagaur with soothing music, dance and poetry and good food is sure to offer an unforgettable experience.  Sufi Festival brings together brilliant artists from across India and around the world in a stunning royal setting. Scheduled from February 12-15, 2018 at the Nagaur fort and from February 16-18 at the Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur, this event is sure to transport you to a different world altogether

Theyyam

While Kerala is an epitome of tranquility and oozes picturesque beauty, its festivals, too, stand out for their grandeur and uniqueness. One offbeat festival of Kerala is Theyyam that originated in North Kerala. Scheduled to take place from February 23-26, 2018 in the Kasargod district of Kerala, the popular ritual dance, Theyyam represents a host of Gods and Goddesses dancing to the sounds of musical instruments like chenda, elathalam, kurumkuzal and veekkuchenda.

Rann Utsav

With its ancient temples and wildlife sanctuaries, Gujarat definitely is a treasure trove of architecture and history. Well, give them a miss and head to the desert of Kutch to experience a grand cultural fiesta. The ongoing India Rann Utsav is a melange of music, dance, and craft. The white sands and full bloom moon make for picture-perfect scenery, especially in the winter months. Kutch food, camel-back safari and more at Gujarat’s Rann Utsav that ends on February 20, 2018.

Kite festival

From stunt kites, rokkakus, deltas, miniature kites and inflatables, scan the skies during the renowned Ahmedabad International Kite Festival scheduled from the of January 7-15, 2018. Every nook and cranny of Ahmedabad’s streets and lanes will be full of makeshift shops selling kites of different colors and hues, sizes, and shapes. Come, witness the marvelous kite flying skills and incredibly artistic kites take to the skies during the festival. Do not forget to shop for beautiful handicrafts, knick-knacks, clothes, and spices sold at the time of the festival

Hornbill festival

If you are taking a tour of the Northeast in the winter months, then Nagaland can be an ideal spot. Do not miss out on the 10-day Hornbill festival held in Kisama heritage village of Nagaland. Scheduled from December 1-10, 2017, the village plays host to a series of arts and crafts exhibitions and events such as a Naga wrestling competition, Naga chili-eating contest, cooking competition, greased bamboo pole climbing event and much more. Enjoy the rock music festival held at the same time featuring some of the best contemporary bands from Northeast India

Desert Festival

Witness the Thar Desert comes to life at the three-day extravaganza of Jaisalmer Desert festival. Scheduled from January 29-31, 2018, this is the time when the celebrations of the festival lighten up the desert with color, enthusiasm, and happiness. The traditional and bright costumes, the folk music recitals, competitions like camel races, tug-of-war, mustache competition, gymnastic stunts along with mouth-watering food and artifacts make it an absolute must-visit destination during the winter.

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