India has a range of exotic festivals and special events taking place throughout the year. From the vivid colours and celebration of the annual Holi Festival, to the unbridled festivities during Diwali and the ancient rituals of the Himalayan festivals of Ladakh or Hemis.
Why not attend attend one the country's vibrant festivals on your holiday in India and get a unique insight into some of the most fascinating cultures on the planet? Take a look at our selection of unique India tours below that take in some of the most exhuberant festivals in the region.
Every year on the dark nights of Diwali the sound of firecrackers announces the celebration of India's favourite and most famous festival. Homes are decorated, gifts are given, sweets are shared and thousands of lamps are lit to create a world of fantasy. Why not join us to celebrate this amazing festival of light?
Elephant Parade in Jaipur where jumbo's glittering in gold, laden with silk tassels and decorated with brightly coloured motifs catwalk before an enthralled audience at the parade. Watch the elephants play the regal game of polo and compete in a tug of war against man, a mismatch of epic proportions. Combine this with getting bombed with a spectrum of colour powder during India's legendary Holi festival.
Take part in a turban tying contest at the Pushkar Camel Fair, witness camel trading and competition at Jaisalmer Desert Festival or follow India's spiritual path to the masked Buddhist festivals of Hemis or Ladakh.
Leh, the former Kingdom of Lakakh sits on the rugged Himalayan plain with Buddhist monasteries perched on soaring hilltops, shattered looking landscapes splashed with small but brilliant patches of green and ancient palaces clinging to sheer rock walls. Join us to experience the colour and festivity of the annual Lahakh festival whilst discovering the sights of this magical city.
Head north to the Punjab and attend the amazing Hola Mohalla Sikh Festival in Anandpur Sahib! Experience magnificent displays of horsemanship and exciting mock fighting (Gatka), witness the tremendous colours of the Sikh faith, including the stunning blue and orange blend of the Nehang Sikh Army.
Every year on the dark nights of Diwali the sound of firecrackers announces the celebration of India’s favourite festival. Homes are decorated, gifts are given, sweets are shared and thousands of lamps are lit to create a world of fantasy. Join us this year to celebrate Diwali – the festival of light on a tour of India’s famed golden triangle.
Combine a tour of the famous Golden Triangle with the exuberant festivities of Holi - India’s most dazzling celebration, and the vibrant Festival of Jaipur, a colourful display of local culture through its people, with folk dancers, melodious music, and exciting traditional competitions.
Join us at the colourful Hemis Festival 2014! See the richly adorned masks that the monastery lamas perform in to a cocophony of drums, cymbals and long horns as the birthday celebrations of Guru Padamasambhava get under way!
See the sights of the famed Golden Triangle before joining the colourful festivities of the Pushkar Camel Fair in Rajasthan for two days of camel races, beauty pageants, folk dancing, and fun competitions set against the vibrant backdrop of market stalls and rhythmic tunes.
Witness the skill of Gatka (mock fighting), the thrill of bareback horse riding and the colour and splendour of Sikhism's famous annual Hola Mohalla Festival! Sikh's from all over the world make this pilgrimage every year and celebrate together. End the trip with a tour of the Golden Triangle taking in Delhi, Jaipur and the legendary Taj Mahal in Agra.
Join us on a Rajput Extravaganza - the ultimate trip through the Land of the Rajput Kings with the unique opportunity to experience the exciting spectacle of the Jaisalmer Desert Festival. As the drums of Rajasthan beat out aloud brightly adorned elephants with their mahouts and tassel laden camels and riders, colourful floats, singers, dancers and marching bands will waltz on by in the city's annual street parade.