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    Lip-smacking mangoes, heartwarming classical music, and adventuresome boat races – if all of this is something that excites the culture vulture in you, then you must attend all the popular events & festivals in July in India. Instilling joy and thrill amongst the locals, and attracting thousands of tourists from across the world, these festivals add all sorts of colors to the blue month of monsoon.

    So, if you wish to make the most of the month too, and do not wish to sit indoors, try and attend all these popular festivals in July!

    Top Indian Festivals In July 2018 That You Must Attend

    1. International Mango Festival

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    Summers in India are incomplete without mangoes and this festival proves that well. Showcasing more than 500 varieties of mangoes like Dussehri, Langra, Chausa, Fazli, Neelam, Banganpalli, Alphonso, and more, this annual extravaganza lets one indulge in not only the sweetness of the fruit, but also of the Indian culture. Apart from tasting & buying some mango products, you can also participate in the mango eating competition that adds more fun to this event organized by Delhi Tourism. Needless to say, this festival in July in India is absolutely worth attending!

    When: 9th and 10th July, 2018
    Where: New Delhi


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    2. Karsha Gustor Festival

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    The largest and the most important monastery in Zanskar, the Karsha Monastery celebrates this festival annually to recognize the victory of good over evil. From a Black Hat Dance performance to a Masked Dance performance by the monks, this festivity is full of uniqueness. Apart from the joyful music and dance, one also gets to witness the vibrant colors of the region during Karsha Gustor.

    When: 31st July to 1st August, 2018
    Where: Zanskar, Ladakh

    3. Behdienkhlam Festival

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    One of the most important Indian festivals celebrated in July every year, the Behdienkhlam is a traditional celebration by the Pnar tribe of Meghalaya, which is done right after the agricultural sowing is over. Staying true to its name, wherein ‘khlam’ means plague and ‘behdien’ means to drive away with sticks, this festival is held only to drive away the negative things that may affect the crop. Though what’s really worth witnessing about it is the football match held between the locals, and the procession of chariots & ceremonial tree trunks that marks the end of this three-day festival.

    When: 3rd July
    Where: Jowai, Jaintia Hills, Meghalaya, Northeast India

    4. Nishagandhi Monsoon Music Festival

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    With a hope to make this event one of the important festivals in July in India and also attract more visitors to the state during monsoon, Kerala Tourism is launching this new festival this year. Hosting some of the most eminent musicians from across the country, it will be a music and a dance festival where one will get to witness all the popular and traditional music forms. So, if your heart beats for cultural music, this one’s got to be on your list!

    When: July 14th to July 20th, 2018
    Where: Nishagandhi Auditorium, Kanakakunnu Palace Grounds, Trivandrum, Kerala

    5. Puri Rath Yatra

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    If you’re looking for July festivals in India 2018 that help you learn both about the Indian religion and culture, then this 12-day long Rath Yatra is something you must definitely be a part of. The exuberant festival celebrates the venturing out of Lord Jagannath along with and his elder brother Balabhadra & sister Subhadra off their abode in Puri’s Jagannath Temple. Amongst the most popular festivals in Orissa, this Yatra will also let you witness how chariots are made.

    When: 14th July to 26th July, 2018
    Where: Jagannath Temple, Puri, Orissa

    6. Drupka Teshi Festival

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    Commended by the Buddhists, this festival is held to praise the three ultimate truths on the fourth day Teshi of the 6th month Drukpa of the Tibetan date-book. The celebrations include petitions that are held at the Deer Park, an amusing Yak Race in Muguthang, and more. So, if you’re planning a trip to the Northeast, make sure you add this festival in your itinerary for an extraordinary experience.

    When: 27th July, 2018
    Where: Gangtok, Sikkim


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    7. The Big Indian Food Festival

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    A celebration of the country’s rich culture and culinary diversity, this festival is nothing less than a gastronomic treat. The two-day long event is a must-attend if you’re a foodie at heart. Showcasing the best cuisines of every state, this festival will make you fall in love with India even more.

    When: 21st July, 2018
    Where: Karnataka Trade Promotion Organisation, Plo No. 121, Whitefield Industrial Area, Bangalore

    8. Dree Festival

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    One of the best festivals in July 2018, Dree is an agriculture-related celebration of the Apatani Tribe of Arunachal Pradesh. Held annually, it is celebrated to seek the blessings of the gods & goddesses of crops for good harvest and is comprised of singing, dancing, sacrificial offerings, prayers, and other cultural performances. Reflecting the rich culture of the tribe at its best, there’s no doubt that Dree is one of the most famous events of the state.

    When: 4th July to 7th July, 2018
    Where: Ziro, Arunachal Pradesh

    9. Palkhi Festival

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    Highlighting a unique feature of the Maharashtrian culture, this 1000-year old festival celebrated in July in India is absolutely one-of-its-kind. The palkhi begins at the start of the month, comprises of people singing and dancing until they reach Pandharpur, and ends on the 22nd day. If not anything, the custom of ‘wari’ and people wearing Dnyanba-Tukaram will definitely amuse you.

    When: 2nd July to 24th July, 2018
    Where: Pandharpur, Maharashtra

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    Not exactly a cultural festival, but an event for the adventure lovers and thrill seekers, this festival is the 15th edition of its kind this year. Unlike the others, this is an event you can completely be a part of if you love tasting thrill via a bike ride. The 18-day journey takes bike riders through rough terrains and mountain passes, making them push their limits and celebrating the courage for the same.

    When: 5th July to 22nd July, 2018
    Where: New Delhi to Ladakh

    So, which of these festivals do you find the most fascinating? Do tell us in the comments below. Also, don’t forget to include them in your holiday package while customizing your trip with TravelTriangle!


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