India is a land that takes pride in its rich culture and diversity. Every corner in this vast country is home to a unique tradition that is distinctly local. These little eccentricities are what make this country so special. And when it comes to travelling, what better way to explore a new destination than witnessing its local culture in full fervour.
Here are some of the most popular festivals that are known for its distinct and local traditions.
Hemis Festival, Ladakh
The Hemis Festival is two-day colourful extravaganza that celebrates the birth anniversary of Guru Padmasambhava. The special day falls on the 10th day of the Tse-Chu, Lunar month of the Tibetan Calendar. This grand fiesta is held at the courtyard of Hemis Monastery, the biggest Buddhist monastery in Ladakh. Located 40 km from Leh city, this monastery was built under the Namgyal rule and is believed to be at least 300 years old.
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Legends say that Guru Padmasambhava conquered over the dark forces with the help of Vajrayana Buddhism. He introduced the Tantric form of Buddhism, combining the teachings of Buddhism and Tibetan culture. The spiritual leader is seen as the leader of Tantric Buddhism, the local saviour who defeated the dark spirits. This is why his birth anniversary is celebrated with so much zeal and enthusiasm every year. The main highlight of Hemis Festival is the ‘Chham Dance’ where dancers in vibrant costumes and colourful masks depict the triumph of good over evil. The whole courtyard comes alive to the medley of sounds of drums, trumpets and cymbals and the mystical rhythm of the dancers.
In 2019, Hemis Festival is being held on 11 & 12 July. Attend this colourful festival as well as experience the true beauty of Ladakh’s picturesque landscape. Kiros Travels offers the best adventure trips in India for Ladakh tourism.
Rann Utsav, Kutch
The Rann Utsav is one of the biggest spectacles that you can ever witness. Spread over the shimmering landscape of white sand at the Rann of Kutch, this cultural celebration is organized by the Tourism Department of Gujarat. The festival’s main purpose is to showcase the arts and crafts of Kutch region to the world. There are numerous stalls selling the famous handicrafts of Gujarat, from heavily embroidered dupattas to leather handbags. Local artisans set shops where they showcase traditional Indian products including rabari emroidery, rogan art and the distinctive mirror work that Kutch is known for.
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Rann Utsav is held during the winter months, usually between October to February. Accommodation is available in more than 400 tents, where tourists can find something to suit their varying needs and budgets. Book now with Kiros Travels and you can avoid the heavy rush of full moon nights. Witness the magical beauty of a moonlit White Rann. The dates for upcoming Rann Utsav have been announced from 28 October 2019 to 23 February 2020.
Ziro Festival of Music
This one is for the music lovers as well as nature lovers! A four-day long outdoor music festival held in the lap of Ziro Valley in Arunachal Pradesh, it puts the spotlight on the amazing musical talent found in North East India. Ziro Festival of Music is a celebration of the booming independent music scene in India. Ziro Valley is known for its pristine scenic views of clear blue skies, lush green hills and vast expanses of paddy fields as far as the eyes can see. It is a land of peace and tranquility.
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Every year, during the last week of September, this quiet valley is filled with the echoes of music and laughter. In the past, Ziro Music Festival has been witness to some great performances from artists of national and international repute such as Lee Ranaldo, Steve Shelley, Indus Creed, Barmer Boys, Louw Majaw, Menwhopause, Peter Cat Recording Company, Sha’air n Func, Guru Rewben Mashangva, and more. The Ziro Festival of Music 2019 is going to be held from 26 to 29 September. Book with Kiros Travels and experience one of the best adventure trips in India to the Ziro Music Festival.
Hornbill Festival, Nagaland
Nagaland is home to as many as 16 different tribes, each with its own set of traditional values. Organized by the State Government, Hornbill Festival is a celebration of the cultural heritage seen in Nagaland. This week-long festival gives birth to a grand carnival-like atmosphere filled with great music, cultural dance and delicious food.
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Hornbill Festival is celebrated every year in the first week of December. The dates for 2019 edition are going to be from 1st to 10th December. The festivities are always held at the Naga Heritage Village in Kisama, located around 12 kilometers from Kohima. If you want to experience one of the most memorable adventure trips in India, plan your Nagaland trip during the period of Hornbill Festival. Tourists get a chance to witness the splendour of Naga culture through traditional music, dance and performances. The entire village echoes with the thumping beats of drums and folk songs. Each tribe is decked in their traditional ceremonial attires armed with exotic headgears and multi-coloured spears. Book a tour with Kiros Travels and witness the visual extravaganza of Naga culture.
So, what are you still thinking about? Hop on to the Kiros Travels website and book a trip now to witness these uniquely wonderful festivals.