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Flight to Festivity: Don’t Miss These Must-Attend Events from Feb to April in India

Spring in India isn’t just a change of season; it’s a getaway for festival wonders across the subcontinent. The celebrations recharge every street with joy and positivity around. 

So, hold on to your travel hats. This guide here is beyond your clich├ęs and a journey to the extraordinary. Besides the list of festivals, we will score the best deals and discuss travel insider tips and flights from Australia to India so that you do the bare minimum of booking. 

Keep reading for more! 

New Delhi World Book Fair | A Heaven for Book Lovers

Attention bibliophiles, start looking for cheap flights from Sydney to Delhi because the 2024 edition of the book fair is here. This year’s theme is “Multi-Lingual India, A Living Tradition,” and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is the guest of honour. 

Location: Halls 1-5 of Pragati Maidan, New Delhi

Dates: 10 to 18 February 2024 

Main Attraction: Cultural programs, theme pavilion, digital and virtual reading. 

Ticket Prices: Schoolchildren, seniors, and individuals with disabilities will enjoy free entry. However, the fee is 10 INR for children and 20 INR for adults. 
Quick Tip: Book your next Australia to Delhi flight early for more discounted deals this festive season.

Jaisalmer Desert Festival | A Perfect Breakout from Modern Age

Showing the traditional culture of Rajasthan, this festival continues in the middle of ancient havelis, Jain temples, historical forts, and majestic palaces. Rajasthani culture and traditions showcased here are a treat to watch.

Location: Sam Dunes, Thar Desert, 42 Km from Jaisalmer

Dates: 22- 24 February

Main Attraction: Crafts, folk music, camel races.

Ticket Price: 100 INR for foreigners and 20 INR for Indians

Sacred Spirit Festival | Soulful Connections via Sufism

This festival portrays the spiritual significance of music that transcends communities, creeds, and cultures. Soulful music, which becomes a means to awaken the divine in us, is highlighted. You can witness soulful music, mehfils, qawwali, workshops, and other offerings. 

Location: Nagaur, Mehrangarh Fort (Jodhpur)

Dates: Nagaur Fort (19th-21st February), Jodhpur (23rd-25th February)

Main Attraction: Sufi music, food, 5000 oil lamps lit

Ticket Price: Since this is an intimate affair involving royalty, the tickets are subject to availability and prior bookings.

Deccan Festival | A.K.A Hydrabad Festival

This cultural celebration commemorates the era of Qutab Shahi, ruler of Hyderabad and a great patron of art and literature. So, music lovers, do not take a chance at any cost. Take the next flight from Melbourne to Hyderabad and experience this cultural extravaganza.

Location: Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh

Dates: N/A

Main Attraction: Food, music, and fairs

Ticket Price: N/A

Khajuraho Dance Festivals | Witness the Grandeur of the Khajuraho Temples 

This is another annual celebration of India’s rich heritage and classical dance. From awe-inspiring performances to authentic flavours of Madhya Pradesh, this festival is full of charm and delight.

Location: Khajuraho Group of Temples

Dates: 20 February 2024-26 February 2024

Main Attraction: Skydiving, Food, and performance by renowned Indian classical dancers

Ticket Price: Entry is Free

Holi – 25 March 2024| Festival of Colours

This vibrant and colourful festival gives the aroma of positivity and victory of good over evil. It is celebrated with passion in every nook and corner of Indian streets. 

Here is a rough list of famous Holi spots with their main attractions in India:

  • Uttar Pradesh: Matura, Vrindavan, and Barsana are essential towns during Holi celebrations. Enjoy colourful processions from the Vishram Ghat to the Holi Gate, play with purple gulaal at the Dwarkadheesh Temple, and visit Banke Bihari Temple for “Phoolon (Flowers) ki Holi. ” Also, Lathmar Holi, where women beat men with sticks playfully in Barsana, is unique to witness. 
  • Shantiniketan, West Bengal: Festival of Basant Utsav, inside the Visva-Bharati campus
  • Hola Mohalla, Punjab: occasion marking Sikh’s martial skills, brotherhood, and valour in simulated battles
  • Udaipur, Rajasthan: Mewar Holika Dahan

In addition to these spots, Holi is enthusiastically celebrated in Pushkar, Purulia, West Bengal, Jaipur, and Mumbai with music, parties, and food. So why miss the fun?
Pack your bags and book the next flight from Melbourne to Mumbai now!

