Fairs and festivals
The fairs and festivals of India are really what keep the country going. With few other opportunities for communitarian and collective expression for people, these fairs and festivals have developed over the years to combine all kinds of economic and social needs with various cultural expressions in order to regale and endear one and all.
From the cattle fair in Sonepur to the camel fair in Pushkar, both of which are long festivals with their own customary rituals, trade practices, exchange of tales and hearty merry-making, we take you on a journey that will keep you on your toes with thorough excitement. These are sites where you will be able to glimpse the myriad contradictions of the social fabric in the region as well as the resilient ways in which human beings transcend their own social limitations.
If these don’t get you interested, then there’s the undisputed winner of all religious congregations in hindu religion – the Kumbh. The twelve-year cycle of the Kumbh Mela that coincides with the locations of the planet Jupiter and the Sun is the most auspicious sense of time for many Hindus. We offer the unique opportunity to be in Allahabad during the Kumbh in 2013 which will give you a chance to see what this largest periodical congregation in the world is all about.