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6 Things Every Traveller Should Do in India in February 2016

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When love is in the air and your beloved is by your side you feel like hiding yourself in a cosmic zone where no one disturbs your privacy. But, life is not a fairy tale and finally most of us end up spending our romantic dates in a mere charmless manner. But, there are lively souls who try exploring fresh elements and they meet their loved ones in an earthly paradise. Am I sounding philosophical? Nah! Perhaps I am going romantic due to this charming weather of pre-Feb month. Free of scorching heat and chilling winter, February in India turns to be the best month to travel with your beloved or even alone. To help you out during your India trip in February, I have prepared a list of activities to relish in India. Here are the details:

Spend Your Valentine in Pondicherry:

Pondicherry

I am sure the love birds can’t wait any longer to spend their intimate moments in some exotic destinations this Valentine’s Day. And in this league without even giving a second thought, book your hotels and flight tickets for Pondicherry and have an unrivalled experience. Unlike the crowded tourist spots of the country, Pondicherry keeps itself distinctive with the old French colonial houses, quaint environment, and French-sub continental aesthetic touch in its buildings. Sit by the seashore with your beloved and spend your evening walking through the lifestyle shops or visiting Auroville. Try to mingle with the local people, some of whom still speak French or English with British accent.

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Attend Goa Carnival 2016:

Goa Carnival Festival

The Casanova of India, Goa hardly has any other rival in terms of coastal beauty and rejoicing fun and festivities. This Casanova state really knows how to party hard! Right from celebrating Christmas to the Sunburn Music Festival and New Year Bash the festive season floats in the air of Goa till the grand celebration of Goa Carnival. Unlike other festivities, Goa Carnival is observed following the Christian tradition of Mardi Gras which involves hedonistic feasts and dancing & drinking bouts. During this 4 day extravaganza, Goans across the state organise huge parades accompanied by live bands and dances. The streets of Goa are decorated with colourful lights and balls and several artist groups perform dance wearing wigs and masks.

When to Visit: This year Goa Carnival will start from 14th February and will continue till 17th February.
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International Kolkata Book Fair

Kolkata Book fair

Even in this age of Kindle and online PDFs when all the knowledge stores are concentrated in your palms, I am sure there are a lot of readers for whom book fairs are another name for celebration. And if you are among those avid readers, who do not mind travelling far to get uncountable varieties of books then attend Kolkata Book Fair, the hub of cultural meets. Almost every popular publication of India and several international book sellers will be here on this festival where you can have your pick. Unlike other book fairs of India, this fair is not centred on the sole benefits of whole-sale distributors, so you will love the environment of the ground. The festival presents a real experience of fair ground with the flavour of books along with the enjoyment of listening to the famous lyricists, singers and Indian poets. Every year the theme of the festival keeps changing where different countries are chosen as the theme. This year the theme of the festival is Great Britain.

Location: Milan Mela Ground, EM Bypass, Dhapa, Kolkata – 700105
When to Visit: This year the festival is starting from 27th January and will continue till 7th February.

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Go Exploring Jaisalmer Desert Festival:

Desert Festival Jaisalmer

How about attending a festival which is not merely centred on religion, rather fun and festivity of a cultural extravaganza? If you are looking for the same, this February try attending the Desert Festival of Jaisalmer. Organised on the colourful land of Sam Sand Dunes, this festival includes several fun-filled activities like camel races, turban tying competitions, puppet shows and moustache exhibition. The festival continues for three days where local artists perform dances or organise folk song events. You can also buy exclusive handicrafts made by the local artisans. The authentic Rajasthani feel is the best thing which every traveller would like to experience in this fair for the presence of well-decorated camel rides, Gair and Fire dancers, unbound sand dunes and the picture –perfect settings of Jaisalmer Fort.

Location: Near Jaisalmer Fort, Jaisalmer, Rajasthan
When to Visit: Jaisalmer Desert Festival, 2016 is starting from 20th February and will end on 22th February.

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Khajuraho Dance Festival

Khajuraho Dance Festival

The lovers of classic art and festivity across the globe would love attending this exclusive dance festival organised in the premises of Khajuraho Temple. This week long fiesta presents unparalleled events of Indian dance forms which are nourished under the patronage of several kings. The graceful gestures of the artists and their way of depicting several mythological instances through various dance forms amaze the audience. This year during Khajuraho Dance Festival 2016 you can witness the live performances of some of the best dance maestros like Geeta Chandran (Bharatnatyam), Aruna Mohanty (Odissi), Sujata Nair Sanjay (Mohini Attam) and many other eminent dancers of India.

Location: Temple Premise of Khajuraho.
When to Visit: Khajuraho Dance Festival 2016 will start from 20th February and continue till 26th Feb.

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India Surf Festival:

Surf Festival

Well! I am sure my ultra-modern friends who are not much into classic things haven’t got their pick yet. Don’t worry! In February you are destined to visit Odisha for its soulful India Surf Festival. Perhaps, the only one of its kinds in the country, this festival exhibits a couple of quirky and camera-friendly activities like Yoga on water and yoga on the beach, live music show, Projection Mapping, Interactive Installations along with live painting events. Unlike other festivals where classic India plays the main role, Surf Festival introduces you with the innovative works of the fun-loving youths. The highlight of the event is the India Sup Cup which involves the biggest Paddle Championship of India.

Location: Ramchandi Beach, Orissa (around 7 km from Konark Sun Temple)
When to Visit: This 3 days long extravaganza will start from 7th February and end on 9th February.

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From the tranquil land of Silchar, Assam, Sudip is a nature enthusiast. An avid wildlife lover and a history buff, Sudip likes to explore and capture the best through his lens. He aims at working towards the conservation of biosphere and desires to promote the rich heritage of India. As a traveller, Sudip has extensively explored North-East India. When he is not travelling, Sudip likes to read novels and write travel and lifestyle blogs.


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