Udupa Festival | Uniquely Curated Music Festival

The Udupa music festival is one of a kind. Bringing out the cream of Indian classical performers and other top music world performers, this event is a heaven for music lovers over and beyond. Fly directly from Melbourne to Bangalore to witness the true essence of this festival. 

Location: Chowdiah Memorial Hall, Bengaluru

Dates: 16 February 2024 to 16 February 2024

Main Attraction: Line Up of Top Indian Classical and World Music

Ticket Prices: starting price 600 INR

Goa Carnival | A 400-Year-Old Traditional Carnival

Introduced by the erstwhile Portuguese rulers of Goa, this carnival is the best time to be in Goa. From street parties, feasting, and dancing to celebrating Goan culture, this event is full of adrenaline-rush. Also, when in Goa, visit Palolem Beach, Agoda Beach, Baga Beach, Dudhsagar Falls, and the Basilica of Bom Jesus to make your trip more memorable. 

Location: Porvorim, Panjim, Margao, Vasco and Mapusa in Goa

Dates: 9 February to 13, 2024

Main Attraction: King Momo (King of Carnivals) Parade, Red and Black Dance

Ticket Price: No entry fees. 

Note: If you stay back, you can also experience the famous Hilltop Festival at HillTop, Vagator, Goa, from 8 February to 11th 2024, and Shigmotsav 2024 in March. 

Mahashivratri – 8 March 2024 | Auspicious Night to Stay Awake

When the constellations are in a favourable position, Mahashivratri is celebrated across India with high zeal and energy. This night honours when Lord Shiva (the supreme God and the great destroyer) and Mata Parvati get married. Devotees fast on this day to absolve their sins. Notably, Bhang, or Cannabis, is a quintessential part of the offerings made to Lord Shiva on Mahashivratri. 

Here is a brief list of famous temples and their main attractions in India, where Shivratri is celebrated with full fervour:

  • Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh: The wedding procession of Lord Shiva
  • Khajuraho, Madhya Pradesh: Holy dip in Sagar Tank, 10-day-long fair at Matangeshwar Temple 
  • Haridwar and Rishikesh, Uttarakhand: Holy dip in Har Ki Pauri Ghat
  • Mandi, Himachal Pradesh: Temple of Bhootnath, International Mandi Shivratri Fair
  • Puri, Orissa: Lokanath Temple
  • Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh: Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga, KalBhairav temple, banks of river Kshipra
  • Junagadh, Gujarat: Bhavnath Mahadev temple
SurajKund Crafts Mela | Largest Crafts Fair in the World

First started in 1987, this festival is a fresh look into the celebration of Indian folk traditions and cultural heritage. Not only this, but this festival is unique in its own way, where you can see the richness and diversity of India’s handlooms, handicrafts, and cultural fabric. This year, the theme state is Gujarat, where the state’s rich cultural heritage shall be portrayed.

Location: Surajkund, District Faridabad

Dates: 2nd to 18th February 2024 (10 AM to 7 PM)

Main Attraction: Showcase of regional and international crafts and traditions, multi-cuisine food court

Ticket Price: Rs 180 for weekdays, and Rs 180 for weekend

Taj Mahotsav | 2024 Theme is “Embracing ‘Samriddhi & Sanskriti'”

This festival is organised near the Taj Mahal and celebrates art, crafts, culture, and cuisines. This ten-day festival not only pays homage to the love of Shah Jahan and Mumtaz but also displays India’s vibrant art and culture. One of the main objectives of this festival is to encourage the local and indigenous artisans. More than 400 legendary artists from different parts of the country display their exquisite work here.

Location: Shilpgram near Taj Mahal Eastern gate, Agra

Dates: 17th – 27th February 2024 

Main Attraction: Showcasing the talents of local artists, craftspeople, culinary experts, and performers from Uttar Pradesh.

Ticket Price: Adult: Rs. 50/- (per Person) 

(Up to 3 years ) – Free

Foreign Tourist: Free

For the group of 50 School children in school uniform, Rs. 700/-

(free entry for two teachers with School Group)

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