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FESTIVALS

WEST AND SOUTH INDIA Mysore Dussehra Festival – A 10-days festival celebration of victory of good over evil. The great royal family of Mysore performs special rituals while Mysore bustles with cultural programs, poetry exchanges, food festi #          

Mysore, Karanataka

Sep or Oct

Chithirai Full Moon Festival – 10 days of festivities leading up to a pompous procession celebrating the divine wedding.

Madurai, Tamil Nadu

Apr or May

Thrissur Pooram – Elaborate festivities featuring bejeweled elephants, processions, frenetic percussionists and classical dances.

Kerala

Feb to Apr

Saga Dawa – One of the holiest Mahayana Buddhist festivals where butter lamps are offered in monasteries. Monks parade the Holy Books of Lord Buddha from the Tsuk-La-Khang monastery in a large procession.

Gangtok, Sikkim

May or Jun

Durga Purja – 10 days of grand celebrations with rituals and ceremonies celebrated in the honour of Goddess Durga. Thunderous drums and acutely bright colours rock the city during the festival.

Kolkata

Oct or Nov

EAST INDIA AND THE HIMALAYAS

Ladakh Hemis Festival – Features colourful Masked dances put up by the Hemis, Ladakh Buddhist Lamas complete with bizarre costumes and the sounds of cymbals, drums and trumpets.

Jul

Kullu Dussehra – The pulling of Lord Raghunathʟs chariot by hundreds of devotees and 7 days of festivities with processions against a stunning backdrop.

Oct

Kullu, Himachal Pradesh

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