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!

Where: Sikkim

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.

Where: Delhi/McLeodganj

When: 6th to 9th May


Moatsu Festival

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!

Where: Nagaland

When: 1st week of May


Spacetrip Festival

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!

Where: Ooty

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.

Where: Mumbai

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


The Barathon

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!

Where: Bangalore

When: 7th May


Rameez Shaikh

Rameez Shaikh is a twenty-three year old writer. With a degree in journalism to his name, he's an aspiring author with an absolutely astounding admiration for alliteration. Leisure propels him to read, dance, pen fiction and gloat about himself in third person. On weekdays, he works as a features writer. On weekends, he's a Manchester United fan.


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