2023 Will Be Over In 2 Months! Do Not Miss Out On These 15 Best Cultural Festivals Across India

by Mallika Khurana
2023 Will Be Over In 2 Months! Do Not Miss Out On These 15 Best Cultural Festivals Across India

Step into a world where vibrant colours, mesmerising music, tantalising flavours, and rich culture collide in a kaleidoscope of experiences. India, a land of diversity and traditions, is not just a country; it’s a breathtaking symphony of festivals. From the enchanting shores of Goa to the arid landscapes of Kutch, from the heart of Delhi to the scenic wonders of Meghalaya, India’s festivals beckon with promises of adventure, discovery, and sheer joy. These 15 festivals are more than just events; they are portals to different worlds, waiting to be explored. So, without further ado, let’s unlock the magic of India’s most captivating festivals!

Best Festivals To Attend In India

1. The Shoonya Festival, Goa

Imagine escaping the bustling world and delving into a realm of inner reflection and self-discovery. The Shoonya Festival in Palolem, Goa, invites you to do just that. A transformational festival, it offers a three-day getaway for people from all walks of life to explore the value of nothingness. This festival aims to harmonise mind, body, and soul while disconnecting from the digital world. 

Where: Palolem, Goa
When: December 1st to 3rd, 2023
Cost: ₹15,000

2. Rann Utsav, Kutch


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Nestled in the arid lands of Kutch, the Rann Utsav is a spectacular carnival of colours, culture, and celebrations. Held during the full moon night of winter, this extravaganza showcases the vibrant traditions of the region, including folk music, dance, and a myriad of arts and crafts. You can immerse yourself in the festivities, enjoy colourful fairs, and explore the indigenous culture of Kutch.

Where: Kutch, Gujarat
When: 10th Nov 2023 to 25th Feb 2024
Cost: starting at ₹5500

3. Hills Festival, Shillong

The Hills Festival, set against the mesmerising backdrop of Umiam Lake in Meghalaya, is a celebration of modern and traditional wealth. Over two days, the festival harmoniously blends music, art, and local cuisines, all set amidst the beauty of Meghalaya’s autumn. This festival offers a platform for artists and musicians from around the world. 

Where: Umiam, Umbir, Mawlyndep, Road, Shillong, Meghalaya
When: December 1st to 2nd, 2023
Cost: ₹1699 for both days

4. Palate Fest, Delhi


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If you’re a culinary enthusiast, the Palate Fest in Delhi is a food lover’s paradise. This renowned festival, taking place at Major Dhyanchand National Stadium, offers a delightful blend of food, celebrated chefs, diverse cuisines, talented artists, and passionate food enthusiasts. This event showcases over 100 food stalls, celebrity performances, and masterclasses led by renowned chefs. 

Where: Major Dhyanchand National Stadium, Delhi
When: 8th & 19th November 2023
Cost: starting at ₹200/-

5. Bollywood Music Festival, Mumbai


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Get ready to groove to the timeless beats of Bollywood at the Danube Properties Bollywood Music Project. This grand event, held at Jio World Garden, Mumbai, features more than 40 artists, including Badshah, Benny Dayal, Farhan Akhtar, and many more. The festival offers a blend of traditional Bollywood hits, contemporary tunes, and emerging independent artists. It’s a celebration of Bollywood music that caters to all ages and tastes.

Where: Jio World Garden, Bandra Kurla Complex, Mumbai
When: 3rd & 4th November 2023
Cost: starting at ₹1699

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6. Magnetic Fields Festival 2023, Alsisar

With ‘Preservation’ as its central theme, the Magnetic Fields Festival is a three-day extravaganza set in the stunning Alsisar Mahal. This event brings together international and Indian acts, promising an eclectic festival experience. The festival caters to a diverse range of music enthusiasts. 

Where: Alsisar Mahal, Rajasthan
When: 15, 16, 17 December
Cost: starting at ₹16,000

7. Sunburn Festival, Goa


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Sunburn Goa, Asia’s biggest music festival, returns with an enchanting forest-themed extravaganza. From December 28 to 31, 2023, this festival promises four days of electrifying music, luxury VVIP experiences, curated food and beverages, after-parties, and more. It’s an epic celebration of music and dance that’s set to light up your year-end.

