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12 December Festivals In India That You Must Attend. Anyhow!

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The end of the year marks the start of some of most sought after festivals in India. HolidayIQ Travellers list down a few of them that are totally worth travelling for.

12 December Festivals In India That You Must Attend. Anyhow!:

  1. Konark Sun Temple, Konark (Odisha)
  2. Diu (Daman & Diu)
  3. Basilica of Bom Jesus, Panjim (Goa)
  4. Kohima (Nagaland)
  5. Chennai (Tamil Nadu)
  6. Alsisar Mahal, Shekhawati (Rajasthan)
  7. Kochi (Cochin) (Kerala)
  8. Great Rann of Kutch, Dholavira (Gujarat)
  9. Santiniketan (West Bengal)
  10. Arjuna\\\'s Penance, Mahabalipuram (Tamil Nadu)
  11. Mount Abu (Rajasthan)
  12. Vagator (Goa)

1. Konark Dance And Music Festival, Odisha


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The famous chariot shaped Sun Temple holds two of the most popular festivals in Orissa – one in December and the other in February. The December celebration takes place in the Open Air Auditorium inside the temple whereas the Konark Natya Mandap stages the February one. A bunch of celebrated dancers from various parts of the country come here and perform. The visual delight includes performances of major dance forms like Bharatanatyam, Odissi, Kathak, and Manipuri.  

HolidayIQ Traveller Deepak Mishra from Baleshwar shares, “The journey was so relaxing and peaceful for us. Konark is known for its Sun Temple and is a delight for the cultural tourist with a bit of interest in history and heritage. Must visit for heritage lovers and those who love mix religion with or without history. Those visiting Puri can combine trip to Cuttack and Bhubaneshwar also. Sun temple and near the city of Puri and Bhubaneswar of Odisha. If you like heritage, love history and art definitely you should go there.”

When: December 1-5
Where: Open air auditorium, Near the Konark Sun Temple

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52 Ratings | 27 Reviews | 23 Photos

2. Festa de Diu, Diu - Gujarat


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One of the most happening and underrated destination to celebrate New Year’s Eve. Festa De Diu is the longest beach festival in Asia, it spans from December to February. Every Year numerous foreigners flock to Diu to welcome the new year in style.

"Great new year celebration.." shares HolidayIQ Traveller Nittin Mittal from Mumbai. He further adds, “I have been several times to Daman, but the best time to go to Daman is 31st December. I have travelled to Daman both from train and by car.”

When: December 1 - February 15
Where: Diu

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3508 Ratings | 1839 Reviews | 17 Sightseeings | 141 Photos

3. Feast of Francis Xavier, Goa


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The Feast of St. Francis Xavier is celebrated on December 3 every year at the Bom Jesus church in Goa. It is one of the most significant Christian festivals in Goa, the St. Xavier feast attracts a large number of pilgrims to Goa from different parts of the world to take part in the morning mass. On this occasion the locality creates a festive atmosphere and the local vendors set up shops or stalls selling a wide variety of local items.

HolidayIQ Traveller A S from Hyderabad shares, “This is a heritage place and one of the most popular tourist attractions of south Goa. The building and the park is really very scenic and you will find many tourist getting pictures clicked in from of the building. This place is popular because of St. Francis Xavier's relics and it is said that the nails are still growing. It is kept at a particular height so the view would not be that great but you are allowed to click pictures and on special occasion they bring it down when the relics is visible properly. Ensure you take a guide to know some interesting stories around it.”

When: December 3
Where: Bom Jesus Basilica

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18 Ratings | 11 Reviews | 2 Photos

4. Hornbill Festival, Kohima


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The Hornbill Festival is a celebration of the cultural ethos of Nagaland and how! A weeklong festival in December, it's where the tribal culture of Nagaland is represented and showcased. And tourists shouldn't miss it as it gives them a chance not just to be mesmerised by the performances and cultural vibrancy of Nagaland but to also participate in many competitions.

HolidayIQ Traveller Mayank Nagori shares, “The Dzukou valley trek is a must visit if you're an offbeat traveller. Kohima also offers a range of sightseeing points, a few of which are : Kohima war cemetery, the second world war tank, the village which hosts the Hornbill festival. This place is about 20 km from the main city, but it's a must visit according to me.”

When: December 1-10, 2015
Where: Kisama Heritage Village, Kohima, Nagaland

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120 Ratings | 91 Reviews | 13 Sightseeings | 48 Photos

5. Chennai Music Festival


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The famous Chennai Sabha or classical Dance and music season is almost a month long event in December-January. Organised at a number of different venues in the city, this festival is basically a celebration of the classical Carnatic music and dances of South India. While attending this festival, you can also drop in at the Mahabalipuram Dance Festival held around the same time at the famous shore temples.

HolidayIQ Traveller Florien Jones says, “Music lovers can enjoy the annual music festival in Chennai and the Mahabalipuram festival.”

When: Mid December to mid January
Where: Chennai, Tamil Nadu

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24288 Ratings | 14066 Reviews | 501 Sightseeings | 345 Photos

6. Magnetic Fields Festival, Rajasthan


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A festival where the festivities never end, the musical extravaganza will be held at 17th century palace-turned-hotel Alsisar Mahal in Rajasthan. Culturally immersive experience that dwells through art, music and even literature it’s an experience worth travelling for.

