Fairs and Festivals

PUSHKAR FAIR

Go India Journeys invites you to the world's largest camel and cattle fair Called Pushkar Fair, held at Pushkar, Rajasthan. Pushkar is a small town 15 kilometres from Ajmer. Pushkar fair in India has a great religious and mythological legacy.
The Pushkar fair in itself is a unique experience; adding to the natural colours of the desert town are not only the vibrantly dressed men and women, or the shops selling various colourful goods, but also the decorated and bedecked camel and cattle which are on sale.


RAJASTHAN INTERNATIONAL FOLK FESTIVAL (RIFF)


Started in 2007 the Rajasthan International Folk Festival (RIFF) brings together more than 250 Musicians and performing artists from across Rajasthan and around the world to honour their musical heritage and create new sounds through innovative collaborations, for five days in October each year.
Timed to coincide with the brightest full moon of the year in north India, Sharad Poornima, RIFF features a series of spectacular concerts and events based in and around Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur.
Go India Journeys invites you to be a part of this festival that was featured in Songlines Magazine’s 25 of the best international festivals – 2010.


SONEPUR CATTLE FAIR


Till date the biggest cattle fair in Asia is held in Sonepur, Bihar.  The cattle fair can trace it origins to ancient times. The most important of all attractions is the one where numerous elephants, beautifully decorated are lined up for sale. The Sonepur Fair is the only one where such a large number of elephants are sold. Go India Journeys invites you to this fair of all fairs- to visit Sonepur, a place that is both religious and cultural. Go India Journeys presents a unique opportunity to experience the Sonepur Cattle Fair with accommodation aboard a River Cruise Ship anchored mid stream on the River Ganges.


BHATESHWAR CATTLE FAIR


Situated 70 km from Agra, the ancient temple complex at Bateshwar on the river Yamuna consist of more than a hundred temples dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva. The area surrounding the temples and river are home to the Naga Sadhus. The fair coincides with the most auspicious period for praying at Bateshwar. Devotees congregate here in large numbers to worship Lord Shiva and take holy dips in river Yamuna. Go India Journeys invites you to visit this colourful pageant of rural India that is as unchanging as it is timeless.


MAHA KUMBH MELA


According to mythology when Gods and Demons reined the world, the duo made a temporary agreement to work together to churn the nectar of immortality from the milky Ocean, and share it equally. But when the nectar appeared the demons fled with it. The Gods chased them for twelve days and twelve nights, and in the course of that chase the holy nectar fell on earth at four places, Prayag, Nasik, Haridwar and Ujjain.

Go India Journeys invites you to Prayag, Allahabad (25th January - 25th February, 2013) to a mystical place of worship, to a fair called Maha Kumbh Mela that only takes place once in twelve years on the confluence of the Ganges, Yamuna and Saraswati. Be a part of this unique blend of both religious and cultural features. Come; witness the largest human spectacle on the planet.


FESTIVALS:-


DUSSEHRA


Go India Journeys invites you to experience a cultural extravaganza with the people of India during its festivals. Participate in traditional ceremonies and colourful fairs, witness religious and royal processions, music and dance. The festival of Dussehra is celebrated throughout India, following different local traditions. Plan your holiday to India covering the Dussehra festival to witness the majestic festivals and the exuberance it brings out. In Kota, you can join in the theatrical representation of the encounter of Good versus Evil or of Lord Rama and Ravana. In Kokata, celebrate Durga Puja which goes on for 10 days, witness the celebrations as the goddess Durga rids the world of a demon.


DIWALI


Travelling in India during Diwali, the festival of Lights can be an inspiring experience. It is a moment of thanksgiving and celebration of the victory of good over evil, and the beginning of the Hindu New Year. It is celebrated on the darkest night “Amavasya” and every home is illuminated with rows of lamps. It is an unforgettable sight! The sound of festive worship, mingles with those of fire-crackers, sharing sweets and bring about a feeling of joy, togetherness and hope. We invite you to visit the country when every house is light up and every street is festive.


HOLI


Holi is the time to be in India. Visit the elephant festival in Jaipur. See the heavily decorated and ornamented elephants enthrall audiences with their dramatic entrances, procession, races and the regal game of Polo. Or visit Udaipur and witness a rare sight- the Maharana of Udaipur leads a procession, observing royal etiquette and regal rituals. Or visit a fair in Anantpur Sahib, Punjab to witness the military prowess of the Sikhs as they conduct mock fights, and display swordsmanship and a variety of horse riding stunts. Go India Journeys invites you to the zeal and zest of the country, and to get drenched in bright beautiful colours and experience the festival of colours.