Almost every leisure tourist who books flights’ tickets to the country in 2014 will look to revel in the great Indian cultural extravaganza, and it is festivals like Holi, Eid-ul-Fitr and Onam which offer an easy and enjoyable look at it.


The year 2014 promises to bring back a bagful of celebrations to India, a country that’s widely acknowledged as the most diverse on the planet. India bound foreign holiday makers, who wish to keep in mind the different events and festivals before booking flights’ tickets, must check out the following list. For every month of the year, there is a event/festival mentioned, which may not be the most popular of the month but it surely will be a wonderful opportunity to peek into India’s colourful canvas of cultures!

Republic Day (January): India’s Republic Day is celebrated on the 26th of the first month. It is the best opportunity to take a look at the country’s unrivalled military and cultural prowess. Colourful parades take place all over India but best and grandest of the lot can be witnessed at the capital Delhi’s India Gate. Passes/tickets are required to gain admission.

Taj Mahotsav (February): February is inundated with various regional and national festivities but from the tourists’ point of view, Taj Mahotsav is perhaps the most potent charm. Millions who are keen on booking tickets on flights to India are more or less enamoured by the iconic Taj Mahal and this event, scheduled for 18-27 Feb 2014, is perhaps the best complementary offering by the authorities. Music, dance and other performances are showcased.

Holi (March): The colourful festival of Holi is among the most well known in the world. Almost everybody has heard of this Indian celebration that’s slated for March 17 this year. Numerous legends are attached to the affair, with most of them having religious and cultural perspectives. Keen vacationers must plan holidays and book tickets on India flights keeping in this mind great gala fest!

Baisakhi (April): Baisakhi is celebrated mostly in the province of Punjab, so anyone who has plans to tour the country during the month can choose to board flights landing in Amritsar, Punjab’s leading gateway. The fest marks the beginning of the solar year, with traditional performances being the highlights of Baisakhi.

Maharashtra Day (May): Maharashtra is one of India’s bigger states and its city, Mumbai is easily the country’s most well-known financial and entertainment hub. Millions book flights tickets to reach Mumbai every year. Tourists can certainly time their tour to the city or the province keeping in mind the Maharashtra Diwas, a day that commemorates the formation of the state of Maharashtra. Colourful parades and private and public events mark the celebrations.

Sao Joao Feast of St John the Baptist (June): Like Mumbai, Goa is a popular gateway to India and is perhaps the country’s most famed holiday destination. Sao Joao Feast is a rather popular event in the smallest Indian state, with many local and international believers willing to invest on flights’ tickets to fly to Goa during the period.

Eid-ul-Fitr (July): Eid-ul-Fitr marks the end of Ramadan, a holy month for the Muslim community during which they undertake fasting and abstain from other pleasures. Eid-ul-Fitr is celebrated all over India and is an opportunity to have a peek into the colourful festivities associated with the religion.

Ganesh Chaturthi (August): Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated as the birthday of Lord Ganesha. From a tourist’s point of view, it is a spectacle that best describes the chaos and colour associated with the Indian society. Idols of the Lord Ganesha are worshipped for days and then taken out with much fanfare, through the street to be immersed into a river or sea. Foreign tourists who are planning a date with India monsoon must ensure to book cheap flights’ tickets around this incredible festival.

Onam (September): Onam spans over a period of ten days, with each day witnessing rising fervour and festive fever in the southern Indian state of Kerala. Grand celebrations and traditional offerings mark the revelries of Onam. Kerala is among the most highly awarded holiday destinations of India. By many accounts, the state receives most number of foreign leisure tourists who book tickets aboard India bound flights.

Diwali (October): In 2014, Diwali is celebrated on 23rd October. Diwali is easily the most popular Indian festival. Not very unlike to Christmas celebrations, gifts are exchanges and houses are decorated with lights during this major Indian festival.

Guru Nanak Jayanti (November): The peak tourist month of India is filled with celebrations. The day is a celebration of Guru Nanak’s birthday. He was the founder of Sikhism. It is at Punjab where the best scenes of festivities are to be seen.

Christmas (December): Given the number of Christians in the country, it may not be celebrated on a very large scale in India but it is always nice to find out how the local traditions have impacted this world festival. Westerns are always keen to secure tickets on flights during the last month of the year to find exactly that!

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