Rann Utsav, Hornbill, Enchanted Carnival: Top 10 Events To Attend In India In December '17

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L to R: Hornbill Festival in Nagaland, Rann Utsav in Kutch, Poush Mela in West Bengal.

It's that time of the year when you feel good about everything owing to the nip in the air. The weather is so good that suddenly you want to do stuff in your life and end the year with a bang. If you have that feeling or you're basically just interested in being social, here are the top 10 events to attend in December 2017:

1. Rann Utsav

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Photo of Kutch, Gujarat, India by Prateek Dham

One of the most popular festivals in India, the Rann Utsav brings together Gujarati folk artistes from multiple genres which results in a four-month extravaganza in the middle of Asia's largest white desert. People from all over the world come and stay in luxury tents set up for the festival, just along the periphery of the white salt desert. At the festival, they witness music performances, folk dances, handicraft exhibitions, while also participating in adventure sports, and going on excursions to nearby locations.

What to look forward to: The vibrance of the Kutch culture, which is gifted with varied hues. Music, dance, food, shopping, a handicraft extravaganza and star gazing, all on the arid lands of Kutch, making for a magical experience.

When: November 1, 2017 – March 4, 2018

Where: Rann of Kutch desert, Dhordo, Gujarat

How to get there: The nearest airport and railway station are in Bhuj, which is 74km away. Major cities are connected via this route. From Bhuj, you can either take a public bus or private taxi to reach Kutch. It will take you a couple of hours and anything between ₹50 and ₹2,000, depending on your choice of transport.

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2. International Sand Art Festival

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Photo of Konark, Odisha, India by Prateek Dham

This one-of-a-kind festival-cum-exhibition takes place in Konark, Odisha, where multiple sand artists from India and abroad come together to participate in the International Sand Art Festival. It's a very esoteric genre of art, and the outcome is absolutely stunning (as you can see in the picture above). The judges pick the best sand art, and its creator is awarded ₹1 lakh.

What to look forward to: If you love sand art or art in general, this is the place to be. International artists from France, Mexico, Singapore, Spain, Germany, Netherlands, Norway, USA, and many other countries will compete for the top prize with Indian artists this year.

When: December 1 – 5, 2017

Where: Chandrabhaga Beach, Konark, Odisha

How to get there: The nearest airport is in Bhubaneswar, which is 64km away. The nearest railway station is in Puri, which is 31km away. From both these places you get plenty of state-run buses as well as private taxis to reach your stay in Konark.

Attendance is free. Read more here.

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3. Hornbill Festival

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Photo of Kohima, Nagaland, India by Prateek Dham

Also called "the festival of festivals", the Hornbill Festival is one of the most awaited events in north-east India each year. It is celebrated to encourage inter-tribal interactions in Nagaland because the state is home to a lot of different tribes. Since the Nagas consider their festivals to be sacred, almost every native individual participates in Hornbill. The festival is named after the beautiful Indian Hornbill bird.

What to look forward to: A massive celebration of Nagaland's indigenous warrior tribes. There are exhibitions, folk dances, sports, food fairs, games and other ceremonies organised and executed by the locals.

When: December 1 – 10, 2017

Where: Kisama Village (near Kohima), Nagaland

How to get there: The closest airport to Kohima is situated 68km away at Dimapur, which is directly connected to Guwahati and Kolkata. The nearest railway station is also in Dimapur, which is connected to Guwahati via the Jan Shatabdi. From Dimapur you get plenty of state-run buses as well as private taxis to reach your stay in Kohima.

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4. Enchanted Valley Carnival

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Photo of Aamby Valley, Maharashtra, India by Prateek Dham

There is no dearth of traditional music festivals in the country any m0re, but once in a blue moon there comes a contest that completely ups the game – the Enchanted Valley Carnival is one such event. Not yet very popular amongst the music aficionados, this actually adds to its cult status. Big music acts headline the event, while you can camp at night in the sublime Aamby Valley.

What to look forward to: 50+ international electronic DJs/artistes performing under one roof. This year, the headlining acts are Armin Van Buuren and Arijit Singh.

When: December 16 – 17, 2017

Where: Aamby Valley (near Mumbai), Maharashtra

How to get there: The nearest major airport is in Mumbai, which is 105km away. The nearest railway station is in Lonavla, which is just 25km away. Lonavala station is well connected to Mumbai, so going by train is a good option. From Mumbai or Lonavala, you can hire a private taxi till the venue.

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5. The Sacred Pushkar

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The Sacred Pushkar is a festival where music, meditation and yoga are the primary elements. While attending this two-day event, you will have an option to participate in a range of activities such as morning yoga, organic cooking, sound meditation, sound healing, devotional music, heritage and food walks. These activities are meant to provide a wholesome detox experience in one's life.

What to look forward to: Music, yoga, meditation and food walks

When: December 16 – 17, 2017

Where: Pushkar, Rajasthan

How to get there: The nearest major airport is in Jaipur, which is 140km away. From Jaipur, you can either take a direct bus or a taxi to Pushkar. The nearest railway station is in Ajmer, which is just 16km away from Pushkar. Ajmer station is well-connected to elsewhere in Rajasthan. From here you can board regular public buses to Pushkar.

