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PUSHKAR BAL­LOON AND CAMEL FES­TI­VAL Pop­u­larly known as Pushkar Mela, it is a vi­brant ex­hibit of com­pe­ti­tions and events. Each year a num­ber of vis­i­tors from world over gather for the open­ing cer­e­mony of this fes­ti­val, dur­ing which camels and horses are adorned in bright cloth­ing and trin­kets and pa­raded around. In ad­di­tion to en­joy­ing cul­tural pro­grammes such as dances and theatre, vis­i­tors can buy handicrafts from lo­cal ar­ti­sans – sil­ver or­na­ments, beaded neck­laces, patch­work gar­ments, printed tex­tiles and lo­cal footwear are some of the items sold here. There is even a hot-air bal­loon event – on­look­ers cheer [OVZL [HRPUN VɈ PU[V [OL ZR` ^OPSL V[OLYZ par­tic­i­pate as pas­sen­gers. Post sun­set, the lit bal­loons turn the en­tire sky into a fairy­tale like scene.

GURU NANAK JAYANTI A spe­cial day in the cal­en­dar of the Sikh com­mu­nity, the sight un­fold­ing at the revered shrine – Golden Tem­ple – is one to be­hold. Devo­tees take pride in vol­un­teer­ing at the com­mu­nity kitchen here, called

lan­gar, where they serve vis­i­tors with meals. Guru Nanak Jayanti is the birth­day cel­e­bra­tion of the founder of this re­li­gion. On this day, vis­i­tors to the Golden Tem­ple can sit for read­ings from the Guru Granth

Sahib that take place through­out the day. ;OL [LTWSL PZ KLJVYH[LK ^P[O ÅV^LYZ and bright lights to cel­e­brate the day. gold­en­tem­pleam­rit­sar.org

DELHI IN­TER­NA­TIONAL ART FES­TI­VAL (DIAF) DIAF, amongst those in In­dia’s art in­dus­try, is recog­nised as the coun­try’s sig­na­ture art fes­ti­val. It has been run­ning for a decade now, each year grow­ing in size and the num­ber of dis­plays. It show­cases a va­ri­ety of art forms through var­i­ous me­dia. 9LHJOPUN H MVV[MHSS VM HIV\[ Ä]L TPSSPVU vis­i­tors and par­tic­i­pants, the fes­ti­val at­tracts HY[PZ[Z ^YP[LYZ HY[ HÄJPVUHKVZ HUK [V\YPZ[Z from all over the world. This plat­form of cul­tural dis­play has made Delhi a global HY[Z KLZ[PUH[PVU 6UL ^PSS ÄUK H ZLH VM [HSLU[ OLYL YHUNPUN PU ÄLSKZ MYVT T\ZPJ HUK KHUJL [V [OLH[YL ÄST NHZ[YVUVT` JHU]HZLZ HUK lit­er­a­ture amongst oth­ers. STRAW­BERRY FIELDS Straw­berry Fields is all about let­ting your hair down and groov­ing to catchy tunes. Over 100 in­ter­na­tional and lo­cal artists of var­i­ous gen­res of mu­sic, rang­ing from disco to techno, hip hop and jazz amongst the oth­ers, come to­gether un­der one roof to cre­ate an im­mer­sive en­vi­ron­ment for vis­i­tors. The four main ar­eas of the fes­ti­val have a se­ries of theme camps, each adorned with at­trac­tive dé­cor and art in­stal­la­tions. They also in­clude work­shops and art per­for­mances. straw­berry-fields.com.au

RANN UTSAV

A car­ni­val of mu­sic and folk dances against Gu­jarat’s sandy white desert is what best KLÄULZ 9HUU <[ZH] 0[ PZ H ILH\[PM\S ZOV^JHZL of the cul­ture of lo­cal tribes who orig­i­nate MYVT [OL 9HUU VM 2\[JO 6UL JHU ÄUK [\ULZ from folk mu­si­cians, ex­quis­ite em­broi­dery,

band­hani saris, mir­ror work on cloth­ing, wood carv­ings, and in­tri­cate art and craft, all car­ried through gen­er­a­tions of Gu­jarat’s L[OUPJ NYV\WZ KPZWSH`LK OLYL 9HUU <[ZH] is like a mo­saic of spe­cial­i­ties from the arid lands of Kutch. Lux­ury tent ac­com­mo­da­tion, tem­po­rary restau­rant set-ups, as well as golf carts, ATV rides, ex­cur­sions on camel back, yoga, med­i­ta­tion and paramo­tor­ing are some of the ser­vices and ac­tiv­i­ties avail­able here. ran­nut­sav.com

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