Travel Fests in India you need to look out for in 2018

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If you are sorting out your travel calendar for 2018 and want to be at places offering crazy amount of fun and frolic then here are the travel fests you should be looking out for.

Travelling is fun. But you know what amplifies this fun? Festivals, where you get to meet like-minded travellers with the same amount of crazy in them that you carry along with your backpack and camera.

Nothing brings two strangers closer than a festival organized in a land they have never travelled before. Dancing on the tunes of latest Indie beats, going crazy with your camera as the local folks indulge in their fun traditions or digging into unique and delicious cuisines are why these festivals attract travellers.

If you are sorting out your travel calendar for 2018 and want to be at places offering crazy amount of fun and frolic then here are the travel fests you should be looking out for.


Jaipur Literature Festival (Jan 25th to 29th Jan)

JLF is a celebration of literature, fashion and travel. This four day event gives you a chance to meet your favourite authors and artists.

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Jaisalmer Desert Festival (Jan 29th to Jan 31st)

Want to take part in a game of tug-o-war in the middle of desert against a group of foreigners and then call off the day dancing with Kalbeliya performers? Jaisalmer Desert Festival is a glorious display of Rajasthani culture and moustaches.




Kala Ghoda Arts Festival, Mumbai (Feb 3rd to Feb 11th)

Come, be a part of India’s only multicultural event. Kala Ghoda Festival outshines itself every year with glorious display of music, dance, theatre, literature, food, street stalls, cinema, workshops, visual arts, urban design, architecture and heritage walks.

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World Music Festival, Udaipur (Feb 9th to Feb 11th)

No other music festival in India invites established musicians from more than 8 countries. A trip to Udaipur Music Festival is also a great chance to take your beloved on a pre Valentine’s Day vacation.

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Holi Festival, Mathura, Vrindavan and Around (23rd Feb to 3rd March)

The craze of Holi goes to a whole new level when you are in Mathura and Vrindavan. Associated with the legends of Lord Krishna, the whole region celebrates the festival for more than a week. The different events include Holi of flowers, Widows Holi and Lathmar Holi.





Firefly festival, Purushwadi (May 3rd onwards)

Grassroots, an NGO working in Purushwadi is committed towards uplifting the lifestyle of the locals by celebrating their culture. An important event organized by this NGO is the firefly festival. Starting from the first week of May, the forests of this village start to glowwith millions of firefly. Grassroots invites travellers to camp in the wild and watch this beauty amidst folk events and performances.

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NH7 Weekender,Shillong(Dates: TBD)

The vibe of NH7 Weekender Shillong is something that you won’t see anywhere else. Steve Vai performed last year and everyone went crazy when the line-up was announced.

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Ziro Festival of Music (Dates: TBD)

Two performance stage surrounded by green rice fields and clouds hovering on the nearby mountains is how travellers who have been to Ziro will describe the festival experience. Also, the drive from Guwahati to Ziro is a journey worth remembering.

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Dharamshala International Film Festival (Dates: TBD)

Being a film enthusiast pays when you get to attend one of the most beautiful film festivals in the middle of a town surrounded by Himalayan mountains.

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Pushkar Fair, Pushkar (15th Nov to 23rd Nov)

Camels, hot air balloon rides and majestic sunsets, what else can a traveller ask for?


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Dev Dipawali, Varanasi (November 22nd)

A week after Dipawali, all the gods descend on Earth and bathe in the Holy Ganges. Varanasi welcomes them by illuminating the Ghats with Diyas.


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Hornbill Festival, Nagaland (Dates: TBD)

The only festival of the North East India, when all the tribes of Nagaland come together and try to outperform each other by singing and dancing. Camp in the middle of nowhere, try local food and dance on melodious beats and if lucky, catch the sights of Hornbills and Cherry Blossom Flowers.

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Magnetic Fields, Alsisar(Dates: TBD)

Before planning for Tomorrowland, make sure that you have been this Indian Electronic Music Festival. Only at Magnetic Fields, you get to camp in the middle of the desert and enjoy performances inside a 600 year old Palace.

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Hemis Festival, Ladakh(23rd June [tentative])

Experience trance as hundreds of monks dance on the mystic tunes of Buddhist Hymns. Hemis Festival is the most photographed event of Ladakh and invites travellers from all around the world.




Snake Boat Race, Alleppey(Dates – TBD)

The majestic chanting of the oarsmen and the cheers from their millions of supporters sitting in the stadium will keep echoing in your mind days after the festival is over. The enthusiasm of Nehru Trophy Boat Race is unlike anything else in the world. After a hectic day, come back to gaze at the stunning scenic vistas of Punnamada backwaters from your room at Club Mahindra.






Delhi celebrates its history and connection with Urdu language through Jashan-e-Rekhta. This event invites speakers, poets and shairs from all around the country. This festival gives a reason to bring out your sarees, kaftans and kurtas out from the wardrobe.





So which festival are you looking forward to this year?

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