Pongal in South India, Lohri in North India, Uttarayan in Gujarat and Makar Sankranti in the rest of the country, these festivals are called by different names and are celebrated differently but what they all have in common is the spirit of the celebration. They are celebrated at the same time in January. The festivals celebrate the new year, the harvest, the oncoming of spring, offset of winter and the love and joy of living life. Read about each one here: PongalPongal is a 4 day celebration from January 14th to January 17th and is mostly celebrated in South India. It is also sometimes known as the Indian thanksgiving as people give thanks to the Sun God for the harvest. It is a very widely celebrated festival in Tamil Nadu and has been celebrated for over 1000 years now. The festival has 4 days namely Bhogi, Thai Pongal, Maatu Pongal and Kaanum Pongal. It is celebrated with loads of festive cooking and especially observes boling the first rice of the reason. Read these two blogs to know more:http://www.bitofvacation.com/blog/indian-thanksgiving/ http://isha.sadhguru.org/blog/sadhguru/pongal-significance-of-harvest-festival/ LohriLohri is an important festival in North India and is celebrated on 13th or 14th January. It is fondly known as the bonfire festival of Punjab. The festival holds a special significance for the Punjabi community. The festival also marks the offset of winter and the oncoming of the spring season. The Sun is thanked and fire is prayed to. A bonfire is lit. the offerings and prayers are made to it. The celebrations include merry singing, cooking and dancing and singing folk tunes. The children have their little trick or treat where they receive rewari, gajak, jaggery as treats in exchange for good singing. Read these two blogs to know more:http://eleanorandtheelephants.blogspot.in/2012/01/lohri.html
One of the key attractions of being in the western part of India is exploring the state of Gujarat and its wonders. Gujarat is the westernmost state of India that has beaches, deserts, metro cities, cultural & architectural heritage and all the rest you can think of. Tourists flood during October to February as these are the most happening times of the year with Navratri and Rann Utsav to wow the visitors.Here’s more information on India’s most unique and looked forward to festival which is a bliss for people that love the amalgamation of culture and nature. Names: Rann Utsav, Rann Mahotsav, Rann Of Kutch UtsavTime: November to February ( Check site for latest dates)Venue: DhordoKey Attractions: Natural landscapes; Cultural performances; Mandvi Beach; Safari; Hot Air Ballooning; Camping To know more; we have handpicked some articles that give out the important details. Read on! This article by the name ‘Rann Utsav 2017-18: All You Need To Know About The Desert Fest’ by travel triangle will give you latest information about Rann Utsav 2017-18. It gives you a great insight about the things you should expect, how and where to reach, where it starts, what and where to eat and answers possibly every question you have about this year’s festival. This site also helps you plan your trip and answers your queries. Visit the link for more.http://traveltriangle.com/blog/rann-utsav/ Another blogpost by Sumit Saxena for Tripoclan is headed ‘The Grandeur Of The Kutch Rann Utsav’ and tells you more comprehensively about the festival. Sumit is a Startup enthusiast, passionate traveler, business developer professional and writes blogs by choice. This article covers subheads like When and Where, Places to Stay, What to Visit, Activities at Kutch and Surrounding Places. Read more through this link.http://www.tripoclan.com/blog/grandeur-kutch-rann-utsav/ For more information/bookings visit the Official Site for Rann Utsav: http://www.rannutsav.com/ This next pick is more of a description on Rann of Kutch and not particularly about the fest.It is a very elaborate personal experience by Winnie Karnik for musafir. The blog piece is called ‘Time to Rann away’ and is detailed beautifully with experiences and facts. She has made it even more engrossing with the help of amazing pictures. The blog starts with her describing the Salt desert of Kutch and the views over the desert like a poem. She goes on describing how it was living there with single digit temperatures and in tents. She describes her cultural experiences and the art she found. In her words ‘The Khatris are excellent hosts and demonstrate Rogan Art to every visitor’. She describes the sunset and the experiences of visiting the Bhuj earthquake affected areas. She ends her blog by telling you her tips to help plan a perfect gateway to Rann of Kutch.https://in.musafir.com/Blog/Time_to_Rann_away.aspx Here’s a video of the Utsav (Festival) from last year to help you have a better insight.
