Why is it that when one plans vacations, only exotic foreign lands are kept in mind? Now we give you options to explore within India that are unusual and interesting, while at the same time offer you a glimpse of your roots.
Go fly a kite literally with enthusiasts from India, as well as across the globe. The International Kite Festival takes place in Gujarat from 7-15. Craft bazaars and cultural performances will also be on. A visit to the kite museum in Ahmedabad is also a must.
India surf festival.
Ready to make waves? Head to the Puri-Konark Marine Drive beach in Odisha from 14-16 to participate in events like Yoga on Water. For amateurs, a Walk on Water workshop is also on offer.
Held in the first week of February, the Khajuraho Dance Festival traditionally celebrates Indian classical dance styles such as Kathak, Bharatanatyam and Odissi, among others. In recent years, modern dances, too, have been included.
It will be held from March 1-7 at Rishikesh. Indulge in over 60 hours of classes from world-class yoga teachers practicing multiple styles, including Kundalini Yoga, Iyengar Yoga and Kriya Yoga.
The main festival of the Ao Nagas of Nagaland, it celebrates the completion of the season of sowing. Warrior dances, love songs, folk tales, rice beer and a variety a meat dishes mark the occasion.
Dharmsala Film Fest
Organised with the intention of featuring diverse films and showcasing the best in independent cinema, this event takes the magic of cinema to the mountains.
Millions are known to converge in Puri to watch the Rath Yatra that usually takes place in June or July. Devotees line up to pull three chariots by ropes for the entire duration of their journey. The spectacle cannot be missed.
Rajasthan Folk Festival
The event is renowned for bringing international and local musicians on the same platform to enthrall audiences against the backdrop of old-world castles and forts.
Held in Rajasthan with the sole aim of trading cattle and camels, it is one of the most vibrant fairs of India. Once trading is completed, cattle are decked up for public display while several interesting competitions are held on the sidelines.
Hot Air Balloon
Karnataka Tourism has organised a hot air balloon festival in the past across different regions, including Hampi, Bidar and Mysore. On the other hand, Maharashtra also announced plans to boost adventure tourism with flights expected from Lonavla, Pune and surrounding areas.