People who spend on travel tickets for India holidays in January are overwhelmed by the merrymaking they get to witness during the various enthralling fests celebrated across the country. This article sheds lights on some popular Indian festivals during the first month of the year.

New Year celebrations are over, but that doesn’t mean the end of holidaying, partying and rejoicing in India. It is, in fact, the beginning of the unsurpassed conviviality that India is going to witness across its varied regions. Innumerable fests that the country celebrates with great enthusiasm promise fun to tourists buying tickets for a travel during the first month of the year. The cool, balmy weather, in almost all parts of the country, adds more to the fun. If you have planned a trip to India during January, here are some most coveted winter fests worth being a part of.

Hampi Festival

Besides witnessing the artistic richness of the region, exploring Hampi’s extremely captivating historical ruins allows tourists to seek the colourful culture of South India. The three-day cultural extravaganza mesmerises the visitors with spectacular dance performances, unique mud-shows, fascinating fireworks and inimitable cultural processions that commemorate the grandeur of the bygone Vijay Nagar Empire. The schedules are often based on local calendars, so it’s advisable for you to check the official website before planning your trip to the Indian State of Karnataka for Hampi Festival.

When in 2015: From January 9 to 11.

How to get there: International travellers boarding flights for Delhi or Mumbai can easily get their connecting flights to Bangalore, which is about 375 kms from Hampi. From Bangalore, there are direct buses, trains and car rental services for Hampi.

Jaipur Literature Festival

For the literature lovers boarding flights for India, this largest literature festival in Asia Pacific is a great chance to meet many renowned authors, publishers and poets from across the world. The event spans a week and enthrals enthusiasts arriving in India’s Pink City, Jaipur, with numerous engaging discussions and the delectable Rajasthani culture and cuisines. Music aficionados are also in for a treat, as the event hosts numerous energetic performances by coveted musicians from India and abroad.

When in 2015: January 21 to 25.

How to get there: Reaching Jaipur is easy. The capital of India’s largest state Rajasthan, Jaipur is well connected with Delhi by all modes of transportation. There are direct flights from Delhi that land at Jaipur International Airport. From there, you can rent a taxi to reach the Diggi Palace Hotel where the event takes place annually.

Republic Day Parade, Delhi

Republic Day holds a special significance for the Indians. But even for the foreigners who have grabbed flights tickets to visit India during the month of January, the Republic Day celebration in Delhi has a lot to leave them enthralled. Several Indian Army regiments complete to win the Best Marching Contingent Award on this special day. Various cultural programmes and enthralling stunts performed by the army men take the exhilaration to a whole new level! Once you are done enjoying the programme, go try some of the city’s culinary delights and try to squeeze out the maximum from the money spent on air tickets and holiday deals for India.

When in 2015: January 26.

How to get there: Republic Day Parade takes place on the Rajpath in New Delhi. Public transportation is limited on the day. Make sure you leave early in the morning to grab a good place to enjoy the extravaganza fully.

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