Amazing festivals, fairs and carnivals taking place across India this February. Pack a bag, start travelling and get ready to experience incredible India.
With winter fading and warm weather on the way, festival, fairs and carnivals come thick and fast in February, so read on to find out about what’s on, where and when. If you want to find out about religious festivals in February, take a look at this post.
Kochi-Muziris Biennale, Kochi, Kerela, taking place until 29th March 2017
This international contemporary art exhibition is set in 12 unique spaces across Kochi, Muziris and surrounding islands. Shows are held in existing galleries, halls and site-specific installations in public spaces, heritage buildings and disused structures. Find out more at this link
Kala Ghoda Arts Festival from 4th -12th February
You’ll need to get a move on to catch this festival in Mumbai. Since 1999 the Kala Ghoda Arts Festival has been showcasing music, dance, arts and craft, literature and more from across Mumbai, Maharashtra and wider. For more information head on over to Facebook.
Photography Festival, Jaipur, 7th February
Another festival in the tourist mecca of Jaipur. With its spectacular sights, colours and people, Rajasthan is a pretty good place for photographers to practice! Jaipur celebrates this fact on the 7th of February with an outdoor photographic exhibition.
Jaisalmer Desert Festival, Rajasthan, 8th – 10th February
Camels, more camels and camel racing. Polo matches, puppeteers, folk music and fire breathers all come together. The majestic fort, the cities vibrant colours, the dunes of the desert and skies littered with stars, make the golden city a place to go to. Oh and there’s also a turban tying competition and an event called Mr Desert.
Shekhawati Festival, Rajasthan, from the 9th – 12th February
The ornate havelis, temples and forts of the Shekhawati region host this three day festival. Arts, craft, cuisine and culture of this region of Rajasthan is on display, with the main events at the Surya Mandal Stadium in Navalgarh. More information at the festival website. But make sure you travel around this stunning region of Rajasthan.
Lake Festival, Udaipur, Rajasthan 11th – 14th February
Taking place in the city coined the Venice of the East, this water based festival sees sporting activity, a water market, religious processions (to the water) and a (water based) sound and light show. Music, merriment and Mewari food sounds fun, no? Overlaps with the Udaipur World Music Festival (from the 10th – 12th), which sees Indian and international artists collaborate with one another in a celebration of different cultures. Two festivals for the price of one. Perfect.
Alwar Festival, Rajasthan, from 13th – 17th February
Elephant polo, folk music and shopping for the adults and fancy dress and sketching competitions for children. There’s also flower shows, singing, dancing and an exhibition of rural antiques amongst other stuff. The Shilp Gram hosts stalls from artisans from around Alwar. The Shatabdi (fast train) from Delhi means you can get here and back in a long day trip. Learn more about train travel in India at this link
Sufi World Sacred Spirit Festival, Jodhpur & Nagaur, Rajasthan, 13th – 19th February
A musical festival at two imposing Rajasthani forts. First stop is the Ahhichatragarh Fort in Nagaur from 13th – 15th February, before the festival moves onto the Mehrangarh Fort in Jodphur from the 17th – 19th February. What to know more? The website is right here.
Rose Festival, Chandigarh, from 17th – 19th February.
Chandigarh, the capital of the Haryana and the Punjab, shows of its roses at the Rose Festival for 3 days in mid February. Another place on the Delhi Shatabi train route. For more information click here
Kila Raipur Sports Festival, near Ludhiana, Punjab, from 17th – 19th February
The Kila Raipur Sports Festival, popularly known as the Rural Olympics, is the main event in the Punjab’s sporting calendar. Every year thousands compete to be crowned champions at events including Bullock Cart Racing, Tent Pegging and Loading and Offloading a trolley of paddy. Sounds amazing, no? For more information head over to the festival website
Taj Mahotav from 18th February until 27th February
This festival at India’s most iconic monument see’s melas, musicians and more descend on Agra for ten days. Held at the Shilpgram, near to the Taj, expect elephant rides, camels, food and all the fun of the fair.
Konark Music and Dance Festival, Odhisa, from the 19th – 21st February
Celebrating its 31st edition, the Konark Music and Dance Festival takes place at the reverred Sun Temple. This magnificent UNESCO world heritage centre sees classical, folk and tribal music and dance for three days. More information on the Festival website.
Khajuraho Dance, Madhya Pradesh Festival from the 20th – 26th February
A week-long festival that see a myriad of India dances take place at these famed UNESCO acclaimed temple. Entry is free. For more information visit the Festival website
Goa Carnival from the 25th until 28th February
This four day festival, unique to Goa, sees revellers party before Lent (Ash Wednesday). Introduced by the Portuguese,expect parades, dancing and drinking and other types of celebrations that come with a damn good carnival. King Momo and his wife – who is selected from the crowd – oversee everything. For more information check out Goa Tourism.
Deccan Festival from 25th Febraury until 1st March
Artists from across Andhra Pradesh descend on Hyderbad for five days to celebrate the rich history and culture of the region. They’ll be qawwali, ghazals, mushairas (devotional singing and poetry), dancing and more. Centred on Qutub Shahi Tombs and around the city, there’s also a jewellery, pearls and bangle fair. Don’t forget the food festival so you can sample Hydrabandi biryani amongst other culinary delights. (PS And don’t forget to get down to Karachi Bakery to sample some of the best biscuits in the world!)
Natyanjali Dance Festivals from 27th February until 3rd March
Taking place in the amazing Shiva template at Chidabaram (which is around 100km from Pondicherry), this five day festivals draws in India’s finest dancers and devotees who come here to pay homage to Lord Nataraja – the dancing Shiva.