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10 of the best winter festivals and events to add to your calender

Priyanka Mukherjee | Updated on: 10 February 2017, 1:46 IST

Only a few more weeks for to go for that time of the year when temperatures drop. Time for layers of clothing, hot cocoa and bonfires. Winter is almost here!

It is that time of the year where you can roam around without having to bear the excessive heat. While we understand your urge to stay indoors and snuggle up with a blanket, winters are a great time to step out and explore.

With so many holidays and a series of festivals and fairs that dot the winter season, you may want to use this list to block some dates in your calender. So much to do and so little time, after all!

The Grub Fest

Good food + live music = bliss. The perfect concoction of food and entertainment makes the grub fest one of the best India's biggest food festivals. Trust us, you do not want to miss the spread, not to mention the mouth-watering desserts. What's more, you can also catch some cooking and mixology workshops from the very best professionals.

When: 15-16 October

Where: Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Delhi


We know no one needs a reason to enjoy the sunny beaches of Goa. But Sunburn is among the most anticipated music festivals of the year. The music and dancing aside, there are plenty of adrenaline rush activities to choose from including bungee jumping,camping, volleyball and zorbing. Go on, book your tickets ASAP.

When: Sometime in December (Bookmark this for details)

Where: Goa

Heritage walks at Lodhi Garden

Lodhi Garden is a lot more than just an ideal date spot for all those love-smitten souls. Join the heritage walk around the garden that is organised every month. Learn more about the city of Domes (Gumbad) and why it never really became a mighty city. This is going to be a treat for all you history enthusiasts.

When: 15-31 October

Where: Lodhi Garden, Delhi

Magnetic Fields

The Magnetic Field Festival is a three-day bonanza of music, art and food. Attendees can also participate in treasure hunts and stargazing workshops. You can either choose to camp with the Bedouins or live with the king and queen in the palace. Yes, you read that right. What else? They have some secret parties too. #justsaying.

When: 9-11 December

Where: Alsisar Mahal, Rajasthan

Tawaifs of Chawri Bazar: From Bordello to Brothel

Winter is perfect for all the heritage walks you've been meaning to do all year, but couldn't really bring yourself to register for. This one is interesting. This walk is an "effort to correct widespread misunderstanding about Tawaif (courtesans) culture." The heritage walk is an attempt to identify the last remaining symbols of Kothas (Bordellos) in Chawri Bazar and to unravel the fascinating stories of celebrated courtesans such as Rupmati, Anarkali and Rana Dil.

When: 15-31 October

Where: Chandni Chowk, Delhi

Winter Carnival Manali

From skiing championships to the Himachal food festival to adventure sports, Manali's winter carnival has it all. The massive tourist attractions also have some amazing folk dances and street plays. You could also sneak away and visit the Rahalla Falls.

When: Sometime in December

Where: Manali, Himachal Pradesh

Bangalore Literature Festival

Listen up bookworms, gear up for one of the biggest literature festivals in India. Here's your chance to meet and interact with writers from around the world. The festival gets better each year. And a winter book festival sounds simply too good to be true.

When: 17-18 December

Where: Bangalore

Mount Abu Winter Festival

Head to Rajasthan's only hill station to explore one of the most colourful and vibrant winter festivals. From riveting folk dances like Gair, Ghooomar and Daph to a wide range of water sports, the Mount Abu Winter Festival will not disappoint you.

When: Last week of December

Where: Mount Abu, Rajasthan

Kuari Pass Trek 2016

Camping is so much more than just getting away. Sure, there won't be Wifi. But, how about some campfire and marshmallows? The Kuari Pass trek will give you an opportunity to awe at the mighty Himalayan ranges from up close. This trek will take you through the mystic jungles replete with oak and deodar trees. Who knows you if you might just spot a leopard or Himalayan black bear? This is going to be one of a hell of an adventure!

When: 6 November - 31 March 2017

Where: Uttarakhand

National Himalayan Winter Trekking expedition Dalhousie

December to March is supposed to be the best time go trekking in India. The Youth Hostels Association of India is organising the National Himalayan Winter Trekking Expedition in the breathtaking Dalhousie region of Western Himalayas. The 5-6 days trek promises to show the "unseen". It won't be easy, but it'll definitely be worth it.

When: 10 December-2016 - 6 January-2017

Where: Dalhousie

First published: 16 October 2016, 11:09 IST