India is a spiritual country, full of traditions and customs portraying the history of the country. It might take a few hours or days for tourists to explore and experience its various sacred places and colourful festivals. It hosts a massive celebration of some events marked in the calendar and some devoted to deities. You can have a wonderful travel experience with cheap India holiday packages in the bustling cities of the nation that celebrate religious events with great vigour. Following are the three such dazzling occasions when the country unites:
Navratri (In September/October)
The history of the festival is attached with many myths and legends, making it popular amongst different cities. People gather to celebrate the feminine power, Shakti – the Goddess Amba in nine different forms. Every state has its way of celebrating the occasion; including Gujarat, where people perform Garba to the beats of their regional songs in shimmery chaniya cholis. The energetic Garba and Dandiya are performed around a small Goddess shrine made by each community on the first day of the Hindu month, Ashwin. The tenth day or the last day is called Dussehra, which is another important Hindu festival depicting the defeat of King Ravana. Travellers can visit Gujarat on India tours to witness this joyful and energetic dance fair.
Durga Puja (In September/October)
The last six days of Navratri are celebrated massively as Durga Puja in Kolkata, West Bengal. The city shines with bright lights on shops, streets and houses during this period. Fairs and carnivals are hosted in large grounds with gaming stalls and giant wheels. Durga Puja is one of the largest religious events for Bengali Hindus, who form and decorate huge figures of Goddess Durga, defeating Mahishasura, from clay. These idols are placed in temples for worship and later, immersed in local rivers of the city. The end of this occasion is considered highly auspicious for families to start something new.
Ganesh Chaturthi (In August/September)
Ganesh Chaturthi is the most revered festival of Maharashtra, the essence of which can be experienced with India tours. This 10-day colourful occasion honours the birth of Lord Ganesh, the elephant-headed Hindu deity. Elaborated idols of the God are made for worship and immersed in a waterbody on the last day. Singing and dancing are also performed by the local people.
In addition to the aforementioned, there are many other regional festivals that can be enjoyed with India holiday packages.