Top Things to Do & See in August in India
Rainy August is inarguably the most celebrated month in India. Celebrating the monsoon, India exhibits one of its liveliest sides with a plethora of big and small events taking place across the country. Also, this monsoon month opens the door for some adventure and recreational activities as well. Since August is just around the corner, let us quickly take a look at the things that you can do in India during this month so that you can plan well and head out to your chosen destination. These are the most popular things to see and do in August in India:
Religion in India has many colours and each colour drenches people in utter joy. One such lively colour of India can be seen in August when Nag Panchami is celebrated. This festival is celebrated every year on the fifth day of the bright half of the Hindu month Shravan (July or August) and this year the date is August 1. In this unusual festival snakes are worshipped and are fed with milk and rats. In places like Battis Shirala village, Maharashtra, Adiesha Temple in Andhra Pradesh, Nagaraja Temple in Kerala, Nagathamman Temple in Chennai, and Hardevja Temple in Jaipur Nag Panchami is celebrated with immense zeal and devotion. You will be surprised seeing devotees carrying earthen pots with snakes inside them over their heads. The dance and the music is something great to look forward to!
The Monsoon Festival:
Delhi lets you plunge into the soulful cultural festival called The Monsoon Festival. This year it will be the 17th edition of the Red Earth’s Monsoon Festival in Delhi, where visual art, fashion, theatre skills are celebrated. Workshops and markets are also organized that act as a platform for old and new talent to interact. If you are travelling India in August or planning to visit Delhi in particular then you must attend this festival that will be held between August 20 and August 28, 2016.
Set Out for Exhilarating Trekking Expedition in Ladakh
When the entire country is getting drenched in the monsoon, Ladakh rejoices in its exceptionality. So, if you want to avoid the rain and try something adventurous, Ladakh opens doors for great trekking expedition and is one of the good places to visit in August. It is in fact the right time to go on a trek to Stok Kangri, Markha Valley and Padum Trek. During trekking in Ladakh, you will get an opportunity to explore the lesser known yet magnificent places. Also, grab an opportunity to learn more about the culture and traditions here and let the scenic beauty of Ladakh mesmerize you.
Go Birding in Keoladeo National Park
Keoladeo national park in Rajasthan is one place that you must visit in August in India. An ideal destination for nature lovers and birdwatchers, this national park is home to about 300 species of birds. When in monsoon many wildlife destinations close down, Keoladeo becomes the hotspot for wildlife exploration. To talk about August, it is the best time to sight resident birds in Keoladeo. So, all you nature lovers and wildlife explorers do not be disheartened with the rainy season, as Keoladeo National Park offers you an exhilarating wildlife stop!
Snake Boat Race (Nehru Trophy)
One of the liveliest events that you can witness in the monsoon is the Snake Boat race in Kerala. Held in the Punnamda Lake in Alleppey, the date for this event is decided by the phase of the moon in the monsoon months and this year August 9, 2014 has been fixed for this zealous event. Many villages participate in this competition and each village owns one 100 to 120 feet long boat, which is called the Chundan Vallam. In each boat there are about 100 rowers who sweat blood to win the rolling Nehru Trophy. If you are looking for something extremely exhilarating to witness in India during your trip then Snake Boat Race is the best option!
Enjoy a Laidback Tour to the Backwaters of Kerala
August is the perfect time to go for a holiday in Kerala. The backwaters are idyllic for a relaxed stay amidst the romantic environs. Hire a houseboat and enjoy an impeccable ride through snaking waters that are cosseted by aligned Palm and coconut trees. Kerala is in fact one of the best ideas for holiday in India and is amongst the places to travel in August. The backwaters are matchless monsoon spots to unwind yourself and attain sheer peace of mind and rejuvenation.
India celebrates the bond between sisters and brothers; there are quite a few occasions that feel the air with sweetness and an indescribable feeling and one such occasion is Raksha Bandhan. Observe the charm of this lovable festival in August this year, where a sister ties a decorated thread on the wrist of her brother and prays for his long life and the brother in return promises to protect her against all odds. This festival is celebrated on the full moon day in the Hindu month of Sharavan and this year August 18, 2016 has been decided for the occasion. Raksha Bandhan is celebrated throughout the country but it is ideal to witness this ritual in North India.
India is not called the ‘Land of Snake Charmers’ for nothing and you will believe the fact once you attend the Jhapan Mela in Bishnupur/Vishnupur West Bengal. In this fair, snake charmers from all across the state come to Bishnupur in Bankura district to woo people with their charming tricks. A tribe called Jhampanias, who worships Goddess Manasa (Daughter of Lord Shiva) for rain and land fertility, has brought this fair into the limelight. King Cobra and many other types of snakes can be seen here offering an unusual snake show and you bet it is anytime better than going to a herpetarium! The Jhapan Mela 2016 will be held on August 17.
Celebrating the birth of Lord Krishna, India plunges into the pool of devotion and joy. Mumbai is the ideal place to see Janmasthami celebration that often takes place in August. The overwhelming sight of people forming pyramids by climbing on top of each other in order to break the clay pot hung high up is the prime attraction in Mumbai. Dance and music is followed by shouts of ‘Govinda Aala Re’ in every street and corner of the city. In North India, Vrindavan and Mathura conducts heartwarming celebration with a lot of rejoicing and religious rituals! Janmashtami 2016 will be observed on 25 August.
Out of many hues of Rajasthan, Gogamedi Fair is one attractive colour that you can see in August in India. This traditional handicraft and cattle fair proffers a lively show full of Rajasthani cultural display. The vivacious traditional dance and music is the highlight of the event. The fair honours Gogaji, reckoned to be Snake God in Rajasthan. The date of the Gogamedi is fixed as the ninth day of the waning phase of moon in the Hindu month of Bhadrapad and this year the date is 7 to 9 August, 2016.
Athachamayam Thrippunithura marks the beginning of the famous Onam festival in Kerala. One can witness a lively parade with caparisoned elephants, floats and people taking over the streets. Dance and music keep the jig alive throughout the procession. At this festival one has the opportunity to capture the glimpse of all kinds of folk arts in Kerala. If you are in Kerala in August then you must wait till this ever-so incredible festivity is over.
Attending Ganesh Chaturthi is one of the best things to do in August in India. This is one of the massive and popular festivals in August that takes place in Maharashtra, Goa, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka. The ideal place to witness it would be Mumbai, where this 11 day festival is celebrated with immense zeal. Ganesh Chaturthi is observed as the birth of Hindu God Ganesha. One can see big and small Ganesha statues installed in houses and major streets on podiums on this occasion. The festival ends with the Visarjan or submergence of the idol in water.
Here you go! You have a well planned and exciting list of events and places to witness in India in August. Pick one or more events and places from this list to paint your August GREEN! Happy Rainy Season!