Best places to visit and things to do in India and South-East Asia
Ratha Yatra is a Hindu festival associated with the god Jagannath held at Puri in the state of Odisha, India. This annual festival is celebrated on Ashadha Shukla Dwitiya. As part of Ratha Yatra, the deities of Jagannath, Balabhadra and Subhadra are taken out in a procession to Gundicha Temple and remain there for nine days. Then the deities or Ratha Yatra return to the Main temple. The return journey of Puri Jagannath Ratha Jatra is known as Bahuda Jatra.
Kutch Rann Utsav
Experience Kutch at its colorful and exotic best during the rann utsav which is organised every year from November to February. This annually organized festival offers an opportunity for visitors to attend folk dance and music concepts, to watch artisans at work, to Shop directly from NGO’s craftspeople and village co-operatives, to see the great Historical monuments in the state, and to visit places off the usual tourist trail. The cool winter breeze and soothing rays of full-moon night welcomes you to Rann
The Pushkar Camel Fair or locally Pushkar ka Mela is the largest camel fair (from Kartik ekadashi to Kartik Poornima) held in Pushkar. It is ends on full moon day (the 15th) of Kartik (during October–November) according to Hindu calendar. The full moon day is the main day, when according to legend, the Hindu god Brahma sprung up the Pushkar Lake, thus numerous people take dip in its sacred waters. Numerous traditional, cultural and adventurous events and competitions are held during the fair. Morning starts with activities like Hot air ballooning, Lagaan style cricket, Mustache competition, Horse dancing, camel dancing, Horse racing and ends with Arthis, Musical performances, fireworks and dance around bonfire.
Mahamastakabhisheka, the head anointing ceremony of Lord Bahubali, or Gomateshwara. The ceremony, which comes once in 12 years where the 1,024-year-old monolith is anointed Jain monks carried the holy water from the Digambar Jain mutt to the venue. To the chant of hymns, the pontiff Charukeerthi Bhattarka filled a giant pot with rice and sealed it with silver coconut, signalling the inauguration of the spectacular event.