FESTIVALS

India is the land of festivals – riotously colourful, resplendent in its celebration, and steeped in tradition. To truly immerse yourself in a new culture, let down your guard and participate in the merrymaking that takes place during an Indian festival.

 

Festivals are also the best time to see local tribes in their traditional attire, practising their rituals and honouring age-old custom that are fast disappearing in this today's world.

 

All festival tours have fixed departure dates; however, only a few dates are released a year prior. A majority of the festival dates are released as per the alignment of the sun and moon.

To experience Eastern India like a local, get involved in a festival.

Featured tours

Tribes & Tigers: Hornbill festival

16 days | Delhi - Guwahati - Kaziranga National Park - Dibrugarh - Wakro - Tinsukia - Dibrugarh - Mon - Mokokchung - Kohima

Prepare for a close and colourful encounter with the tribes of Nagaland as they come together for their annual festival of traditional dances, games and food. This one is a photographer or anthropologist's dream tour!

Photography tour: Dree Tribal Festival and Monks of Majuli

9 days | Guwahati - Nameri National Park - Ziro - Majuli - Jorhat

During this festival and photography tour of Ziro and Majuli, expect to capture stunning images of lush landscapes, interesting portraits and village life in Arunachal Pradesh and Assam, with Teiso Yhoka, your lead photographer and guide.

Festivals of Manipur and Nagaland: Sangai and Hornbill

11 Days | Imphal - Guwahati - Kaziranga National Park - Kohima - Dimapur

Witness the cultural extravaganza of the Sangai Festival of Manipur and the Hornbill Festival of Nagaland. Both festivals are a fabulous showcase of cultural heritage, including dance, song, indigenous games, food and more. Interact with the tribes, participate in festivities and learn more about the unique cultures of Manipur and Nagaland.

Myoko festival of Arunachal Pradesh

10 Days | Guwahati - Balipara - Ziro - Majuli - Jorhat

Somewhere above the clouds in Arunachal Pradesh lies Ziro, the home of the Apatani tribe where the Myoko festival is a time to pray to ensure better cultivation, protection of the grains from the elements, and the well-being of villagers and livestock. Discover this unique culture; visit the tea gardens of Assam; and go back in time in the idyllic island of Majuli, one of the world's largest river islands.

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