International Yoga Week (Feb), Rishikesh. Yoga is taught on the banks of the Ganges during this rejuvenating week-long festival.
Taj Mahotsava (Feb), Agra. This ten-day cultural fiesta of music and dance is held in the vicinity of the Taj Mahal.
Jhansi Festival (Feb), Shansi. A five-day arts and crafts extravaganza unfolds against the backdrop of Shansi’s historic fort.
Rang iulal (Feb/Mar), The festival of colours, also known as Holi, is played with great abandon all over Uttar Pradesh.
Buddha Mahotsava (May), Sarnath and Kushinagar. Religious festivities mark the Buddha’s birth, attainment of enlightenment and death. These are held at Sarnath, where he preached his first sermon, and at Kushinagar, where he attained nirvana.
Janmashtami(Jul/Aug), Brindavan and Mathura. To mark the birth of Krishna, pilgrims perform a circumambulation (parikrama) of sacred sites. Festivities reach a peak at midnight.
Ganga Festival (Oct/Nov), Varanasi. The ancient glory of the Ganges is celebrated by devotees, who pay homage to the sacred river.
Luckasow Mahotsava (Nov/Dec), Lucknow. Lucknow’s historic past and continuing traditions are celebrated with food, crafts, music and dance.