TAJ MAHOTSAV (FEB 18-27)
Takes place at Shilpgram in Agra, right near the eastern entry gate to the Taj Mahal. The focus of this festival is on arts, crafts, Indian culture, and recreating the Mughal era. It gets underway with a spectacular procession that includes elephants, camels, and drummers. Elephant and camel rides are on offer, and there are also games for the kids, and a food festival. The venue has special significance, as it’s apparently located on the site where the artisans who built the Taj Mahal once lived.
Venue: Agra, Uttar Pradesh
How to reach: Agra is well
connected by train services to all the important cities in India. It has four main railway stations — the Agra Cantonment, Raja ki Mandi, Agra Fort and Idgah Agra Junction.
SURAJKUND MELA (FEB 1-15)
Showcases the finest handloom, handicrafts, and Indian cuisine. Over 400 artisans display and demonstrate their crafts from all over India. There are also cultural programs and an amusement zone for children. The mela has a different theme every year, and in 2015 it went international with participation from 14 countries. (Check out Hindi section for more information.)
Venue: Surajkund, Faridabad, Haryana
How to reach: It is around 20 km from Delhi which is very well connected to the rest of country.
KALA GHODA ARTS FESTIVAL (FEB 6-14)
A 9-day extravaganza that sees the venue transformed into an open air exhibition space. This street festival includes arts & crafts, exhibitions, seminars, dance, music, theatre, heritage walks and events for children.
Venue: Kala Ghoda Arts Precinct, Fort, Mumbai
How to reach: Mumbai is very well connected, with Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus and Mumbai Central Station, being the main stations.
PALATE FEST ‘MINI’ (FEB 12-14)
Get ready to entice your taste buds with the second edition of New Delhi Palate Fest ‘Mini’ in association with NDMC and Incredible India. Spiced up with live music, the fest will serve as ultimate destination for foodies and music lovers. It will also offer India’s finest culinary names blended with budding chefs to astound the gluttony in you.
Venue: Nehru Park, New Delhi
How to reach: The Capital boasts of wonderful train connectivity from every part of the country.
Compiled by : Garima Verma