The Diplomat’s Travel Guide to Festivals, Holidays, and Celebrations in India: How to Gain More from Your Visit with the Sound and Color of Festive India


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Have you ever wanted to take that leap and travel to India? Are you unsure of where to even start?

Immerse yourself in the authentic culture of India, away from the resorts and tourist areas, when you participate in one of the many vibrant festivals that are hosted every year. There are so many festivals observed in this amazingly diverse land that you are sure to find one that’s convenient for your itinerary.

I am a former Indian diplomat of 35 years, representing India among different people in more than a dozen countries. I believe that at the end of the day, all lives end up as collections of stories, each with its own lesson and wisdom.

There is a new awakening in the world of tourism. Tourists are looking for more in the destinations they plan to visit. In India, they notice the colorful and vibrant festivals creating a richer experience of life. These festivals have amazingly diverse cultural and religious moorings.

India is like nowhere else on earth – thrilling, frustrating, and incredibly diverse. While understanding its many festivals and holidays, you can gain a greater understanding of this exotic and exciting land.

In this book, we’ll talk about many of the more famously and regularly celebrated festivals and observances in India. Many of these celebrations are rooted in religion and local folklore, yet all are welcome to participate in their own way.

When you gain a better understanding of the many festivals in this vast land, you can better appreciate the culture. When you appreciate the culture of a country that further enriches your visit!

A tourist may find it advantageous to plan their trip around the many festivities of some of the more widely celebrated festivals. In this book, I will outline what the festival is, when it usually falls, and how society observes the celebration.

Not only will I outline famous festivals, but I will also cover a wide variety of helpful topics such as:

  • Why festivals in India are so unique and what makes them special
  • When the season of festivities is
  • How learning about and participating in festivals can be enriching
  • Some practical advice about the proper festival and cultural etiquette
  • A specific and detailed outline of 28 different festivals in India
  • Information about weddings, Christian festivals, and a few other regional festivals
  • A lesson about the Indian calendar
  • More information beyond the festivals in regards to the many religions in India

And so much more!

Publisher‏:‎Thames & Tower House; 1st edition (February 18, 2020)
Publication date‏:‎February 18, 2020
File size‏:‎16294 KB
Simultaneous device usage‏:‎Unlimited
Screen Reader‏:‎Supported
Enhanced typesetting‏:‎Enabled
X-Ray‏:‎Not Enabled
Word Wise‏:‎Enabled
Print length‏:‎133 pages


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