Summers are the best time to explore India, as it’s the time for sun, sea and colorful festivals all throughout India. It is also the time when each corner of the country is celebrating their own culture in their own special way. Right from the colourful Baisakhi festival in Punjab to the lovely Ooty Flower Festival in May, summers is the time to travel in India. Here are some of the best festivals in India that you must attend:
Ooty Flower Festival
Ooty is a lovely hilly paradise in the state of Tamil Nadu. Surrounded by the Nilgiri Hills, the town of Ooty is blessed with nature’s bounty. You can spot lots of flora and fauna while here in Ooty, which is why there’s an entire festival to celebrate the lovely flowers in Ooty. As the summers hit the city, numerous flowers bloom all over town. This stunning flower show which takes place at the Ooty Botanical Garden showcases more than 150 varieties of flowers.
When: May (dates awaited)
Where: Ooty, Tamil Nadu
Shimla Summer Festival
Shimla needs no introduction. This alluring hill station which is everyone’s favorite summer getaway is one of the best places for a holiday in summers. Another reason to visit Shimla in summers is because of the Shimla Summer Festival. Here you can enjoy various exhibitions, local handicrafts, the ever-popular ice creams, and live theatre as well. There are numerous live shows by amateur and renowned artists from all over the country.
Where: Shimla, Himachal Pradesh
When: 2nd – 7th June
Yercaud Summer Festival
This small town located in Tamil Nadu hosts an exciting summer festival every year. The Yercaud Summer Festival runs for 3 days and the entire town is buzzing at this time due to many activities that take place here. You can check out the flower shows, dog shows, folk performances, cooking competitions and much more!
Where: Yercaud, Tamil Nadu
When: May (dates awaited)
Sikkim Summer Festival
This lovely month-long cultural extravaganza in Sikkim is a must-visit! The Sikkim summer festival takes place in the capital of the state, Gangtok. Here you will be able to see entertaining cultural shows, food festivals, flower shows and handicrafts as well.
Where: Gangtok, Sikkim
When: 1st- 31st May
Not many people know about this cold desert festival that takes place in Ladakh. This festival celebrates the culture of people who live in Ladakh. When here you can enjoy performances by lamas who wear silk clothes and masks and perform dances in their native language. The Hemis festival is celebrated with grandeur and you would be lucky if you get to witness this on your trip to Ladakh.
When: 23rd – 24th July
Where: Hemis Monastery, Ladakh