September is here and your travelling feet should be restless by now. There are many festivals, big and small, happening in this gorgeous month. So bid adieu to the residual monsoon and head out to these four destinations in India, for they are hosting these awesome festivals.
Ladakh is where you need to be this September 1-15. The town of Leh will turn into a big colourful pot of Buddhist culture and tradition. The festival will begin with a grand procession that you shouldn't miss; really a great time to be outdoors in Leh because the streets and market area will be busy! Get your mug of chhang and enjoy the lama dances and other folk performances. You can go watch the local archery and polo compertitions. The Ladakhis take their sport seriously.
The village of Abhaneri, about 90km from Jaipur, may be small but it is big when it comes to culture. Come September 29-30, the village will abuzz with locals and tourists alike for the colourful Abhaneri Festival. The festival focusses on the rich and diverse culture of Rajasthan, showcased through cultural items like Kalbelia dance, Langa singing, Kachhi Ghodi dance, and the traditional puppet shows. It's a great time to explore the traditional Rajasthani food, art and craft.