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Festivals of India

HoliThose who wish to observe various shades and tints of India need to partake in its festivals galore. From far north to extreme south and from west to east, India is but an assortment of a number of fairs and festivals that exhibit the true colours of the country and the spirit that the nation shares. Each religion has a different set of festivals to celebrate. That tourists keep flocking to India all the year round also announces the popularity of Indian festivals which are celebrated with great pomp and show.

Have a look at the most famous fairs and festivals of the country region-wise :

Northern and Northwestern India
The northern part of the Indian subcontinent draws hordes of tourists fro far and wide. Particularly states like Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan are known for their fairs and festivals. Pushkar Fair, held at Pushkar in Rajasthan, has the distinction of being the largest camel fair in the world. Dussehra and Holi serves as big draws for tourists in the cities of Uttar Pardesh. Other popular festivals belonging to the northern India include Gangaur Festival, Elephant Festival, Baisakhi, Deepawali etc. The Taj Mahotsav, organised at Agra, puts together the finest talents, including musicians and singers, from across the country. The festival is organised in the vicinity of the Taj Mahal.

Southern and Southwestern India
Fireworks, DeepavaliStates of Kerala and Tamil Nadu in the southern part of the Indian subcontinent are of utmost significance when we talk of festivals. The boat races of Kerala and temple festivals of Tamil Nadu attract a good number of tourists from across the globe. The Aranmula Boat Race and the Nehru Trophy Boat Race are one of the biggest draws for visitors to Kerala. The harvest festival of Onam and the Thrissur Pooram Festival, that takes place at Thrissur, are other famous festivals of Kerala. Pongal, celebrated in Tamil Nadu, is another renowned harvest festival in southern India. Goa, lying on the west coast of India, has soaked a lot of colonial charm. The state seems to be a hub of festivities during the Goa Carnival. Maharashtra is also popular for festivals like Deepawali, Holi, Maha Shivratri and Ganesh Chaturthi.

Eastern India
Even in eastern India, you will come across with a number of renowned festivals. States like West Bengal, Bihar and Orissa are no less popular for festivities. Durga Pooja celebration in West Bengal has its distinctive feel and charm. Diwali, Dussehra and Holi are the other important festivals that are worth mentioning. The Jagannath Rath Yatra of Puri is a pleasurable sight for all. Every year, thousands of tourists arrive here to witness ans participate in this religious festival. Bihar also holds a number of colourful festivals in its bouquet.

List of Important Indian Festivals -
Fairs/ Festivals
Pushkar Fair (Rajasthan)
Taj Mahotsav (Agra)
Makara Sankranti
Maha Shivaratri
Raksha Bandhan
Krishna Janmashtami
Dasara - Navaratri
Durga Pooja
October/ November

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