Fair and Festivals in India in February 2014

Browse through the best of what’s on in February in India scheduled by date & Places

1 Nagaur Fair

The calm town of Nagaur is one of the most charming villages in the Rajput townships; the town comes to life throughout the Nagaur fair. The cattle fair prearranged in this consign is the 2nd largest in the state of Rajasthan. It is held once in a year during the month of Magh as per Hindu almanac, which happens on the months of January or February. The fair is famed for its camel, cow, horse and bullock deal. The holders stand beside their animals grand colorful turbans and massive moustaches.

Naguar Cattle Fair

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fair Place: Naguar Rjasthan

Date: Feb 6-9, 2014 (Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun)

Duration: 4 Days Kota

 

2. Baneshwar Fair

Baneshwar fair is a main tribal fair held at Dungarpur in Rajasthan. The fair is prearranged at Baneshwar, which is a small delta placed 50 km from the city of Dungarpur in February. The word ‘Baneshwar’ means the ‘master of the delta’ and is consequent from the Mahadev temple in Dungarpur

Baneshwar fair

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fair Place: Nagaur, Rajasathan
Date: Feb 10-14, 2014 (Mon-Fri)
Duration: 5 days

3. Desert Festival  

The Royal state of Rajasthan arranges the annual and unusual Desert Festival once in a Year. The festival is illustrious to showcase the culture, traditions and endowment in the state of Rajasthan, especially in the city of Jaisalmer. It is held for a period of 3 days, either in January or in February, culminating on the “Purnima” or full moon day.

Camels rest on sand dunes, Thar

Camels rest on sand dunes, Thar

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Festival Place: Jaisalmer, Rajasthan(amidst the sand dunes of the Thar in a place called Sam)

Festivals Dates: February 12-14, 2014

Duration: 13 Days

4. Shivaratri

Shivaratri or Maha Shivaratri is a Hindu fiesta that is held on the 13th or the 14th day of the Maagha or Phalguna month in the Hindu almanac each year which falls in the month of February end or March. According to the Hindu myths a hunter picked out bilva grass from a tree and kept throwing them down unknowingly on a Shiva lingam whole night.

shivaratri pashupati

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Festival Place: Entire India

Festivals Dates: February 12-14, 2014

Duration: 1 day

 

 

 

 

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February cheapest month to fly for Indian Traveller: Skyscanner

International travel search site Skyscanner has published a release its ‘Best Time to Book’ inclusive data study, which reveals when to book flights and average fares, to help clients to accumulate money on their travel in 2014. According to the study, the lowest-priced flight tickets from India are offered 22 weeks in advance of travel on an average

However 3 years of booking data also illustrates that cost patterns can differ by type of airline and distance of travel and so is destination-dependent. Further, February is the cheapest month to travel and Indian customers can suppose to accumulate 18 per cent on flight costs on usual, while booking 22 weeks in advance would result in savings of around 15 per cent on average.

As report by Kavitha Gnanamurthy, Senior Marketing executive for India, Skyscanner, “The earlier in proceed you book, the better. It is also imperative to remind that costs canThe cheapest flight tickets from India in fact increase at the last minute, particularly on budget airlines.”

“Clients have to realize that they are taking a gamble if they wait until closer to departure before booking and may find that they have missed the best flight prices. Our study suggests that the best mode to get a flight at the competitive price is to prepare ahead and do your explore,” Gnanamurthy added.

The most appropriate time to reserve a flight for long-haul places such as; the United Kingdom & closer nations counting the UAE and Singapore is twelve weeks in advance.

Indian travelers can also save a large amount on flights to Australia and Thailand if they book 16 weeks before of their leaving date, it added.

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A Wildlife Safari in Bandipur

Bandipur, one of India’s optimum tiger sanctuaries, offers much to the discerning wildlife fanatic. Bandipur is located approx 80 km from Mysore (about 230 km from Bangalore). Lodging is offered at the forest guest houses within the park and at the government-run Jungle Lodges just outside the park gates as well.

