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World Paragliding Championship & More! 9 Indian Festivals In October To Watch Out For

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We list down 8 festivals in India that you can't miss out this October.

World Paragliding Championship & More! 9 Indian Festivals In October To Watch Out For:

  1. Diggi Palace Hotel, Jaipur (Rajasthan)
  2. Ahmedabad (Gujarat)
  3. Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur (Rajasthan)
  4. Mysore Palace, Mysore (Karnataka)
  5. Kolkata (West Bengal)
  6. City Palace, Udaipur (Rajasthan)
  7. Delhi
  8. Kullu (Himachal Pradesh)
  9. Kangra (Himachal Pradesh)

1. SAARC Sufi Festival

SAARC Sufi Festivalsource: wikimedia.org

Who isn't stirred by the mystical verses of Sufi music? Well, if you are then the SAARC Sufi Festival is the place you should be heading to. Sufi songs transcend all the musical boundaries and at the World Sufi Spirit Festival one gets to be enchanted by some of the maestros of Sufi music from all across the world. Enjoy the magical songs, the Dervish dances and the soul-stirring instruments from the faraway places like Egypt, Iran, Pakistan, Indian Ocean Islands, Tajikistan, Zanzibar, and China who perform at the festival. Get mesmerised by 'jugalbandis' or duet performances by the Rajasthani folk musicians with the Sufi masters where one gets to understand that music has no borders. HolidayIQ Traveller Lovely Sharma from Jaipur shares, “Really awesome place and I never forget Jaipur and Diggi Palace due to love, welcome, good service. I love it. It is not like hotel but I feel like the royal house so I spent there very good time. When I reached at Jaipur, they came to receive me and gave me a good welcome, then provide me guide according to my language.”

When: October 10-12, 2015
Where: Diggi Palace, Jaipur

2. Navratri

Navratrisource: wikimedia.org

It's nine nights of uninhibited celebration. The young and old, donning traditional costumes, gyrate to folk songs and worship the nine avatars of Goddess Shakti. Navratri, as a festival, dons different avatars in various regions. While in cities like Ahmedabad and Mumbai, it is limited to pujas and garbas; in Mysore the culmination of the festival of Dussehra is an important religious occasion. The city of Ahmedabad dons a completely new personality during Navratri. Decorated and streets are teeming with enthusiastic locals and tourists during the nine day festival. Streets like Law Garden can be visited to shop for traditional garments called chaniya-choli and for jewellery. Local grounds, also known as ‘party plots’, are converted into huge dance floors by local organisers where travellers can enter for a fee and dance their hearts out till the wee hours of the morning.
HolidayIQ Traveller Vaibhav Gadia from Ahmedabad shares, “Awesome place with great people. A great place to chill out. Clean city, best place to live in India as voted by Indians. Various places around to visit. It is a great shopping destination and the people are really friendly, best climate is in the winters. Navratri is celebrated in awesome way and 9 days.”

When: October 13-21, 2015
Where: All Across India, especially major cities in Gujarat and Mumbai

3. Rajasthan International Folk Festival

Rajasthan International Folk Festivalsource: wikimedia.org

A lit up Mehrangarh Fort and colourful cultural performances to give it company, the Rajasthan International Folk Festival 2012. The festival was established and first organised in 2007. Since then, every year, the festival brings together a host of talented musicians and dancers and Jodhpur to celebrate the music and culture of Rajasthan. Apart from breathtaking performances at the venue, the festival also involves interactive performances for tourists. The event is also includes smaller events like a jazz night, interactive folk music and dance sessions. HolidayIQ Traveller Ashish Dhariwal from Pali shares, “Mehrangarh Fort is one of the best fort situated in western Rajasthan. Terrific fort well worth a visit. Spent several hours here looking around the fort and found it really interesting. It is set on top of a huge hill so it is the highest point of city. Beautiful view from top, it is also home of King Gaj Singh Ji. Must visit place.”

When: October 23 – October 27
Where: Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur city

4. Mysore Dasara

Mysore Dasarasource: wikimedia.org

The victory of good over evil and the culmination of the nine-day festival of Navratri is what the festival of Dussehra, also known as Vijayadashami, is about. Burning effigies of Ravan, processions and sweet treats characterise the festival. However, Dussehra has different avatars in different regions across India. One of the most prominent attractions of the festival is in Mysore - the Mysore Dussehra Procession. The event attracts national and international tourists to the city and is quite an elaborate affair. Elephants decorated in finery, the Mysore Palace decked up and showcased in all its glory are some highlights of the event. The procession is called a Jumbo Sawari and starts from the Mysore Palace and ends at the Banni Mantap. HolidayIQ Traveller Girish shares, “Good to be back with family & friends on the occasion of Dasara festival, where the whole of Mysore looks good with it's own passion & love , this is why it was once the capital of Karnataka. It was good to see after a decade with all lights around with more of ethnic stuff."

