Events

Durga Puja

Durga Puja

The most important Bengali festival, the puja ('worship') of Durga, goddess of power, takes place throughout India but is particularly important in the city of Kolkata. The festival takes place over 10 days in September and October. The Goddess Durga, Mother of the Universe,...  see full details



Republic Day Parade

Republic Day Parade

The impressive Republic Day Parade is held every year in Delhi on the anniversary of the formation of the Indian Republic, and serves to showcase the country's military might. Marching columns represent the armed forces, accompanied by armoured vehicles, military bands, decorated floats and...  see full details



Festival of Holi

Festival of Holi

Delhi puts on a colourful face in March for the light-hearted Festival of Holi, celebrating the triumph of good over evil. Holi is the first major Hindu festival of the year and is celebrated joyously. The exuberant spring festival starts on the night...  see full details



Diwali Fireworks

Diwali (Festival of Lights)

India's most popular traditional festival, with its origins deeply rooted in Hindu mythology, turns the streets of Delhi (and all major cities in India) into a carnival each year. And while Diwali (the 'Festival of Lights') is extremely important for Hindus, it is also...  see full details



Ganesh Chaturthi Procession

Ganesh Chaturthi

Ganesh Chaturthi or Ganesh Utsav celebrates the birthday of Ganesha, the elephant-headed god of wisdom and prosperity. Celebrations are held throughout India and this is one of the highlights of the year for tourists visiting the country. In communities all over India, life-like clay...  see full details



Carnival Float Parade

Goa Carnival

A throwback to the days of 18th-century Portuguese colonialism, the Goa Carnival is a mardi gras-style, four-day party held every year on the weekend before Ash Wednesday, which encompasses three days of music, dancing and general merriment. The tradition comes from the Christian habit...  see full details



New Year's Eve in Goa

New Year's Eve in Goa

Beachfront trance parties in Goa are somewhat legendary in the global party community. Revellers with a lot of stamina groove to psychedelic music under the stars, while famous Bollywood personalities put in cameo dancefloor appearances.

Although the entire coastline comes alive to...  see full details



Sunburn Festival Stage

Sunburn Music Festival

The MTV-sponsored Sunburn Music Festival is one of the fastest-growing trance music festivals in the world. In 2008, the event drew 5,000 electro heads to beautiful Candolim Beach in Goa; in 2009, 18,000 people were there; and in 2010, the crowd was in excess...  see full details