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Hardly a day goes by in India without one somewhere in the country colorful festival is celebrated. Often there are religious festivals - after all, there are many gods in India to whom homage is to be paid - but also lots of cultural celebrations that definitely leave an impression.

Elephant Festival in Thrissur

If you like, plan such a festival in your tour of India. Since all modules and round trips are private trips in experience india, we can tailor the trips exactly to your wishes. The Indians often celebrate colorfully and with great processions. All of this is a feast for the eyes and offers many photo opportunities. When planning, however, please note that the dates are not fixed, especially for religious festivals. The dates will be after Moon calculated and adjustments must be reserved.

Overview of festivals and holidays in India

Ardh Kumbh Mela

Haridwar is one of the seven holiest places in India and one of the oldest living cities. Here you will meet a fascinating and colorful crowd: sadhus (holy men), Hindu priests, pilgrims, guides and beggars. Every evening you can experience the magic of an aarti ceremony on the Ganges, when countless lamps are lit and prayers are said and small candles float on the river. Hindus believe that a visit to the holy city of Haridwar will free them from the endless cycle of death and rebirth.
A trip to Haridwar at the time of the "Ardh Kumbh Mela" is even more impressive. According to Hindu mythology, this takes place when Jupiter, the sun and the moon are in a certain constellation. Kumbha Mela means something like festival of the jug and is considered a very sacred Hindu pilgrimage.

Pongal festival in Tamil Nadu

Pongal is one of the most important Tamil holidays and is like a harvest festival. The festival lasts four days and is celebrated with great pomp and happiness. The word pongal has its origin in the Tamil word for “cook” or “overflow” and according to old tradition a special dish is prepared from rice, milk and sugar and brought to the boil over. The festival can be combined with our “Living Temples of the South” module.

Holi - the festival of colors

in the March in northern India and Nepal
The beginning of spring is celebrated with the Holi festival and is particularly widespread in northern India and Nepal. It is without question the most colorful festival in India and is now even taking place here in Germany. It is celebrated in the streets and people throw colored powder at each other. This festival can be combined with our modules in North India, Rajasthan and Nepal.

Thrissur Pooram Elephant Festival in Kerala

The Thrissur Pooram is the most spectacular festival in Kerala. In addition to music and dances, the dazzling fireworks and a parade with elaborately decorated elephants are the main attractions of the festival. This festival can be combined, for example, with our Silktour to Kerala module.

Hemis Festival in Ladakh

The Hemis Monastery in Ladakh is one of the oldest and richest monasteries around Leh and during the summer months it is the scene of one of the largest Buddhist festivals in honor of Guru Padmasambhava (also known as Guru Rinpoche). Colorful, mystical mask dances take place, which are accompanied by cymbals and drums and which attract many visitors. You combine this festival with our module A piece of Tibet in India.

Onam festival

August in Kerala and Tamil Nadu
The Onam Festival is a harvest festival and is especially big in Kerala and Tamil Nadu and celebrated with colorful parades, exotic Kathakali dances and impressive pookalams (flower carpets) and snake boat races. This festival can be combined with our modules in South India.

Ganesh Chaturthi

Ganesha is a popular and obese elephant god in India and his birthday is celebrated in his honor. In Hinduism he is regarded as the god of wisdom, luck and success and has a correspondingly high degree of popularity and importance in the Indian population. During the festival, small and large Ganesha statues are exhibited at home and in public places for several days, and pujas are held regularly. At the climax of the festival, large, elaborate processions with dances take place, in which the large Ganesha statues are carried to the water and sunk there.

Dussehra Festival - all over India

The Dussehra Festival is one of the highest religious holidays and takes place as the climax on the last day of a ten-day festival. It is celebrated across India with very different rituals and names.
Especially in the east of the country in Bengal and Assam, the festival is known as Durga Puja and is held in honor of the goddess Durga. It is particularly celebrated in Kolkata and processions and concerts take place here. In southern India, Rajasthan and Gujarat, the festival is known as Navaratri. Especially in Mysore (Kerala) there is a special celebration with a pompous elephant procession. You travel the place Mysore with our component Silktour to Kerala.

Diwali - The Festival of Lights

Diwali is one of the greatest Hindu festivals that is celebrated with great enthusiasm and joy in India. The festival lasts a total of five days, with the third day being the main day of Diwali and being celebrated as the “Festival of Lights”. On this special day, candles are lit throughout the house and pujas are held in honor of Lakshmi, the Hindu goddess of happiness, love, prosperity and fertility. Family and friends are given presents and in some places colorful fireworks are set off.

Pushkar Mela

October November in Pushkar
The Pushkar Mela is a large camel and cattle market that is held annually in Pushkar in Rajasthan and attracts thousands of Indians and tourists. Next to the cattle dealers and photo hunters, showmen and musicians gather and everything is colorfully decorated. There are camel races and folk dances and music are played. Travel Pushkar with our module Maharajas and fairy tales in Rajasthan.

Hornbill Festival

December in Nagaland
The Nagaland region is home to various tribes who have retained their traditions and original ways of life. At the Hornbill Festival, all the tribes come together to celebrate. Indigenous dances, songs and handicrafts etc. are presented. The trunks also present themselves splendidly. It is a great feast for the eyes and offers plenty of photo opportunities. There are also festivals of the individual tribes, such as the Sekrenyi Festival, which are celebrated on different dates throughout the year.