Participating in religious festivals and cultural events is the best way to experience the vibrant cultural heritage of a country, state or city. The Indian subcontinent, which includes Nepal, Bhutan, Tibet, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh along with India, is regarded as a hub of festive occasions and cultural events. India alone is so rich in terms of festivals that people say – 'There are more Indian festivals than there are days in a year'.
The most lovable part is that you'll be welcomed like a family member regardless of which Indian festival you participate in. Diwali (the Festival of Light) and Holi (the Festival of Colours) are the two most popular ones among numerous Hindu festivals in the country. Durga Pooja of West Bengal, Onam Festival of Kerala and Ganesh Chaturthi of Maharashtra are also immensely popular worldwide. During these festive celebrations, you'll witness different types of religious offerings and rituals that Hindus follow. This won't just be a learning experience, but also an opportunity to revive your inner self. Events like the Pushkar Camel Fair and the Kumbh Mela also reflect the India's rich Hindu culture.
Nepal is also a country of vibrant festivals. Dashain, Tihar, Losar and Buddha Jayanti are celebrated in the country with great pomp and fervour. If you're visiting Bhutan, Tshechu, Thimpu Tshechu, Paro Tshechu and Punaka Tshechu should not be missed. Sri Lanka, again, presents to you a beautiful assortment of Buddhist, Christian and Hindu festivals. During many of these festivals, you'll be delighted to witness large processions of elegantly decorated elephants and drummers. The Tibetan culture has its own unique place in the world's cultural history. If you're curious to feel the heartbeat of the country, you should certainly become a part of its traditional festivals and events like the Butter Lantern Festival, Sagar Dawa Festival, Shoton Festival, Ongkor Festival etc. Horse racing and archery are also very popular here.
Since there are innumerable festive events in India and other parts of the Indian subcontinent, it could easily become overwhelming to choose where to go. It's also not easy to remember the dates of each festival. The travel team at Max Holidays is quite adept at helping you plan a festival tour of your choice. If you're unable to find what you're looking for in the list of available tours, you should get in touch with us now for a tailor-made package.
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