February in India is about enjoying the last of the cooler weather, at festivals in the best destinations across the country. Rajasthan, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh and Goa are among the most popular places to organise some of the best festivals in February. We’ve got the list of top 11 festivals you would want to attend across India.
Surajkund International Crafts Mela
Visited by more than a million tourists and locals, Surajkund International Crafts Mela is the largest crafts fair in the world. Among major highlights of this year’s fair is that England will make its debut in the festival. Cultural performances, finest handloom, handicrafts, open-air theatres, authentic cuisines from all over the world and much more make this fair immensely popular among all kinds of visitors. Visit the 34th edition of this incredible crafts fair to enjoy the rich showcase of regional and international crafts and traditions.
When: Feb 1 to Feb 16, 2020
Where: Surajkund, Faridabad
Adivasi Mela in Odisha is organised to celebrate the tribal heritage. Join the celebration that brings together over 60 different tribes from across the state. Major attractions of this festival include informative exhibits, art, food, and dance performances. You can also see tribal jewellery such as hansuli, kagdang, brass anklets, and much more on display, as well as for sale.
When: January 26 to February 9, 2020
Where: Bhubaneswar, Odisha
Kala Ghoda Arts Festival
Kala Ghoda Arts Festival is among the most awaited festivals of the year in the city of dreams (Mumbai). Started back in 1999, this festival has now become the largest ethnic and multicultural festival of the city. There are twelve sections of the nine day-long festival including visual arts, cinema, dance, music, literature, theatre, workshops, heritage walks, urban design and architecture, street section, food and a section for children. So, get your Delhi to Mumbai flight booking done in advance if you don’t want to miss out on the fest.
So, if you’re in Mumbai during the fest, you shouldn’t miss out on it at all.
When: Feb 1 to Feb 9, 2020
Where: Mumbai, Maharashtra
Magh Mela in Prayagraj is one of the greatest annual religious affairs for Hindus. It brings hoards of devotees together to the confluence of the auspicious rivers, the Ganges and the Yamuna. Hundreds of thousands of devotees take holy dips at the confluence during the astronomically auspicious time. The religious activities in the fair include the ritual bathing, as well as prayers to ancestors, devotional music and singing, charity, religious discourses, cultural programs, etc.
When: Until Feb 21, 2020
Where: Prayagraj, Uttar Pradesh
Set against the stunning backdrop of Kutch’s white salt desert, the Rann Utsav is a grand winter rendezvous. As the fair showcases the region’s culture and heritage with activities like folk dances, music, food stalls, camel cart rides, meditation, yoga, etc., you can have a great time here with your friends, as well as family. You can take a walk by the sea that is as serene as a private beach; enjoy family dinner against the background of the sun setting in the sea, or try everything you ever wished for.
When: Until March 12, 2020
Reth Festival/Jaisalmer Desert Festival
Jaisalmer’s desert festival is an ideal opportunity to experience the sandstone city at its magical best. The backdrop of the grand Jaisalmer Fort gives an authentic setting to the fest. Fancily dressed locals, a parade of camels, and camel races, polo matches, turban tying competitions, acrobats, jugglers, and puppeteers are all part of this uniquely amazing festival. So, be ready to be amused as you fly down to Jaisalmer this February.
When: Feb 7 to Feb 9, 2020
Where: Jaisalmer, Rajasthan
One of the few carnivals in Asia and the one and only carnival in India, Goa Carnival is a vibrant, colourful celebration with over 500 years of history. It was brought to India by the Portuguese settlers when they ruled over the region. One of the most anticipated events in Goa, the pre-Lenten carnival marks four days of happiness, merrymaking and mayhem before Lent. Although Goa carnival is technically a Catholic celebration, it has been mixed with local Goan culture and Hindu traditions.
When: Feb 22 to Feb 25, 2020
Where: Panaji, Goa
Arth: A Culture Fest
We live in a country that inspires millions to travel, experience, and even study the mystique and charm of diversity. Arth, India’s first multi-regional culture festival will let you dive into the melting pot of culture that this nation is. At the second edition of the culture fest, you can look forward to an array of mind-boggling workshops, talks on anything and everything to do with ancestral roots, religion, culture and the country’s rich history by some of the highly respected journalists, performers, artists and members of parliament. Do book yourself a domestic flight ticket booking to ensure you can grab the latest flight offers.
When: Feb 21 to Feb 23, 2020
Udaipur World Music Festival
Udaipur, also known as ‘the city of lakes’ sings a different melody in the month of romance by organising the world music festival. The festival features diverse music from different continents. You get to see some outstanding live performances, which make Udaipur even more of a culturally vibrant destination. So, book your flight tickets to Udaipur to enjoy pleasant evenings in Udaipur.
When: Feb 7 to Feb 9, 2020
Where: Udaipur, Rajasthan
Khajuraho Dance Festival
One of the most captivating temple sites in India, Khajuraho has an awe-inspiring association with classical dance forms. As dancers showcase their skills in the dance fest, temples at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Khajuraho serve as the serene backdrop of the art genre. Built between 950 AD and 1050 AD, these exquisite temples now draw tourists from all over the world. Attend the mesmerising dance festival in Khajuraho to learn about the glorious past of India’s cultural richness.
When: Feb 20 to Feb 26, 2020
Where: Chhatarpur, Madhya Pradesh
The annual extravaganza begins with a splendid procession which makes you reminiscent of the grandeur of the Mughal era. As you attend this ten-day long festival, you will get to see the finest specimens of Indian craftsmanship, brilliantly decorated camels, adorned drum beaters, and folk artistes blessed with immense talents participating in the lavish procession. Attending the festival also brings you the opportunity to visit Taj Mahal, one of the Seven Wonders of the World.
When: Feb 18 to Feb 27 each year
Where: Agra, Uttar Pradesh
Tempted enough? Pick a festival and book an online air ticket and make hotel reservations in advance to keep your travels sorted!