HolidayIQ Traveller Pushpak from Manihari shares, “The lodging is similar to a castle. In the event that you go in Off Season, you may have the Whole Palace to yourself. Rooms are enormous and open, to a great degree excellent. The spot offers TT, Carom, Pool, Swimming Pool and an extraordinary vibe! Lodging entryway is delightful, rooms are colossal and swimming pool is extremely welcoming. It's a tranquil spot to unwind at night. We went by this range (Mandawa district) of Rajasthan to see Havelis of adjacent towns (Mandawa, Nawalgarh and Fatehpur). These Havelis are acclaimed for their mind boggling works of art. Divider artworks on these Havelis are as wonderful as Alsisar Mahal.”

When: December 18 - 20, 2015
Where: Alsisar Mahal, Rajasthan

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5 Ratings | 5 Reviews | 18 Sightseeings | 8 Photos

7. Cochin (Kochi) Carnival


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The Cochin Carnival takes place on the last week of every year in Fort Cochin. With unique games, competitions and illuminations, the old town transforms itself over the festive week. The highlight is the massive procession on New Year's Day, led by a caparisoned elephant accompanied by drums and music, spectacular floats, folk art performers and classical Indian dancers.

HolidayIQ Traveller Deependra Parihar from Bangalore shares, “Fort Kochi is one of the very neat and clean part of India. You can see lot of Churches, Street food, Chinese net and also you can enjoy ferry service. Beach is also there but that is not that much clean, but other than this full Fort Kochi area is very beautiful‘

When: Last week of December to January 1
Where: Fort Kochi, Kerala

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15450 Ratings | 8555 Reviews | 32 Sightseeings | 230 Photos

8. Rann Utsav


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It's a time when the Rann of Kutch comes alive; when it is barren yet beautiful. Peppered with numerous tents, thriving with a host of activities like camel safaris, horse rides and desert cart rallies, thronged by locals and tourists and the pungent smell of mouth-watering local cuisine wafting through the air, the Rann Utsav celebrates the enigma and mysticism of Kutch. This winter festival tries to offer travellers an insight into Kutch's ethos and rightfully so.

HolidayIQ traveller Krunal Thacker from Mumbai shares, “A must visit place to everyone. It is proud of kutch. The beauty of moon light reflect in desert cannot describe in words. The Rann Desert looks beautiful during night and it's ideal to visit it during December to February.”

When: December 23 - February 23
Where: Great Rann of Kutch

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4 Ratings | 3 Reviews | 1 Photos

9. Poush Mela


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The Poush Mela was organised in 1894 as a small three-day fair in connection with the founding anniversary of the Brahma Mandir, which now attracts attention of not only people from India but tourists from all over the world. People from different parts of the country participate in the fair.

HolidayIQ Traveller Sarbajit Ghosh from Kolkata shares, “The ambiance of Santiniketan, particularly during the festivals like "Poush Mela" "Basanta Utsav", with thousands of visitors, becomes really enjoyable with happenings all around. Of course, for people like me, the serenity, the sanctity, the abundance of nature of Santiniketan during the non-festival times is more enjoyable.”

When: December 24 - 26
Where: Santiniketan, West Bengal.

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1974 Ratings | 1062 Reviews | 16 Sightseeings | 84 Photos

10. Mamallapuram Indian Dance Festival, Mamallapuram


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The Mamallapuram Dance Festival is a celebration of Tamil Nadu's cultural heritage. The festival involves classical and folk dance performances by professionals as well as exhibitions, performances by acrobats and tribal dances among other performances at the Arjuna’s Penance. Tourists visiting the destination for the festival can purchase tickets from the venue itself.

HolidayIQ Traveller Praveen Kumar from New Delhi shares, “Well planned event, was full of group activities scheduled and were planned. Everyone enjoyed including the kids, ladies, gentlemen, senior citizens, balance of inter-cultural and closely knitted group helped in after care of kids and elders. More of a team building without any destinations touch and full of mass masti with each other as per our desires.”

When: End of December to end of January
Where: Arjuna's Penance, Mamallapuram, near Chennai, Tamil Nadu

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8 Ratings | 7 Reviews | 20 Sightseeings | 5 Photos

11. Mt Abu Winter Festival, Rajasthan


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Mt Abu Winter Festival is a result of the joint initiative taken by the Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation and the Municipal Board of Mt Abu to encourage tourism in the state.The main highlight of this colourful festival are the processions conducted at the festival, which culminate at Nakki Lake Chowk, followed by the benevolent procession of folk songs and dances performed by artists from Punjab, Rajasthan, Gujarat and nearby states and places.

HolidayIQ Traveller Nidhi S from Delhi shares, “Weather is cool here. Serene and calm place to visit. We stayed for a night only. The travelling was tiring in bus from Udaipur. It has few places to visit like Nakki lake, guru shikhar point, Dilwara Temple. You can sit/do boating in the evening at Nakki lake.”

When: December 29 - 31
Where: Mt Abu, Rajasthan

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9717 Ratings | 5811 Reviews | 34 Sightseeings | 651 Photos

12. Sunburn Festival, Goa


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One of the Asia’s biggest Electronic and Dance Music Festival, Sunburn this year boasts of the biggest line up of DJs ever. Sunburn Goa is not just a festival but a destination for music lovers.

HolidayIQ Traveller Omkar K from Pune shares, “Everyone must travel to this destination once in a life especially during the time of December Since there is Sunburn festival and Goa Carnivals during this time. All the foreign and Indian crowd are gathered at Baga after the sunburn festival. The Tito's clubs is a wonderful place to party. This club is open till 4 in the morning. Moreover you will find all the shacks around the beach are open till 4 am, the food at some shacks is worth to eat.”

When: December 27 - 30
Where: Vagator, Goa

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537 Ratings | 329 Reviews | 7 Sightseeings | 49 Photos

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