India, a country which attracts millions of travelers every year from different parts of the world because of its cultural diversity, vibrant ways of celebrating festivals, or promise to give them a journey full of beautiful landscapes. There are almost dozens of festivals which Indian people celebrate every year with a certain zest and maybe, the lively celebration is one such reason that tourist love to come to India. But apart from celebrating religious festivals, India is also famous for hosting some unconventional festivals.
These uncommon festivals see the most foreign tourist crowd because it gives them a feeling of sacred Indian culture with a mix of modernization. And if you are planning for a visit to this country, it is more likely that you will be able to find one such festival celebration. So, below is the list of some unconventional festivals that India celebrates with the same zest and excitement.
Rann Utsav, a magical folk journey that is being held on the white desert of Gujarat where everything shimmers in silver every night. The festival is being celebrated on the most isolated zone of Gujarat which is why one can only expect a camp stay. So, get ready to be dazzled by the Gujarati art, culture, and the sky full of stars. There are tons of activities that one can enjoy like Horse Rides, Camel Safaris, ATV Riding, Bird Watching, Archery, Giant Chess, Para-motoring, and many others. You can also go through our Rann Utsav packages for more details.
Venue: Bhuj city, Kutch (Gujarat).
Time: During the full moon night of December.
Duration: For a total of three months.
Pushkar Camel Festival
Pushkar Camel Festival is a celebration of old Rajasthani culture amidst the sand dunes of the Thar Desert. The earlier idea behind this festival was to hold a big ceremony where camels can be easily sold off to the rich merchants of Rajasthan. But now the idea is slightly improvised, people celebrate different colors of life at this festival where folk performances are played in order to charm their audience. You can also buy some souvenirs and handmade crafts at this festival. And most of the amazing part is the highly anticipated camel race where the audience is left in surprise.
Venue: Pushkar, Rajasthan.
Duration: For a total of five days.
Khajuraho Dance Festival
Khajuraho Dance Festival is the perfect festival for those who wish to experience the rich Indian culture through traditional dance routines. The festival is celebrated with an inexplicable zeal where the famous Khajuraho temple plays a very vital role by standing tall in the background. The whole temple is decorated with earthen lamps and other illuminated product so that it shimmers greatly at the time of the dance performances. Various dance routines are being performed during this festival in order to charm every person in its audience.
Venue: Khajuraho, Madhya Pradesh.
Time: 20th-26th February
Duration: For a total of seven days.
International Kite Festival
Kite festival is the most common practice in India where hundreds of people come together to enjoy the feeling of togetherness, competitiveness, and a sense of peace. But there is only one venue in India, Ahmedabad where it is celebrated in one of the major scales and thus, inviting people from every part of the country to enjoy the feeling of togetherness regardless of caste, race, and religion. You can only imagine thousands of kites running wildly in the sky with hundreds of voices roaming around yelling, enjoying wins, or lose.
Venue: Ahmedabad, Gujarat.
Time: 14th – 15th January
Duration: For a total of two days.
Goa Carnival is the most commonly surmised as the walk of freedom because million come outside their comfort zones during this festival and enjoy the vibrant hues of life. Long marches are being walked in this festival where people enjoy costumes plays and dancing to the tunes of Goan music. The idea of this festival came from the Portuguese culture but the people of Goa still maintain this long culture. So, if you wish to enjoy a more modern festival journey then, this will be the best celebration to go for.
Time: Up to 5 days in different parts of the city in the month of February.
Duration: For a total of five days.
So, if you are keen on enjoying some unconventional festivals in India then, do care to go through the above list.