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Festivals of India - Indian Festivals (List of Indian Festivals)

Celebrations in India don't just happen; they are events awaited for throughout the year and careful planning goes into them in terms of participation. The fact that there are scores of such events does not mean any of them is less important than the other. It only indicates that festivals and fairs are a part of the heritage and their continuation is cherished. Sometimes a festival or fair takes on different appearances in various parts of the country. The result: a colourful mosaic which the visitor may not often fully comprehend, but which offers a thrilling experience on one's travels. Here are some principal events that could be a highlight of your visit to India.

Given below is a list of major Indian festivals and fairs and month/s when they are celebrated in India :

Andhra Pradesh
Deccan Festival - Feb./March
Tea Festival - December
Rajgir Dance and Food Festival
Vaishali Mahotsava
Chotanagpur Adivasi Mela
Sonepur Mela
- February
- March
- November
- November
Rose Festival - February
Teej Festival - August
Garden Festival - December
International Citrus Festival - January
International Kite Festival -January
Garden Festival -February
International Mango Festival -July
Carnival - February
Shigmo - March
Goa Food & Cultural Festival - Nov./Dec.
International Kite Festival -January
Somnath Festival
(Rann of Kutch)
- March
Tarnetar Festival - September
Surajkund Craft Mela - Feb. 1-15
Kurukshetra Festival - November
 Himachal Pradesh
Shimla Summer Festival - May/June
Kulu-Dussehra Festival - October
lavi Fair - November
Navarasapur-Pattadakkal -January
Coorg Festival - February
Hoysala Mahotsava (at Belur-Halebid) -February/March
Vijayanagar-Hampi Festival - November
Great Elephant March - January
Nishagandi Dance Festival -February
Nehru Trophy Boat Rase - August
Onam Celebrations -August
 Madhya Pradesh
Khajuraho Festival - February
Tansen Festival - March
Pachmarhi Festival - October
Elephanta Festival - February
Ganesh/Pune Festival -September
Ellora Festival -December
Chapcharkut Festival - February
Kut Festival - November
Nongren Dance Festival - October
Autumn Festival - October
Beach Festival - January
Rath Yatra - July
Konark Dance Festival - December
Fete de pondicherry/Yoga Festival - January
Desert Festival, jaisalmer - February
Nagaur Festival - February
Marwar Festival, Jodhpur - October
Pushkar - November
Jhalawar Festival - November
Shilpgram Crafts Mela - December
International Flower Festival - April/May
 Tamil Nadu
Tea and Tourism Festival, Coonoor - January
Natyanjali Festival, Chidambaram - February
Mahabalipuram Dance Festival - Jan./Feb.
Chittarai Festival, Madurai - May
Ooty Summer Festival - May
Uttar Pradesh
Taj mahotsava, Agra - February
Yoga Festival, Rishikesh - February
Avadh Festival, Lucknow - November
 West Bengal
Calcutta/Shantiniketan Festival - January
Darjeeling Tea Festival - December
Vishnupur Festival - December
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