10 Amazing December Festivals in India that are Worth Travelling For



Winters are the best time travel in a tropical country like India as the weather is cool with no rains. It is not only the best travelling season but also its the best festival season with some kind of music, art & craft, food or beach festival happening in every corner of the country. We bring to you some of the best festivals happening in  some of the best travel destinations of India in the month of December 2015. Why not combine your travel plans with these worth visiting festivals and add a zing to your travel and  holiday plans.

1. Mount Abu Winter Festival, Rajasthan

Mount Abu, the picturesque hill destination of Rajasthan shall come alive with festivity between 29th – 31st December 2015.

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Mount Abu Winter Festival is one of its kind because it not only offers you a glimpse of  the royal hospitality of Rajasthan but also has many cultural and other activity planned to be enjoyed by all. The Nakki Lake decorated with diyas very evening is a view to behold.

Date & Venue: 29th December- 31st December 2015, Mount Abu

2. Cochin Carnival, Kerala

Celebrated between 13th – 31st December 2015  , Cochin Carnival is a festival of merriment that is celebrated at Fort Kochi. The fort gets decorated so amazingly that it is sure to leave everyone dazzled with its charm.

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If you are still not sure about your Christmas vacation trip or New Year Celebrations Cochin can be a great option for you. There are games, folk dance performances and competitions like beach bike race, swimming in the sea, beach football ect. On 1st January 2016, there is a Colourful Carnival Rally too.

Date & Venue: 13th December  to 31st December 2015 , Cochin

3. Feast De Diu, Diu

Asia’s longest running beach festival, the Feast De Diu is a must visit  if you are looking for something unique.   Adventure sports, live performances by some of India’s best artists,  140 live events and various workshops are the major highlights of this festival.

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Bungee jumping, ziplining and hot air balloon are among the adventure activities that can be enjoyed here. started with the primary aim of attracting more and more tourists to Diu, this has become a much awaited beach festival visited by people from all over the world.

Date & Venue: 1st December 2015 to 15th February 2016 ,  Diu

4. Storm Festival, Coorg

One of the most sought for musical festivals of India is the Storm Festival organized at Coorg. Storm, is a festival that celebrates togetherness, companionship and a universal religion –  Music.

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Enjoy some amazing symphonies of music in the lap of nature with bonfires, barbecues and misty mornings. Regardless of the genre, Storm Festival is sure to set your feet tapping to its beat.

Date & Venue: 31st December 2015 and 1st January 2016 ,  Mercara Downs Golf Club, Madikeri, Coorg

5. Magnetic Fields Festival, Rajasthan

If you are looking for pre-Christmas week celebration, Magnetic Fields Music Festival is the ultimate destination for you.

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A musical extravaganza, set in the backdrop of royal Rajasthan this festival also has activities like treasure hunts, kite flying, yoga sessions and stargazing workshops too. More than 40 artists would entertain the visitors with their fantastic performances.

Date & Venue: 18th December  to 20th December 2015 ,  Alsisar Mahal

6. Feast of Francis Xavier, Goa

Feast of Francis Xavier is organized in Goa to give a tribute to Saint Francis Xavier. Celebrated between 21st December to 2nd January  at Basilica of Bom Jesus, Old Goa Road visit this festival if you are looking for a brilliant chance to witness a religious festival along with some marvelous beaches .

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The reason you you must check out Feast of Francis Xavier. It is a festival that is indeed one of a kind.

Date & Venue: 21st December 2015 to 2nd January 2016, Goa

7. Rann Utsav, Rann of Kutch

This is one of the most sought for desert festival for Indians as well as foreigners. The festival is going on right now (it started on 9th November 2015 ) and it would last till 23rd February 2016.

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The miles and miles of white salt desert makes for a unique venue for such a dynamic and colourful festival. This is one place where uniqueness and exclusiveness of Gujarat’s  art and craft is showcased at its best.

Date & Venue: 9th November 2015 to 23rd February 2016, Kutch

8. Shilpgram Art and Craft Affair, Udaipur

In order to give an impetus to the art and craft of the state of Rajasthan, the Shilpgram Fair was started in the city of lakes, Udaipur every year in the month of November or December.

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This year the this amazing art and craft fair of Rajasthan is from 21st December to 30th December 2015.  Go there to buy amazing handicrafts at low prices and enjoy many cultural and dance programs everyday.

Date & Venue: 21st December to 30th December 2015, Udaipur

9. New Moon Festival, Kasol

Welcome the New Year with amazing music and magnificent views. Situated at 1,640 metres above sea level, Kasol in Himachal Pradesh hosts the New Moon Festival on December 30 and 31. This is an open air winter festival of live music  decicated to rock, metal, EDM, psy trance .

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There shall be performances like Death Knell and Beyond Horizons and many more. Kasol is a picturesque village 42 kms away from Kullu with spectacular views. While here you can also do some awesome sight seeing to places like Manali, Naggar Castle and many Buddhist monasteries nearby.

Date & Venue: December 30 and 31 , Kasol Camps

10. Sunburn Festival , Goa

Sunburn Festival is one of the most awaited dance and music festival of Goa, India that has gained global recognition. Visitors from India and all over the world have an awesome time at the Sunburn Festival.

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Sunburn Festival this year will be celebrated from 27 December to 29 December 2015 with many international artists. This is one of the biggest and the most massive music festivals of India with a huge tourist pull.
Date and Venue: 27 December to 29 December 2015, Goa

These are some of the most promising  festivals of India in the month of December filled with fun, frolic and enthusiasm. all these festivals have something unique that you can enjoy and make memories with.