The winter month of February brings along different festivals and fairs. Apart from cultural events, the pleasant weather during this time also makes February an ideal month for travelling. Plan a trip this month to these destinations and learn more about India’s rich culture and ethos:
Jaisalmer Desert Festival
Jaisalmer, also known as ‘the City of lights’ or ‘the Golden City’ has a pride of place in the list of World’s Heritage Sites, and has been attracting tourist from across the world. Jaisalmer becomes more vivid in the month of February when the much-awaited Desert Festival is held here. The arts & crafts fair, traditional sports, cultural exhibition, folk music & dance program, puppet shows and acrobats, organised during the fair, surprise every visitor with its magnificence and uniqueness. When in Jaisalmer, do visit Sam Sand Dunes, located in the heart of the Great Indian Thar Desert.
Khajuraho Dance Festival
Built mostly between 950 and 1050, Khajuraho has a great relevance in history as it was the first capital of the Chandela Dynasty of Rajputs. Best known for erotic sculptures, there are about 20 temples devoted to sexuality, here. If you are a history buff, Khajuraho is the perfect destination to get a glimpse into ancient Hindu faith and Tantric practices. During February, the temples serve as a perfect backdrop for the Khajuraho Dance Festival that showcases the magnificence of Indian classical dance form.
Kashmir is called as ‘Heaven on Earth’ because of the immense natural beauty of the place, and Gulmarg in Kashmir, is a must visit. The place has beautiful hill views and stunning meadows. February is an excellent time to get your gear on and go skiing and snowboarding with your loved ones, here! Don’t forget to experience the famous Gondola rides! These are one of the highest in the world, and the views are breathtaking.
Nashik Sula Fest
Why not start the month with a doze of fun, food, fashion, wine and music. Yes, plan a trip to Nashik for a great weekend as the town would be hosting the Sula Fest. The fest would witness music performances by internationally-acclaimed artists, a camp site and amazing food and wine.
The pristine archipelago lagoons, unspoilt coral reefs, palm-covered islands, turquoise sea and stretch of white sand; Lakshadweep’s landscape is straight out of a storybook. The isolated island is less-explored and sees very less travellers as compared to the other destinations. Celebrate Valentine’s Day at this exotic destination with your better half.
Periyar Tiger Reserve
Periyar Tiger Reserve is home to tigers and other endangered species. February is the best time to explore this amazing destination as, animals spend time near the lake and the forest is at its greenest best. If you are a wildlife and outdoor photography enthusiasts, this place is a must visit.