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35 THINGS TO DO IN INDIA (JANUARY 14 - JANUARY 23)

Jallikattu

January 15–18, 2019 • event

An authentic tradition of bull taming is rather cruel and controversial. But it has a long history and is a colourful part of the local culture

Barasingha (Swamp Deer)

mid-October–June • nature

An endangered unique deer that can be seen only in one nature preserve

Tiger Safari in Ranthambore National Park

October–June  • nature

Don't miss a chance to meet Shere Khan, the king of the Jungle

Spice Plantations

September–June • activity

Don't miss your chance to smell the variety of spices and see how they are grown

Beach Season

November–March • activity

India's long coastlines make for an amazing tourist paradise. Find a beach perfectly suited to your own style!

Turtle Nesting Season

November–April • nature

Witness sea turtles laying eggs and little hatchlings heading to the sea

Kumbh Mela

January 15–March 04, 2019 • event

Immerse yourself in one of the biggest religious gatherings ever

Scuba Diving

May–January • activity

Leave your everyday routine and lose yourself in a sea full of exotic underwater beauty

Lohri

January 13 • event

Harvest season is warmly welcomed with dancing and singing by the bonfire

Pongal

January 14–17, 2019 • event

Get rid of old household stuff, idolize a sun god, worship cattle, and have a picnic with your beloved. Celebrate Pongal at its finest!

International Kite Festival (Uttarayan)

January 14–January 15 • event

You see everything from illuminated high-speed sports kites and box kites to handpainted ones in Ahmedabad!

Kumbhalgarh Fort (The Great Wall of India)

October–March • activity

Be amazed by the second-longest continuous wall on the planet

River Rafting

October–mid-May • activity

Discover India's unbridled water and pass parlous rapids. Go with the flow!

Apatani Tribal Village of Ziro

July–March • activity

A fascinating tribe has preserved traditions and way of life

Coffee Harvest

November-March • food

Catch full-bodied taste, unique flavour with fine aroma! Enter the world of remarkable Indian coffee

Skiing

December–March • activity

Try out India's slopes of the Himalayas, the greatest in the world!

Safari

September–June • nature

Being home to a wide variety of flora and fauna India owns some of the most beautiful sanctuaries in the world

Kolukkumalai Tea Estate

December–mid-June • activity

The world's highest tea plantation offers panoramic views at the elevation of 8,000 feet (2,438 m)

Hot Air Ballooning

October–May • activity

Share an unforgettable experience with someone very special while seeing India from an incredible height

Buddha's Hand Fruit

November–January • food

This extraordinarily shaped fruit can be found only in lower Himalayas, so don't miss your chance to try it

Sunrise and Sunset near Taj Mahal

October–March • nature

Experience the true grandeur of The Taj Mahal, the iconic landmark of India and the Seventh Wonder of the World

Balloon Air Safari

October–March • activity

Flying over Agra will surely make your rendezvous with the holy city unforgettable

Yoga Classes Facing Taj Mahal

October–March • activity

Join these Yoga classes—a perfect way to be healthy, fit, and enjoy the atmosphere of the Taj Mahal!

The Blue City of Jodhpur

October–March • activity

Situated in the Thar Desert, this city boasts a nice collection of indigo houses

Auroville

all year round • nature

Did you ever think there is a town that awaits your arrival passionately? A place where you already belong and where you already have citizenship?

Chadar Trek

January–February • activity

This beautiful trek, known as Chadar, is one of the wildest and most dangerous in India along the frozen river and waterfalls

Bhangarh Fort

October–February • activity

Visit the abandoned town which acquired a reputation as the most haunted place in India

Ross Island

November–March • activity

Watch how this tropical forest is taking over historical ruins

Iron Pillar of Delhi

mid-September–June (year round) • activity

This 1600-year-old column proves the efficiency of ancient technology

Winemaking

January • food

Visit Goa during the wine season and taste some great homemade varieties

Surfing

October–May (beginners & learners) | March-September (pro's) • activity

India is for surfers! Just find your own perfect spot and enjoy the waves

Krishna's Butter Ball

November–February (all year round) • activity

Seeing this boulder balance on a steep rock could make you believe in its divine origin

Great Banyan Tree

October–March (all year round) • nature

A complex system of aerial roots make this tree look like a complete forest.

