Hello! Friends, are you looking for the perfect destinations in India to plan for holidays in May then you must be surely looking for a perfect summer holiday plan. Usually the hot winds and maximum temperature during day time asks you to stay back at home and keep away from scorching heat; but India decorates its hill stations and many cities with some exclusive festivals opening its gates for the travelers to enjoy the best of summer.
Check the list of some famous May festivals and to plan summers in India exclusive 2019-
1. Villianur temple car festival
Villianur Temple car festival is one of the biggest attractive festival in Pondicherry devoted to Lord Thirukamemswara Kukilambal. The lord idol is taken out from the temple in a decorated chariot and taken throughout the city and returns back to the temple. The same kind of chariot procession is also hosted in Puri in Orissa. May is the best time to plan for Andaman and Nicobar islands for a perfect summer holiday and tour to this island.
Location: the Villianur temple car festival is celebrated in Pondicherry the Union territory of India.
Attraction: top attractions of Pondicherry; Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Promenade beach, Arulmingu Manakula Vinayagar temple and also you can plan for Andaman and Nicobar Islands from Pondicherry for; Havelock Island, Radhanagar Beach, Baratang Island, Viper Island.
Best time to visit: October to March
Best for shopping during the festival: Pondicherry is best known for handicrafts, textiles, fabrics, food items, home décor and lots more. During the festival time you can shop for any of these from the local market and decorated market especially for the occasion.
Festival cuisine: Mutton Samosa, veg filling pani puri, Bonda, Masala Puri, Sandwiches, Mutton rolls, crab masala fry, Khowsuey, parotas, Dosa.
2. Thrissur Pooram
13th of May 2019 is a booked date to bow the entire world in front of the elegance spiritual and cultural beauty of Kerala in Thrissur. The Thrissur Pooram is one the biggest temple celebration in India hosted in Thrissur and dedicated to Vadakkunnathan temple. The festival is celebrated with folk music playing live, colors and decorated elephants as a procession.
Location: Thrissur of Kerala
Attraction: Top attractions of Thrissur; Saktham Thampuran Palace, Thrissur Zoo and you can plan for attractions of Kerala; backwaters, Thekkady, Eravikulam national park, Fort Kochi, Athirappilly falls.
Best time to visit: September to March
Best for shopping during the festival: Silk, spices, jewelry
Festival cuisine: Puttu and Kadala curry, Appam, idli, prawn curry, Malabar parota, fish molee.
3. Buddha Purnima
Buddha Purnima is one of the biggest celebrated in East India on the eve of the birthday of Gautam Buddha. 18th May 2019 is the proposed date for the festival celebration and East India celebrates this auspicious day visiting Gurudwara, temple, Ashram and Bodh Gaya.
Location: Bodh Gaya and East India
Attraction: Mahabodhi temple, Great Buddha Statue, Dungeshwari, Royal Bhutan Monastery. Some more attractions of East India are; Konark Sun temple, Darjeeling Himalayan railway, Chilika Lake, Tiger Hill, Sundarbans, Belur Math.
Best time to visit: November to May
Best for shopping during the festival: East India is best known for shopping of exclusive items; Bamboo handicrafts, shawls, clothing, cane handicrafts, handlooms, handicrafts, and silk saree.
Festival cuisine: Halwa Puri, kala Chana chole, Chaat, Samosa, lassi.
4. Moatsu Festival
The Moatsu festival is exclusive of Nagaland, which is celebrated by Mo community in the first week of May. Special dance is performed by tribal women and it is celebrated with great enthusiasm.
Location: Tribe of Nagaland
Attraction: Nagaland State museum, Kohima war cementry, Kisama heritage, Shilloi Lake
Best time to visit: May to July
Best for shopping during the festival: Naga shawls, bamboo mugs, cane carpet, Silk mekehla.
Festival cuisine: wine and meat, rice beer, pigs and cows
5. Dhungri Mela
Dhungri Mela is a devoted mela to Goddess Hidimba, and is celebrated every year as her birthday. The mela is a showcase of culture, and local folk dance and music. A decorated procession is taken throughout the Manali to the temple. It is celebrated in the month of May and gives a best tour option as holiday making in Manali.
Attraction: Hidimba devi temple, Manu temple, Manali sanctuary, Solang valleys
Best time to visit: October to February
Best for shopping during the festival: Himalayan handicrafts, woolen clothes, kullu shawls, Dorjes
Festival cuisine: Red rice, river trout, masala omlette, kadhi chawal
6. Mount Abu summer festival
The Mount Abu the only hill station of Rajasthan is one of the best chosen destination for summer holidays. As Rajasthan observes heat and high temperature, Mount Abu gives a relaxing temperature and best events to enjoy in summer. The Mount Abu summer festival is a cultural festival, which is a glimpse of Rajasthan culture and tradition. Folk music, dance, sports, boating and much more are to be enjoyed during this summer festival and vacation tour.
Location: Mount Abu
Attraction: boat racing in Nakki lake, sports, folk dance and music; other attractions of Rajasthan like forts, camel fair, and sand dunes.
Best time to visit: November to February
Best for shopping during the festival: handmade jewelry, textiles, handloom, pottery art
Festival cuisine: Daal bati churma, bajre ki roti, local cuisines of Rajasthan
7. Tulip Festival
The Tulip Festival in Kashmir is a very special festival, which is related to nature and its beauty. The month of May is the blooming season of Tulip and garden of Srinagar, has more than thousand of different colors of tulip flowers. The Tulip festival draws the maximum attraction of tourists coming to Jammu and Kashmir for summer vacations.
Attraction: colorful Tulip blooming flowers of wide range
Best time to visit: April to October
Best for shopping during the festival: Kashmiri carpet, walnut wood items, Kashmiri Pashmina
Festival cuisine: Rogan Josh, Pilaf, Yahni, Mutton curry, Gushtaba
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