India and the subcontinent is one region, where a range of festivals form the thrum of festivities almost through the year. For travellers it is a great way to immerse in the local-ness of a place and see life at close quarters. Whole towns, cities and villages are saturated in bright colours, spirituality or just plain boisterous merry making. Whatever the case might be, one can be assured of joyous times and a great insight into the local flavour of a place.
One can expect a long roster of festivals in India, largely tuned to spiritual, religious and seasonal changes. The span of the nation gives one a wide array to choose from – desert festivals, tribal festivals, harvest festivals, birthdays of Gods and much more. Whatever the theme might be, one can see profusion of dancing, singing and great food spreads and feasts.
The festivals reflect the most authentic vibe of the place, and almost all the festivals in the subcontinent are similar in nature. In Bhutan, a large part of the festivals are themed around monasteries and birthdays of Buddhist leaders, Nepal is a lot like India with zealous celebrations for Gods and the harvest season. Sri Lanka, Tibet and Bangladesh too, fill the festival days with exuberant dancing, singing and excellent food.
12 Nights & 13 days
The itinerary offers a glimpse into one of the most important festivals of Bhutan, the Thimphu Tsechu. Bhutan celebrates this to honour Saint Padmasambhava, also known as ‘Guru Rinpoche’. The journey starts from New Delhi, India and then take you to the mountain Kingdom of Bhutan, where brightly coloured masks are a highlight, as monks dressed in them, take to the monastery’s amphitheater for everyone to watch. This is truly one of the most hypnotic sights in Bhutan.
Delhi | Paro and Thimphu | Thimphu | Thimphu and Punakha | Punakha, Gangtey and Trongsa | Trongsa and Bumthang | Bumthang | Bumthang and Wangduephodrang | Wangduephodrang and Paro | Paro | Delhi
Lutyens Delhi | Thimphu Tsechu | Trongsa Dzong | Punakha Dzong | Ta Dzong | Kyichu Lhakhang | Simtokha Dzong | Taktsang Monastery
Delhi / Day 1 - 2
Paro and Thimphu / Day 3
Thimphu / Day 4
Thimphu and Punakha / Day 5
Punakha, Gangtey and Trongsa / Day 6
Trongsa and Bumthang / Day 7
Bumthang / Day 8
Bumthang and Wangduephodrang / Day 9
Wangduephodrang and Paro / Day 10
Paro / Day 11
Delhi / Day 12 - 13
Srilanka Perahera Festival
07 Nights & 08 days
This journey offers a comprehensive insight into the different dimensions of Sri Lanka’s natural bounty, spiritual serenity and a number of world heritage sites. One stops to wonder, how this small country can be packed with so many wonderous things. While one day you might be immersed in Buddhist religious sites, the other could have only acres of lush tea plantation store. This is one of the most diverse nations, with plenty of surprises in store.
Dambulla | Dambulla and Polonnaruwa | Dambulla, Matale and Kandy | Kandy and Peradeniya | Kandy and Nuwara Eliya | Nuwara Eliya and Kataragama | Kataragama, Yala and Galle | Colombo
Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage | Sigiriya | Dambulla Rock Temple | Botanical Garden | Ruhuna National Park
Dambulla / Day 1
Dambulla and Polonnaruwa / Day 2
Dambulla, Matale and Kandy / Day 3
Kandy and Peradeniya / Day 4
Kandy and Nuwara Eliya / Day 5
Nuwara Eliya and Kataragama / Day 6
Kataragama, Yala and Galle / Day 7
Colombo / Day 8
South India Temple Festival
15 Nights & 16 days
Almost two weeks in the heart of South India’s cultural centre, this south India temple festival tour is going to be an education into the ancient history and grand temples of the region. Be prepared to be stunned by the customs during festivals, the energy around them and the snatches of serenity when you explore the murals and paintings in the mammoth temples. Centuries of history awaits you on this trip.
Chennai | Chennai and Kanchipuram | Chennai and Kanchipuram | Madurai | Madurai and Chettinadu | Madurai | Madurai and Periyar | Periyar and Alleppey | Alleppey and Cochin | Cochin and Mararikulam | Cochin
Kamakshi Amman Temple | Kailasnatha Temples | Sri Ekambarnath Temple | Kapaliswar Temple | Meenakshi Temple | Tirumalai Nayak Mahal | Periyar National Park | Spice Plantation | Jewish Synagogue | St. Francis Church | Dutch Palace or Mattancherry Palace | Chinese Fishing Nets | Kathakali Dance Drama
Chennai / Day 1
Chennai and Kanchipuram / Day 2
Chennai and Kanchipuram / Day 3 - 4
Madurai / Day 5 - 7
Madurai and Chettinadu / Day 8
Madurai / Day 9
Madurai and Periyar / Day 10
Periyar and Alleppey / Day 11
Alleppey and Cochin / Day 12
Cochin and Mararikulam / Day 13 - 15
Cochin / Day 16
Saga Dawa Festival
12 Nights & 13 Days
The spiritual mountains of Nepal and Tibet are nothing less than mesmerizing. The intensely pure life and a simple thrum is addictive. The sight of the Himalayan ranges are sure to never leave your memory. Add to this the Saga Dawa festival, and it is a trip of a lifetime. The region of Tibet is hardly treaded and this makes it a fascinating journey. The time in Nepal amounts to a plethora of colours, local insights, temples and a walk down Hinduism.
Kathmandu | Kathmandu, Gonggar and Lhasa | Lhasa | Lhasa and Gyangtse | Gyangtse and Shigatse | Shigatse, Sakya and Shegar | Shegar, Zhang Mu and Kathmandu | Kathmandu
Pashupatinath | Patan | Bhaktapur | Saga Dawa Festival | Potala Palace | Norbulingka
Kathmandu / Day 1 - 3
Kathmandu, Gonggar and Lhasa / Day 4
Lhasa / Day 5 - 8
Lhasa and Gyangtse / Day 9
Gyangtse and Shigatse / Day 10
Shigatse, Sakya and Shegar / Day 11
Shegar, Zhang Mu and Kathmandu / Day 12
Kathmandu / Day 13
Durga Pooja Festival
08 Nights & 09 Days
The beautiful country of Bangladesh is hardly explored by the world traveller. Durga Puja is the perfect time to set foot in the country, when its brimming with festivities and celebration. This is also a great time, weather wise. Visit the traditional weaving and tribal villages, the dense forests and see the rich greens of the countryside as you meander along the length and breadth of the country.
Dhaka | Tangail | Srimongol | Srimongol and Comilla | Dhaka
Shakharibazar & Dhakeshwaris | Dhamrai | Lawacherra Forest | Khasia Tribal villages | Comilla