Guava

December–March • food

Guava in India is often eaten with cheese or ham

Birdwatching

October–March • nature

The avian diversity of India is shocking. Wake up your inner birdwatcher, get armed with a good pair of binoculars, and go explore!

32 THINGS TO DO OUT OF SELECTED DATE RANGE

International Mango Festival

July 09–10, 2018 • event

Life is too short for not jumping into mango heaven at one of Delhi’s most popular events

Shigmo

March 21, 2019 • event

Become a part of this major Hindu festival in Goa

Somvati Utsav (Bhandara Festival)

April 16, 2018 • event

Have you ever seen gold in the air?

Snake Boat Races (Vallam Kali)

July–September • event

Get into the spirit of the largest team sport in the world!

Bull Surfing

mid-August • event

Looking for an exotic water sport? Go watch Maramadi bull surfing

Maha Shivaratri

March 04, 2019 • event

Immerse yourself in Maha Shivaratri—discover overall definition of the Hindu galaxy and honour Lord Shiva with the believers

Ganesh Chaturthi

September 12–23, 2018 • event

May the blessings of Sri Ganesha be upon you all! Immerse yourself into one of the most widely celebrated festivals In India

Darjeeling Himalayan Railway

March–May | October–mid-December • activity

The railway that inspired Wes Anderson and gave us the wonderful 'Darjeeling Limited'

Rural Olympics in Kila Raipur

February 02–04, 2018 • event

Check out how the simple entertainment of Indian villagers turned into an annual international event

Cochin Carnival

December 25–January 01 • event

Kick up your heels to see off the outgoing year and celebrate the arrival of a new one in a magnificent way!

Diwali, Festival of Lights

November 07–11, 2018 • event

As Christmas to Christians, Diwali is as important to Hindus

Paragliding

March–June | October–November • activity

Remember dreaming of flying high like a free bird in the sky? Well, India is calling!

Holi

March 20–21, 2019 • event

The most colorful of all Hindu festivals is visitors' favourite

Onam Festival

September 02–11, 2019 • event

Get involved and catch your own blessing of happiness and prosperity

Dussehra (Vijaya Dashami, Dasara, or Dashain)

October 19, 2018 • event

Don't miss a chance to get a closer look at the religious traditions of India

Yoga

all year round • activity

Seeking serenity and spiritual renewal? India is the perfect place for yoga!

Himalayan Mountain Bike Festival

October 11–14, 2018 • event

A week of riding, racing, and partying in the so-called mountain bike capital of India

Krishna Janmashtami

August 23, 2019 • event

Visit the birthplace of Lord Krishna and discover this ancient Hindu festival

Karni Mata Festival

October 10–19, 2018 • event

If you're up for something out of the ordinary check out this temple where rats are treated like pets!

Bikaner Camel Festival

January 12–13, 2019 • event

Ever wondered how camel dances look like? Come and discover by yourself!

Bhagoria Festival

February–March • event

That very moment when the children themselves decide whom to marry

Tea Harvest

March–November • food

Haven't tried Indian tea? Haven't tried life!

Bamboo Rafting

February–March • activity

Have a fantastic time exploring Periyar tiger reserve in an unusual way

Motorcycle Trips

June–March • activity

Find a bike, hit the road, and let the mantra 'ready, set, go' be with you!

Loktak Lake

February–March  • nature

This lake features a unique organic formation, as well as endemic animal and bird species. The only floating national park is also located on the lake. There are enough reasons to visit this amazing spot

Gardens of Agra after the Monsoon

October–November • nature

Agra is home to popular gardens including Soami Bagh, Ram Bagh, and Mehtab—each with a story to tell!

Litchi (Lychee)

May–June • food

Discover the unique taste of the juicy Asian 'apple'

Waterfalls at Peak Flow

mid-June–September • nature

An adventurous journey through lush green jungles and up hills—all for the gorgeous views!

Kokum

March–May • food

This fruit can be grown exclusively in the territory of Goa

Magnetic Hill

June–October • activity

Mystery or optical illusion? The best way to find out the truth is to visit the Magnetic Hill yourself

Modak

September 12–23, 2018 • food

Have a proper taste of Ganesha's favorite special treat

Water Rose Apple

May–July | November–December  • food

Try these charming apples with a gentle scent and watery taste during the hot summer months.