India successfully hosted the inaugural F1 Grand Prix, marking a golden day for Indian motorsport and the nation as a host. Amid the deafening roar of the speeding cars and thousands of cheering fans, India arrived at the international Formula One circuit in style as Sebastian Vettel zoomed to his 11th victory this year at the maiden Indian Grand Prix.
Ganga Mahotsav- Varanasi 06-09 November 2011. Spread over five days, the Ganga Mahotsav is one of the biggest cultural festivals held in Varanasi. The festival centres on the holy occasion of the Deep Deepavali-the full moon right in the month of Karthik (according to Hindu Calendar). Every evening, the Ghats come alive with classical music and dance performances and millions of tiny diyas are lit to the chanting of vedic shlokas. Devotees take a cleaning dip in the water as part of Surya Namaskar ritual. The Ganga Mahotsav is an important fixture in the world of Indian classical music. The festival regularly sees performances by such famous exponents like Girija Devi, Bhimsen Joshi, Birju Maharaj, Amjad Ali Khan, Vilayat Ali Khan, Shujat Khan and Zakir Hussain.
- Delhi celebrates 100 years as the National Capital of India. The city was declared the national capital by King George V on December 12th, 1911 and the seat of the government was transferred from erstwhile Calcutta to the ancient city of Delhi.
- Kalachakra Puja to be held in Bodhgaya from 31st Dec 2011 to 10 Jan 2012. His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, will lead the 11-day-long 29th Kalachakra Puja. It is being organized at Bodhgaya after a gap of nine years.
- Sufi Festival, Nagaur will be held from 17th – 19th February 2012 featuring the exponents of rare living traditions of Sufi expressions from across India and beyond, at the magical fort of Nagaur Ahichhatragarh.
- The Taj Mahal Trophy-International amateur golfing championship to be held from 01-08 April’12 in two cities of the golden circuit-Delhi & Agra.