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Events You Cannot Miss this February

India’s buffet of festivals across the year is well known to the world at large. This February, however, let’s step away from the mainstays of the Indian calendar and dig up some events that are sure to bring the dazzling diversity and chaos of India to your itinerary.

Here are the 5 events that you cannot afford to miss this February:

1. Kala Ghoda Festival, Mumbai
kala-ghoda-festival-mumbai
Kala ghoda festival mumbai
The ultimate celebration of a city that’s as diverse as they come, the Kala Ghoda Festival pays quirky homage to everything the city is best known for: from street food to art exhibitions, theatre, dance and heritage walks to boot. Held in the Kala Ghoda Arts Precinct, make sure you find your feet here if you’re in Mumbai in February. Best part: entry is free. Oh, and it also makes for an awesome Valentine’s Day date.

Where: Kala Ghoda Arts Precinct, Fort, Mumbai
When: 6th – 14th February 2016

2. Ragasthan, Rajasthan
Ragasthan, Rajasthan
Ragasthan, Rajasthan
In the month of February, the sand dunes of Khuri, Rajasthan, come alive with the rhythms of folk, rock and fusion music – as Indians and foreigners head for one of the most exciting music festivals to be held in the subcontinent. This is one of the most popular music festivals to grace Indian lands, so make sure you don’t miss this. After all, listening to your favourite bands amidst the sultry dunes of Khuri is a different high altogether.

Where: Khuri Sand Dunes, Rajasthan
When: 11th – 14th February 2016

3. India Bike Week
India Bike Week, Goa
India Bike Week
Think motorcycle stunts, races and tons of music. That’s what India’s largest motorcycle carnival brings to the table – with beer galore. Some highlights of the event include the Biker Build Off, the National Stunt Championships and the Hard Enduro competition. You can also check out the vintage bike display on show, or dance till you drop to the music concerts that keep the decibels high.

Where: Vagator, Goa
When: 19th and 20th February 2016

4. Taj Mahotsav
Taj Mahotsav
Taj Mahotsav
A tribute to the arts, crafts and culture of the Mughal era, the Taj Mahotsav starts off on a spectacular note with processions of elephants, drummers and camels – reminiscent of the Mughal empire at its zenith. This year’s theme is Hum Ek, Sanskriti Anek, where over 400 artisans across the country will get an opportunity to showcase their talents. The venue is also evocative of Mughal times, since it is located at the place where the artisans and builders who constructed the Taj Mahal once lived. With the stunning Taj Mahal as a backdrop for this fifteen-day event, there’s not much more you could ask for in terms of grandeur.

Where: Agra, Uttar Pradesh
When: 18th – 27th February 2016

5. Jaisalmer Desert Festival
Jaisalmer Desert Festival
Jaisalmer Desert Festival
Jaisalmer is a travel favourite for several reasons: desert safaris, camping under the stars, folk music and the delectable Rajasthani cuisine. Well, you’ll be getting all this and more at the exuberant Jaisalmer Desert Festival held in February. Camel parades, hair-tying competitions, polo matches and camel races – and of course, those wonderful local attires and turbans sported by the denizens of Jaisalmer – there’s a lot in store for you at the Jaisalmer Desert Festival.

Where: Jaisalmer, Rajasthan
When: 20th – 22nd February 2016

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