The month of January is bustling with loads of fun and awesomeness! From kites to partying in the desert – if you’re looking for a good time, then this month of January has got you covered. So bringing you some of the coolest places to be at this January! Let’s get it on!
- International Kite Festival (Gujarat, Telangana, Rajasthan)
January 7th – 14th
Get high as a kite at the International Kite Festival of India! It is hosted in various cities across the country – mainly Ahmedabad, Udaipur, Jaipur, Hyderabad, Surat etc. The main festival is held on the day of Makar Sankranti, which falls on the 14th of January, but you can start watching the kite show and the festival as a whole from a week before. A great way to spend some quality time flying kites and you don’t have to fly one to enjoy it too, just sit back, look up and let the magic take you away.
- Lohri (Punjab)
Thought to be celebrated as the end of peak winter, it actually marks the harvest festival and is deeply associated with the harvest of the Rabi crop, while also starting the financial year for Punjabi farmers. Dancing around the bonfire while singing songs, eating til-rice, sarson da saag and makki di roti all mark the tradition that goes with Lohri.
- Pongal (Tamil Nadu)
The harvest festival is celebrated on the 14th of January as Pongal in Tamil Nadu. A four-day long festival of thanksgiving and also marks the beginning of the Tamil month of Thai. The fourth day of this festival ends with a great feast of various dishes which is an exquisite delight.
- Makar Sankranti (All Over India)
The International Kite Festival being a part of Makar Sankranti, it is the harvest festival of India and is called by different names in different states. It is also a specific solar date marked in the Hindu calendar with reference to the Sun God ‘Surya’. All across India, you can observe kites flying, bonfires, feasts, dancing and melas (fairs) being held as a huge celebration of the Harvest festival.
- National Street Food Festival (Delhi)
January 12th – 15th
Head on down to Delhi to enjoy a gathering of all your favorite street foods found in India at the National Street Food Festival in Delhi. A combination of mouth-watering dishes that is sure to ignite the fire in your belly just by the looks of it, this is surely a foodie’s wet dream! So head on over to The Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium to treat yourself to street foods from all across the country!
- Bikaner Camel Fair (Rajasthan)
January 13th – 14th
A popular festival in Rajasthan, the Bikaner Camel Fair is one to look out for! Hosted by the Tourism Department of Rajasthan, it is a beloved annual event where the camels are the star of the show. You can witness them dance, show off their features, race like there’s no tomorrow and even ride one. This is one event you wouldn’t want to miss!
- Rann Utsav (Gujarat)
January 1st – February 1st
Kutch in Gujarat is one of those mystical places where you could just lose yourself, especially during the Kutch festival or the Rann Utsav. Arranged by Gujarat tourism, the Rann Utsav is a colorful carnival of music, beauty and dancing, that is held annually and on a full moon! If you’re in India this is one fest you definitely should not miss.
- Jaisalmer Desert Festival (Rajasthan)
January 29th – 31st
A 3-day event that takes place every year during late January – early February, the Jaisalmer Desert Festival bring the desert back to life during this time. Head on over to the Thar desert in Rajasthan to enjoy a vast variety of cultural fests, turban tying competitions, camel races, a best-mustache-competition, etc. A great place to visit just became better during this festival so do check it out!
So that’s it for January folks! Which of these will you be heading over to start off the New Year? With so many great options, it is hard to choose! The same with our website, Wheelstreet, so many great bikes, which one are you going to take to visit these awesome festivals? Do let us know! And as always, keep on riding folks!