India in February is all about enjoying the last of the cooler winter weather, at festivals in some of the best destinations across the country, including the Taj Mahal, Rajasthan, and Kerala.
Here's the best of what's on in February in India (listed by date). This article has two pages, so don't overlook clicking on "Next" at the bottom of this page, to go to page two.
- When: January 30-February 2, 2014.
- Where: NSIC Exhibition Grounds (Okhla), New Delhi.
- When: January 31-February 2, 2014.
- Where: 15 kilometers south of Ludhiana, in the Punjab.
Back for the fourth year, this Sufi music festival is set to feature top Sufi and traditional folk musicians from Denmark, Iran, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Punjab, Rajasthan and West Bengal. Sufi music is qualified as "soul music" for Muslim mystics. It's often used to transcend the physical realm into the spiritual one. There will be music workshops all day and free concerts all evening, as well as an exhibition.
- When: January 31-February 2, 2014. Workshops 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Concerts: 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
- Where: Mohar Kunj, Kolkata.
- Cost: Free, but passes need to be obtained. Contact: Banglanatak, 58/114 Prince Anwar Shah Road. Ph: (33) 2417 8516/18.
4. Indian Derby Weekend
Indian Derby Weekend is one of the biggest events on the Mumbai social calendar. A huge lifestyle sporting weekend, it attracts around 25,000 people. In addition to horse racing, there's international aerial ballet, professional salsa dancing, and live bands playing tributes to The Beatles, Rolling Stones, and Cliff Richard.
- When: First weekend in February, each year. February 1-2, 2014.
- Where: Mahalaxmi Race Course, Mumbai.
SulaFest, India's gourmet music festival, is back for the seventh time this year, bigger and better than ever. Expect a mix of music, wine, drinks, food, fashion and shopping. This year the focus is on new cool, edgy fashion. VERO MODA will be launching their young, high street denim brand Noisy May. An additional highlight is a fashion show with India's top models.
- When: February 1-2, 2014.
- Where: Sula Vineyard amphitheater, Nashik, Maharashtra.
- Cost: Tickets 2,700 rupees.
The Kala Ghoda arts festival is a nine day extravaganza that sees Mumbai's Kala Ghoda Arts Precinct transformed into an open air exhibition space and stage show. This vibrant street festival includes arts and crafts, exhibitions, seminars, dance, music, theater, heritage walks, and special events for children. The great thing about it is that it's all free!
Into its 28th year this year, the Surajkund Crafts Mela showcases the finest handloom, handicrafts, and Indian cuisine. Over 400 artisans display and demonstrate their crafts from all over India. There are also cultural programs, and an amusement zone for children.
The mela has a different theme every year. Sri Lanka has been selected as the partner nation in 2014. Expect plenty of handlooms and handicrafts unique to this country.
- When: February 1-14, each year.
- Where: Surajkund, in the Faridabad district a short distance from South Delhi. It's around 35 minutes drive from Delhi airport.
Bangalore is renowned for its parks, gardens, and greenery. Named after the word for "shade" in Kannada (the language of Karnataka state), Neralu is a festival that aims to bring people together to appreciate the city's trees and natural heritage. Activities will include nature walks, interactive storytelling events, nature workshops, photography, and art walks.
- When: February 8-9, 2014.
- Where: Cubbon Park, Bangalore, Karnataka.
If you're interested in admiring the old painted havelis (mansions) that the Shekhawati region is famous for, the Shekhawati Festival is the perfect time to do so. A one-day tour of the Shekhawati region is organized during the festival. It includes camel and jeep safaris, and farm visits. Cultural programs, competition, and fireworks also take place.
- When: February 8-10, 2014.
- Where: Shekhawati region of Rajasthan. The main location is Nawalgarh.
This exuberant desert festival is a wonderful opportunity to experience the sandstone city of Jaisalmer at its magical best. A parade of camels and fancily dressed locals, camel races and polo matches, turban tying competitions, competitions for the finest facial hair, acrobats, puppeteers, and jugglers are all part of the festival. You're sure to be amused!
- When: February 12-14, 2014.
- Where: Jaisalmer, Rajasthan.