These Festivals in India Will Help You Start 2019 On A Happy Note

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One of the best parts of being in India is that you never really depend on the month of December to travel or celebrate, India being such a diverse country with so many different cultures, festivals, art forms, we always have a reason to celebrate. And why not? I know I don’t want to feel gloomy when the year ends, I’m already planning an itinerary of things to do and experience in January.

If you’re someone looking at options to start your year on a high note, I’m listing festival and events organised in different parts of the country to be held in January 2019!

1. Rann Utsav

What: Regarded as India’s biggest white desert festival, Rann Utsav depicts the culture and heritage of Kutch.

When: 1st November – 20th February 2019

Where: Great Rann of Kutch salt desert, Dhordo, Gujarat

Why do I attend: Beautiful tent setups, cultural performances, handicrafts and food stalls, music, adventure sports.

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2. Jaipur literature festival

What: This festival has been gaining popularity over the years. It celebrates the work of writers and literature.

When: 24th – 28th January

Where: Diggi Palace, Jaipur, Rajasthan

Why do I attend: To grab the opportunity to meet renowned national & International authors, and of course experience the Pink city

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3. Chennai Music Festival

What: Also known as the Madras Music Session, this festival is a platform for new artists to showcase their music and dance

When: Mid Dec- Mid Jan

Where: Chennai, Tamil Nadu

Why do I attend: Meet connoisseurs of Carnatic music and dance from around the world, and witness the best of performers at the same time!

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4. Mamallapuram Indian Dance Festival

What: One of the few open-air Indian dance festivals set in the lap of South Chennai- Mamallapuram against the backdrop of rock sculptures in the beach town

When: 23rd December to 15th January every year.

Where: Arjuna's Penance, Mamallapuram, near Chennai, Tamil Nadu.

Why do I attend: Witness over 60 Classical and Folk dance forms from around the country and explore the beautiful heritage sites

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5. Ranthambore Festival

What: A unique cultural celebration bringing together people from all walks of life to encourage action for the good

When: 19th -21st Jan

Where: Nahargarh Palace, Ranthambore

Why do I attend: Wildlife film festival, food festival, interactive cookout, hot air balloon rides, heritage walk, Indian voice and mediation workshop are a part of this celebration.

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6. International Kite Festival

What: Witness a vibrant sky full of kites marking the widely celebrated festival of Makar Dankranti. This festival is a host to states and countries from across the globe

When: 6-14th Jan

Where: Sabarmati River Front, Ashram Road, Ahmedabad, Gujarat. Also, at Jaipur in Rajasthan (January 14).

Why do I attend: Witness the extravaganza and explore the markets in Ahmedabad or Jaipur

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7. Tamil Nadu International Balloon Festival

What: Hot Air Ballooning in Pollachi, Music concerts and contests for kids for additional family entertainment.

When: 13-15th Jan

Where: Sakthi Mills Ground, Pollachi, and hour and a half south of Coimbatore in Tamil Nadu.

Why do I attend: Hot Air Ballooning! Do you need more reasons than that?

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8. Goa Lokotsav festival

What: Goa beyond just parties and beaches, a platform for diverse folk dances and music of the respective states of India, the Goa Lokotsav Folk festival is gaining huge popularity with each passing year.

When: January 11th-20th, 2019

Where: Goa

Why do I attend: Witness the best of cultural performances, handicrafts and meet like-minded people

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9. Araku Balloon Festival

What: One of its kind balloon festival set in the pristine Araku Valley, Andhra Pradesh

When: January 18-20, 2019.

Where: Araku, about three hours from Vizag in Andhra Pradesh

Why Should I attend: Witness expected participation of 20 teams from over 12 countries, enjoy para-motoring, music, and games. Get a first-hand experience of the place by staying in luxury tents.

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10. The Story Of Light Festival

What: A *lit* (Literally) festival taking place in the capital city of Goa, Panjim based on the themes of Light and Life, Light in Technology, Our Universe.

When: January 14-18, 2019

Where: Panjim, Goa

Why Should I attend: Lights, and Goa, you don’t want to ditch this combination

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11. Rajarani Music Festival

What: A renowned Orissa festival known for beautiful music set against the grandeur of the ancient Rajarani temple

When: January 18-20, 2019

Where: Bhubaneswar, Odisha

Why should I attend: Heavenly music and beautiful destination

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12. The Kabir festival

What: A conclave for poetry, music, stories, film and dance experts and enthusiasts

When: 24th -27th January

Where: Mumbai

Why should I attend: Meet the experts, like-minded people, and experience Mumbai in its winter glory

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13. Kenduli Mela

What: On the occasion of Makar Sankranti in the Birbhum district of West Bengal, for over 3 days, Kenduli Mela celebrates the birth of the famous poet, Jaydev Kenduli.

When: January 14-16, 2019.

Where: Kenduli village, Shantiniketan in West Bengal

Why should I attend: A unique opportunity to meet the wandering minstrels, know as Bauls.

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14. India yoga festival

What: A celebration of all things Yoga and spirituality over 4 days in the contemporary beach city, Goa

When: January 6-10, 2019

Where: Ashwem Beach, Goa

Why should I attend: Experience Goa like never before in the lap of Ashwen beach through classes, workshops, and Kirtans held by well-known Yoga instructors, and artists from across the country.

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15. India Art Fair

What: An annual celebration of modern and contemporary art in Delhi exhibiting tons of paintings, sculptures, prints, drawings and much more.

When: January 31st-February 3rd, 2019.

Where: NSIC Exhibition Grounds (Okhla), New Delhi

Why should I attend: Biggest fair of this nature in the world attracting thousands from across the globs

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16. Kila Raipur Sports festival

What: Also known as the Rural Olympics of India, this festival is home to rural sports like cart race and rope pulling

When: February 1st – 3rd, 2019

Where: Kila Raipur (near Ludhiana), in Punjab

Why Should I attend: Witness a one of its kind sports competition taking you closer to India’s rural roots.

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So which festival are you planning to attend? Share it with your friends, and mark a travel-happy beginning to the year!

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