March, the month of colors, music and entertainment, is the perfect time for experiencing the cultural beauty of the country. There are many interesting fairs and festivals in March that entice travelers from distant parts of the world. The superb soulful traditional art, culture, music and dance render the visitors an unforgettable experience. Apart from this, the festivals make for vibrant events that are gifted with great enthusiasm, fun and delight. Holi is the most famous festival celebrated by people of different cultures in March. Here is the list of some of the most important fairs and festivals in March.
Chapchar Kut, Mizoram
Celebrated with great fervor and gaiety in the month of March, Chapchar Kut is among the most popular festivals of Mizoram. Music and dance performances are the main attractions of the festival. People from different religions and cultures come together and take part in this festival. Another attraction is the Bamboo festival in which only the women participate.
Elephant Festival, Jaipur
Organized to showcase the imposing royalty of Jaipur on the occasion of Holi, Elephant Festival is celebrated every year in March. The event sees the participation of an array of royal elephants decorated with lovely outfit and jewelry. The main highlights of this grand festival are elephant polo, the tug of war competition and elephant race. Apart from this, one can also relish music and dance performances.
It is dubbed Ugadi in Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka and Gudi Padwa in Maharashtra. This is the Maharashtrian New Year and is celebrated in the month of March. The Gudi is adorned with neem leaves, coconuts, marigold flowers and turmeric. Locals also like to chew neem leaves on this day. A visit to this beautiful festival will provide one with colorful memories.
One of the most popular festivals of India that is celebrated with great fervor, Holi is held in March. The main features of this festival are water balloon fights, water colors and bhang (traditional drink). Though each place in India has its own unique way of celebrating holi, yet it totally depends on you which place attracts you the most.
Hoysala Mahotsava, Karnataka
A dance festival organized at Hoysala Shrines of Belur and Halebid in Karnataka, Hoysala Mahotsav makes for a perfect venue for both domestic and international tourists. Many artists across the country take part in this one day event held in March. The beautiful architecture of these temples adds more charm to this cultural festival. Come and explore the rich cultural heritage with great gusto and zeal!
International Flower Festival, Sikkim
A spectacular event that shows different types of flowers from March to May at Capital Gangtok, International Flower Festival shows 46 sorts of rhododendrons, 240 varieties of trees and 600 types of Orchards. In addition to this, one can also relish Sikkimese food which is also a highlight of the festival. If you wish to experience an adrenaline rush, then river rafting is the thing for you.
Mewar Festival, Rajasthan
With processions, music, dances, Rajasthani songs and fireworks, Mewar Festival welcomes everyone to the charming city of Udaipur during March-April. It is one superb festival for women to exhibit their outfit and jewelry. There are a whole lot of activities which keep the visitors engaged and excited.
Natyanjali Festival, Tamil Nadu
A 5 day cultural show that takes place at the renowned Chidambaram shrine in Tamil Nadu, Natyanjali Festival falls during the months of February-March. The dance festival is dedicated to lord Shiva who is also dubbed Lord Nataraja. All those who love dance can plan a tour to Chidambaram during this festival and take back some colorful memories.
Ellora Festival, Maharashtra
Held every year in the month of March in the picturesque setting of Ellora Caves, Ellora festival is the best way to experience the history and culture of incredible India. The caves are located just 30km from the lovely city of Aurangabad in the state of Maharashtra. Music and dance performances presented here will certainly leave you mesmerized.