Brows through some amazing view of Bandipur national park

1. Male Tiger

Tiger finding its way to the lake

Tiger finding its way to the lake

 

2. Chitals testing power  

chitlas

chitlas

 

3. Spotted Deer

Spotted Deer

Spotted Deer

 

4. Indian Gaur

Indian Gaur

 

5. Male Leopard

Male Leopard

 

6. Hiding behind Mom

Young dear hinding behind mom

 

7. Sambar Dear, the favorite prey of the tiger.

Sambar Deer

 

8. Grey Francolin, 

Grey Francolin

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Know about Indian Festivals & Celebrations

Here is the famous Indian Festivals & Celebrations

Maha Kumbh Mela:  Earlier in February 10, 2013 this mega event took place in the north part of India. This festival was the greatest of the events held in this year due to its specialty that the particular day was considered as the most auspicious one by the Hindus since it has occurred after 144 years. The special planetary alignment will happen again only after 144 years.

Allahabad kumbh2013

foreigner at kumbh

Hindus believe that during the auspicious day of ‘Maha Sivarathri’ if they take bath in the Holy Ganges, all their sins will get washed away and they will become pure souls. The holy bath or dip must be taken at the confluence where the rivers Ganges, Yamuna and Saraswathi meet in Allahabad.

On the special day on February 10, 2013, more than 100 million people visited Allahabad and nearly 30 million took their holy dip on that single day. These Kumbh Melas occur once in twelve years. Indian cities Haridhwar, Nasik and Ujjain regularly host these festivals. Read Allahabad kumbh Mela 2013

Apart from the annual kumbh melas, there are half-yearly and once in three months melas also celebrated.

Janmashtami: This festival is celebrated on the birthday of Lord Krishna.  It will happen in August or September and Mathura in Uttar Pradesh of India which is the birth place of Krishna will be like heaven during this period. All through the city and around temple areas there will be heavy decorations. Musical dramas, discourses, discussions, songs and dances will be held to celebrate this festival. Not only in Mathura, people all over India will be celebrating Krishna’s birthday in their homes every year.

Ganga Sagar Mela: Thousands of Hindus visit the Sagar Island where river Ganges meets the ocean at this day during the middle of January.

Sonepur Mela: This is actually cattle fair to commemorate the prehistoric battle held between the crocodiles and elephants. This is the largest one in the whole Asia. Not onlysonpur mela the cattle but also all the living beings that stepped off Noah’s Ark will be in the fair along with thousands of pilgrims who take bath in the river. This is held during November or December near Patna in Bihar.

Rath Yatra: This is a spectacular festival held in November in Puri of Odisha. Very large sized chariots with Lord Jagannath, his brother Balbadhra and his sister Subhadra will be hauled from the temple to the beach in Puri all through the streets.

Shiv Rathri Mela: This is held between February and March in Mahadeo Temple in Pachmarhi, Madhya Pradesh. More than 100,000 pilgrims and saadhus attend this festival.

Trissur Poornam: This is held between April and May in Trissur, Kerala. The top most festival of Kerala where dozens of elephants decorated with spectacular jewelry will parade in procession.

Ganesh Chathurthi: Held between August and September, this festival is celebrated all over India and most popular in Mumbai. This is the birthday celebrations of the Lord Ganesh, the elephant head god.

Durga Pooja: This is most famous in Kolkata during October. The ten armed goddess Durga is worshipped during this festival with much galore. More than thousands of statues are taken in processions and immersed into Holy River Hooghly amongst firework explosions, dance and music.

