Best Places to Hangout in February in India – Part 1

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Month February is well known as a Month of Love. Yeah, true February month is for Valentine. February is also a month when the festivals and fairs are raining cats and dogs in different parts of India.

For the month of February, here is the list of some hangout places and festival

Kutch, Gujarat

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February is a great month to take a trip to Kutch region of Gujarat. The name of Kutch conjures an image of a wide white salt desert, the traditionally dressed village women, big turban folk singers, and camels. Yes, indeed this is the visual treat that one can enjoy in the region; however, there is the lot more that Kutch has to offer. Only tourists who visit Kutch region will be able to cherish the lesser known gems like Dholavira, an ancient site; Mandvi, an ancient ship-building town; Bhuj, an earthquake-hit city which is developing rapidly and the Little Kutch that boasts one of its kind Indian Wild Ass Sanctuary. The flavorsome food that is devoid of the overt sweetness of Gujarati food is the highlight of the Kutch trip. Take my advice and give the rural tour a chance; the tour will make your Pineal Gland work twice and will help you understand India better. Also, ensure to include Narayan Sarovar and Koteshwar to your Kutch itinerary for adding an extra flavor to your trip.

Since February is the last month for the famed Rann Utsav, it is a great time to catch the Kutch region come to life. You shall be able to enjoy dance and music performances along with the sight of migratory birds that include flamingos.

Date for Rann Utsav: Nov 1, 2017– Feb 20, 2017

Ludhiana, Punjab

February Hangout DiariesHere’s one thing that you should do in February…you should visit Ludhiana in Punjab. Enough of spending money on international fests, this February get a slice of some DESI fun. For those who do not understand the term Desi, it is a way of calling oneself ‘Traditional’ in a pejorative manner. Now coming back to the topic as to why you should visit Ludhiana in February, well the simplest answer would be to enjoy uniqueness. In the month of February, Kila Raipur Rural Olympics take place some 15kms away from Ludhiana, this event has grown up in six decades to become one of the most happening sports events in Punjab. Held for three days, the event witnesses a gathering of 4,000 sportsmen and women participating in various sports activities. It is believed about 1 million people throng during Rural Olympics, which has interesting events like a dog race, horse dance, camel race, tractor race, and a tug-of-war. The highlights of the event, however, remain bullock cart race and off-beat activities like lifting bicycles with teeth, pulling cars with teeth or ears, or riding a bicycle ringed with a burning tyre.

Date for Kila Raipur Rural Olympics (Expected): Feb 4-7, 2017

Mumbai, Maharashtra

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If you enjoy events that are one of their kind then this February, you can also plan a trip to Mumbai. Not only you are able to enjoy one of the biggest events on Mumbai’s social calendar, Indian Derby, but also the pleasant climate that prevails during this time of the year. Believed to be attended by 25000 each year, Indian Derby is high society sports event and it is truly a must-see in Mumbai. In addition to horse racing, there’s international aerial ballet, professional salsa dancing, and live bands that can be enjoyed here. Do not settle for only this but also ensure to enjoy Mumbai Darshan, the beach life and the delicious street food of the city. And since you’ve arrived here, do not miss the opportunity to take a tour of the Film City (You never know which Bollywood Star you might just bump into.Hush!).

Date for Indian Derby Weekend (Expected): Feb 6-7

Where: Mahalakshmi Race Course

Kolkata, West Bengal

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Kolkata can be another incredible place to visit in India. This culturally rich capital city is an apt reflection of Indians who are still attached to their traditional roots. Being a metropolitan city, the modern day Kolkata is paradoxical as one can see many cultures developing gradually with the mainstream Bengali culture. As far as February is concerned, the International Sufi Music Festival gives you all the right reasons to visit Kolkata. Apart from enjoying this event that is able to transcend you to another world, there are a lot of things that you will be able to do in Kolkata due to pleasant weather in February. Coming back to the Sufi Music Festival, 2017 will be the sixth year for this event in Kolkata and like each year Sufi musicians from Brazil, Burkina Faso, Hungary, Portugal, Scotland, and Turkey will be ready to perform. There shall also be music workshops in the daytime and free concerts in the evenings. Exhibitions are likely to be part of the festival.

Date for International Sufi Music Festival (Expected): Feb 5-7

Where: Rabindra Sadan-Nandan campus

Nasik, Maharashtra

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Wow! Now this one is one my bucket list as well. The vineyard city, Nasik is the ideal place to visit in February for those looking for a non-conventional holiday in India. Let me give you a brief of what your vacation in Nasik will include: You will be camping in proximity to a large grape vineyard and shall be the part of an eclectic mix of activities like music, food, and wine. Sounds fun enough? Well wait till you here this, this is one of the exclusive GourmetWorld Music Festivals in India, and so it is definitely a place NOT to miss this February.

Date for Sula Fest: Feb 3-5

Where: Sula Vineyard amphitheater, Nashik

Goa

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Will I be sounding rude or clichéd if I say that you do not need a reason or season to visit Goa? Even if I do, I cannot help it! Goa is the place where every season has its own charm. The vivacious state has nights and days devoted to fun and frolic activities. Be it the beach parties or the traditional carnivals, you will see Goa always in a pleasant and whimsical mood. And the vivaciousness is contagious here. One of the good reasons out of many to visit Goa in February would be the celebration of Goa Carnival. What the Portuguese started in the 18th century is now an integral part of the culture of Goa. During the carnival people can be seen dancing on the streets; parades, floats, music and masked dancing groups are sighted across the state. A formal ball dance called the Red and Black Dance can also be enjoyed during the carnival along with food and culture festival that is held in Panaji.

