Looking to experience the diverse culture of India at your next corporate offsite? Check out some of the best arts and crafts festivals that take place every year around the country for some inspiration.
Rann Utsav: Held between November and February, the Ranm Utsav celebrates the heritage of one of the largest salt deserts in the world, when the moon is at its brightest in the sky. Experience live performances by folk artistes around bonfires, head out on a safari into the desert, or take in the marvelous sights of the great white desert through a hot air balloon ride.
Hemis Festival, Ladakh: This annual festival celebrates the birth anniversary of Guru Padmasambhava. The Hemis Monastery gets decorated for the ceremony to host the natives, who also dress in their finest traditional attires. It is a wonderful time to experience cultural performances, especially the Chham Dance or the masked dance depicting the triumph of good over evil.
Kala Ghoda Festival, Mumbai: This 9-day long festival celebrates art and culture, and is a great way to explore the best in art, music, literature, dance and theater, all in one place. From quirky and thought-provoking art installations to live performance by leading artistes and fine street food, it’s a great way to spend time in South Mumbai.
Surajkund Mela, Faridabad: Known as the largest crafts fair in the world, this is a wonderful mélange of colors, culture, arts and crafts. Hosting over a million visitors every year, this is the place to be to experience almost all of India’s wonderful heritage in one single location. It’s a fine platform for some of the best craftsmen from around the country to showcase their skills, and honors one state every year as its annual theme.
Taj Mahotsav, Agra: The annual 10-day festival is held at Shilpigram, Agra, to celebrate the old Mughal era that once ruled this region. The festival offers a platform to around 400 artisans from around the country to display their handicrafts, including, wood and stone carvings, bamboo products, marble, embroidery works, and more.