Events to look out for this November!
With winters approaching and the perfect weather to visit places and participate in events, here’s a list of some of the offbeat yet celebrated fairs and religious celebrations happening all over the country. So come in form the cold and put your feet up to the following events.
Sometimes it is interesting and needful to invest and explore such untouched festivals and be a part of the same. So Here EE consolidates a list of cross- genre events that we think are worth attending in the month of November, 2014.
Pushkar Camel Fair
An astoundingfleet of 50,000 camels converge in the town of Pushkar, in Rajasthan, for the annual Pushkar Fair. It's anenthrallingsight, and provides a wonderful opportunity to witness an old traditional style Indian festival.
The original intention behind the Pushkar Camel Fair was to attract local camel and cattle traders to do business during the holy Kartik Purnima festival. The fair has now also become a major tourist attraction. It usually takes place in the month of November and dates for this year are October 31- November 6.
The fair witnesses the camels being dressed up, paraded, raced, and made to dance. Apart from this the festival provides a great platform for musicians, dancers, magicians, snake charmers and exciting rides to entertain the crowd.
One of the most interesting elements incorporated in the festival this year from an experiential point of view, is experiencing the majestic and vibrant event from both land and air because of the Pushkar International Balloon Festival.
The 3-day festival extravaganza in the city of Pushkar during the mega mela offers world-class hot air ballooning experience. The festival is an experiential haven that gives bird’s eye perspective of the Pushkar fair to people.
Although the main attraction of the festival is hot air ballooning, the event will have immersive folk dance performances, bonfire barbecue, picnic breakfast at the dunes, and dune bashing in four wheelers and ATVs, among many other activities. The guests will also experience the exotic Kalbelia and Bali dances along with several musical concerts.
Hence this huge carnival is held in Pushkar every year and receives massive foatfall, with an array of shows and activities that take place.
Bacardi NH7 Weekender
The fifth edition of India’s happiest music festival returns this November with a lineup of some incredible artists from India and around the world. Over the last four years, the Bacardi NH7 Weekender has grown to be one of the country’s most beloved musical property – representing Bacardi India and Only Much Louder’s commitment to giving fans unforgettable musical experiences. This year, over 100 artists will play on six different stages at the Bacardi NH7 Weekender’s four editions. The festival will commence from November 1-2 in Kolkata, November 8-9 in Bangalore, November 21-23 in Pune and end on November 29-30 in Delhi.
This music festival from its year of inception has seen thousands of music lovers who had massive contribution in making the festival reach epic proportions that were never seen before on Indian soil.
International Yoga and Music Festival
Since its inception in 2008, this yoga festival has been organized by Nada Yoga School every year. The International Yoga and Music Festival features 50 of the finest professional yoga teachers, Ayurvedic doctors, yoga lecturers, musicians, and philosophers from bothRishikesh and abroad. Free classes and lectures are held with topics including yoga asanas, Ayurveda, philosophy, and Indian classical music. Every evening treats its attendees with an Indian classical music concert.
All the classes provided during the festival are cost free.
This festival is one of its kind in the country and is massively accepted by yoga lovers in the country. Held from November 1-14 in Rishikesh, Uttarakhand it totally sets the mood of the objective behind the festival.
Bundi is a picturesque spot in the Hadoti region in Rajasthan. The BundiUtsav brings to the table elements of culture, folklore, traditions and craft of the region. The festival begins with a procession, and features an arts and crafts fair, cultural exhibition,traditional rural sports, and folk/classical music as well as dance programs. Another interesting activity that is featured at the event is a turban competition.
Home to magnificent palaces and imposing forts and the verdant greenery of nature plays host to varied and rare flora and fauna. Such serene beauty sets the ambience for events and fests to execute.
This enthralling and fascinating festival commences on November 9 and goes till November 11 in Bundi district of Rajasthan.
Not to underrate the potential of these festivals, soon will come the time when brands and sponsors would want to associate themselves with these events and hence establish themselves in such markets.
Harley Rock Riders Season V
Moving ahead of the list of regional festivals we love to mention the Harley Rock Riders – Season V that returns this year, on November 15-16 in Mumbai, with a power-packed line-up of some of the biggest names in Indian rock music. With the sheer number of different genre music festivals in the country, rock music fans have lately been left wanting for a festival that centers only on rock music. Harley-Davidson India and Only Much Louder will bring to fans India’s most definitive rock music festival over two days featuring 20 bands on two live stages along with hundreds of roaring Harley-Davidson motorcycles. The mayhem of music and motorcycles will take place in the heart of Mumbai at the iconic, Richardson & Cruddas foundry at Byculla.
Entry tickets will be available in two formats – a season ticket at Rs 1,500 that provides access to both days and a single day ticket at Rs 999 either for day one or day two. Tickets will be available on www.insider.in and at the Seven Islands Harley-Davidson dealerships in Bandra&Turbhe, Mumbai and Two-Rivers Harley-Davidson dealership in Pune starting September 29, 2014.
Wangala is an enchanting winter Festival of Meghalaya which is also known as the “100 Drum Wangala Festival”. Practiced traditionally by the Garos, it is the annual harvest festival of Meghalaya and is celebrated in the honor of MisiSaljong, The Great Giver. Wangala Festival signifies the beginning of winter and also marks the end of labor in fields steering in a period of relaxation and merry making.
It is a weeklong festival celebrated in the second week of November every year. Music and dances form a dominant part of the Wangala celebrations. The main attraction of the festival is the music and orchestra of drums, and an ancient traditional flute made of buffalo horn.
This festival is a time for relaxation and people of all age groups dressed in colorful attractive costumes with feathered headgears dance to the tune of music played on long oval-shaped drums.
To be held on November 7 this year in the Garo Hills, Meghalaya, Wangala festival is quite an interesting opportunity to explore.
In the list of several festivals that take place along the banks of the Ganges River, there’s yet another festival where one can see thousands of devotes (and elephants) taking a holy dip. Livestock is traded at the fairground that includes a large number of elephants. There's also an array of shops selling all kinds of merchandise.
Traditionally known as the cattle fair, the Sonepur Fair has now become more commercial with the agenda of attracting both domestic and international tourists. In order to facilitate this, Bihar Tourism took over its organization, including tourist accommodations, in 2012.
This year this festival invites it attendees from November 5 and goes for a fortnight in Sonepur which is located 25 kilometers from Patna, Bihar.
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