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8 Upcoming Quirky Festivals Every Indian Traveller Must Check Out

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HolidayIQ travellers list down 8 festivals that are a must visit this february.

8 Upcoming Quirky Festivals Every Indian Traveller Must Check Out:

  1. Shekhawati (Rajasthan)
  2. Ludhiana (Punjab)
  3. Mahalaxmi Racecourse, Mumbai (Maharashtra)
  4. Kolkata (West Bengal)
  5. Sula Vineyards, Nasik (Maharashtra)
  6. Goa
  7. Mumbai (Maharashtra)
  8. Agra (Uttar Pradesh)

1. Shekhawati Festival


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If you want to get a glimpse of the vibrant colours of Rajasthan, then the Shekhawati Festival is the best place to be. The Shekhawati festival gives one the unique opportunity to experience the rural lifestyle of Rajasthan at close quarters. Centred in Nawalgarh, the Shekhawati Festival is truly a celebration of the vibrant spirit and culture of Rajasthan. A detailed tour of the havelis, forts and temples of the region is the highlight of the festival.

When: February 4-7, 2016
Where: Shekhawati

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42 Ratings | 23 Reviews | 18 Sightseeings | 4 Photos

2. Kila Raipur Rural Olympics


source: homegrown.co.in

The Kila Raipur Rural Olympics is an annual 3-day sports bonanza that attracts millions of tourists every year. The main events include dog race, horse dance, camel race, tractor race, and a tug-of-war. The highlight of the Olympics is the bullock cart race, for which the stakes and rewards are the highest. There are some dare devil competitions like lifting bicycles with their teeth, pulling cars with teeth and riding a bicycle ringed with a burning tyre.

HolidayIQ traveller Aritro Dasgupta from Gurgaon shares, “I was in Ludhiana to proceed towards Kila Raipur where I went for 2 days to watch the Rural Olympics. From there I went further towards Jalandhar & Amritsar. Thus I do not really have much to share about Ludhiana as I did not explore the city much. The little bit I saw, my first impressions were prosperous city, extremely dirty, good food. Do try the food at Aman Chicken!”

When: February 4-7, 2016
Where:  Ludhiana

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2188 Ratings | 1277 Reviews | 20 Sightseeings | 23 Photos

3. Indian Derby Weekend


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The McDowell's Indian Derby is a horse racing event held on the first Sunday of February at the Mahalaxmi Racecourse in Mumbai, India. It is one of the premier sporting activities in the city. It was first run in the year 1943.

HolidayIQ traveller Swapan Das shares, “I visited it just from outside, not so different to be visited.”

When: February 6-7, 2016
Where: Mahalaxmi Race Course, Mumbai

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13 Ratings | 2 Reviews | 744 Sightseeings | 1 Photos

4. Sufi Sutra International Sufi Music Festival


source: thehindu.com

This Sufi Music Festival features top sufi and traditional folk musicians from Denmark, Iran, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Punjab, Rajasthan and West Bengal. Music workshops are held all day and free concerts all evening, as well as an exhibition.

When: February 5-7, 2016
Where: Kolkata

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13243 Ratings | 8525 Reviews | 761 Sightseeings | 519 Photos

5. Sulafest


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Sula Festival is a celebration of wine and of wine lovers. Set amidst the spectacular Sula Vineyards of Nasik. India's leading live music performers come on board as festival partners for Sula Festival every year. It is also a culinary expedition amidst incredible music and irresistible wine.

HolidayIQ traveller Ayush Paul from Mumbai shares, “Getting to Sula Vineyards isn't a struggle really and that becomes an extreme delight when you get to Sula. The experience begins even before you have really parked your car, the road -rather the avenue lined with grapevines, give a royal welcome into the experience. But one word of advice, get there before anyone else does - and wait it out till sunset.”

When: February 6-7, 2016
Where: Sula Vineyard amphitheater, Nashik

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6 Ratings | 4 Reviews | 164 Sightseeings

6. Goa Carnival


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The Goa Carnival is one of the most awaited festivals of the year. Started by the Portuguese, it has become an integral part of Goan culture and draws a large number of tourists. Since its inception, it's held for four days before the period of Lent and is the time for ultimate revelry and merry making.

HolidayIQ traveller Rick shares, “Good destination, enjoyed the Goa Carnival, was an amazing experience to be there.”

When: February 6-9, 2016
Where: Panaji

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9797 Ratings | 6439 Reviews | 3599 Photos

7. Kala Ghoda Arts Festival


source: timescity.com

Every year, art and literary lovers from the metropolis of Mumbai are in for a treat as the Kala Ghoda Arts Festival is scheduled in the city. Organised by the Kala Ghoda Association, this nine-day festival celebrates and showcases the diverse forms of literary, performance and visual arts that include cinema, theatre, music, dance, literature, paintings, and photography. The festival not only promises to bring the innumerable art forms under one roof but also provides a platform for upcoming national and international artists.

When: February 6-14, 2016
Where: Fort, Mumbai

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32397 Ratings | 20378 Reviews | 744 Sightseeings | 731 Photos

8. Taj Mahotsav


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This 10 day cultural extravaganza is an annual event at Agra each year. The crafts village next to the Taj Mahal comes alive with cultural performances, folk dances and songs, exquisite handicrafts, food stalls from all over India and much more. Be part of this great get-together of Indian art and craft in a splendid setting.

HolidayIQ traveller Shubham Verma from Delhi shares, “We clubbed the visit to the Taj with the Agra's yearly Taj Mahotsav. Taj Mahotsav is organized at Shilpgram, which is a craft village just about 500m away from the eastern gate of Taj Mahal. You will be treated to paintings, pottery, handicrafts and other artist fineries from different parts of the country. Artists come to this festival to showcase their work and you can even go on a shopping spree.”

When: February 18-27 each year
Where: Agra

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16951 Ratings | 9498 Reviews | 107 Sightseeings | 826 Photos

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