9 Festivals You Must Attend Across India In May
Transitioning from an agonising April to a merciless May might not be a breeze, but you could make the most of the summer and find some solace and respite by visiting one of these nine brilliant festivals we’ve listed down for you.
The fifth month of the year is nigh on us and so is the wrath of the ruthless Indian summer. As we battle the scorching heat waves, there’s little to look forward to, really, with perhaps the exception of drooling over dozens of delicious mangoes, the many shenanigans of the IPL, the new season of Game of Thrones, and these wonderfully diverse festivals across the country. Transitioning from an agonising April to a merciless May might not be a breeze, but you could make the most of the summer and find some solace and respite by visiting one of these nine brilliant festivals we’ve listed down for you.
International Flower Festival
If a month-long festival at naturally stunning hill station of Gangtok, Sikkim isn’t appealing, we don’t know what will be. The International Flower Festival will be held in the Governor’s residence, playing host to a plethora of orchids, trees, and flowers that make for a vivid sight. If that’s not enough, you can always enjoy the local delicacies of Sikkim, go river rafting at the foot of the Himalayas, or even partake in a Yak Safari!
When: 1st to 31st May
Summer Festival at Mount Abu
The Summer Festival is held every year at Mount Abu, but what we particularly love is that it not only “celebrates the warmth and cheerfulness of the people of the hill station” but also welcomes tourists with open arms, helping them experience their own vibrant culture. The festival promises to an unforgettable experience, and is a must-visit if you’re heading up north.
Where: Mount Abu
When: 1st to 31st May
Himalayan Music Festival
The opportunities to visit a music festival in India might not be sparse, but a chance to travel, camp, and trek with a group of likeminded music lovers in the midst of the scenic beauty of McLeodganj is, well, rare. Grab a few friends and head on an impromptu trip that promises the best of nature, music, and trance.
When: 6th to 9th May
From a state of trance we move to something a bit more… spiritual. Moatsu is a vibrant festival celebrated in the north-eastern state of Nagaland in the first week of May every year, where the idea is to invoke the blessings of God. The rituals, customs, and practices are particularly unique — more so, if you’ve conformed to the ways of the concrete jungle all your life!
When: 1st week of May
A psychedelic gathering in picturesque Kasol where you get to enjoy trippy musical performances by over 20 renowned artists. Need we say more?
Where: Kasol Hills, Himachal Pradesh
When: 21st May
Ooty Summer Festival
If you’re sick of the sweltering summer, a trip to Ooty might provide you with some much needed relief. The delightful summer festival is set to be held over the second and third week of May and will feature multifarious events like a flower show, a spice show, a dog show, and even a boat race!
When: 2nd and 3rd week of May
Mumbai Food Truck Fest
If the foodie in you just did a backflip, we really don’t blame you. 25 innovative food trucks of the city are set to collaborate and create a mini-carnival with one aim and one aim only: To show exactly why gluttony is a considered a sin.
When: 27th May
Pune Music Festival
The Who’s Who of the Indian music scene are set to mesmerise Pune with their performances on the 7th and 8th of May this year. The line-up at the Pune Music Festival is impressive to say the least, featuring known names like Himesh Reshamiya, Indian Ocean,The Raghu Dixit Project, Euphoria, and Agnee — all for a mere 1000 bucks!
Where: Laxmi Lawns, Pune
When: 7th and 8th May
There was one in April, but in case you missed it, The Barathon returns for another drunken sprint to glory in May. So, we’ll repeat what we said: if you think you fall somewhere in the venn diagram of “can handle their drinks” and “is fit enough to run I suppose”, you stand a chance to win — and by the looks of it, win big! If you don’t think you do, then well, participate nonetheless — it’ll be a ton of fun!
When: 7th May