The monsoon arrives in India in June, so it's an excellent month to enjoy the wet weather at a monsoon festival in India! Otherwise, head north to the hills to catch some great festivals and events.
Here's the best of what's on in June in India (listed by date).
- When: June 1-3 each year.
- Where: Leh, Ladakh.
2. Shimla Summer Festival
Beat the rain by heading north to the mountains in Shimla, to experience the five day summer festival. This renowned event has been held regularly in Shimla since the 1960s. It features musical performances, some from famous singers, food and fashion. Plenty of local handicrafts are on sale too.
- When: 1-9 June, 2013.
- Where: Shimla, Himachal Pradesh.
3. Rath Yatra
The exuberant 10 day Rath Yatra festival sees Lord Jagannath (a reincarnation of Lords Vishnu and Krishna), along with and his elder brother Balabhadra and sister Subhadra, venture out of their abode in Puri's Jagannath Temple. The gods are transported on towering chariots. The main celebration happens on the first day.
- When: June 10, 2013.
- Where: Jagannath Temple, Puri, Orissa.
4. Ganga Dussehra
The Ganga Dussehra festival is celebrated to mark the time that the holy Ganges River descended to earth. A large number of pilgrims throng the holy river, to bathe in it and worship.
- When: June 18, 2013.
- Where: Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh, and other holy cities along the Ganges such as Haridwar and Rishikesh.
The two day Hemis Festival commemorates the birth of Guru Padmasambhava, who founded Tantric Buddhism in Tibet. There's traditional music, colorful masked dances, and a fair full of striking handicrafts.
- When: June 18-19, 2013.
- Where: Hemis Monastery, Leh, Ladakh
6. Sao Joao Feast of St John the Baptist
- When: June 24, annually.
- Where: North Goa, particularly Siolim.
7. Feast of Saints Peter and PaulThis monsoon celebration, by Goa's local fishing communities, sees people sailing up river on rafts while performing plays and songs.
- When: June 29, annually.
- Where: Goa, particularly the riverside villages of Candolim, Siolim, Ribandar and Agassaim.