Indian Festivals not to be missed in this February

As we enter the last leg of winter, destinations across the country are gearing up for an artistic bonanza throughout the month of February. To indulge in the carnival-esque spirit of the month, these are the festivals in Indian that you just should not give a miss.

Khajuraho Dance Festival

When
20 to 26 February
Khajuraho Dance Festival
This festival, welcoming the spring season, revels in our brilliant Indian classical dances. Materialising against the backdrop of the temples in Khajuraho, these dances pay tribute to our forgotten heritage and culture. From Shiva’s Tandav to Krishna’s Raas Leela, every traditional dance form of our country finds expression in this festival.

Surajkund International Crafts Mela

When
1 to 15 February
A splash of colours, rhythmic beats and the finest handicrafts is what characterises this festival. Held during the first fortnight of February, the mela attracts more than a million visitors every year. Among the several states participating, Jharkhand is featuring as the theme state this year.

Born2C organizes special trips to Surajkund Crafts Mela daily.

Kala Ghoda Arts Festival

When
4 to 12 February, Mumbai
Kala Ghoda Arts Festival
This is a nine-day-long annual festival organised by the Kala Ghoda Association. This festival offers a kaleidoscope of events ranging from music, art, dance, heritage walks, special events for children, exhibitions and seminars. And the entry is absolutely free!

Jaisalmer Desert Festival

When
8 to 10 February
Jaisalmer Desert Festival
Besides a parade of camels, watch out for some unique competitions like the best mustache competition, turban-tying competition and even a Mr Desert pageant. This festival offers you the finest opportunity to experience the sandstone city of Jaisalmer at its best.

Surajkund Crafts Mela, 2017

The 31st Surajkund Crafts Mela (Fair), the Biggest Crafts Fair in the World, is celebrating from 1st to 15th of February 2017.

One of biggest assembly and showcase of Artisans and Craftsmen all around India (and abroad), the 2015 edition of this fair was visited by 1.2 million visitors including 160,000 foreigners with more than 20 countries participating into it.

The Mela is organized by the Surajkund Mela Authority & Haryana Tourism in collaboration with Union Ministries of Tourism, Textiles, Culture and External Affairs. For the 31st Surajkund International Crafts Mela 2017, the state of Jharkhand has been chosen to be the Theme State. At least 20 countries & all the states of India will be participating in the Mela.

Location & Direction

At a glance

The fair was first started in 1987. Traditional craftsmen (artists, painters, weavers and sculptors) from all parts of the country participate in this annual celebration. Designer items created by the best designers and craftsmen in wood, metal, bamboo, iron, glass, textiles and stone can be seen here.

A large number of renowned national and international folk artistes and cultural groups present day performances at both the Chaupals, the open-air theatres, located in the Mela premises. Also enthralling cultural evening programmes are held at the main Chaupal during each of the Mela evening. The Mela is indeed a custodian of the heritage crafts involving use of traditional skills that are fading away due to cheap machine made imitations, and a special section is marked for showcasing of these heritage crafts.

Born2C organizes full day guided trips to the fair. See the daily trip program to Surajkund Mela.

Mela Venue Guides

The whole Surajkund Crafts Mela premises are divided and planned in 6 zones.

Here are the venue maps and guides for each of the zones (click on the image to see full guide).

Partner Countries

Several countries and nations participate in the Surajkund Crafts Mela every year. And one of those nations are chosen to be the focus nation. This year in 2017   Egypt  is the focus nation of 31st edition of the fair.

  • 2009 – Egypt
  • 2012 – Thailand
  • 2013 – Several countries from Africa
  • 2014 – Sri Lanka
  • 2015 – Lebanon
  • 2016 – China, Japan (as part of Year 2016 was declared as Year of China in India as mutual agreement between the two countries)

Surajkund Crafts Mela Highlights

surajkund-mela-2013
Being the biggest extravaganza of arts and crafts all over the world, the mela is of course all about showcasing and exhibiting Crafts items from various places. Participation of all the states are confirmed in this fair. In addition to 20 more countries are bringing their own arts, cultures, crafts, food and more.
Surajkund Mela 2016
Cultural programs are other main attraction of the fair. The celebration marks the performances of folk artists from around the world at open-air theaters.
With all these states and countries are coming along with their own authentic cuisines, imagine the number of choices you would have to satisfy your appetite!

Ranthambore Festival at Nahargarh Palace

Imagine a weekend filled with the strains of folk music, majestic performances by music and dance luminaries, an open-air wildlife film festival on a giant screen, tiger safaris, fantastic interactive talks on conservation success stories by wildlife conservationists, music workshops, yoga & meditation camps, all in the stunning Nahargarh Palace in Ranthambore Forest. This is what waiting for you at the Ranthambore Festival.

When
27 to 29 January 2017. It’s a long weekend, and you know what to do!

You will be able to see an enthralling selection of folk, classical, and world musical and dance performances in addition to interactive Music workshops, Art and Craft workshops, Music and Nature panel discussions, Interactive talks, an Open-air wildlife film festival, Street theatre, Yoga & Meditation workshops, a Food festival, Drum circles, Interactive cookouts, and a popup Souq featuring amazing non-profit startups.

Ranthambore Festival

Nestled in the forests of Ranthamore lies the Nahargarh Palace, the magnificent venue of the Ranthambore Festival. Its beautiful halls, courtyards, terraces, and avenues will be completely transformed on the republic day weekend of 2017 as it plays host to a festival like no other.

Nahargarh Palace

How to Reach

  • By Air
    Jaipur is around 166 km from Ranthambore. It is the nearest airport.
  • By Train
    Sawai Madhopur is the nearest railway station which is situated 7.4 kms from the venue.

Entry Fee

Entry is free for panel discussions, film screenings, workshops, and performances by local musicians. Other special music and dance shows will be individually ticketed.

Visit the festival portal for more details.

What to Expect

  • Panel discussions with leading wildlife conservationists in India
  • Folk music performances
  • Wildlife film screenings
  • Food festival
  • Art and Craft souk
  • Yoga and meditation workshops
  • Hot air ballooning