India is the land of fairs & festivals. The country is known for its vibrant festivities and pompous celebrations. All regions of India have their own festivals which underline their history, traditions, cultures and religious beliefs. Fairs & festivals of North India are all about the endless fervor of locals towards their beliefs. The locals here celebrate them with great zeal and fervor. While some festivals celebrate the harvesting season, some are to worship a holy river and some have deeply rooted mythological stories behind them. Get Tour Quotes
Some of the major fairs & festivals of North India are:
Taj Mahotsav, Agra
The flamboyant Taj Mahotsav is celebrated in Agra every year in the month of February. The festival fills the city of Agra with myriad colors. This 10 day festival is all about relishing the heritage of arts & crafts, culture, dance & music and cuisine of the state. Partake in this festival and get awe-struck by the magical performances of some of the best classical artists from all over the world. Sights of beautifully adorned elephants and camels add colors to the whole scenery of Taj Mahal.
Urs Fair, Ajmer
Celebrated in the historical city of Ajmer, Urs Fair marks the death Anniversary of Khwaja Moin-ud-din Chishti - the great Sufi saint. The festival greets pilgrims from various countries. The festival is runs for six days and hosts night-long dhikr/zikr qawwali singing.
Pushkar Fair, Rajasthan
Pushkar Fair is one of the liveliest fairs of India hosted in the holy town of Pushkar. Held each November, Pushkar Camel Fair is an annual camel and livestock fair when it is believed that 330 gods and goddesses of Hinduism gather at Pushkar Lake. The fair sees thousands of locals and travelers. This is world’s largest cattle fair where you can see beautifully adorned camels and horses. It is your chance to delve into Rajasthani cultures, buy local handicrafts and witness numerous exiting competitions. Get Tour Quotes
Kumbh Mela sees the biggest religious gathering on the world. This is the most popular Hindu pilgrimage which is hosted at four locations - Allahabad (Prayagraj), Haridwar, Nashik district (Nashik and Trimbak), and Ujjain. During the fair, millions of pilgrims and travelers visit the location to take a bath into the holy rivers which cleanse a person of all their sins. The Maha Kumbh occurs after 12 Purna Kumbh Melas i.e. every 144 years. Then there is Kumbh Mela which occurs every 12 years at a given site. And the third version is Ardh Kumbh ("Half Kumbh") Mela which is celebrated every 6 years between the two Purna Kumbha Melas at Allahabad and Haridwar.
Desert Festival, Jaisalmer
Unearth the secrets of desert by partaking in the Desert Festival of Jaisalmer, Rajasthan which is celebrated every year in the month of February. The festival paints the picture of vibrant cultures and lively traditions of Rajasthan. The festival includes camel rides, folk performances, fire dances, camping amidst desert sands and delectable food. Here you can also witness some rare competition like camel pole.
Hemis Festival, Ladakh
Hemis Festival is celebrated in Ladakh on the 10th day of the Tse-Chu every year. During this two day festival Hemis Monastery, the biggest Buddhist Monastery of Ladakh, is adorned with vibrant colors. Grand mask dance performances are planned during the festival along with tunes of tunes of drums, cymbals and long horns. Get Tour Quotes
Holi, Mathura & Vrindavan
Holi, the Festival of Colors, is celebrated in all parts of India. However, holi celebrations of Mathura & Vrindavan are the best. Holi in Mathura & Vrindavan is all about people soaked in vibrant colors for whole week. Every temple here is adorned during the festivities of Holi. People visit these cities from all over the world to enjoy the sights of Lathmar Holi where men apply colors on women and women playfully hit them with sticks. Visit Banke-Bihari temple during Holi festival where devotees play holi with flowers with Lord Krishna’s idol.
Other popular festivals of North India are:
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