Pushkar Camel Fair: Even the desert cities of Rajasthan are in way behind the other cities of India in celebrating festivals. More than 50,000 camels and cattle a

camel race

Camel race at Pushkar

ccompanied with traders and pilgrims make the occasion a grand one during early November in Pushkar, Rajasthan. read Pushkar desert festival

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Best Backpacking Destinations in India

Backpacking is the cheapest form of traveling and is suitable for those who want to spend longer period in foreign countries in order to fulfill various purposes. For the first time visitors of India backpacking is really a challenging affair. So to avoid the pitfalls and the risks and to enjoy the most, travelers to India need to do thorough research and planning before venturing in the adventure.

As a bit of advice, many backpacking packages that prevail in India are inadequate and out of date. Some may even misguide you. So do not be ignorant of the country and do not entirely depend on the ready-made packages.

Backpacking Destination of South India

  • Hampi: The most spectacular relics of history providing you lots of mystery and a sense of awe and pleasure on seeing the beautiful architectural ruins of Sasivekalu ganeshatemple HampiVijayanagar Empire. The entire city, once the capital of popular Vijayanagar Empire, was now at ruins in Karnataka. It is one of the UNESCO world heritage sites.

 

  • Palolem:  One of the best beaches of Goa in India offers complete relaxation combined with life throbbing parties. This beach is in the shape of the crescent moon.  The villages nearby are the best places to stay and live a life in Indian style without any rush and hush of the city culture.
  • Munnar: The greenery and the scenery of Munnar in Kerala of India will dazzle
    Munnar Hill

    Munnar Hill

    any tourist making them wish to settle there permanently.  An ideal hill station for backpacking, it provides you the opportunity to discover and enjoy beauty as well as the nature in a pleasant manner. You can do fishing, go for walking, jogging, cycling, boating, para-gliding and simply sit and relax.

  • Mysore: This is a little charming city in Karnataka. The grand Mysore palace, the zoo, museum and ‘brindavan’ gardens are the attractions of this city. Though this place fits in the definition of a city, it lacks the tension and busy routine lifestyle of modern world.  Anyone who has lived in this city for sometime can understand what Mysore offers a person. Life here is a calm, relaxed one and to explain in a nutshell Mysore is a real village posing as a city.

Backpacking Destination of North India

  • Jaipur: This pink city of the Rajasthan desert is the gateway of Rajasthan. It is also the shopping Mecca of North India. This city is full with fantastic forts and the monkey palace is the main attraction. Jaipur is a colorful city depicting Indian culture in all its aspects. You can witness elephants, camels, gems and jewels.
  • Darjeeling: This darling hill station of Himalayas is also the perfect place for backpacking in India. The beauty at the foothills of Himalayas is stunning. This is the most popular hill station for all types of people especially for the honey moon couple. Lots of activities take place around Darjeeling.  You can enjoy the toy train; go for trekking, biking, rafting and just for walking. You can view Everest from here in its splendor.
  • Udaipur: Again a stunning city of Rajasthan offering complete cultural view of India, Udaipur has many attractions like forts, museums and palaces.  This is a beautiful city where both locals and foreigners visit every day.
  • Pushkar: This is the small town where the annual camel fair is very popular.
    Pushkar Lake

    Pushkar Lake

    This is actually an oasis town amidst the dry desert of Rajasthan. Schedule your stay during the popular camel fair so that you will not miss the friendliness and the Indian way of life.

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7 Offbeat Places in Delhi

Brows through 7 offbeat places in Delhi

1. Ishq in Delhi, Purana qila

Purana qila

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. Alai Darwaza

Alai Darwaza

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. Feroz Shah Kotla fort

Feroz shah kotla fort

 

4.  National Rail Museum

National Rail Museum

 

5. Safdarjung Tomb

Safdarjung Tomb

 

6.  Temple in the park Hauz Khas

Temple in the park Hauz Khas

 

7.  National Gandhi Museum

National Gandhi Museum

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How to eat safe food in India

When you visit any foreign country, it is common to get stomach upset since your dietary system will not adjust to the new type of food initially. During your India tours, it is important to know what is safe and what is not safe.  There is ample chance for you to get excellent food in cheap road side hotels or at streets and dirty dangerous food in the fashionable restaurants. This article reveals some important points to follow in eating during your stay in India.

