12 Things to Do in June in India
Ok, so it is that part of the year when the sweltering summer will take over the entire Indian Peninsula. When most schools and colleges are closed down to offer respite to students and teachers in India, and families and groups escape to hill stations in order to find some relief from the scorching sun. Well, at this point, let us just be grateful to India’s diversity as it saves a good amount of entertainment for you during the vile summer. So, before you come to the usual “oh my god it is so hot!” mood, we are here to guarantee you a better perspective to ease your anguish. Our list of things to do in June in India can really help you get going this summer break. From religious festivals to grand feasts and competitions and from sacred journeys to adventure escapades, you can engage yourself so much while you find the perfect getaway during this peak summer season with one of our ideas here:
Venerate and Celebrate… Spirituality in June!
Ganga Dussehra Festival:
The festival celebrates the descent of the River Ganga to earth. A high voltage spiritual festival is held in Varanasi, Rishikesh and Haridwar in the month of June each year. For Ganga Dussehra festival 2016, June 14, has been confirmed. A large number of Hindu devotees gather on the Ghats (banks) of River Ganga in any of the three above mentioned holy cities and take a dip in the water believing that all their sins will be washed away. You can also plan a visit to this lively festival this year and participate in one of the most vivacious festivals in India in June. If my opinion is sought, I would recommend you to visit Varanasi in order to see the best of the festival. The pious atmosphere, large congregation of Hindu devotees and the beautiful banks of River Ganga -there could be no better place than Varanasi to quench the thirst of your spiritual soul.
Rath Yatra Puri :
The Rath Yatra in Puri, Odisha is sheer spiritual hysteria! The Rathra Yatra this June can be your getaway to experience one of the most exquisite processions in India. Held during mid-summer (June-July) in the coastal town of Odisha, this massive procession is for Lord Jagannath, Balabhadra and their sister Subhadra who are carried on colossal chariots from the famed Jagannath temple to another temple called Gundicha Temple. There ain’t a better way to make use of your summer break, so
be a part of one of the biggest Hindu festivals in India and let yourself earn countless blessings and revived spirit. The date for the grand Rath Yatra 2016 has been fixed for July 6.
There are two more Rath Yatras that take place, one in Ahmedabad in Gujarat and the other in Mahesh in West Bengal. Just like the grand Rath Yatra in Puri, these two Yatras are held with the same amount of zeal and devotion. So, if you don’t get a chance to witness the Rath Yatra in Puri or for some reason you decide not to go to Puri, you can witness it at Mahesh in Hooghly district, West Bengal and Ahmedabad in Gujarat.
Sing, Dance and Rejoice… Cultural Getaways in June!
Sao Joao Feast Goa:
The entire North Goa rejoices and celebrates the Sao Joao Festival honouring their patron Saint John the Baptist. If you enjoy learning about different culture and traditions, Goa can be the place for you this June. The 150 years old feast is held on 24 June each year and is celebrated with great zeal and fervour in Northern Goa at places like Siolim, Anjuna, Candolim, Calangute and Assagao. Moussrad mango (a Goan variety of mango), pineapples, jackfruits and feni are vital part of this feast. Ladies wearing pretty Kopel (crown made of flowers) and young men jumping in the well (representing the joy of John the Baptist inside his mother’s womb), colourful boats, parade and dance and music are the highlights of the Sao Joao Feast.
Sao Joao Festival Date: 24 June, 2016
Hemis Festival Ladakh:
While you pack your bags and prepare to go somewhere in June, Leh is preparing for its grand Hemis Festival! If you are willing to spend a little extra money than the usual, you can get an opportunity to witness one of the best religious and cultural festivals in India. Held on the 10th day of the Tibetan lunar month (June in the modern calendar), the Hemis Festival 2016 is scheduled to take place on14th and 15th July. The festival is celebrated in the premises of the Hemis Monastery in Hemis village, which is about 45kms away from Leh city. Held to commemorate the birth anniversary of Guru Padmasambhava, this festival is celebrated with great enthusiasm and fervour. The highlight of the festival is the Masked Dance or the Cham Dance that depicts the triumph of good over evil. A unique festival and undoubtedly a colourful one too, it is celebrated in the perfect settings with great climate to accompany, you cannot ask for a better holiday in Leh in summers than this.
Champakulam Moolam Boat Race Kerala:
Your summer break can be your ticket to a world of wonder and awe! Go down south to witness South India’s oldest boat race at Champakulam. Champakulam Moolam Boat Race or the Vallam Kalli or Snake Boat race as it is popularly known, can guarantee you a fun-filled and a never-had before experience. Usually the boat race takes place in mid June or July in Champakulam village in Kerala. A vibrant procession is followed by a lively and energetic boat race on River Pamba. The decoration on each boat with different parasols and other decorative art is worth capturing, while the sheer hysteria and the energy not only in the contestants but in the spectators is definitely a thing to see. This unforgettable race will open your eyes and give a new perspective about life and will indeed make you feel thankful that you made a choice to be here.
