P.C: Ramille Soares
With the last leg of the chilly winter season in the country, February in India is all about enjoying some of the best destinations across the country. Make some travel goals happen and pursue your wanderlust with music, fun, cheer and eclectic colourful fests happening across the country in the month of February.
You will be spoilt for choices with what's on the table this next month. So plan beforehand and don't miss out on the unique experiences you are about to gather by attending some of the coolest fests in the country where every moment is celebrated with utmost pomp and splendour.
Hurl yourself headfirst into the upcoming festivals in February 2019, which most certainly will give you a bounce back to your festive mood from the fun-filled days of December and January. With an eclectic potpourri of fests and festivals going on in the country, in February 2019, the best ones are listed below.
1. India Heritage Walk Festival
P.C: Jakob Owens
Delve deep into the heritage and history of our country, and experience the cities with a new perspective with the India Heritage Walk Festival. The India Heritage Walk Festival is its second edition this year and is a month-long festival that is organised and arranged in more than 35 cities across India.
The locations usually include museums, monuments and markets. The people who participate in the walks, get an opportunity to interact with local residents and see the cities from a new perspective.
The award-winning initiative of curated walks is organised by Sahapedia, with an objective and purpose to engage with the cities from a different point of view along with to promote sustainable tourism and revel in the beauty and brilliance of the architectural marvels.
The walks are designed to be thought-provoking and cover issues such as gender related issues and cultural infusion.
When: All throughout the month of February 2019.
Where: Across India.
2. India Art Fair
P.C: Amaury Salas
Started from the year of 2008, the India Art Fair, is a melting pot of art and culture, where thoughts and expressions of a swarm of artists come together.
The Art Fair hosts more than 75 galleries flanked by modern and contemporary South Asian art installations, paintings, sculptures, and performance arts. The Fair has a diverse program schedule, with book launches, art bookstores, curated walks, speakers' forum and performances.
Grab a chance to meet and greet your favourite national and international authors and listen to them speak or enroll yourself for a free book signing and reading session!
When: 31st January to 3rd February, 2019.
Where: NSIC Exhibition Grounds, New Delhi.
3. Sula Fest
P.C: Vonecia Carswell
The Sula Fest in the revered and picturesque vineyards of Nashik, is back this year, and it is bigger and better. The fest is in its 12th edition this year with a mind-boggling melange of wine, food, music and shopping.
Head to the fest this February if you are a lover of all things fine and fancy. Have a time of your life by camping out among the grape vines.
With more than 100 artists performing in the fest, with bands and names like Shankar Mahadevan, Nucleya, Indian Ocean, The Raghu Dixit Project, Infected Mushroom, Bloc Party and much more, the Sula Fest is the most fun filled extravaganza you are about to experience this February.
When: 2nd & 3rd February, 2019.
Where: Sula Vineyard amphitheatre, Nashik, Maharashtra.
4. Baneshwar Fair
P.C: Adam Fossier
Rajasthan makes for a popular holiday destination, with its enriched culture, traditions and rich cuisine. The state is a colourful love affair of trade fairs, exhibitions and cultural events.
One such eccentric fair that takes place in the state is the Baneshwar Fair. The Baneshwar Fair, is a popular tribal fair of the members of the Bhil tribe.
Soak in the culture of the tribal people, who travel from the nooks and crannies of the states of Gujarat, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh, to perform traditional folk songs and dances, magic shows, acrobatic stunts, and carnival rides.
The fair also hosts exquisite handmade artefacts of the tribal people, so that you can switch up your holiday experience and come back loaded with the most original souvenirs.
When: 15th to 19th February, 2019.
Where: Sabla village, Dungarpur district, Rajasthan.
5. Ezhara Ponnana
P.C: James Hammond
Ezhara Ponnana, the temple festival of the Kottayam district of Kerala, offers us with a maginificent sight of a spectacular procession that takes place on the occassion.
According to legends, the erstwhile ruler of Travancore, Anizham Thirunal Marthanda Varma presented to the deity a collection of seven golden elephants.
The Ezhara Ponnana presents its audience and visitors with a rare and spectacular opportunity to behold the elegant procession of the golden elephants, accompanied by some excellently skilled traditional musicians.
When: 14th February, 2019.
Where: Ettumanoor Mahadeva Temple, Kottayam district, Kerala.