With the heat wave catching up on the Northern states and the Southern at the onset of monsoon, the month of May might be less popular with travellers but there are still some exciting festivals and events in the country that can become the focal point of an unseasonal break! We look at the top Indian festivals in May.
One of the grandest events in the state of Kerala, Thrissurpuram is a photographer’s delight. Thirty ornate elephants parade in front of Thissur’s famous Vadakkumnathan Temple in this annual festival and spirited celebrations take over the city. The Thrissurpuram committee makes special arrangement for travellers to watch the proceedings from a special enclosure. If you are visiting here, ensure that you meet them to get a vantage point to shoot the festival.
Ooty Summer Festival
With the Nilgiris range of mountains eagerly awaiting fresh showers in May, the Ooty Summer festival marks the departure of Southern Summer with a flower show in the Botanical Gardens and other cultural activities like boat racing, trekking and culinary events.
Mt. Abu Summer Festival
May is when the state of Rajasthan celebrates its summer festival in the hill station of Mt. Abu. The festival celebrates regional music and dance in venues around the main Lake of the city. Fireworks, qawwalis, roller skating and boat racing all form part of the event programme during this time.
The Eastern part of the country is a popular destination for Buddhist pilgrimages. Buddha Purnima in the month of May brings in a lot of pilgrims to the country. So much so that the Indian railways add extra trains in the regions to accommodate the influx of religious travellers. Bodh Gaya is the place to travel to if you want to see the fervour around this festival.
The full moon night of May celebrates the festival of Banganga in honour of Lord Krishna and his beau Radha. People travel across from different parts of the country to Jaipur in Rajasthan, to the Radha-Krishna temple on the banks of the Banganga River. This is a popular place for traders to showcase their wares while crowds take in the festival.
If you would like to join in with one of these Indian festivals in May yourself contact our reservations team who will be happy to help you plan a trip.
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