Book-for-healthy-food

  • Though fresh fruit juices are healthy, the water used for preparing it may be just ordinary tap water. So do not drink fresh juices while you are in India.
  • While selecting the restaurant, choose the one where most of the local people prefer to go.
  • It is better to avoid raw vegetables and salads since Indians are not aware of thorough cleaning of the vegetables and fruits before consumption. Of course they will also clean them but with tap water.
  • Never use ice in India since most probably it will also be prepared with tap water.
  • Eat only fresh cooked food. Do not eat food from buffet tables here they have been kept all day long.
  • It is well known factor that foreign people do not take meat In India since it is famous for its vegetarian food.
  • Eating plenty of fresh fruits and yogurt will prevent digestive problems. Always wash them before eating with your own hands.
  • Drink plenty of water to keep you from dehydration and be careful to drink only good bottled water.

Street side Foods

Street foods are real pleasure in India making the entire trip meaningful. However use your common sense to find the safe food.

  • Always go to the vendor where lots of local families are crowded. It must be a good place since families visit the joint.
  • Before buying the snacks, a little bit of watching is sufficient to conclude its safety. The way how the vendor cleans the utensils, handles and how he maintains the food and the cleanliness with proper coverings – all these can be easily found within few minutes.
  • Do not eat meals from the street vendors.
  • In case you need to drink juice you must ask the vendor to press the juice in front of you and be sure not to drink anything from already stored containers.

Indian style of eating

Indian food varities

Indian food varities

Indian style of eating is a tricky business and in case you want to follow the same style of the local people, it is well and good. All of them eat with their right hand. Never use your left hand for eating. It will be considered as a big mistake. In the olden days and even in these modern days in some traditional house, Indians sit on the floor and eat with their right hand. However most of them use dining tables for eating.

  • As the first step before eating in any house, make sure you wash your hands.
  • Then as the second step, after food is being served, you have to mix the rice with the side dishes well with your fingers. Make it a thick and sticky mixture. For example when you are served with sabzi and dhal, you need to mix the rice only with the dhal. Sabzi can be taken as scoops along with the mixture of rice and dhal.
  • As the final step, you need to take the mixed food in small quantities with your hand and fingers and put it into your mouth. The knuckles of your hand must face the dish.
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Second edition of Goa Heritage Festival begins on January 7 at Saligao

The 2nd edition of the Goa Heritage Festival was inducted by Francis D’Souza, Deputy CM, Goa in the presence of Dilip Parulekar, Minister of Tourism, Woman & Child Development, Government of Goa; & Nilesh Cabral, MLA and Chairman, Goa Tourism Development Corporation on 7th of Jan, 2014 at the Football Ground in Saligao. The inaugural session saw input of over 4,000 guests, as per a report.

The Festival showcased Goa heritage through stall displays of Goan arrays sucha as sausages, cashew feni, wood craft, coconut shell craft, crochet and needle work, terracotta, hand-painted tiles, Loka Daij, heritage photo gallery, etc. Parulekar said, “Every Goan should be proud of their heritage and culture. We are pleased to arrange the 2nd annual Heritage Festival by the beautiful Mae de Deus church that is a one twenty five-year-old heritage construction. We look forward to that all tourists eyewitness this Carnival and enjoy Goa’s rich heritage.”

Goan Heritage Festival 2014

Goan Heritage Festival 2014

Tourists also got an option to watch the Divli-naach, Mando, Goff dance, Ganesh Vandana, tarang. The Coa Tourism Department campaign to make this event an annual scheme and spread out it to include many more local performers and Goan culture to give visitors a healthy experience of Goa.

