January festivals and fairs of India that willl blow your mind

Make a list of these January festivals and fairs of India and try attending them while you are in India.

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Ras Lila of Manipur is a very beautiful dance form.

Top January festivals and fairs of India- Gang Ngai

My list of January festivals starts with the less known Gang Ngai fair of Manipur.

Chances are that you have not heard of this North-Eastern Indian state. One of the prettiest places in India, Manipur is well connected to major Indian cities like Kolkata, Delhi, and Gauhati.

Gang Ngai is celebrated by the Kabui Nagas of Manipur and it runs for five days. The idea is to remember the dear departed of this community and once this remembrance is over, then it is time for festivities.

Would you like to know more about Gang Ngai? Visit this link>http://manipurtourism.gov.in/

Swathi Sangeethotsavam- Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala

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Click this image to listen to Carnatic music. Creds- YouTube

Known for its pristine beaches and lagoons, Kerala is a paradise for the backpackers.

But do you know that every year in January, this state organizes a fantastic music concert? More than 400 musicians, vocalists, and other artistes assemble in Thiruvananthapuram and enchant the guests with some out-of-the-world music.

This concert is held in the memory of King Swathi Tirunal who lived in the 19th century and was a great patron of music.

In 2018, this festival is scheduled from January 4 to 13th January at Kuthira Mallika in Thiruvananthapuram.

Read this article to know more about this music festival > http://www.swathithirunal.in/rlinsti/kuthira.htm 

Interested in booking your place in Swathi Sangeethosavam? Here is the Facebook link> https://www.facebook.com/events/367193663743982/ 

By the way, don’t forget to visit the mysterious Padmanbhswamy Temple in Thiruvananthapuram. It contains several billion dollars worth of gold! This temple is just next door to the venue of the music concert.

Rann Utsav- Gujarat

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It is easily one of the best January fairs and festivals of India.

Every year, more than 8,000 tourists and travelers from all over the world visit Bhuj  to watch Gujarat art, culture, handicrafts, music, and dance in action.

The Rann is one of the most inhospitable parts of India; it is a vast swamp and supports very little vegetation. However, the people of Rann have mastered the art of not just living but enjoying their lives here.

The Rann Utsav will continue for the whole of January and end in early February.

Book your seats here > http://booking.gujarattourism.com/

Bhuj is easily accessible from Delhi, Mumbai, Ahmedabad and other Indian cities.

National Street Food Festival- Delhi

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How can you miss this Indian street food?

For foodies, this festival is should not be missed at all.

Come to Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in January 2018 and enjoy your favorite street food.

Dates are- January 12-15, 2018

You need to enter the stadium from Gate No. 14.

Reaching Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium is easy- Just hop on to the Delhi Metro and get off at the Jawaharlal Nehru Metro Station.

Just in case you want to enjoy street food in Old Delhi then book your tour here> http://www.indiatraveltip.com/delhi-india-tour-packages/old-delhi-history-heritage-and-street-food-walk/

Mamallapuram Dance Festival- Mamallapuram near Chennai

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Now let me take you to to the ancient town of Mamallapuram, which is a few kilometers from Chennai in Tamil Nadu.

There are several rock-cut temples in this small town and all of them convey the story of Mahabharata.

If you are interested in Indian classical dance then this festival is just right for you. Classical dancers from Kuchipudi, Bharatnatyam, Kathak, Odissi, Manipuri, and other dance schools will assemble here and showcase their talents. Watch these superb artistes perform against the backdrop of the ancient temples.

This dance festival is on until January 25.

The venue is the Arjuna’s Penance Cave.

Bikaner Festival- Bikaner, Rajasthan

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I would be doing a great injustice to this post if I avoided any mention of the most colorful Indian state- Rajasthan.

The Desert State of India is known for its camels. If you are fond of watching these four-legged creatures in all their finery, then head over to Bikaner.

Find out more about this festival by clicking this website> http://tourism.rajasthan.gov.in/

Bikaner is a great place to hang out during winters. Enjoy lip-smacking food, participate in fold dances and simply enjoy the great folk music.

Dates of Bikaner Festival- January 13-14

Reaching Bikaner is easy. All you have to do is check out the Indian Railway reservation site.

By the way, there are some really interesting destinations in Rajasthan; some of them have a haunted past behind them.

Mukteshwar Dance Festival- Odisha

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One of the lesser known January festivals and fairs of India is the Mukteshwar Dance Festival.

This dance event takes place in Bhubaneshwar, Odisha. The venue is the famous Mukteshwar temple.

Watch several Odissi dance troupes perform in this festival and learn a step or two from them.

Dates- January 14-16

Book your place in the Mukteshwar Dance Festival here > http://www.orissatourism.org/mukteswar-temple.html

That’s it, folks.

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  1. Festivals are always a happy and glorious event! My favorite thing about festivals is that it brings out the color and the richness of the culture of the country. It’s fun to know about the upcoming festivals in India and I do wish to witness one on my own ☺️

  2. I’ve been wanting to visit India for a very long time and this post emphasises on why! So many colours, festivals and culture – what is not to love? I think the food festival would be my favourite, though it seems I may need to wait until next year?

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