INTERNATIONAL YOGA FESTIVAL (MAR 1-7)
The International Yoga Festival is a must for anyone interested in yoga. With more than 400 people from over 30 countries, it’s grown to become one of the largest yoga gatherings in the world. The festival offers yoga classes from world class Yoga teachers, evening discussions with some of India’s leading spiritual leaders, and other events
including vegetarian cooking classes and the Yoga Aid Challenge charity fundraiser.
Venue: Parmarth Niketan Ashram, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand
How to reach: Rishikesh has very few direct trains. The best option is to reach Haridwar, approximately 25 km away. Haridwar is well connected to major cities. You can take a bus or hire a taxi thereafter to Rishikesh
PARIPALLY GAJAMELA (MAR 6)
Paripally Gajamela (festival of elephants) is part of the annual 10-day festival at the Kodimoottil Sree Bhagavathy Temple dedicated to Goddess Bhadrakali. Several cultural programmes are also arranged as part of the event. The get-together of the elephants takes place on the last day.
Venue: Kodimoottil Bhagavathy Temple, Paripally, Kollam district, Kerala
How to reach: Paravur Railway Station is the nearest rail head. Paravur is well connected by train to Bengaluru, Chennai, Mumbai and other major cities.
THIRUNAKKARA ARATTU (MAR 14-23)
The annual 10-day festival at the Thirunakkara Temple draws to a close with the Arattu ceremony. Usually nine
caparisoned elephants take part in the Arattu procession. Folk arts like Mayilattom (peacock dance), Velakali,
Kathakali, etc, are presented in the temple compound in the evening.
Venue: Thirunakkara Mahadeva Temple, Kottayam district, Kerala.
How to reach: Nearest railway station is Kottayam, about 2 km away
MYOKO (MAR 20-30)
The month-long Myoko festival of the Apatani Tribe includes rituals for prosperity, fertility, purification and sacrifice performed by the village shaman or priest, and cultural elements such as folk performances and processions.
Venue: Ziro, Arunachal Pradesh
How to reach: Ziro does not have its own railway station. The nearest railway station is at Tezpur, which is located 300 km away. Tezpur is well connected to various parts of the country and tourists can take a bus or hire a taxi to reach Ziro.