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Thrissur Pooram

Dubbed the ‘festival of all festivals’, the annual Thrissur Pooram is a spectacular event that attracts revellers from miles around. The event dates back to the reign of Sakthan Thampuran (1775-1790) and was a means for the two main geographical regions of the town – Paramekkavu and Thiruvambadi – to display their strength. To this day, the festival still includes two teams of richly-adorned elephants, live music, processions, lots of food and drink and huge fireworks display. Celebrated during the Malayalam month of Medam (April/May), visitors will need plenty of energy to keep up with proceedings which begin at about 0600 and continue through the night and finish about midday the following day.


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BLUE LOTUS FESTIVAL

The Blue Lotus Festival is an event focused on presenting the richness of genres and styles of best of Indian Sufi, Folk, Traditional, Gypsy, Tribal, Devotional, Spiritual and Indigenous music. The festival will be celebrated in Pushkar – an ancient town of great cultural and historical importance in Rajasthan, India. In addition to the music, night-time showcases, camel safaris, and film screenings will take place at the festival.


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Qutub Festival

The Qutub festival is a popula three day cultural festival held in the beautiful, historical surroundings of Qutub Minar in Delhi city. National folk and classical musicians give spectacular performances alongside classical dance by famous Indian artists. Regional food stalls add to the cultural mix.


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Sindhu Darshan Festival

This festival celebrates the mighty Sindhu River or Indus River which gives India its name. The event attracts devotees from miles around, many of whom bring water from their own local river to tip into the Sindhu River. The festival is a lively affair that includes live music, dancing, street theatre and craft fairs. One of the purposes of the event is to promote cultural understanding amongst the different people of India.


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Goa Carnival

This three day festival is an extravaganza of colour, noise and excitement held annually in the state of Goa. With a distinct Portuguese flavour the streets are filled with music, dancing, food, drink, theatre, floats and processions.


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Buddha Poornima

Also known as Vesak Day, this day celebrates the birth, enlightenment, and death of Lord Buddha. Events and celebrations take place in Buddhist temples all over India but none so big as the celebrations at Bodh Gaya near Varanasi. Pilgrims travel from miles around to pay homage to Lord Buddha in a day of celebrations that is marked with prayer meetings, religious services, group meditation sessions and a huge procession.


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Bikaner Festival

The Bikaner Festival is held annually in celebration of the ‘ship of the desert’, the camel. Colourful processions, camel races, camel milking, fur cutting design, the best breed competition, camel acrobatics and camel bands entertain the crowds. Music and fire-dancing combine with dazzling fireworks to light up the fortified Desert City.


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Pushkar Camel Fair

The Pushkar Camel Fair Is also Known as Pushkar Mela Or Pushkar Cattle Fair. Held every year between November – December, the Pushkar Camel Fair is the world Biggest Camel Fair, held In Pushkar – Rajasthan. This fair attracts thousands of tourists from across the world. In this Cattle Fair more than 50,000 camels, cattle and horses are traded. Pushkar, near Ajmer, located on the edge of the Thar Desert in the state of Rajasthan.


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Gandhi Jayanthi

This national holiday celebrates the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi, known as the ‘Father of the Nation’. A quiet affair celebrated with prayer meetings and commemorative ceremonies, it is designated a ‘dry’ day when alcohol cannot be purchased. The United Nations General Assembly has declared the date as the ‘International Day of Non-Violence’.


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Kite Festival

January 14th is known as Makara Sankranti, the day of the equinox. Hindus believe that those who die on this day escape from the cycle of birth and rebirth. Thousands of kites fill the sky, some with flickering lanterns. Local cuisine, folk art and handicrafts add to the cultural experience.


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International Flower Festival

Usually held over the month of May when the gardens are in full bloom, visitors are invited to the Gardens of Gangtok to enjoy the visual feast of flowers and plants. The gardens are famed throughout India for their beauty and attract thousands of visitors from across the neighbouring states. At this time of the year the gardens explode into a riot of colour and smells as the many plants and flowers enter full bloom including vibrant orchids, gladioli, roses, cacti, herbs, creepers and ferns. A popular food festival also promises visitors many delectable treats.


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Jaisalmer Desert Festival

The Jaisalmer Desert Festival showcases the stunning culture of the region and is held against the striking backdrop of the Jaisalmer fort. Snake charmers, puppeteers, acrobats, musicians, dancers, camel races and turban tying competitions
all vie for your attention and the festival closes with a light and sound display set against the moonlit sky.


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Pushkar Fair

Camels, decorated cattle, unusual competitions, meditating saints, colourfull stalls and more with the stunning backdrop of the deserts of Rajasthan in Pushkar.


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Valley of Flowers Trek

GoMissing Expeditions invites you to visit the Valley of Flowers in Uttaranchal! See millions of rare flowers including the Blue Poppy and Cobra Lily bloom amongst thousands of herbs and plants endemic to the area. Our ace naturalist who will be accompanying you on the trip will point these flowers out to you and explain their characteristics & significance in this incredible ecosystem. Valley of flowers was declared a national park in 1982 and is now a world heritage site. Every few days, in the months of July and August, the valley changes color. It takes after the predominant color of the flowers growing in the valley. The legend goes that the valley is inhabited by fairies, and why not, a place of such astounding beauty has to be the abode of fairies! Join us as we seek out the elusive fairies and endangered species through the forested slopes, wander amongst the snow covered mountains and drink nectar off numerous waterfalls in the valley.


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