10 Things Every Traveller Should Do in India in February 2017

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Things Every Traveller Should Do in India in February

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 fairytale 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:

1. Spend Valentine’s Day in Pondicherry

Couples in Pondicherry

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I am sure the lovebirds 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 unrivaled 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 a British accent.

2. Attend Goa Carnival 2017

Goa Carnival

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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 organize huge parades accompanied by live bands and dances. The streets of Goa are decorated with colorful lights and balls and several artist groups perform dance wearing wigs and masks.

Dates of Goa Carnival: 25/02/2017 – 28/02/2017

3. International Kolkata Book Fair

International Kolkata Book Fair

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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 traveling 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 booksellers will be here at this festival where you can have your pick. Unlike other book fairs of India, this fair is not centered on the sole benefits of wholesale distributors, so you will love the environment of the ground. The festival presents a real experience of fair ground with the flavor 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 25th January and will continue till 5th February.

4. Let your hair down at the Sula Festival

Sula Festival Nasik

Ahh!! Wine – here, there, everywhere! If you and your partner want to enjoy a crazy February then make way to the Sula fest in Nashik. This most happening event is all about music, food, drinks, fashion and shopping in the idyllic environs, and of course wine. For wine-goers, there’s a wide selection of drinks from around the world including many by Sula’s import arm Sula Selections. And And And, don’t forget to put on your dancing shoes because this time many jazzy musicians are lined up for the stage performances.

Location: Sula Vineyards, Gat 36/2, Govardhan Village, Off Gangapur-Savargaon Road, Nashik, Maharashtra 422222

When to Visit: This year the festival is starting from 3rd February and will continue till 7th February.

5. Go Exploring Jaisalmer Desert Festival

Jaisalmer Desert Festival

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How about attending a festival which is not merely centered 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. Organized on the colorful land of Sam Sand Dunes, this festival includes several fun-filled activities like camel races, turban tying competitions, puppet shows, and mustache exhibition. The festival continues for three days where local artists perform dances or organize folk song events. You can also buy exclusive handicrafts made by the local artisans. The authentic Rajasthani feel is the best thing which every traveler 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, 2017 is starting from 08th February and will end on 10th February.

6. 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.

Location: Temple Premise of Khajuraho.

Dates: To be announced

7. Go shopping at Surajkund Crafts Mela

Surajkund Crafts Mela

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Are you a kind of person who goes crazy while shopping? And especially when it comes to art or craft? Then you will definitely and surely love the Surajkund Craft Mela. Happens to be organized every year in the month of February, the festival brings together the best art and craft forms from different parts of India. Here, you can find the decorated halls of the different states. Also, the fest is known for its grand themes, performances, camel rides and other engaging activities.

Location: Lakewood city, Surajkund, Faridabad, Haryana 121009

When to Visit: Like everywhere, the Surajkund Crafts Mela will start from 1st February and will continue till 15th February.

8. Kala Ghoda Arts Festival

Kala Ghoda Art Festival

There is no better way for art lovers and music enthusiasts to spend their February than the Kala Ghoda Festival. From dance, music to literature, and cooking to heritage activity, there’s something for everybody at the festival. It will be a 10 days festival gathering the attention of many artists from around India.

Location: 4th Floor, Dr. V. B. Gandhi Marg, Next to Keneseth Eliyahoo Synagogue, Fort, Mumbai 400 023

When to Visit: Like everywhere, the Kala Ghoda Arts Festival will start from 4th February and will continue till 12th February.

9. Enjoy some sole soothing music at World Sacred Spirit Festival

World Sacred Spirit Festival

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Taking you to an extraordinary sacred, historical, and musical journey, World Sacred Spirit Festival is a prominent music and dance festival that gathers artists from across the world. The festival will take place for six days in two prominent cities of Rajasthan – Jodhpur and Nagaur. And the magnificent Ahhichatragarh Fort (Nagaur), and Mehrangarh Fort (Jodhpur) will be the background of would be venues. Amjad Ali Khan with Amaan and Ayaan Ali Khan (Inda), Daud Khan Sadozai (Afghanistan), Driss El Maloumi (Morocco), Madan Gopal Singhji (India), Sheikh Yasîn al-Tuhâmi are some the preeminent performers of this year’s festival.

Location:

Nagaur – Ahhichatragarh Fort

Jodhpur – Mehrangarh Fort

When to Visit:

Nagaur – 13 to 15 February, 2017

Jodhpur – 17 to 19 February, 2017

10. Go crazy at Mahindra Blues Festival

Mahindra Blues Festival

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Best blues musicians like Billy F. gibbons & Eric Gales, Quinn Sullivan, Janiva Magness, Shemekia Copeland and Graine Duffy Band, along with home-grown talent like Blackstratblues are coming together at the Mahindra Blues Festival to take you to an electrifying musical journey. Known as Asia’s largest and finest Blues phenomenon, this guitar-rippin’, soul-trippin’ action will take place for two days at the iconic Mehboob Studio in Mumbai.

Location: 4th Floor, Dr. V. B. Gandhi Marg, Next to Keneseth Eliyahoo Synagogue, Fort, Mumbai 400 023

When to Visit: 11th February and 12th February.

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