There is no better way to experience the rich cultural heritage of India than by joining in the revelry of one of its many vibrant festivals. Despite being a land of great diversity with many religions, languages and varying ways of life, one thing the entire country has in common is the love to party. A country of 1001 festivals, festival-goers are spoilt for choice with an array of exciting festivals and events throughout the year.
We have created a handful of holidays timed to coincide with some of the country’s most vibrant festivals – offering an experience that is totally unique to India. Travel into the heart of the Thar Desert for the spectacular Pushkar Camel Fair, join us for the exuberant festivities of Holi – India’s most dazzling celebration, hear the sound of firecrackers on the dark nights of Diwali - India’s favourite festival or witness the ancient rituals of the Himalayan festivals of Ladakh or Hemis.
As well as offering the chance to experience these wonderful festivals first-hand and party with the locals, all of our Festival Tours also give you the chance to explore some of India’s most famous highlights, from the iconic Taj Mahal in Agra to the pink city of Jaipur. So throw colours at Holi, barter for a camel in Pushkar, watch daring displays of weaponry at Hola Mohalla and much more this year.
Leh, the former Kingdom of Ladakh sits on the rugged Himalayan plains with Buddhist monasteries perched on soaring hilltops 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 firecrackers announce the celebration of India’s favourite festival. Homes are decorated, gifts are given, sweets are shared and thousands of lamps are lit. Join us this year for 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, when streets throughout the country are transformed into a kaleidoscope of colour.
Join us at the Hemis Festival in 2015! 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.