Attendance is free. You can avail packages to participate.

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6. Magnetic Fields

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Photo of Jaipur, Rajasthan, India by Prateek Dham

If you've ever wondered where your trance music-loving friends disappear to in the winter, wonder no more, because the answer is the historic Alsisar Fort. Rajasthan is decadent and grand and hence the magical connections are easier to make during the three-day extravaganza called the Magnetic Fields Festival. Wonderful DJs and singers come together to perform at this one-of-a-kind event.

What to look forward to: Electronic music, fashion, art & food amidst a luxurious, restored 17th century palace. Some of the international acts this year are Four Tet, Daphni, Ben UFO and Sassy J.

When: December 15 – 17, 2017

Where: Alsisar Mahal, Shekhawati, Rajasthan

How to get there: Jaipur has an airport, a railway station, and an inter- state bus terminus, all of which are extremely well-connected to every major city up north.

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7. Jashn-e-Rekhta

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Photo of Delhi, India by Prateek Dham

Every year a plethora of the finest Urdu laureates come together in Delhi to celebrate the spirit & eloquence of the beautiful language. The festival is called Jashn-e-Rekhta and it is organised to preserve and promote the Urdu culture in India. Since the endeavour is to enlighten people, the event is free for everyone to attend. There are several events & seminars happening during this three-day festival with many celebrities attending.

What to look forward to: For a crash course in the beautiful language of Urdu and its poetry. Mushairas, panel discussions, cinematic conversations, workshops and more.

When: Dec 8 – 10, 2017

Where: Dhyan Chand National Stadium, Delhi

How to get there: Delhi is extremely well-connected nationally & internati0nally. You can fly down to Delhi from anywhere in the country or beyond. You can catch a train till here from most major cities in the country. The bus connectivity is also fantastic with buses plying to Delhi regularly from everywhere up north.

Attendance is free. Register here.

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8. Serendipity Arts Festival

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Photo of Goa, India by Prateek Dham

The Serendipity Arts Festival exhibits & celebrates a massive number of art forms across multiple venues in Goa. The event will be featuring 70 projects out of which 40 are already commissioned. Various art genres such as music, dance, photography, architecture, visual arts, culinary arts, and theatre, are exposed to the audience as a medium to express and invoke questions. Hence the art on display here is, many a time, borderline controversial.

What to look forward to: If there is a form of traditional or modern art, its exponents are here to showcase it. The art here is thought provoking and not futile. And of course the venue is Goa!

When: December 15 – 22, 2017

Where: Panjim, Goa

How to get there: The nearest major airport is in Dabolim, which is 29km away. Even international flights land here. From Dabolim, you can either take a direct bus or a taxi to Panjim. The nearest railway station is in Margao, which is just 39km away from Panjim. Margao station is directly connected to Mumbai, which in turn is extremely well-connected to everywhere else in India. You can even take direct buses to Panjim from Mumbai and around.

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9. Poush Mela

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Photo of Santiniketan, West Bengal, India by Prateek Dham

Poush Mela is a yearly event that takes place on the seventh day of the Bengali month Poush on the Shantiniketan mela ground in the Birbhum district. This rural festival is one of the most important in the area and is an epitome of Bengali culture. It was originally organised by the Tagore Family as a family affair, but today it is attended by millions of global visitors that come to witness the carnival and its Bengali folk performers.

What to look forward to: Bengali folk music, tribal arts, handicrafts and everything that you expect out of a mela. The food is also outstanding with authentic Bengali treats on offer.

When: December 22 – 26, 2017

Where: Santiniketan, Birbhum, West Bengal

How to get there: The nearest major airport is in Kolkata, which is 200km away. You can easily catch a private taxi till Santiniketan which will be a good three-hour long drive. The nearest railway station is in Bolpur, which is just 3km away from Santiniketan. Bolpur station is directly connected to Kolkata, which in turn is extremely well-connected to everywhere else in India. You can even take direct state transport buses to Santiniketan from Kolkata.

Attendance is free. Read more here.

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10. The Tamara Carnival

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Photo of Coorg, Karnataka, India by Prateek Dham

The Tamara Resort in Coorg organises a niche festival to celebrate the cultural diversity and heritage of India. People who attend need to stay inside the resort to attend the Tamara Carnival. The event brings together various artistes from the genres of music, theatre, drama & dance.

What to look forward to: Indian music, dance, drama, theater, traditonal martial arts, folk dance, classical dance, Salsa, Blues music, and stand-up comedy, amidst the verdant greens of Coorg

When: Yet to be announced

Where: The Tamara Resort, Coorg, Karnataka

How to get there: The nearest major airport is in Bengaluru, which is 265km away. You can easily catch an overnight public bus till Coorg from there. The nearest railway station is in Mysore, which is 95km away from Coorg. Bolpur station is directly connected to Bengaluru and Chennai, which in turn are extremely well-connected to everywhere else in India. You can even take direct state transport buses from Bengaluru, Mysore and Mangalore.

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The representational image for Poush Mela couldn't be any further than the truth, IMO. LOL. But hat tip to u guys for this compilation.
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