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October 2013 Festivals and Events in India

What's On in India in October

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October is a very exuberant time in India. The monsoon rains have eased in most places, and the festival season is in full swing! Come to India in October and take part in events filled with lights, music, and dance.

Here's the best of what's on in October in India (in date order).

2013 Delhi Photo Festival

Delhi Photo Festival
Back for its second installment, the biennial Delhi Photo Festival consists of a series of exhibitions, events, workshops, and photography portfolio reviews. A total of 41 printed photographs and 50 digital exhibits have been selected from nearly 2,350 submissions worldwide. The theme is Grace, which pays tribute to the late photographer Prabuddha Dasgupta. The Delhi Photo Festival is an non-profit initiative of the India Habitat Center and Nazar Foundation, with the aim of bringing photography into the public space. Entry is free!
  • When: September 27 - October 11, 2013. The major events will take place during the Opening Week until October 4.
  • Where: India Habitat Centre, Lodi Road, New Delhi. Some events will be held at other locations as well.

Jaipur Shopping Festival

Jaipur Shopping Festival
India's biggest shopping festival returns for the second year this year, and it's going to be huge! The Jaipur Shopping Festival will run for a month in the lead up to Diwali and feature more than 7,000 of the city's retailers from its most renowned markets. The Craft Bazaar will showcase top quality handicrafts from national and local artisans as well. The festival isn't restricted to shopping though. In addition, there will be entertainment including plays, music, folk dancing, folk singing, photography competition, polo, fashion shows, and fireworks!
  • When: October 5 - November 3, 2013.
  • Where: Various locations in Jaipur, Rajasthan.

Mysore Dussehra

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Mysore Dussehra is Dussehra with a difference! The city's royal heritage ensures that the festival is elaborately celebrated on a grand scale. In Mysore, Dussehra honors the Goddess Chamundeswari, who killed the great demon Mahishasur.

  • When: October 5-14, 2013.
  • Where: Mysore in Karnataka.

Navaratri

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Navaratri is a nine day festival that celebrates the Mother Goddess in all her manifestations, including Durga, Lakshmi and Saraswati. Worship and fasting take place in the daytime, while the nights are reserved for feasting and dancing. The festival culminates with Dussehra, the victory of good over evil, on the tenth day. In Delhi, the feature of Navaratri celebrations are the Ramlila plays that take place all over the city.

  • When: October 5-13, 2013.
  • Where: All across India, but particularly in Gujurat, Mumbai, Varanasi, Mysore, and Manali.

Durga Puja

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In honor of warrior Goddess Durga, beautifully handcrafted statues of Durga are installed in podiums in almost every lane of the city during this festival. People flock to the streets to view the goddess statues amidst mesmerizing light shows, drumming, and aromatic food stalls. On the last day of the festival, the statues are paraded around the city before being submerged in the river.

  • When: October 11-15, 2013.
  • Where: Kolkata, West Bengal

Ashwa Poojan

Eternal Mewar

Known as the Worship of the Horse, this unique Rajasthani festival is grandly celebrated by the Mewar royal family of Udaipur on the last day of Navaratri. It honors the special relationship between warrior and horse. See the royal horses being worshiped by the current head of the royal family, accompanied by the palace band. A highlight of the festival is the mouthwatering Rajasthani cuisine.

Complement the celebration by staying at the Shiv Niwas Palace hotel or Fateh Prakash Palace hotel in the Udaipur City Palace Complex.

  • When: October 13, 2013.
  • Where: Udaipur City Palace, Rajasthan.

Dussehra

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The tenth day of the Navaratri festival is known as Dussehra. It's devoted to celebrating the defeat of the demon king Ravana by Lord Rama.

  • When: Dussehra is being celebrated on October 13 and 14 in various parts of India. Based on astrology, celebrations will occur on October 13 in most parts.
  • Where: Particularly in northern India (Delhi and Varanasi), Kota in Rajasthan, and the Kullu Valley of Himachal Pradesh.

Marwar Festival

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The Marwar Festival celebrates the culture of Rajasthan's Marwar region. It's held for two days over the full moon, in memory of the state's medieval heroes. The highlight of the festival is classic folk music and dance, which brings alive the myths and legends of the area. The festival also includes horse riding, horse polo -- and bizarrely -- camel tattooing.

  • When: October 16-18, 2013.
  • Where: Jodhpur, Rajasthan.

Rajasthan International Folk Festival

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This eclectic festival, which is the first of its kind in India, showcases regional roots music and the arts. It's a heady fusion of interactive educational events, staged performances, and late night jam sessions. Performers include singers, dancers, instrumentalists and storytellers from various Rajasthani folk communities, as well as nationally and internationally recognized artists. The festival has an outstanding location in and around the imposing Mehrangarh Fort.

Formula One Grand Prix

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Formula One car racing is coming to India for the second time this year. The Grand Prix takes place on a state of the art, newly constructed track with a capacity of 150,000 spectators. It was designed by a German engineer who's behind many high profile new race courses. Online tickets are available for purchase.

  • When: October 25-27, 2013.
  • Where: Jaypee's Buddh International Circuit (BIC), Greater Noida, Delhi.
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