Christmas is to the world what Diwali is to India. India being a secular republic and very proudly so has a special place for each festival and for Christmas too. Christmas and New Year celebrations vary in the parts of the country but it won’t be wrong to mention that the spirits are definitely homogenous.Here are few answers to the most widely asked questions that are where and how to celebrate Christmas and New Year in India. WhereTo answer the wheres first, we have these three blogs picked out for you. The first one is listed under the heading ‘Top 5 Places In India To Celebrate Christmas’ by Indiator. The blog lists Goa; Kolkata; Puducherry, Manali and Kerala. With each destination, it elaborates on the reasons as to why pick one over the other. Go through the link below to make a better choice for this 25th of December.https://indiator.com/tourist-places/blog/places-in-india-to-celebrate-christmas/ The second one is by holidify and is titled ‘17 Best New Year Destinations In India’ The article gives you a varied choice of 17 handpicked destinations in India to choose your ideal New Year place for the season. Goa, Puducherry ,Gokarna, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep Islands top the list. Pick one after reading about the food, attractions and more in this blog.https://www.holidify.com/blog/new-year-destinations-in-india/ If you’re one of those who think a Christmas isn’t a Christmas until it’s white, here’s a special pick for you alone. This article will tell you the Best spots to have snow filled Christmas and also includes the lesser known but very suitable destinations to have a great experience in India. Read on this link for more:http://blog.ezeego1.co.in/white-christmas-in-india-destinations-where-you-can-experience-snow/ HowMoving onto the hows now!
India has the conventional beauty that rests in the palaces, the architecture of temples and mosques, the colours of clothes and the festivals. But that’s not it as in this once called ‘Golden Sparrow’; even holds beauty in the most barren and raw places and they will surely surprise you in all the great ways possible. Here we bring to you the 4 most beautiful deserts in India. Thar Desert or The Great Indian Sand Desert7th largest desert in the world with 75% of its area in India and the remaining 25% in Pakistan.Places Covered: Rajasthan, Punjab, Gujarat, HaryanaSandy desert surrounded by Aravali Hill range and Rann of KutchBest time to visit is in October- NovemberHighlight - Pushkar Fair in Pushkar, Rajasthan White Salt Desert or The Rann Of KutchIt is the world’s largest salt desertLocated in Kutch, GujaratIt has amazing wildlife attractions and unique handicraft.Best time to visit is in January-FebruaryHighlight: Rann Mahotsav in Kutch, Gujarat The Cold Mountain Desert or The Desert Mountain ValleyLocated In Himalayas , State: Himachal PradeshIt is a cold desert and receives heavy snowfall during winters.The unique attractions include the wildlife, national park and the snow leopardsThe best time to visit is September-OctoberHighlight: Bike Road trip from SHimla to Spiti Valley
Manali is a place for everyone; for foodies, for skiers; for trekkers;for families; for honeymooners; for school and college trips; for adventureseekers; for spiritual travellers; for peace lovers; for movie crews and for youand everyone else too. Manali has got a lot to offer. It has the most sacred templeslike theHadimba Devi temple to the most adventurous sports such as Hot Air Ballooning,White River Water Rafting, Paragliding, Zorbing, Trekking, Skiing, Snowcarting, Bungee Jumping and many more. The markets of Manali are a treat for the shopping freak inside you. The markets offer the best of shawls, sweaters, pullovers, cardigans from the local industries as well as from markets of Tibet and Nepal. The markets of Manali are ideal for street shopping for scarves and bracelets and are also full of cute gloves, socks and ear warmers that you wouldn’t be able to resist buying. For the foodies, you get the best Gol Gappas, as we North Indians callit, there. I believe one shouldn’t just conclude a Manali trip without tryingthe Gol Gappas served with the water kept in matkas. The markets there are fullof varieties of North Indian food and the local specialties like Sattu, Kodraroti and more. Manali is a tourist spot surrounded by places as special as it is initself. One who goes to Manali can travel to and enjoy places like Kullu,Manikaran, Solang Valley and Rohtang Pass. If visited in winters these placeswelcome you covered in a white layer of snow to add to the beauty whereasRohtang serves you with snow throughout the year. Manali can be reached by roadways, railways and airways. Thus, you don‘treally have many excuses to not go and give Manali a chance to host you!The easiest way to reach Manali is through the nearest airport that is Kullu Manali/ Bhuntar Airport which is 10kms from Manali or you can take the roadways from Delhi after you land at the Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi.