India is a country that seems to have a festival on somewhere just about every day of the year. So, I did some research and found this comprehensive list of the major and many of the less known festivals held each year.
Here is a list and short description of these festivals by date order. Try planning your trip around some of these festivals to make your India experience a little more Incredible!
Gangasagar Mela – January
Gangasagar Mela is a celebrated occasion in Bengal on the eve of Makar Sankranti and is held at the confluence of the Ganga andBay of Bengal. This is the biggest fair inBengal. A dip in the ocean where theGangadrains into the sea at the auspicious hour is considered to be of great religious significance.
Joydev Kenduli Mela at Kenduli, West Bengal – January
January 15-16. This mela attracts a lot of Bauls. Held on the occasion of Makar Sankranti and attracts a large number of tourists who throng the place only to hear the Bauls, who pour their soulful renditions to packed houses.
Bikaner Festival, Rajasthan – January
Dedicated to the indispensable ship of the desert, the festival starts with a magnificent procession of bedecked camels. It is a colourful spectacle of the beautifully decorated camels that fascinates the onlookers with their charm and grace. Several competitions are held, marked with typical Rajasthani colour, joyous music and lilting rhythms and gay festivities. The festival usually takes place in early January.
National Kite Festival, Ahmedabad, Gujarat – January
On Makar Sankranti, Ahmedabad is at its colourful best as kites of all colours, patterns and dimensions soar into the sky. Special kites with little paper lamps illuminate the night sky with myriad flickering lights. Special Gujarati cuisine, exhibitions of handicrafts, and folk art enhance the festive spirit.
Kerala Village Fair, Kovalam, Kerala – January
Mid January is the time for cultural events in the lush villages around Kovalam every year. Traditional thatched houses are decorated during this 10-day festival and are the venue for folk dances, music and festivities. A typical Kerala village -‘gramam’– is recreated replete with the traditional Nalukettu houses, local teashops, etc. In the evenings, almost every dance, art and martial art form of Kerala is performed in the open-air auditorium of the gramam.
Float Festival, Madurai, Tamil Nadu – January/February
This magnificent festival is celebrated inMaduraion the first night of the full moon in January or February. The ornamented icons of the goddess Meenakshi and her consort are taken out in a colourful procession from theMeenakshiTempleto the huge Mariamman Teppakulam Tank. The icons are floated in the tank on a raft decked with flowers and flickering lamps.
Mamallapuram Dance Festival, Tamil Nadu – January/February
Once the ancient port of the Pallavas, Mamallapuram plays host to a vibrant festival of dance in January/February every year. Exponents of classical dance forms such as Bharat Natyam, Kuchipudi, Kathak and Kathakali from across the country perform against the magnificent backdrop of the Pallava Rock Sculpture along the sea shore.
Pattadakkal Dance Festival, Karnataka – January/February
Delicately carved temples rich in detail provide the backdrop for this dance festival held in Pattadakkal, the ancient capital of the Chalukyan kings. Also called the Chalukya Utsava, its venues includes the nearby ancient sites Badami and Aihole too. The three days extravaganza of dance and music attracts performing artistes from all overIndiain a magnificent tribute to this marvellous heritage.
Nagaur Fair, Rajasthan – January/February
Nagaur bustles with life during the annual cattle fair, one of the largest in the country, usually held from 30 January to 2 February. The Nagaur bulls are renowned for their fleet footedness and attract buyers from all over; however, livestock such as camels, goats and cows are also on display. A highlight of the fair is performances by folk dancers and musicians and exciting games such as tug of war, camel races, horse races, etc.
Desert Festival, Jaisalmer, Rajasthan – February
The Desert Festival is a three-day extravaganza of colour, music and festivity, held at the golden city ofJaisalmer. Gair and Fire dancers swaying to traditional tunes, camel polo and camel dance, display of the most glorious moustaches, a turban tying competition and a Mr. Desert Contest are the highlights of the fun and frolic. Folk performers such as snake charmers, puppeteers and acrobats add to the vibrancy of the occasion.
Khajuraho Dance Festival, Madhya Pradesh – February/March
Khajuraho, well known for its enchanting temples, provides the venue for the Khajuraho festival of classical dance every year, usually from 25 February to 2 March. The best exponents perform in an open-air auditorium, usually in front of theChitraguptaTemple dedicated to Surya (the Sun God) and theVishwanathaTemple dedicated to Lord Shiva. Local craftsmen display their crafts at an open market.
Natyanjali Festival, Chidambaram, Tamil Nadu – February/March
The ancient NatarajatempleofChidambarampays special tribute to Lord Shiva every year for five days. It begins on the auspicious occasion of Maha Shivaratri. During this time, leading dancers from all parts ofIndiacongregate and dance in the temple as an offering to Nataraja. Natyanjali festival is jointly organised by the Department of Tourism, Government of Tamil Nadu, the Ministry Of Tourism, Government of India and the Natyanjali Trust, Chidambaram.
Elephanta Festival, Mumbai – March
This festival is held across the Mumbai harbour, on theElephantaIsland, near the world-renownedElephantaCaves(a world heritage site). This feast of music and dance, celebrated under the stars, transforms the entire island into a large auditorium. The festival is organised by Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC) in association with Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) as a tribute to classical performers and an initiative to popularise Indian classical dance and heritage art forms.
Elephant Festival, Jaipur, Rajasthan – March
The Elephant Festival is held every year a day before Holi. The festival begins with a procession of elephants, camels, and horses, painted and tastefully attired with ornaments and embroidered velvet, followed by lively folk dancers. The elephants greet the visitors, offer garlands to the guests and walk past the ramp before a jury of experts and tourists who select the Best-decorated Elephant. Elephant races and elephant polo matches are special features. The tug of war between elephants and men is probably the most exhilarating highlight of the festival.
Holi – March
Holi, the most lively of all Hindu festivals, is observed all overNorth India. It heralds the end of the winter and the beginning of the spring and marks the rekindling of the spirit of life. It is a festival of joy when all is forgiven. People throw coloured powder at each other and make merry. Singing and dancing add to the gaiety of the occasion. Holi celebrations inMathuraand the small towns of Braj Bhoomi, thelandofSri Krishna, are spectacular.
Hoysala Mahotsava, Belur-Halebid, Karnataka – March
The dance festival held in March at the magnificent Hoysala era temples at Belur and Halebid is a celebration of Indian culture and heritage. The splendid Hoysala temples with their sculptural extravaganza make the perfect venue for this cultural feast. Performing artistes from classical streams from acrossIndiaparticipate in this one-day event.
Ellora Festival, Maharashtra – March
This festival of dance and music is held every March in the splendid surroundings of the world-heritage listed cavetempleofEllora, about 30 km fromAurangabad,Maharashtra. The festival showcasesIndia’s renowned artists in music and dance with the caves forming a splendid backdrop. It is a unique and charming way to experience the magnificent caves, and imbibe centuries of history and culture. This festival is organised by Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC).
Mewar Festival, Udaipur, Rajasthan – March/April
Held to commemorate the arrival of spring, this festival is a visual feast with Rajasthani songs, dances, processions, devotional music and firework displays. It is celebrated in the romantic city ofUdaipurduring the Gangaur Festival. A procession of colourfully attired women, carrying the images of the goddess Gauri, makes its way toLakePichola. An unusual procession of boats on the lake offers a fitting finale to this splendid celebration.
Vishu, Kerala – April
Vishu is celebrated in April, usually on the 14th, in Kerala. According to the traditional Malayalam calendar, it is the first day of the first month, Medam, of the Zodiac New Year. Traditional rituals are followed to bring in another year of prosperity by offering prayers to Lord Vishnu in temples and at home.
Pooram, Thrissur, Kerala – April
Pooram is the most colourful of all the temple festivals of Kerala. It is celebrated in Thrissur at Vadakkumnathan temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva, usually in April. The festival includes a magnificent spectacle of fireworks, an umbrella display competition and a splendid elephant procession. The best elephants of the state from the various temples in Kerala are sent to Thrissur to participate in the Pooram festival.
Ganga Dussehra, North India – May/June
Ten days of the month are devoted to the worship of holy riverGanga, venerated by the Hindus as a mother as well as a goddess. Places along the banks of the river such as Rishikesh, Haridwar, Garh-Mukteswar, Prayag,Varanasi, etc., hold special significance during this event. Devotees flock to these places to bathe in the holy rove. In Haridwar, ‘aartis’ are performed at twilight and a large number of devotees meditate on riverbanks.
Sindhu Darshan Festival, Leh, Ladakh, Jammu & Kashmir – June
The Sindhu Darshan Festival is a celebration of River Sindhu (Indus) which originates from the Mansarovar inTibet. As part of the celebrations, various groups from different states inIndiabring water from the other mighty rivers in the country in earthen pots and immerse these pots in the Sindhu, thereby mingling the river water with other waters of the land.
Hemis Festival, Ladakh, Jammu & Kashmir – June/July
The courtyard of Hemis Gompa, the largest Buddhist monastery in Ladakh, is the stage for the famous ‘Hemis’ festival that celebrates the birth anniversary of Guru Padmasambhava. Local people are seen dressed up in their finest traditional garb for the occasion. Lamas, called ‘chhams,’ perform splendid masked dances and sacred plays to the accompaniment of cymbals, drums and long horns. The head lama presides over the function. The festival takes an auspicious turn every 12 years in the Tibetan Year of the Monkey, when the two-storey high ‘Thanka’ depicting Padmasambhava is displayed.
Rath Yatra, Orissa – June/July
This spectacular chariot festival celebrated for eight days at the famousJagannathTemplein Puri. Images of Lord Jagannath, his sister Subhadra and brother Balbhadra are taken out in a procession in three immense chariots. Thousands of devotees pull these chariots to Gundicha Mandir, a temple 3 km away. After a week, the deities return to the main temple in a similar procession. The construction of the chariots begins in April.
Ashadi Ekadashi , Pandharpur, Maharashtra – June/July
The Pandharpur yatra is held on Aashadi Ekadashi (June- July). One of the most famous pilgrimages inMaharashtra, Pandharpur Ashadhi Ekadashi Wari has been taking place for more than 700 years. This is a religious padyatra is comprised of over 1 million pilgrims traveling for 21 days to Vithoba temple by foot. Numerous palkhis (processions) from various towns and villages join the main palkhi that starts fromSantTukaramTempleat Dehu in Pune district. The yatra culminates at the Vithoba temple on Ashadi Ekadasi at Pandharpur. The annual Pandharpur Yatra to the famousVithobaTempleat Pandarpur inMaharashtrais an unparalleled pilgrimage that breaks the barriers of caste, creed, rich and poor. The main rituals are performed in the early morning (0300hrs).
International Mango Festival, Delhi – June/July
The International Mango Festival, held annually inDelhi, during early summer, is a two-day festival showcasing mangoes. It has been held since 1987. More than 550 varieties and cultivars of mango are featured in the festival for visitors to view and taste. Cultural programmes make this a lively event.
Champakkulam Boat Race, Kerala – June/July
Champakulam boat race marks the beginning of the season for boat races in Kerala. Named after the serenevillageofChampakulam, this race is held on the course of River Pamba. The snake boat race is often considered as the ultimate test of endurance, speed and skill in this region and rowers numbering about 90 to 100 on each boat undergo rigorous training for several days, prior to participating in the race.
Id-ul-Fittr – July/August (2013-2016)
This festival celebrates the end of Ramzan, the Muslim month of fasting. It is an occasion of feasting and rejoicing. The faithful gather in the mosques to pray, friends and relatives meet and exchange greetings. Prayers, family get-togethers and feasts are the major highlights of the festival.
Nehru Trophy Boat Race, Kerala – August
The Nehru Trophy Boat Race, named after Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, is conducted onPunnamdaLake, near Alappuzha, on the second Saturday of August every year. During this fiercely fought boat race, the tranquil lake front is transformed into a sea of humanity with an estimated 2,00,000 people, including tourists, watching it. For the people of each village in Kuttanad, a victory at this race for their village boat is something to be celebrated for months to come.
Onam, Kerala – August/September
Onam, Kerala’s most important festival, heralds the harvest season. Onam lasts 10 days and people wear new clothes, visit temples and offer prayers. Girls perform the Kaikottikkali in the open, dancing around the traditional brass lamp. Major attractions are the famed snake boat races along the backwaters at Champakulam, Aranmula and Kottayam. About a hundred oarsmen in each boat row huge and graceful odee (snake boats) to the rhythm of drums and cymbals and songs praising Mahabalis reign. Cultural festivities are held throughout the state at different venues.
Teej, Rajasthan and Chandigarh – August
This swing festival welcomes the advent of the monsoon. Swings are hung from trees and decorated with flowers. Women, colourfully attired, swing on them and sing songs in celebration. The occasion is also dedicated to the Goddess Parvati, commemorating her union with Lord Shiva, and the festival celebrates marital bliss, well-being of spouse and children and purification of own body and soul.
Raksha Bandhan, North India – August
Raksha Bandhan or Rakhi is a Hindu sister’s day when brothers and sisters reaffirm their bonds of affections. Sisters tie colourful threads or rakhis on their brother’s wrists. The brothers in turn promise to protect their sisters and give them gifts. Raksha Bandhan is celebrated in different forms in different areas and it is also known by the names such as rakhi, rakhri and saluno.
Janmashtami – August/September
The birth anniversary of Lord Krishna, the incarnation of Vishnu, is celebrated with great fervour all overIndiaespecially atMathuraand Brindavan where Lord Krishna spent his childhood.Templesand homes are beautifully decorated and lit. Nightlong prayers are offered and religious hymns are sung in temples. The priests chant holy mantras and bathe the idol with Gangajal (water from the holy riverGanga), milk, ghee (clarified butter), oil, and honey pouring all these from a conch shell.
Independence Day – August
Commemorating the dayIndiaattained freedom (15 August), Independence Day is celebrated with flag hoisting ceremonies and cultural programmes in the state capitals. The Prime Minister’s speech at the Red Fort inDelhiis the major highlight. TheDelhiskyline is dotted with thousands of kites on this day.
Ganesh Chaturthi – August/September
Ganesh Chaturthi is dedicated to Lord Ganesh (son of Shiv), the elephant -headed god of all good beginnings and success. The festival celebrated as the birth day of Lord Ganesh is a 10-day event. Idols of Ganesh and installed at home and prayers offered to them for 10 days, after which they are ceremoniously carried in a procession through the streets of the town and immersed into the river, sea or well. Classical dance, music performances, poetry recitations, folk dances, theatre and film festival are a highlight of this festival.
Tarnetar Mela, Saurasthra, Gujarat – August/September
The three-day fair, held annually in Tarnetar, coincides with the festival at the Trineteshwar temple (three-eyed god Shiva. Villagers from all over Saurashtra, dressed in their traditional costumes and exquisite jewellery, throng Tarnetar during this fair. The fair is a kind of marriage market for the local tribals who visit Tarnetar to find suitable brides. Lively folk songs and dances — garba, ras, hudo and the Rasada — are the special attractions of the fair, besides the wonderful Tarnetar Chhatris, umbrellas with intricate embroidery and mirror work. There are also exhibitions of rural handicrafts, a cattle show, and competitive sports.
Pune Festival, Maharashtra – September
The Pune Festival is an annual eight day event held at Pune during the Ganesh Festival. The event showcases the folk culture of the city and surrounding areas.
Durga Puja, West Bengal – September/October
Beautifully decorated images of the goddess Durga are worshipped in specially erected Puja Pandals. Community prayers (pujas) are organised in every locality, around which shops and eateries spring up. Cultural events and shows are held every evening of the nine-day celebrations. Families visit each other to share feasts. On the final day, the idols are taken in elaborate processions to be immersed in the river or the sea.
Id-ul-Zuha (Bakr-Eid) – September/October (2013-2016)
This Muslim festival of sacrifice, Eid-ul-Zuha (Arabic) or Bakr-Eid inIndiais celebrated all over the country. On this day, Muslims sacrifice a goat or bakr (Urdu) to commemorate the sacrifice of Prophet Ibrahim, who willingly agreed to kill his son at the behest of God. This festival coincides with the Haj pilgrimage inMecca. Prayers are offered in the mosques and the sacrificial meat is then distributed after the Eid prayers. Special delicacies are prepared and served among family and friends on the occasion.
Marwar Festival, Jodhpur, Rajasthan – September/October
It is a festival devoted to the music and dance of the Marwar region and was originally known as Maand Festival. Held for two days, its main attraction is the folk music cantered on the romantic lifestyle of Rajasthan’s rulers. The folk dancers and singers assemble at the festival and provide lively entertainment. Among other attractions at the festival is the camel tattoo show and polo.
Navaratri – September/October
Navaratri is celebrated for nine consecutive nights in praise of Lord Ram (hero of the epic Ramayana) and Goddess Durga. Continuous chanting from the great epic ‘Ramayana’, along with evening performances from the episodes of his life are held for nine days. Navaratri is a combination of many concepts, with the common theme of the victory of good over evil. The most joyous celebration of Navaratri is seen in Gujarat, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu andBengal. InGujarat, every night people gather in courtyards to dance the Garba and Dandiya Raas, a community dance in which men and women dressed in festive clothes dancing in pairs with Dandiya or painted wooden sticks.
Rajgir Dance Festival, Bihar – October
Rajgir, the ancient capital of the Magadh Empire inBihar, is held sacred by both Buddhists and Jains for its association with the Buddha and Mahavir. The Department of Tourism,Bihar, holds a colourful festival of dance and music every year in Rajgir. Be it instrumental music, devotional songs, opera, folk dance, ballet or the many schools of classical dance and music, geniuses in their own realms of accomplishments, create an almost ethereal atmosphere. This festival, held during last week of October, attracts tourists in large numbers.
Dussehra – October
This Hindu festival is celebrated all overIndiato mark the triumph of good over evil (Lord Ram over Ravan). The Ramlila, an enactment of the life of Lord Ram, is held during the nine days preceding Dussehra. On the 10th day, larger than life effigies of Ravan, his son and brother Meghnath and Kumbhakarna, are set alight. In Himachal Pradesh, a week-long fair in the hill town ofKullu, is a part of the Dussehra celebrations. InMysore, South India, theMysorepalace is illuminated for a whole month during Dusshera and caparisoned elephants lead a colourful procession through the gaily-decorated streets of the city.
Diwali – October/November
Diwali, or Deepavali, perhaps the best-known Hindu festival, is celebrated 18 days after Dusshera in October/November. Diwali is called the festival of lights, and every house is illuminated with lamps and lights. The worship of Lakshmi, the Goddess of wealth, is an important feature of the celebrations. Homes are spring-cleaned and decorated. Celebration is invariably accompanied by the exchange of sweets and the explosion of fireworks. Multi-coloured rangoli designs and floral decorations adorn the entrance of most homes.
Hampi Festival Karnataka – November
The magnificent ruined city ofHampi, Karnataka, once the capital of the powerful Vijayanagar Empire, comes alive during the three-day festival of dance and music, held in the first week of November. Organised by the Government of Karnataka, the Hampi festival includes dance, drama, music, fireworks, puppet shows and spectacular processions, all combined to recreate the grandeur of the bygone era. Decorated elephants, horses and men dressed in the military fashion of the Golden Era, are posted underneath the red, yellow, blue and white cloth ‘Gopuras’ are posted along the lanes of Hampi.
Ka Pomblang Nongkrem, Shillong, Meghalaya – November
Ka Pomblang Nongkrem is the most important and elaborate festival of the Khasis. This five-day festival is held annually in November at Smit, the capital of the Khyrem Syiemship near Shillong for thanksgiving to the Goddess Ka Blei Synshar for a rich harvest and prosperity of the people. An important part of this festival is goat sacrifice made to the deity of Shillong peak. Khasi men and women, dressed in traditional splendour, perform the famous Nongkrem dance.
Lucknow Festival , Uttar Pradesh – November/December
This festival is celebrated between 25 November and 5 December, and captures the undying elegance and splendours of ancient city Awadh, now known asLucknow. Colourful processions, traditional dramas, Kathak dances in the style of the famous Lucknow Gharana, Sarangi and sitar recitals along with ghazals, qawalis and thumri create a festive atmosphere. Exciting events such as ekka races, kite flying, cock fighting and other traditional village games recreate an atmosphere of bygone Nawabi days. Cuisine and craft festivals are organised.
Muharram – October/November (2013-2016)
The festival commemorates the martyrdom of the prophet Mohammed’s grandson- Hazrat Imam Hussein. It is celebrated with great fervour by the Muslims especially the Shia community. Tazias, glittering replicas of the Martyr’s tomb, are carried in procession through the streets. The Tazias of Lucknow andHyderabadare noted for their splendour. In places such asLucknow,Delhi,Agraand Jaipur, grand scale processions are held. People beat their chest in mourning to the tune of beating drums and chants ‘Ya Hussain’.
Pushkar Fair, Rajasthan – October/November
This fair is held at Pushkar town, 11 km fromAjmer, for 12 days annually. This cultural, trade and religious fair is an attractive and lively spectacle with Rajasthani men and women in their colourful traditional attire, saffron-robed and ash smeared Sadhus (holy men) and thousands of bulls, cows, sheep, goats, horses and camels in richly decorated saddles. Perhaps the largest cattle fair in the world, it attracts more than 1,00,000 people, from all overIndiaand abroad. Apart from the religious rituals and trading, people participate in a number of cultural and sporting events.
Sonepur Mela, Bihar – October/November
The famed cattle fair is held at Sonepur, situated on the confluence of the holy riversGangaand Gandak. The sprawling mela ground here with the pulsating market has the widest possible range of cattle and commodities. The array of shops sells all sorts of merchandise. Sonepur Fair is the only one of its kind where a large number of elephants are sold. Various folk shows, games and jugglers can be seen at the fair.
Guru Purab, Punjab – November
The birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev, the founder guru of the Sikhs, is celebrated with great fervour by Sikhs. At Nankana Sahib (the birth place of Guru Nanak now inLahore), a grand fair and festival is held, and Sikhs in thousand congregate here fromIndiaand abroad. Guru Granth Sahib, the holy scripture, is continuously read and recited in the Gurudwaras (‘Akhand path’) all over the country, lamps are lighted, processions are taken out, free langars (meals) are arranged and prasad (holy food) is distributed. Guru Purab celebrations at theGoldenTempleinAmritsar, are impressive.
Konark Dance Festival, Orissa – December
The sun temple in Konark is famed as a world heritage site. This is the venue of a joyous festival of classical dance and music which is held annually in December. A host of celebrated dancers from all over the country perform in the open air auditorium. The festival is a celebration of the much appreciated Odissi, Bharat Natyam, Manipuri, Kathak and Chau dance, a lavish feast for the eyes and ears. A crafts mela, with a variety of handicrafts and cuisine, is also organised during the festival. The festival is jointly organised by Orissa Tourism and Odissi Research Centre.
Christmas – December
Christmas, the birth anniversary of Jesus Christ, is celebrated inIndia with great fervour all over India. People decorate their houses, display Nativity scenes, decorate the Christmas tree, hang stars, gifts and illuminate them. On the Christmas day, people enjoy a sumptuous Christmas lunch. Christmas cakes and wine are served to visitors and exchanged as gifts among friends and relatives. All the major Indian cities wear a festive look. Shops and bazaars are decorated for the occasion and offer attractive bargains.
Kurushetra Festival, Haryana – December
The festival in Kurushetra, Haryana coincides with the Gita Jayanti, signifying the birth of the holy book Bhagavad Gita. A visit to Kurukshetra during the festival is an exhilarating and spiritual experience. Pilgrims gather to take a dip in the sacred tanks of Brahma Sarovar and Sannehit Sarovar. Week-long Bhagwadkatha (presenting stories in Bhagwad Gita), Shloka recital, dance, dramas and ‘deep daan’ at Brahma Sarovar are part of the religious festivities. Free medical camps, book exhibitions and ‘bhajan’ recitals in classical tradition are organised.
Poushmela in Shantiniketan – December
Poushmela takes place every year from 22nd to 26th of December at Shantiniketan,West Bengal. This festival celebrates the foundation day of shantiniketan. Shantiniketan comes alive with Vedic hymns, the gathering of poets, dancers and musicians.
Vishnupur Mela – December
Vishnupur Mela is held every year around December 25 near the Madanmohan Temple of Vishnupur, Bengal.This mela stretches for four days and the local villages come together to celebrate the new crop. Traditional dance and music is an integral part of this festival.
Island Tourism Festival – Port Blair, Andaman & Nicobar Islands – December/January
This 15-day long festival of dance, drama and music features exhibitions, displaying arts and crafts, flora and fauna and marine life, are part of the event. Aqua sports and parasailing are added attraction. The festival is aimed at promoting tourism in the Andaman & Nicobar Islands, and is held in the capital city ofAndaman&Nicobar Islands– Port Blair.
Chennai Dance & Music Festival , Tamil Nadu – December/January
Chennai Music and Dance Festival is a celebration of classical music and dance ofSouth India(Carnatic style) and is held from mid December to mid January at a number of venues around the city. The city comes alive with the festival which has now developed into a cultural extravaganza with more than 2,000 participants. Performances include vocal and instrumental music, dance – solo and group, both by junior and senior artistes. Even upcoming artists get a chance to perform along with well-established artists.
With thanks to India Tourism for providing this comprehensive list of Fairs and Festivals of India