The Aoling Festival
Far away from the hustle and bustle of mainland India, the Konyak tribes of Nagaland celebrate the Aoling festival in the 1st week of April. It is a seed-sowing festival that marks the advent of Spring.
Where: Mon district of Nagaland in North East India.
Mopin is the harvest festival of the hospitable Galo tribe, focused on the worship of goddess Mopin. It’s celebrated to drive away evil spirits, and for acquiring prosperity and wealth.
When: April 5,
Where: East Siang and West Siang districts of Arunachal Pradesh. Festivities take place on a grand scale at Mopin Ground, Naharlagun, near capital city Itanagar.
Spring is when Kashmir is at its most picturesque, and is also the season for flowering tulips. This special time of year is beautifully captured by the Tulip Festival in Srinagar, home to Asia’s largest tulip garden.
When: First two weeks of April.
Where: Indira Gandhi Memorial Tulip Garden, Srinagar, Kashmir. It’s located in the foothills of Zabarwan range, overlooking Dal Lake.
Cost: Entry to the Tulip Garden is 50 rupees for adults and 20 rupees for children.
Rajasthan can easily be given the moniker of ‘land of festivals’ in the first few months of the year. The Godwar festival adds to the inventory of festivals that the state has in store. During the event the backdrop of Ranakpur temples is privy to folk dances, musical performances and cultural activities like turban tying, bullock cart rides and a fair.
When: 8 April– 9 April
Where: Ranakpur Temple (Rajasthan)
Goa Food and Culture Festival
A five day festival with a focus on Goan cuisine, there will be around 50 stalls run by reputed caterers from some of the best hotels and restaurants in Goa, along with delicious home-cooked food prepared by Goan housewives.
When: April 6-10, 2016.
Where: NIWS Grounds, Caranzalem, Panaji.
Gudi Padwa Shoba Yatra
Gudi Padwa, the Maharashtrian New Year, sees huge parades taking place across Mumbai. The biggest one happens in the morning at Girgaum, in south Mumbai.
When: April 8, 2016.
Where: Mumbai, Maharashtra.
In contrast to many of Kerala’s temple festivals where the focus is on elephants, the Attuvela Mahotsavam is a delightful water carnival. During the festival, a procession of warmly illuminated canoes carry huge temple replicas through the water towards the temple.
When: April 8, 2016.
Where: Elankavu Sree Bhagavathy Temple, Vadayar, Kottayam District, Kerala.
This is one festival you won’t forget in a hurry. Thousands of sword wielding oracles, both male and female, swarm the temple premises.
When: April 9, 2016.
Where: Kodungalloor Bhagavathy Temple, Kodungalloor, Thrissur district, Kerala.
One of the most important festivals in Rajasthan, Gangaur is all about honoring the goddess Gauri. A manifestation of Parvati (Lord Shiva’s wife), she represents purity and austerity. This festival is predominantly for women.
When: April 9-10, 2016.
Where: All over Rajasthan, however the festivities in Jaipur, Udaipur, Jodhpur, Jaisalmer, Bikaner, and Nathdwara.
The Mewar Festival welcomes the arrival of spring. At Gangaur Ghat on the banks of Lake Pichola in Udaipur, images of goddess Gauri are transferred onto boats amidst much singing and celebrating, and taken out onto the Lake.
When: April 9-11, 2016.
Where: Udaipur, Rajasthan.
The Chithirai Festival is one of the biggest celebrations in Madurai. Legend has it that Lord Vishnu came to Madurai, mounted on a golden horse, to witness the wedding.
When: April 10-23, 2016.
Where: Meenakshi Temple, Madurai, Tamil Nadu.
A harvest festival, it also commemorates the beginning of the Sikh religion. Folk music, dance, food and fairs make for the carnival like atmosphere. If you want to decide on which part of Punjab to visit, combine this with a trip to Amritsar and witness the celebration at the Golden Temple.
When: 13 April
Bihu is the main festival of Assam, in north east India. This agricultural festival occurs three times a year but the biggest celebration, known as Bohag Bihu or Rongali Bihu, happens in April.
When: April 13-15, 2016.
Padayani is a performing art form of southern Kerala, particularly central Travancore. It’s connected with the festivals of certain temples, and is carried out by villagers accompanied by traditional music and drumming.
When: April 14-21, 2016.
Where: Kadammanitta Devi Temple, Pathanamthitta district, Kerala.
Mid-April is reserved for the wedding of Ram and Sita in all parts of India. The festival is dedicated to the hero of the epic Ramayana. Temples in north India, Bhadrachalam in Andhra Pradesh and Rameswaram see much more momentum than any other part of the country.
When: April 15.
Where: Religious celebrations and processions take place at Ayodhya in Uttar Pradesh, Bhadrachalam in Andhra Pradesh, and Rameswaram in Tamil Nadu.
The grandest of all Kerala temple festivals, the Thrissur Pooram features a procession of around 30 colorfully decorated elephants and ensemble of 250 musicians.
When: April 17, 2016.
Where: Vadakkumnathan Temple, Thrissur, Kerala.
Sankat Mochan Musical Festival
The first Sankat Mochan Musical Festival was held in 1923, and since then it’s attracted acclaimed classical musicians and dancers to perform from all over India.
When: 19-23 April.
Where: Sankat Mochan Hanuman temple, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh.
This 10 day festival, celebrated by the royal family of Travencore, sees towering fiberglass statues of the Pandavas placed at the eastern entrance to the temple to please the Rain God, Indra. On the last day, the male members of the royal family take the idols in procession to be immersed at Sanghumugham beach.
When: April 20, 2016.
Where: Sree Padmanabha Swamy Temple, Trivandrum, Kerala.
One of the most famous Fair in the world is Simhastha or Kumbah Fair, Generally known as Kumbh Mela. It is held after a interval of 12 years in India at four different places. The places where Simhastha Kumbh mela is held are Ujjain, Nasik, Haridwar and Allahabad. The duration of this fair is about 1 to 1.5 month. Kumbh is an important for the Indians.
When: April 22 to May 21, 2016.
Where: Shipra river, Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh.