Please select your location:
Holi festival of colours in India

Trip Planner

You can now add pages from around our site to your own customizable trip whenever you see this icon.

Click the icon to create your first trip.

Festivals of India

Trip finder

India

Cultural

Pongal Harvest Festival

The Pongal Harvest Festival is one of the biggest annual harvest celebrations in Tamil Nadu held in January. 

'Pongal' means the 'boiling over' of rice and milk during the month of Thai. The 3-4 day celebration marks a period of plenty, peace and happiness when families gather together to celebrate the harvest.

Republic Day Parade

January 26 was chosen to honor the declaration of independence of 1930. A national holiday in India, a parade takes place by India's armed forces in New Delhi, followed by displays from other Indian states depicting local activities, music and songs.

Festival of Holi

A religious spring festival celebrated by Hindus, Holi is also known as the Festival of Colour. Bonfires are lit on the eve of Holi, while the main day is celebrated by people throwing scented powder and perfume at each other. 

Held at the end of the winter season, the festival usually lasts for two days and celebrates many religious myths and legends.

Diwali, Festival of Light

Diwali is also know as the 'Festival of Light'. Usually held between mid-October and mid-November, the lighting of candles and small clay lamps signifies the triumph of good over evil. 

New clothes are worn, sweets and gifts are exchanged between friends and family and fire crackers are set off in order to drive away evil spirits.

Start planning your trip to India


Start thinking about your experience. These itineraries are simply suggestions for how you could enjoy some of the same experiences as our specialists. They’re just for inspiration, because your trip will be created around your particular tastes.

Plan your trip

Tell us about your plans and one of our specialists will be in touch to plan a unique trip for you...

Make an inquiry

Request our Indian Subcontinent Brochure

Audley Asia CruisesAudley Indian Subcontinent brochureAudley Galapagos Brochure Cover

Order your hard copies by mail or PDFs by email.

Request brochure