Top Festivals in India in March 2018

India is a land of celebration. Owing to the many religions that thrive under the arms of Mother India, all year round you will find the merriment to be alive. March in general is a beautiful season in India. Spring just sets in with its many colors. The temperature is just perfect with a mild breeze reminding you of the winter while the mellow sun welcomes the summer season. This month is not just beautiful in terms of the beauty nature beholds but also has many festivals that magnify the festivity of the season. Below are the seven must experience festivals in India this march:

1. International Yoga Festival

Date: March 1, 2018

Location: Rishikesh

The land that gave the world the healing power of Yoga, celebrates world yoga week in style. Rishikesh is one of the most serene places on earth. With the Ganga river flowing on its side this city with its numerous temples gives calmness to anyone that visits. The International Yoga festival is a cherry on top if your objective is to get you mind, body and soul to synchronize. This is a week-long event at takes place at a many ashrams in Rishikesh. Experience this rejuvenating festival at the ashram that calls out to you.

International Yoga Festival Rishikesh

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2. Parippally Gajamela

Date: March 4, 2018

Location: Paripally Kodimootil Sree Bhadrakaali Temple, Kollam district

Gajamela is a celebration of elephants observed a small district in the state of Kerala which lies in the southern part of India and is lined by the Arabian Sea. The word “Gajam” means elephant and “Mela” means fair. India has always been known to be a land where elephants are worshiped and used in wars. But due to modernization it is difficult to get a glimpse of the old traditions. The Parippally Gajamela is a perfect way to see India as was read in the old tales.

Gajamela was originally a procession where the affluent families of Kerala flaunted their grandeur by ornamenting their elephants and praying for prosperity. However this has now become just about an elephant procession. You will still be able to glimpse of the grandeur with which elephants are treated and decorated for the event. Along with this procession of the majestic beasts you will also experience the harmony of five traditional instruments followed by cultural programs at night. This annual festival is a gorgeous way of turning back time where nature was cared for and worshiped.

Parippally Gajamela Kerala

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3. Matho Nagrang Festival

Date: March 1 and 2, 2018

Location: Matho Monastery, Leh

Matho Nagrang is a Buddhist festival to invoke the divine spirits to help solve problems and predict the future. The custom of this festive is to keep two selected monks in isolation where they meditate for two month in order to call on the divine spirits. This is a fascinating festival which is very lively and filled with colors as the other monks join the celebration in colourful costumes. Matho Nagrang is held in the northern side of India which is a bed of cold deserts. The best time to visit this place is during March as the snow starts melting away giving way to the multi-coloured ore rich mountains. Visiting in March also gives you the added advantage of being part of this marvellous festival and getting to know a little about what the future has in store.

Matho Nagrang Festival Leh Ladakh

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4. Eternal Mewar Holika Dahan

Date: March 1, 2018

Location: City Palace, Udaipur

Holi is among the most celebrated festival in the country. It is a two day celebration where on the first day the triumph of good over evil is celebrated by lighting a bonfire which is called the Holika Dahan. On the second day of celebration powdered color is used to play. Among all the places across India where Holika Dahan is done none is as grand as that of the Udaipur City Palace. The royal family of Udaipur till date has kept the tradition of grandeur alive with a procession that takes place in the city starting from their royal residence.

Eternal Mewar Holika Dahan

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5. Lathmar Holi

Date: March 1, 2018

Location: Barsana and Nandgaon, Mathura

Another unique way in which the festival of colours or Holi is celebrated in India is Lathmar Holi. Holi is generally celebrated by throwing colours at one another. But here the tradition is that the women use bamboos on men when they charge at the women with colours. The ground becomes a fun battle field where men, women and children engage in the celebration of colours and at the same time show off their agility with the bamboo. This is an extremely fun festival to be part of but also fun if you are an audience. Another compelling reason to visit during this festival is the amazing assortment of food both sweet and savoury.   You are guaranteed to go back with some terrific memories from this place and many great photographs.

Lathmar Holi Barsana

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6. Basanta Utsav

Date: Feb 28 – March 02, 2018

Location: Santiniketan

The Basanta Utsav is a festival where music and colours are celebrated together in a small town in Eastern part of the country. This day in rest of the country celebrates the festival of Holi, where evil is burnt and good is celebrated with colours.

