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Holi

It's hard to be definite in India. Mythology often takes over socially evolving phenomenon and at some point both of them meet. The idea of Holi is idea of India itself. A beautiful case of various colourful identities merged into one; nothing superimposed.

The feeling of being as equal and as one, two identities and two together, is that of completeness and that of momentary liberation from desires. Krishna's raasleela(s) has divinity as well as common folk like approachability. That he is attainable makes the enactment of his divine playfulness all the more spontaneous. Holi is the celebration of that spontaneity.

We owe our joys to the Holi and our Holi to the divine playfulness of Krishna. The Ragas (our music, resonances), Rang (colors, involvement) and Rasa (subliminal pleasures, nectar) are the outcomes. There may be thousand ways to celebrate Holi in India but Holi has only one colour and that is the colour of inclusive spirit.

The idea of Rang permeates beliefs and religions in India. A famous Sufi saint sang

I adore you so much oh Rangrezz (dyer, coloring-man; here, he is the Almighty) that you have Coloured me like yourself since I had fallen in love with you.

India encompasses all these celebrations of life in Holi each time. Artists, poets, musicians and people from all walks of life will never get exhausted of paying tributes to this phenomenon in their own ways. Only the learned will decipher if it's a festival. We call it Holi.

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Journeys

The journeys within, that travel
to the very Essence of India

Holi

The feeling of being as equal and as one, two identities and two together, is that of completeness and that of momentary liberation from desires.

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Mukund Haveli

It's here that we celebrate the 3 days of Diwali Festival

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Begins 11 Oct. 2016, 14 days
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Private Diwali events
Pushkar Fair
Golden Temple

This is not just a trip. It's a life in India. We invite you to join India in its most celebrated form. The air speaks festivities. It is in this atmosphere that you'll live moments of true beautiful life in India- some private and some in community. Enjoy every moment of Diwali Festival- the prequel, the preparations, the involvement, the spiritual side, the celebrations, the bonds and the feasts.

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The festivals of monsoon
The spectacle

Monsoon is the period of great rejoice in India. It signifies prosperity, growth, bloom, youthfulness, romance and happiness. India's poetry, music and literature do full justice to this extraordinary season of seasons. Many celebrations sort of overlap each other in monsoon. All over India, many festivals happen. Teej in Rajasthan is particularly colorful. Janmashthami, Lord Krishna's birthday, is a special fanfare everywhere. Another great festival is Rakhshabandhan signifying special bond between brothers and sisters.

The Legend

It's also time when Shiva Lingums are ritually bathed. Jain monks halt their wanderings to give sermons. Snakes are worshipped. People change their food habits. Married daughters visit their parents and swings are put under big trees. In India's classical music traditions, it's time for recitals based on celebrating rains and Krishna's legends. There are specific ragas like Malhar that delve in expressions related to monsoon. Some of India's most sensually expressive ancient literature like those written by Kalidasa have 'monsoon' befitting a leading character.

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When: June till September

Where: Everywhere in India

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Monsoon:

The onset of Monsoon on Indian mainland is expected to be in the first week of June this year. Predicted to be abundant, this will bring end to the two weak monsoon years. Great spectacles and celebrations are in store.

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