Festivals
Mango Festival - Delhi :
A peculiar event, with over five hundred types of mango on show, usually takes place in Talkatora Stadium, Delhi. Savour innumerable varieties of mango - the king of fruits, at this unique festival. Cultural programmes make this a lively event. Expect hundreds of varieties of mangoes. And expect sticky fingers. Tourists can enjoy free tasting and a cultural programme to sample.
Sindhu Darshan Festival - Leh, Ladakh :
As the name suggests, the Sindhu Darshan Festival, is a celebration of River Sindhu, also known as the Indus, which originates from the Mansarovar in Tibet. As part of the celebrations, various groups from different states in India bring water from the other mighty rivers in the country in earthen pots and immerse these pots in the Sindhu River, thereby mingling the river water with other waters of the land
Champakulam Boat Race - Alleppey, Kerala :
Kerala, with its winding stretches of backwaters, is famous for its native boat races held in different parts of the State in the harvest season. The festivities include spectacular water floats, decorated boats, Vanchipattu - the song of the oarsmen and the most thrilling Chundanvallom race. Chundans are a category of boats over 100 feet in length with raised prows. The foreign rulers first called them snake boats. The traditional annual boat race of Kerala begins in late June and early July at Champakulam.
An exotic procession of water floats, boats decorated with colourful parasols and performing arts greets the spectator before the race. The race proper is held in various stages for various categories of boats.