Santiniketan is a quiet place in West Bengal which is dedicated to the study of fine arts. This place is famous for Vishwa bharati University which was started by the renowned Rabindranath Tagore. Every year on this day of the festival of Holi the student of the university perform variety cultural programs. The programs reflect on the long standing cultural heritage of the state of Bengal. The performers sing and dance to fuse the best of the past with the most creative of the present. The entire ambiance of town during the festival is extremely lively. Even the trees around the area bloom with colourful flowers. It is almost as if the entire place starting from students to the animals are rejoicing in the amalgamation of spring and song. Being part of this occasion is exhilarating and will get you in touch with your inner being.

Basanta Utsav Santiniketan

7. Jaipur Elephant Festival

Date: March 02, 2018

Location: Jaipur

Jaipur Elephant festival is about showing respect towards all living being. This festival is dedicated to the Indian deity Lord Ganesha who symbolised by the elephant. This festival takes place on the day of the festival of colours, Holi. During this day there are various cultural programs that take place and the animals are adorned with beautiful ornaments and take part in a ceremonial procession. The city comes alive with colours, music and dance which gives you the opportunity to lose yourself in the merriment.

Elephant Festivals Jaipur

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8. Mewar Festival, Udaipur

Date: March 18, – 20 March 2018

Location: Udaipur

This festival is perfection in itself and often coincides with the arrival of March. The enticing fact about the festival is that its history takes us to the foundation of Udaipur. The people of this city celebrate and love this commemoration as their very own. The occasion starts with a procession that is taken in various parts of the enigmatic city and culminates at the Lake Pichola. The event is marked by the confluence of graceful dancing, joyful singing and an exuberant celebration of cultural programmes. The forts and palaces of Udaipur just add to the charisma of Mewar festival.

Mewar Festival, Udaipur

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9. Godwar Festival, Udaipur

Date: March 18, – 19 March 2018

Location: Udaipur

Godwar festival near Udaipur is the traditional mela that we were used to back in the 80s and 90s. First of all, the venue of this fiesta is the dry valley region Ranakpur. It brings out the best of Rajput heritage and opens up for an adventurous week. From turban-tying competition to bullock cart rides, Godwar festival imbibes the true show of a culturally rich country. The Rajasthani songs are accompanied with some heavy feasts ultimately letting you relax in the wildlife safaris. This festival will define a new meaning of party for you, which by the way is a million miles ahead from our lame booze discs.

Godwar Festival, Udaipur

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10. Attuvela Mahotsavam, Kerala

Date: March 20, – 21 March 2018

Location: Kerala

Another Keralan delight. This time we shift our focus from elephants to temples and waterways. Attuvela Mahotsavam is an engrossing water carnival that has its root connected to a legend in which Goddess of Kodungalloor is welcomed in the state with her sister. The event starts with festooned and illumined models of the temples of Kerala floating across the water bodies. The moving entourage is supported with the temple music playing inside each of the models. The lightening of the replicas combines with the dusky evenings to reciprocate a heavenly view. The spectacle is widely adored by the people of Kerala and definitely calls for a visit.

Attuvela Mahotsavam, Kerala India

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11. Mahavir Jayanti

Date: 29 March 2018

Location: Uttar Pradesh, India

It is one of the major festivals of the Jain community. Mahavir Jayanti is celebrated as the birth of Mahavira (the last Tirthankara). According to the Gregorian calendar, it is observed either in March or April. On this day, abhisheka (a ceremonial bath) of the statues of Mahavira takes place. People following Jainism, do charity in the name of Mahavir, they offer prayers and meditate in the temples.

Mahavir Jayanti Festival

12. Good Friday


Date: 30 March 2018

Location: India

Good Friday is celebrated in all over the world and India also observes the same on the Friday before Easter Sunday. It is celebrated by the Christians to mark the suffering, passion and death of Lord Jesus during his crucifixion on the cross. On this day, the Christians fast, pray, repent and meditate.

Good Friday Festival

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Alina Jack

Alina Jack

I am a passionate writer with five years of experience in tourism in India. I have a keen interest in writing about offbeat destinations and travel tips across worldwide.
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