14 January is celebrated in India as Makar Sankranti- heralding the transition of the sun into the Northern Hemisphere. It is also a big kite day in most parts of India when children from 6 to 60 can be seen with their heads turned to the sky! In cities like Jaipur and Jodhpur, kites virtually blot out the sky. Everyone joins in this riotous celebration and shouts of "Woh kata hai!" reverberate from rooftops to the accompaniment of drums as adversaries’ kites are cut down. And everyone’s an adversary! Any kite in the sky is fair game. The idea is to cut the opponent’s kite with a special thread called ‘manjha'.
Experience this vibrant festival on our Kite Festival tour and be a part of the excitement of Makar Sankranti. You will be taken to Kite Street to feel the buzz and to buy your kites and manjha. You’ll share a roof-top with an Indian family and try your hand at kite flying and kite-cutting with the help of our expert kite-flyers. Makar Sankranti is one of the greatest festivals in India, and everyone’s free to join in the celebration.