Hampi Festival- Viajayanagar Empire, Karnataka
(03 - 05 Nov’08)

The magnificent ruined city of Hampi, Karnataka once the capital of the Vijayanagar Empire (One of the greatest empires in the history of India), comes alive during the lively festival of dance and music, held in the first week of November. Hampi holds many delightful surprises. The most famous is the King's Balance where kings were weighed against gold or money, which was then distributed to the poor. Also worth a visit are the Queen's Bath with its arched corridors, projecting balconies and lotus shaped fountains, the two storeyed Lotus Mahal, the huge Elephant Stables, the splendid Vitthal Temple with its musical pillars and the Stone Chariot, the Virupaksha Temple, Ugra Narasimha, the 6.7 meters tall monolith, the Pushkarini Tank, the Mahanavami Dibba, etc. Organized by the Government of Karnataka, the Hampi festival includes Dance, drama, music, fireworks; puppet shows and spectacular processions all combine to recreate the grandeur of the bygone era.

Pushkar Cattle Fair- Pushkar, Rajasthan
(05 - 13 Nov’08)

This annual event is held at Pushkar town, 11 km from Ajmer in Rajasthan for a period of twelve days. This cultural and trade cum religious fair is an attractive and lively spectacle with Rajasthani men and women in their colourful traditional attire, saffron-robed and ash smeared Sadhus (holy men) and thousands of bulls, cows, sheep, goats, horses and camels in richly decorated saddles. Perhaps the largest cattle fair in the world, it attracts more than a hundred thousand people, from all over Rajasthan as well as tourists from different parts of India and abroad. Trading of cattle, camel races and dazzling displays of bangles, brassware, clothes, camel saddles and halters make the fair colourful. Necklaces of glass beads from Naguar, pottery, printed textiles from Jodhpur and Ajmer are all on sale here. Farmers, cattle traders and breeders buy and sell their animals, leather whips, saddles etc. There are facilities for camel rides also.This livestock fair coincides with the climaxing of a religious celebration. It has a large number of temples including one of the only two temples dedicated to Lord Brahma in India. Hundreds of thousands of devotees take a ritual dip in the holy Pushkar Lake on the day of the Kartik Purnima (full moon night of the Kartika month) and worship at the Brahma temple (Jagat Pita Shri Brahma Mandir). Pilgrims flock from all over India to be in Pushkar at this auspicious time. They also believe that all the 330 million Gods and Goddesses are present at Pushkar Lake during the occasion.Apart from the religious rituals and trading, people participate in a number of cultural and sporting events. The sweeping expanse of the desert becomes dotted with thousands of camels, stalls and camping families. The Rajasthan tourism Development Corporation has taken adequate measures to facilitate convenient access of the fair site and to accommodate the fairgoers.

Guru Nanak Dev Jayanti, First Sikh Guru Birthday, All over India
(13 Nov’08)

Guru Nanak Dev, the founder of the Sikh faith was born in 1469 A.D. in the village of Talwandi in Lahore, Pakistan. Guru Nanak Dev Jayanti marks the birth anniversary of the founder of the Sikh religion. Guru Nanak Jayanti is marked by early morning processions that begins from the gurudwaras and then moves to different localities singing hymns. The celebration lasts for three days. Usually two days before the birthday of Guru Nanak, ‘Akhand Path’ or forty-eight hour non-stop reading of the holy book of the Sikhs, Guru Granth Sahib is carried on at the gurudwaras. A procession is carried out on the day before his birthday. The procession also includes a group of singers singing hymns in praise of Guru Nanak and Gatka teams displaying their showmanship through martial arts.

India International Trade Fair, Delhi
(14 - 27 Nov’08)

IITF- A veritable gateway for brand building by confluencing together Captains of trade and industry, foreign emissaries, decision makers, business persons, entrepreneurs, overseas business delegations, thinkers and lot more. A showcase of India's capabilities in technology and manufacturing. India Trade Promotion Organisation the nodal trade promotion organisation of the Government of India, presents the 28th edition of its premier event "INDIA INTERNATIONAL TRADE FAIR"- a reliable connection to the vast Indian and overseas market. IITF has evolved into the largest show of its kind in Asia. The fair offers a reliable platform for initiation of trade exchanges, technology transfers, joint venture opportunities, identification of agents and distributors.Popularly known as the "MINI INDIA SHOW" IITF provides an insight into the impact of digital revolution, especially e-governance in different States/ Union Territories with its spin-offs covering virtually every section of the population. State Pavilions offer unique show window to a broad product spectrum ranging from goods having hi-tech orientation with traditional character and appeal.

Ellora Festival- Ellora, Aurangabad
(28 Nov- 01 Dec’08)

It is a festival of dance and music held every November in the splendid surroundings of the world-heritage listed cave temple of Ellora, about 30 km from Aurangabad, Maharashtra. There are 34 caves cut out of the sloping side of the Chamadri hills. Excavated between 600-1000 AD, the caves belong to Buddhists, Jain and Hindu faiths.This festival showcases the best talents and is a unique and charming way to experience the magnificent caves, imbibing centuries of history and culture. This Festival is organised by Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC) where India's renowned artists perform their talents in music and dance with the caves forming a splendid backdrop.