BAISAKHI (APR 13)
Baisakhi is a harvest festival, a Punjabi new year festival, and commemoration of the founding of the Khalsa (Sikh religion brotherhood) all rolled into one occasion. It’s celebrated with a great deal of feasting, dancing, folk music, and fairs. Major celebrations are organised at the Golden Temple in Amritsar, and it becomes carnival-like outside.
Venue: Throughout the State of Punjab
How to reach: All major cities of Punjab are well connected with the rest of the country.
ATTUVELA MAHOTSAVAM (APR 8)
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 illuminated canoes carry huge temple replicas through the water towards the temple. They’re accompanied by a lot of colourfully decorated small canoes and temple percussion music.
Venue: Elankavu Sree Bhagavathy Temple, Vadayar, Kottayam district, Kerala
How to reach: Kottayam is the major railway station; 25 km from Vadayar.
AOLING FESTIVAL (APR 1-6)
Once deadly headhunters, Konyak tribe now spends most of its time practising agriculture. After having completed the sowing of seeds each year, the tribe celebrates its most important festival, the Aoling, which marks the beginning of spring and a new year.
Venue: Mon district, Nagaland
How to reach: One can reach Bhojo station (Assam) and then go to Mon by road; around 60 km. Another option is to reach Simaluguri (Assam), around 80 km, and reach Mon via Naginimora.
MEWAR FESTIVAL (APR 9-11)
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 celebration, and taken out onto the lake. The festival continues with a plenty of singing, dancing and cultural programs, and culminates with a grand display of fireworks.
Venue: Udaipur, Rajasthan
How to reach: Udaipur has direct trains from major cities of the country