What to assume at this year’s Goan Heritage Festival

  1. Fashion shows
  2. Goan food
  3. Photographs of ancient Goa
  4. Goa’s arts, culture and history
  5. The great Goans in History
  6. Historic Goan moments
  7. Saligao village highlights
  8. Historic temple of Goddess Sharvani
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Top theme and Spots for New Years Eve Festivity in India

New Year’s Eve is around the turn, and everyone is gearing up for big revelry. With people looking for new way to celebrate, classictajtours.com analysis of vacations designed in India for December 20, 2013 – January 10, 2014 explores that beach and city places still remain the most well-liked choice for enjoying a New Year party.

Goa new year celebration

Fashionable bash destinations for New Year eve festivity:

Beach and city places are fashionable party choices this season with Goa, Pondicherry, Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Shillong and Varkala in Kerala being the hot spots.

Goa is the apparent hot spot this new year, with vacationer heading to Morjim, Baga and Anjuna Beach in the party capital of Nation. Other seashore spot for this New Year are Pondicherry and Varkala in Kerala. The bistro and clubs in French Colony and fireworks display on the Promenade and lounges near the cliff overlooking Varkala Beach are popular among travellers.

Urban slickers have preferred metros to party into the New Year. Lower Parel, Juhu, Carter Road and Colaba for revelries and concert at fashionable lounge bars such as Blue Frog and Poison in Mumbai. Bungalow parties in Chattarpur, clubs in areas like Vasant Kunj, Saket and Chanakyapuri in Delhi and Park Street in Kolkata are the trending party places.

Unusual New Year experience:

Turn out to be a cultivator or a wine manufacturer for a day, here is your chance to celebrate New Year in an unusual way. You can endeavor your hands on the skill of cheese production at Acres feral, Coonoor or become a wine maker at Sula Vineyards, Nashik.

The Saharia natural Amla farmhouse, Sikar is a place where one can learn natural farming and its benefits, in addition just experience farm existing at Kadoli farms-eagle nest at gujarat. The Jungle Lore Birding Lodge, Nainital is the spot where one can rejoice New Year among colourful aves.

White New Year’s Eve celebration: Shimla, Auli, Gulmarg, Thanedar,

Have a good time a white new year has a unique charm and there are some surprise spots in India where one can enjoy the strange beauty of snow roofed peaks. From adrenaline junkies to those looking for a quiet New Year occurrence, below are the top 5 white New Year destinations this year.

Shimla, Himachal Pradesh: here you can enjoy Mashobra vale and Shali Tibba tramp

Auli, Uttarakhand: Auli is rising as an imperative ski spot and many holiday makers are kick starting the New Year with a collide course in skiing from local private trainers.

Gulmarg, Jammu and Kashmir: well-known for its gondola rides, enclosed by wooded hills and pasture, snow-covered peaks, deep rifts and valleys this beautiful site is a required New Year getaway.

Thanedar: Its is situated 80 km from Shimla, known as a fruit bowl of Himachal Pradesh, Thanedar is among one of the first places where gardening of apples started in India. Its apples are used in manufacturing lavenders, squashes and marinates.

Khajjiar, Himachal Pradesh: This spot is very eminent for paragliding, so one can initiate the year by stirring the sky.

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Top 10 Travel Destinations in India – 2013

Top 10 Indian Travel destinations in 2013
Scroll below to see our pick of the top Indian travel destinations in 2013. Have a great holiday.

1. Jaisalmer
Jaisalmer

2. Bekal
Bekal Kerala

3. Wayanad District in the north-east of Kerala
Wayanad, Kerala

4. Coonoor hill station in Tamil Nadu
Coonoor Tamil Nadu

5. Tranquebar panchayat town in Nagapattinam district
Tranquebar Town

6. Tawang Arunachal Pradesh
Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh

7. Coorg, popularly known as Scotland of India
Coorg, Karnataka

8. Andamans
Andamans

9. Varkala coastal town
Varkala

10. Kashmir
Kashmir

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