Save The Date! Here's why you should visit these unique festivals.

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3rd Jul 2019
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RANN UTSAV 2018- 19
Think over 400 illuminated luxury tents pitched in the middle of nowhere, folk performances under the bed of a million stars, music filling up the backdrop and the aroma of traditional gujarati cuisine lingering in the air. The otherwise deserted monochromatic salt marshes of the great rann of Kutch turn into the riot of colors and come to life for 3 months every year with the onset of the famous Rann utsav. Showcasing the culture and heritage of kutch through a plethora of events, this celebration also allows you to indulge in various adventures and excursions to surrounding destinations while exuding the euphoria of festivities.
WHEN: Starts on November 1
WHERE : Rann utsav tent city, Dhordo, Bhuj,kutch gujrat.
WHY SHOULD YOU GO? To see the white salt marshlands shimmer in the dark, under the moonlight
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MANNARASALA AYILYAM
An ancient secluded snake temple in a forest glade, a brahmin priestess as its chief and over 30000 figurines and images adorning the lanes and the trees along the way- mannarasala ayilyam is not just another temple festival. No wonder thousands of devotees flock the Mannarasala Shree Nagaraja temple every year to be part of the ceremonial procession with serpent idols being taken to illam (a brahmin's ancestral home) and offerings being made to the snakes. One of a kind, the festival is dedicated to the snake lord and the presiding deity of the temple,Nagaraja.
WHEN: November 1
WHERE: Mannarasala shree Nagaraja temple, harippad alleppey kerala.
WHY SHOULD YOU GO? to see thousands of snake images at the temple and indulge in the cultural ethos of the place.
PLEASE NOTE: Since it's a religious affair, dress accordingly and observe the sanctity.


DHARMASHALA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL .
Promising and exciting mix of cinema music art conversations and creative cameraderie, the dharmashala international film festival is all geared up to host its seventh edition with the primary intention of promoting heart and bringing the world to the sleepy Hamlet of Dharamshala the festival will yet again bring the town to life with numerous workshops screenings and discussions over independent cinemas expect movie buff, filmmakers and travellers from across the world coming together to experience contemporary art and cinema why drinking independent media practices to the Himalaya.
WHEN: November 1 to 4.
WHERE: Tibetan children's village school,upper dharmashala, Himachal pradesh.
WHY SHOULD YOU GO? For the love of films and the quint when you that will make you go you for a walk through the woods.
WHAT'S MORE: There will also be momo joints, bookshops and souvenir hideouts to explore!


POT MAYA
There can be nothing more beautiful than two art forms coming together so the feeling of watching award winning native artists called Pattuas, of village naya showcase patachitra an ancient folk painting art from Bengal in front of the audience while merrily singing Pater gaan aur the folk songs during the annual festival of pot Maya is unmatched pic for yourself from the English painted items on sale ragging from clothes to curtains ,home decor, pots, Handicrafts and much more the three day festival of pot Maya is an endeavour to save the ancient art forms some dying and is is definitely a must attend if art is  what stirrs your heart and soul.
WHEN: November 16 to 18
WHERE:Naya,pingla, paschim medinipur, west Bengal.
WHY SHOULD YOU GO? To see the remote village turn into a giant open art space.
PLEASE NOTE: Be sure to make prior bookings with the organising committee,Bangla Natok, as there are no hotels in the region.


INDIA INTERNATIONAL CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVAL
In its third season the Indian version of international cherry blossom festival drinks in a breath of fresh air quite literally celebrating the time of autumn when the roads in Shillong are bathed in pink with the Himalayan Cherry Blossoms the unique festival features a wide range of events including guided night walk live music folk and tribal dance performances story telling sessions Rock concerts fashion shows and an amateur golf tournament. Once done with the craziness take a glass of local wine Grab a plate of a local delight and sit back gazing at the surreal beauty of these little pink wonders.
WHEN: November 14 to 17
WHERE: Shillong Meghalaya
WHY SHOULD YOU GO? To see the bright pink hue taking over the town which is a natural wonder like none other.
WHAT'S MORE? Entry for all the events is absolutely free.
These are the must visit festivals and they are off beat too. So you can book a vacation here and enjoy the serenity of these local cultures.
I'll come up with more of my blogs so till then keep traveling and explore.

Photo of Shillong, Meghalaya, India by Anvitha G Bellamane

Dharmashala international film festival

Photo of Shillong, Meghalaya, India by Anvitha G Bellamane
Photo of Shillong, Meghalaya, India by Anvitha G Bellamane

Rann of kutch

Photo of Shillong, Meghalaya, India by Anvitha G Bellamane
Photo of Shillong, Meghalaya, India by Anvitha G Bellamane
Photo of Shillong, Meghalaya, India by Anvitha G Bellamane
Photo of Shillong, Meghalaya, India by Anvitha G Bellamane

Cherry blossom of Shillong

Photo of Shillong, Meghalaya, India by Anvitha G Bellamane
Photo of Shillong, Meghalaya, India by Anvitha G Bellamane

Mannarasala ayilyam

Photo of Shillong, Meghalaya, India by Anvitha G Bellamane
Photo of Shillong, Meghalaya, India by Anvitha G Bellamane
Photo of Shillong, Meghalaya, India by Anvitha G Bellamane
Photo of Shillong, Meghalaya, India by Anvitha G Bellamane
Photo of Shillong, Meghalaya, India by Anvitha G Bellamane

Pot maya

Photo of Shillong, Meghalaya, India by Anvitha G Bellamane
Photo of Shillong, Meghalaya, India by Anvitha G Bellamane
Photo of Shillong, Meghalaya, India by Anvitha G Bellamane
Photo of Shillong, Meghalaya, India by Anvitha G Bellamane
Photo of Shillong, Meghalaya, India by Anvitha G Bellamane
Photo of Shillong, Meghalaya, India by Anvitha G Bellamane
Photo of Shillong, Meghalaya, India by Anvitha G Bellamane
Photo of Shillong, Meghalaya, India by Anvitha G Bellamane

Festivals are the way to explore a country's rich traditions, history, cultures and the experience you get by going to all these festivals is just offbeat and priceless. Here are some festivals that I have visited till now and I have shared my experience here and I encourage you, the reader to go and experience all these as well.

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