Feburary is the month of festivities and celebrations. It is also the month when India bids adieu to winter and is on the brink of spring. The month start with Valentine’s day and ends with Mahashivratri, hence it is an ideal time to travel to some of the best places.
Agra Taj Mahotsav
Taj Mahotsav that takes place between 18th and 27th of February, The annual 10-day event offers a peek into India’s rich arts, crafts, cultures, cuisine, dance, and music. Held just a stone throw away from the Taj Mahal, the Taj Mahotsav is aimed at providing encouragement to artisans and providing a platform for India’s performing arts.
The procession of elephants and camels along with drummers is one of the major attractions of the festivals. Elephant and camel rides are also on offer, even there are games for kids, and a happening food festival to mark the event.
Nasik Sula Fest
The vineyard city Nasik, Maharashtra is the ideal place to visit in February for those looking for a non-conventional holiday in India. This is exclusive Gourmet World Music Festivals in India.
Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh is the host to the grandest celebrations of Mahashivratri. Varanasi during the offset of winters (February) brings an excellent opportunity to dwell in the festivities of Maha Shivaratri that take place on the sacred land at this time of the year.
Jaisalmer Desert Festival
If you are a fan of Rajasthan’s culture and heritage, then the Jaisalmer Desert Festival is the place to be in February. The Desert Festival is the lovely opportunity to experience the cultural richness of this sandstone city. A parade of camels, camel races and polo matches, turban tying competitions, finest facial hair competition and acrobats, puppeteers, and jugglers are the highlights of the event that will leave you quite amused.
Gujarat Rann Utsav
Rann Utsav will be held from Nov 1, 2017– March 4, 2018. February is a great month to take a trip to Kutch region of Gujarat. Since February is the last month for the famed Rann Utsav, it is a great time to catch the Kutch region come to life. You shall be able to enjoy dance and music performances along with the sight of migratory birds that include flamingos.
Goa Carnival will be held from Feb 10 to Feb 13, 2018. During the carnival people can be seen dancing on the streets; parades, floats, music and masked dancing groups are sighted across the state. A formal ball dance called the Red and Black Dance can also be enjoyed during the carnival along with food and culture festival that is held in Panaji.
Surajkund Crafts Mela
The Surajkund Fair is held from Feb 2 to Feb 18, 2018, at Faridabad is the showcase of the finest handloom and handicrafts of India. About 400 artisans from across the country display their crafts during this 15-days fair held a short distance away from Delhi.
Khajuraho Dance Festival
Held against the alluring backdrop of Khajuraho Temples, Madhya Pradesh this festival showcases classical dance style from all over India. The dances are performed in the Western group of temples, mainly in front of the Chitragupta Temple (dedicated to Surya the Sun God) and the Vishwanatha Temple (dedicated to Lord Shiva). A lively event, it is the highlight of the month of February in India.
Chandigarh Rose Festival
The city beautiful Chandigarh is all set to experience the fragrance of Rose Festival 2018 which is scheduled to be held at Rose Garden in Sector 16 during the month of February. It will be held on 16th February to 18th February 2018.
Kala Ghoda Arts Festival
Kala Ghoda Arts Festival is an annual festival, nine days long, commencing always on the first Saturday of February and closing always on the second Sunday in February, in the Kala Ghoda area of South Mumbai, India.
Shekhawati Festival will be held from Feb 15 to Feb 18, 2018, in Rajasthan India. The festival is attracting a large number of tourists thus fast becoming a rural tourism destination too. Tourists can watch and feel the real rural environment. They can go back with an unforgettable impression of the friendliness of the people and comprehensive agricultural revolution in the villages.
Konark Dance Festival
Konark Dance & Music Festival has established its own unique identity in the sense that eminent artists of national and international repute participate and perform Odissi, Kathak, Bharatnatyam, Kuchipudi, Manipuri, Mohiniattam and other classical, folk & tribal dances/music of our country on the enchanting stage of the Natyashala in the monumental Sun Temple, Konark. The stage and the atmosphere is magnified by the spiritual and aesthetic flavor, in the natural ambiance of casuarinas and cashew trees. This festival is held every year from 19th to 23rd February.
The India Art Fair
The India Art Fair will be held at New Delhi from Feb 9 to Feb 12, 2018. India Art Fair, previously known as India Art Summit, is an annual Indian modern and contemporary art fair held in New Delhi, India. The fair includes paintings, sculptures, photography, mixed media, prints, drawings and video art. The first three editions of the fair were organized at Pragati Maidan, one of India’s largest and oldest exhibitions grounds.
February is one of the last months of winters when you can enjoy skiing in a fully snow-covered Gulmarg.