Date for Goa Carnival: Feb 25-28

Where: The carnival moves from city to city (Panaji, Margao, Vasco, and Mapusa) in Goa. The parade starts out from Panaji.

Jaisalmer, Rajasthan

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You must not miss out on taking the opportunity of visiting Rajasthan in the winter season. Apparently, Rajasthan is reckoned to be the hottest state in India and therefore visiting it in summer season is a tough row to hoe. That is why it is ideal to visit Rajasthan in a winter season. The month of February adds to the already existing reasons for those planning a trip to Rajasthan. It is that of the year when the famed Jaisalmer Desert Festival takes place in this magnificent city. The Desert Festival is the lovely opportunity to experience the cultural richness of this sandstone city. A parade of camels, camel races and polo matches, turban tying competitions, finest facial hair competition and acrobats, puppeteers, and jugglers are the highlights of the event that will leave you quite amused.

Date for Jaisalmer Desert Festival: Feb 8-10Shekhawati, Rajasthan

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Shekhawati, Rajasthan

February Hangout DiariesThe month of February gives a brilliant opportunity to walk back in time in the Shekhawati region of Rajasthan. Mid-February enjoys the celebration of Shekhawati Festival. The fest includes of assorted cultural programs and activities like Mehendi and Rangoli competitions, Matka Race, Tug-of-War and Folk dance and music performances. It is also the perfect opportunity to sight the traditionally built havelis that Shekhawati region is famous for. You shall also have the opportunity to savor the delectable Rajasthani cuisine and cherish the massive shopping experience.

Date for Shekhawati Festival (Expected): Feb 4-7

Where: Surya Mandal Stadium, Nawalgarh

Nagaur, Rajasthan

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Some 150kms away from the charming Blue City, Nagaur is the destination to learn about the rural life of Rajasthan. And what better time of the year to do so than the month of February, when the second largest cattle fair in India takes place here. Identical to the Sonepur Cattle Fair, only a lot more happening, Nagaur Cattle Fair is the event you must-see in Rajasthan in February. Here you are likely to witness the trading of 70000 camels, horses and bullocks and number of traditional and cultural activities. Folk dances, tug of war competitions, and camel races are the highlights of the festival along with the decorated animals, a huge red chili market, and traditional handicrafts.

Date for Nagaur Cattle Festival: Feb 1-4

Alleppey, Kerala

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Similar to Goa, Kerala has all its seasons open for tourists and there is not even one reason, none, that can stop you from visiting this travelers’ paradise. One of the finest holiday destinations in Kerala would be Alleppey. Yes, the famed backwater destination where the romance gets its new meaning. However, in February, you can visit Alleppey to alter the experience; along with romancing with the loved one and nature, devote some time in attending the Chettikulangara Bharani Temple Festival. A visually fascinating event, it includes a lively procession of brightly decorated structures. Celebrated in the honor of Hindu Goddess Bhagavathy, Chettikulangara Bharani Temple Festival is one such event that will certainly add a memorable dimension to your holiday in Kerala.

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Delhi

February Hangout DiariesOfficially the last winter month, February is perfect for a trip to the capital. Ideally the best time to bask in the sun, which will soon become a fireball in the succeeding months, February is also the time to attend two significant events in Delhi i.e Udyanotsav and the Surajkund Fair (Faridabad). It is also the right time to visit places like Chandani Chowk and Jama Masid, the two of the most crowded places in Delhi , where one can enjoy ‘Shopping Till Dropping’ and mouth-watering Mughlai and street food. Focusing on our two main events of February in Delhi, the Udyanostav, which is the annual public opening of the Mughal Garden at President’s residence. Tulips are the main attraction, with nearly 10,000 blooms and Roses are also featured prominently, with more than 120 varieties. The garden remains open for about a month and is a great place to visit if different aspects of Delhi has to be enjoyed by the traveller. The Surajkund Fair held at Faridabad is the showcase of the finest handloom and handicrafts of India. About 400 artisans from across the country display their crafts during this 15-days fair held a short distance away from Delhi. There are also cultural programs, and an amusement zone for children and each year has a different theme, last year it went international with the participation of 14 countries from around the world.

Where: Rashtrapati Bhawan

Agra, Uttar Pradesh

February Hangout DiariesWhether I tell you to visit or not to visit Agra, you will eventually end up visiting this home of Taj and obviously for the love of it. February seems ideal for planning a trip to Agra, where in the second half of the month the famed Taj Mahotsav is organized. The lovely weather is accompanied by one of the finest events; hence a holiday idea in Agra during February can in no way turn out to be unwise. The event focuses on arts, crafts, Indian culture, and recreating the Mughal era. The procession of elephants and camels along with drummers is one of the major attractions of the festivals. Elephant and camel rides are also on offer, even there are games for kids, and a happening food festival to mark the event.

Date for Taj Mahotsav: Feb 18-27

Where: Shilpgram, Agra

I hope you find this list extremely helpful in planning your visit in February. Since Err is Human, there could be events and places I may have missed to include in the list. Please feel free to share your holiday ideas in February with us in the comment box below.

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