Shimla Summer Festival:
Hills calling! Well, there is nothing better than to escape to a hill station to beat the summer heat. The summer festival at Shimla is an extended treat for you. This 7 to 8 days festival is held usually in the first week of June when one can enjoy Himachal’s cuisine, dance and music performances and simultaneously take pleasure of the soothing weather in Shimla. Activities like sports tournament, competitions, flower shows, showcasing of traditional dresses and local handicrafts exhibitions make this festival quite eventful. If you are planning a family getaway, I say this can be one of the best places to be at this June!
Sindhu Darshan Festival:
If you are a cultural aficionado, then you are going to love this festival! Sindhu Darshan Festival is indeed more than a festival, it is a project. Have you ever tried deciphering the reasons to be proud of your country? Well here is one reason, the Sindhu Darshan Festival Leh Ladakh invite people to pay homage to the river from which the country has got its name. The festival encourages communal harmony and brings different cultures and traditions on one platform. Each year this festival is held in the month of June in Leh, Ladakh, where people from all over the country gather to celebrate peaceful co-existence in India. It is definitely one of its kind festivals offering you the right kind of escape from a monotonous routine.
Get that Adrenaline Rushing… Adventure Escape in June!
Camping Nubra Valley (Hunder) Ladakh:
For an adventure buff, there is no unfit time to go for an adventure. Since, we are talking about dodging the heat in the best possible way here, let us turn our heads to adventure in one of the best places for adventure in India, Ladakh. As mid June welcomes monsoon in the country, it is wise to go camping in a high altitude region like Nubra Valley in Ladakh. An ideal place to go camping at Nubra Valley will be at Hunder, which is the last point for tourists. The gentle contours, surprising desert and the surrounding snow-capped peaks make this place a wonderful experience. You can also enjoy rides on Bactrian Camels or Double Humped camels here, visit the beautiful Diskit Village and its famed Diskit Monastery and take a trip around the beautiful Sumur and Panamik villages known for their hot springs and lively bazaar.
Alpine Treks in Himalaya:
With adventure in your mind, June can be an exhilarating time to take up high altitude trekking expeditions in the Indian Himalaya. These alpine Himalayan treks have everything worthy of going for it! Thick forests, gurgling streams and brooks, stunning campsites, miles of rolling meadows, snow, ice and the perfect taste of a great adventure as you cut and cross through 8,000ft to 16,000ft. Roopkund trek, Rupin Pass trek, Bali Pass-Ruinsara trek, The Valley of Flowers in Garhwal, Uttarakhand and Hampta Pass and Buran Ghati Pass in Himachal Pradesh are some of the great treks that you can take up this June.
Motor Biking in Himalayas:
Motor Biking is indeed a great idea in June. At this time of the year when the sun will be beating the strength out of people, you can calmly gear up and set out for motor biking in Ladakh via Manali. You can either head to Ladakh via Manali or explore the rough trails of Keylong, Sarchu and Nubra Valley or take the ride to Spiti Valley via Manali, which will allow you to explore many destinations in Kullu Valley, Pin Valley, Kinnaur Valley and Lahaul Valley. Untouched with the influence of summer strokes and monsoon, Himachal Pradesh and Ladakh can be great adventure escapades for any adventure aficionado.
Surfing in Goa:
Monsoon starts to knock at the door of Goa in June. The beaches at the end of May or in the beginning of June in Goa are all together a different story. The surf at this time gets between 5 feet and 10 feet plus. So, you can expect a wonderful surf season with right kind of waves at one of India’s best places to surf.
Trip to South India (Waterfalls):
South India can be a delightful experience for nature lovers in June. Yes, it is obvious that monsoon reaches the threshold in this part of the country but here is where the fun begins! June is indeed an excellent time to go for waterfall tour in South India. As the rain starts to take a toll over the southern states, the waterfalls achieve their best glam look. Dudhsagar Fall in Goa, Hogenakkal Falls in Karnataka, Athirapally Falls in Thrissur, Kerala and Iruppu Falls in Coorg are some of the best from the raincoat pocket of South India. Coorg and the Courtallam are your places if you want to concentrate on when deciding some serious waterfall tour in India.
So, here you go, you have all the ideas and information that you require to plan a good holiday for yourself in June. Give summer a break this year and allow yourself a vacation of your kind- search, plan and set out. Remember ‘Summer’ is the new cool in 2014!