Where: Vagator, Goa (venue to be announced)
When: 8 Dec – 31 Dec 2023
Cost: starting at ₹3,000

8. Echoes Of Earth, Bengaluru

Echoes of Earth is India’s greenest music festival, celebrating music, art, and culture while upholding a strong commitment to the Earth. Set among lush greenery, this festival features over 40 international and Indian musicians performing on uniquely designed stages. The festival promotes sustainability through ‘reduce, reuse, recycle’ practices and eco-conscious infrastructure.

Where: Embassy International Riding School, Bengaluru
When: December 2 and 3 | 1 pm – 10 pm
Cost: ₹6100

9. Hornbill Festival, Nagaland

The Hornbill Festival is the grand celebration of Naga culture in north-east India. This festival, often referred to as the “festival of all festivals,” showcases the rich Naga traditions through traditional music, dance, and performances. Diverse tribes come together to offer a vibrant and captivating display of their cultural practices. 

Where: Nagaland
When: December 1st to 10th, 2023

10. Pushkar Fair, Pushkar

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The Pushkar Fair, also known as the Pushkar Camel Fair, is a vibrant celebration held in the town of Pushkar. It’s a unique and colourful exhibition that brings thousands of camels, cattle, and horses together. This seven-day extravaganza features camel and horse races, cultural performances, magic shows, and even the longest moustache competition. 

Where: Pushkar, Rajasthan
When: 20th Nov to 28th Nov, 2023

11. India Art Festival, Delhi


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The India Art Festival is a groundbreaking event, that introduces South Asian art to the world. This art fair takes place at Mahalaxmi Racecourse Member’s Enclosure, showcasing over 50 galleries with modern, contemporary, indigenous, and antique art. In addition to art showcases, the festival offers engaging on-site programs, including talks, music, walks, and workshops, to promote appreciation for South Asian art and culture.

Where: Constitution Club of India, New Delhi.
When: November 2 to 5, 2023
Cost: ₹299

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12. Folk Tea Festival 2023, Biswanath Charali


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The Folk Tea Festival is a unique cultural event that offers a blend of folk and soulful music, tea picking in a tea garden, and a serene camping retreat amidst the lush tea plantations of Biswanath Charali. Here, you can craft your own tea blend, participate in a nature car rally, and savour traditional dishes. It’s a celebration of Assamese culture, nature, and the art of tea-making.

Where: Biswanath Charali, Guwahati
When: Nov 24, 25, 26, 2023
Cost: Free

13. Cherry Blossom 2023, Shillong

The Shillong Cherry Blossom Festival transforms the picturesque town of Shillong when cherry blossoms paint the landscape in hues of rosy pink. This festival brings together international and national musicians, making it a delightful celebration of music and nature. With artists like Ne-Yo, Jonas Blue, Ronan Keating, and more, this event is a feast for the senses, combining the beauty of cherry blossoms with the magic of music.

Where: RBDSA Sports Complex, Madan Kurkalang, Bhoirymbong, Shillong
When: November 17th to 19th, 2023
Cost: starting at ₹1200

14. Sama Music Festival, Jaisalmer

Jaisalmer, the Golden City of Rajasthan, hosts the SAMA Music Festival, a vibrant celebration of traditional Rajasthani music and arts. Over three days, more than 40 artists will perform their soulful melodies, drawing in both locals and tourists. The festival offers immersive workshops, nature walks, and showcases at various heritage sites.

Where: Mirvana Nature Resort, Jaisalmer
When: November 17th to 19th, 2023
Cost: starting at ₹35,500/person

15. Art Mumbai 2023, Mumbai


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Art Mumbai is the city’s first art fair that brings modern, contemporary, indigenous, and antique art into the limelight. Held at the Bombay Convention and Exhibition Centre, this fair includes over 50 galleries. Alongside the artistic displays, you can participate in speaker sessions and art workshops and enjoy musical performances, all aimed at promoting South Asian art and culture. 

Where: Mahalakshmi Race Course, Mumbai
When: November 17 – 19
Cost: starting at ₹599

These festivals will leave you with unforgettable memories and a deeper connection to India’s diverse cultural tapestry.

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