Festivals

Whichever of TransIndus’ South Asia tours you opt for, you’re bound at some stage to run into a festival – whether religious, or cultural. The annual calendar is punctuated by literally dozens of national ones, while each of the regions also celebrate their own special events – usually in infectiously exuberant style. If some worthwhile event is being held in reaching distance of your hotel or tour itinerary, our escorts and drivers will help you get there and make sense of the experience.

Deservedly the best known, and most vibrant of all South Asian festivals is Holi – the Hindu spring celebration in which people plaster each other with multi-colour powders and paints – with spectacular, and very photogenic results (though you’ll need to take a set of old clothes along to enjoy the experience)! 

For Muslims, the big celebration of the year is Eid (or ‘Eid-ul-Fitr’ to give it its full moniker), which marks the end of Ramadan with feasting and mass gatherings in mosques.

Down south, the rice harvest forms the inspiration for Onam, when Keralan families done their finest new clothes, decorate their homes with splendid flower-petal patterns called ‘pookalam’, and get together for an elaborate sadya banquet, served on waxy green banana leaves. Throughout the winter in Kerala you’ll also come across spectacular processions of elephants and drum orchestras staged by local temples.

Across the water in Sri Lanka, lavishly dressed pachyderms also feature in the famous Buddhist festival of Esala Perahera, in which parades of costumed dancers perform with blazing firebrands in front of the Temple of the Tooth in Kandy.

At the opposite extremity of the subcontinent, Buddhist celebrations come in a radically different form in the Himalayan regions of Ladakh, and in Nepal and Bhutan, where the centrepiece of monastery festivals are masked dances performed by the resident monks before huge crowds.

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Esala Perahera Festival Tour

10 day tour from £1295

Experience the wonders of Sri Lanka’s Cultural Triangle on this varied ten-day tour, specially devised to coincide with the spectacular Esala Perahera festival.

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Winter Wonders

10 day tour from £2615

This diverse winter tour combines China's most treasured and iconic monuments in Beijing and Xian with Harbin's unique and increasingly grand Ice Festival.

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Golden Temple and the Himalaya

11 day tour from £1025

This interesting, off-the-beaten track group tour of North West India invites you to the impressive Golden Temple, situated in a shimmering manmade lake in the frontier town of Amritsar.

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Glimpse of India

8 day tour from £735

A true introduction to India; this tour takes in three of the country's most popular sights, known as the Golden Triangle. Start in the historic city of Delhi, with the tree-lined boulevards of Lutyen’s New Delhi and the hustle and bustle of the Old City.

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Rajasthan, Land of Kings

14 day tour from £1235

Rajasthan is renowned, the world over, for its royal history and cultural heritage as well as its legendary desert and bright colours.

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