India is a country of festivals and celebrations. Each month of the year, there are at the very least a bunch of reasons to celebrate something around India. From New Year celebrations, welcoming seasons and paying respects to various gods and goddesses to holding on to traditional roots, celebrating art, music, dance, food and life, Indian festivals are eagerly awaited not only by locals but by millions from across the world. While April has been a power-packed month that comes to an end with the first week of the Ujjain Kumbh Mela, May too has a lot going on. (If you’re planning a trip this summer, consider one of these offbeat places to visit in India) Especially with the ongoing Kumbh Mela and the Chithirai Festival, May has a good mix of traditional festivals and hip events to keep you busy! Also Read - GRD vs BGR Dream11 Team Prediction, Vincy Premier League T10 2020: Captain And Vice-Captain, Fantasy Cricket Tips Grenadines Divers vs Botanical Garden Rangers 3rd Place-off at Arnos Vale Sporting Complex at 7.30 PM IST

1. International Flower Festival

The International Flower Festival promises a show of some extremely rare and exotic flowers from native Sikkim. The festival is held annually during the summers when the flowers bloom. May is the best time to visit this north eastern state. It is home to over 240 species of trees and ferns, 600 species of orchids, a variety of magnolias, 150 varieties of gladioli and 46 types of rhododendrons. Along with the flower festival, there is also a food festival hosted with offers a good amount of options for Sikkimese delicacies. Also Read - Kunal Kamra Reacts to 1.7 Million Dislikes on YouTube Video 'Aaja Beta Carry Teko Roast Sikhaye', Says 'Carry Fans Can Join BJP IT Cell'



When: May 1 to May 31 Also Read - Uttar Pradesh Extends Lockdown Till June 30; Temples, Malls, Hotels to Open From June 8

Where: Gangtok, Sikkim



2. Moatsu Festival

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The Moatsu Festival is celebrated by the Ao tribes in Nagaland which is located in the north east of India. The festival marks the end of the planting season for the tribal community and all of their rituals are related to harvest. From singing and dancing to enjoying feasts for the celebrations, the people of the Ao tribe come together in their best attire and celebrate the festival together.

When: May 1 to May 7

Where:  Mokokchung district villages (particularly Chuchuyimlang village), Nagaland

3. Himalayan Music Festival

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The Himalayan Music Festival which is in it’s third edition, is often promoted as a drug-free event. The festival offers psy trance music in the mountains of Himachal Pradesh. A good lineup of 10 Indian and international DJs will make this two day event worth the while.

When: May 7 to May 8

Where: The Great Himalayan Resort, Bhagsu, McLeod Ganj, Himachal Pradesh

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4. Char Dham Yatra

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The Uttarakhand Char Dham Yatra is one of the most popular religious pilgrimages in India. As soon as the weather gets better and the snow is cleared in the region, Hindu pilgrims flock to the Garhwal region of Uttarakhand for paying their respects. The yatra includes a trip to four temples, Gangotri, Yamunotri, Kedarnath and Badrinath.

When:

May 9- Gangotri, Kedarnath, and Yamunotri

May 11- Badrinath opens on May 11, 2016

Where: Garhwal region of Uttarakhand.

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 5. Dhungri Mela

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The Dhungri Mela is a three-day event held in the Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh. The fair is organized at the Hadimba temple in honor of the birth anniversary of the goddess. The temple is one of the most visited places in the region and is believed to be a protector of the locals. Kiosks are set up, various artistes perform, the mood of the fair is no less than that at a carnival. People come together to thank the goddess for everything she has provided them with.

When: May 14-16 every year

Where: Hadimba Temple, Manali, Himachal Pradesh

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 6. Holy Spirit Feast

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In Goa, the Holy Spirit Church at Margao hosts the feast of the Pentecost. The festival is celebrated and the feast is hosted fifty days after Easter. A procession is carried out by the priest and members of the confraternity, all dressed in ceremonial robes, after the mass is conducted. This is one of the biggest feasts hosted in Margao and people from neighboring villages like Salcete also join in for all the celebrations.

When: May 15

Where: Goa

7. Mount Abu Summer Festival

Mount Abu is literally the only place in Rajasthan you can visit during the summers. Known to the desert state’s only hill station, Mount Abu attracts travelers during the summers with the Mt Abu Summer Festival. There are folk singers and dancers who put up a magnificent show that you mustn’t miss if you’re at Mount Abu. There are several other events held near the Nakki Lake in the town. The summer festival also puts up a fantastic fireworks show that’ll simply take your breath away. Apart from this, the festival is also known for the various Qawali artistes who grace the event with shows that only add on to the experiences you’ll take back from your trip to Moutn Abu.

When: May 20 to May 21

Where: Mount Abu

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8. Kottiyoor Utsavam

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This is an annual festival that goes on for almost one month. The Kottiyoor Utsavam takes place at two temples simultaneously. The Akkare Kottiyoor and Ikkare Kottiyoor are two temples located on opposite sides of the Bavali River in Kerala. The span of the festival is the only time of the year when the Akkare Kottiyoor temple is open. The festival is popular among the locals of the Kunnur district, The temple is home to a self manifested shiva linga. The first and the last day of the festival are extremely important as the Neyyattam ritual the Thirukalasattu ritual are performed on these days respectively.

When: May 20-June 16, 2016.

Where: Kannur district, Kerala.

9. Buddha Purnima

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Buddha Purnima is also known as Buddha Jayanti. This day marks the birth of the Buddha. It’s the most sacred festival for Buddhists around the world. The day is spent by offering prayers and recitation of Buddhist scriptures. Several people get together to meditate and carry out processions in honor of the Buddha. During this time of the year, you could take a trip with Indian Railways’ Mahaparinirvan Express Buddhist Tourist Train. The train tour will take you to all the places that have significance with respect to the life of the Buddha.

When: May 21

Where: All around India

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10. Ooty Summer Festival

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Tamil Nadu’s most famous hill station, Ooty hosts a Summer Festival each year for a span of seven to eight days. This year the annual Fruit Show and the Ooty Summer Festival will coincide, giving tourists more options. There will also be a flower show for a couple of days that makes for a perfect learning experience, especially if you’re traveling with kids.

When: May 21-29, 2016

Where: Ooty and surrounding areas, Tamil Nadu

11. Parvati Peaking Festival

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Kasol, Himachal Pradesh’s hippie paradise will be hosting a massive psy trance party. The Parvati Peaking Festival is in its fourth season and a crazy line up with around 17 artistes from India and countries like Israel, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, South Africa, Switzerland, Greece and Russia will be performing here over a span of four days. Along with this, 15 DJ sets will be performed by Lebanese, Spanish, Jordanian, Russian and Indian DJs.

When: May 27-30, 2016.

Where: Parvati Valley, Kasol, Himachal Pradesh

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