Winter is one of the best times to travel. If the traveler in you is yet to see the various cultures that India is home to, then this is one of the best times to travel, explore and expand your knowledge and of course have fun too!
Take your pick from music, art, cinema and dance, and get ready to have fun.
International Sand Art Festival and Konark Festival, Odisha (1-5 December, 2014)
Begin the month of December with the sun and sand of Odisha. The International Sand Art Festival attracts the best and well known sand artists from across the world to the beautiful and serene Chandrabhaga Beach. Enjoy the beauty of magnificent sculptures made of sand and water. Also relish the classical dance forms like Odissi, Kathak, Bharatnatyam and Manipuri at the awe-inspiring Konark Festival. With the Sun Temple as its background, this festival of art and dance is an experience you will cherish throughout your life.
Hornbill Festival, Nagaland (1-10 December, 2014)
Take a peep into the rich culture and heritage of the tribes in India, through the Hornbill Festival of Nagaland. Held at the Kisama Heritage Village near Kohima, this is one festival where you will see a riot of dance, music, color and food. Soak in the sounds of drum beats and folk songs and enjoy the local games, war dances as well as head-hunting rituals. You also get to shop for authentic tribal products like bamboo goods and beaded jewellery and artefacts.
Magnetic Fields Festival, Rajasthan (12-14 December, 2014)
This winter give a royal touch to your holidays with the second edition of boutique music festival at the Alsisar Mahal – a 17th century palace-turned-hotel. Experience the royal heritage with night-long music sessions, workshops and demonstrations by local artisans, costume balls and pop-up parties. At this three day festival you will also find sumptuous local delicacies to satisfy the foodie in you.
International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK), Kerala (12-19 December, 2014)
Nothing beats a good film. This winter relish your senses with the national, international as well as regional films (in Malayalam) at one of India’s best film festivals. Spread across various theatres in the Thiruvananthapuram, you can also visit the famous temples and beaches located close by.
Rann Utsav, Gujarat (1 December, 2014 – 7 March, 2015)
Another cool place to spend your winter is at Gujarat’s Rann of Kutch. This desert carnival features folk music, dance performances, craft bazaars, camel rides as well as adventure sports. Mandvi Beach and Indian Wild Ass Sanctuary are other places worth visiting.
Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2014, Kerala (12 December, 2014 to 29 March, 2015)
Visit the coastal town of Cochin and get a glimpse of the “Whorled Explorations”. This is one stop, where you get to see a series of art exhibitions, film screenings, workshops for kids and a wide range of cultural programmes. Along with the festival, you can also explore Kochi’s rich history and enjoy the local cuisine. Get closer to nature from the sea-facing Aspinwall House which is the main venue of the Biennale.
December Music Festival, Chennai (15 December onwards)
Find solace in music at Chennai, where the finest classical musicians and dancers will perform live. This month long music festival is one of its kinds where you get to listen to the best instrumental as well as vocal Carnatic music along with other traditional forms of music.
Sunburn Festival, Goa (27-29 December, 2014)
If EDM is your way to relaxation and enjoyment, then Goa’s Sunburn Festival is the right place for you. The eight edition of India’s biggest EDM festival will take place at Goa’s Vagator Beach. Packed with the best of Indian and International DJs, excellent acoustics, drinks, fun and food – Sunburn Festival is one of the best ways to bid goodbye to the year 2014.
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