When: October 13 to October 23
Where: Mysore, Karnataka

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5. Durga Puja

Durga Pujasource: flickr - Amarnath

For five days, Durga Puja, bathes every city it is celebrated in splendour. Marked by pandals, ornate idols, mouthwatering sweet and savoury dishes, music and merrymaking, the festival is a rendition of traditional Bengali customs. To soak in traditional Durga Puja festivities, tourists can head to Kolkata, the epicentre of celebrations. To see where the beautiful idols of Goddess Durga are made, visit Kumartuli in Kolkata where the divine is created out of clay. The craftsmen here have been involved in this art since the last three centuries. The ideal time to visit the locality is a week before the puja when the artisans are busy giving final touches to their creations. HolidayIQ Traveller Pankaj Gupta shares, “If you want to see the greatest and festival of India where full city is celebrate this with lots of joy and happiness then you have to come to kolkata in season of durga puja. In this festival the full city is decorated like a carnival and you can see thousands of murthy/pratima in whole city. So please come to kolkata at least one time to experience it.”

When: October 18 – October 23
Where: Kolkata, West Bengal

6. Ashwa Poojan

Ashwa Poojansource: manahotels.in

According to Hindu traditions, a horse has very important religious significance; they are the symbol of loyalty, self-respect, and power. During wars the horse is the lone companions of the warrior. The Royal Mewar family of Udaipur celebrated this day by honoring the special relationship between warrior and horse. The head of the respective families worship the royal horses in the presence of the palace band. The mouth-watering rajasthani cuisines are one more reason to visit Udaipur this October. HolidayIQ Traveller Mukesh Rathore from Udaipur shares, “City Palace boasts of the wonderful blend of Medieval, European and Chinese Architecture. The Palace has various towers, domes and arches, which add to the flavour of heritage site. Towering on the banks of Pichola Lake, City Palace is truly a feast to the eyes. City Palace is a marvellous assortment of courtyards, pavilions, terraces, corridors, rooms and hanging gardens. Encircled by fortifications, this imposing Palace is wholly built in granite and marble.”

When: October 21
Where: Udaipur City Palace, Rajasthan

7. Dussehra

Dussehrasource: diwalihdwallpapers.in

Dussehra is one of the famous Hindu festivals celebrated all over India. It is celebrated to rejoice the victory of Lord Ram over the ferocious demon Ravana. According to legend Ravana had abducted Sita, wife of Lord Rama and Lord Ram had to defeat Ravana to rescue Sita. Feel the vibe of Navratri in Delhi with religious music and the recital of Ramayana.  Watch Ram Leela held at maidana's across the city in the evenings. The burning of the effigies of Ravana, Kumbhakarna and Meghnad on the last day of the festival is the mainstay of Dussehra celebrations in Delhi. This ceremony is followed by an amazing display of fireworks. HolidayIQ Traveller Megha Goel from Siliguri shares, “If you are in Delhi, don't forget to squeeze in these most amazing cheap places to shop. Delhi has its weekly markets. Different flea markets open up at different locations and on different days of the week. Must check out are: Sunday bazaar near Jama Masjid, Karol Bagh on Mondays, Govindpuri on Wednesdays as well as Lajpat Nagar and Vijay Nagar on Saturdays. Apart from these are Janpath, sarojini nagar market, hanuman mandir bangla bazar and daryaganj book market.”

When: October 22, 2015
Where: Across India but prominently in Northern India

8. Kullu Dussehra

Kullu Dussehrasource: wikimedia.org

Kullu Valley is the epicentre of the celebrations for 7 days following Dussehra. In Kullu, the festivity centres around the worship of Lord Raghunath on the fairground of Dhalpur Maidan. The idols of local gods and goddesses are brought to the fairground through a holy procession. The celebration comes to an end when a heap of wood and grass is set afire on the banks of RiverBeas, symbolising the burning of Lanka. HolidayIQ Traveller MK Anand shares, “Kullu Dussehra is different from other Navratri celebrations and one should at least spent 2 days experience the festival in Kullu.”

When: October 22-28, 2015
Where: Kullu Valley, Himachal Pradesh

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9. World Paragliding Championship

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The World Paragliding Championship will be held for the first time ever in India at Bir Billing in Himachal Pradresh. Paragliders from across will decend upon the small time to participate in the contest. Suggest you plan a trip to Bir right away. "Paragliding in Bir-Billing is an out-of-the-world experience. Do contact Arvind Paul at Surya Continental Hotel at Bir. His team of excellent instructors-Vijay, Ravi and gang will definitely provide for a memorable paragliding experience. Do buy some Kangra tea from a government outlet," says HolidayIQ Traveller Shalini Sehgal. 

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