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Culture Holidays, one of the leading travel management companies in India is offering attractive festival tour packages for international traveler to enjoy the colors of Indian festivals.

From the start of October till the end of November, it is the time when entire country is tinged in colors of celebrations, enthusiasm and devotion. Indian festivals are celebrated by varied cultures and their special rituals add the colors of Indian Heritage. Navaratri, Dusshera, Diwali are the most spectacular festivals of India.

Festival season starts with Navaratri, a nine day festival that celebrates the Mother Goddess in all her manifestations, including Durga, Lakshmi and Saraswati. Worship and fasting take place in the daytime, while the nights are reserved for feasting and dancing.

The festival culminates with Dussehra, the victory of good over evil, on the tenth day. Dussehra celebrates the Hindu god Rama’s victory over the demon king Ravana and the triumph of good over evil. In the morning, all you see will be huge statues of King Ravana standing in open grounds which are burnt on bonfires in the evening. You can also enjoy watching Ramlila, literally “Rama’s play”, is a performance of the Ramayana epic in the form of a series of scenes that include song, narration, recital and dialogue.

Durga Puja – In honor of warrior Goddess Durga, elaborately rafted statues of Durga are installed in beautifully decorated podiums in almost every lane of the city during this festival. People flock to the streets to view the goddess statues amidst mesmerizing light shows, drumming, and aromatic food stalls. On the last day of the festival, the statues are paraded around the city before being submerged in the holy Ganges River.

Diwali – The festival of lights comes after 21 days of Dussehra. Diwali is the most awaited festival in India. Celebrated as a day when Lord Rama returned home after his 14 year exile. Every house, every street, every corner is decorated and lit up to the hilt. Well lights and decorations are all magical to see but that is not the main attractions of the day. Wait till the night falls. You are all set for some magnificent fireworks. The skies will light up and the atmosphere will reverberate with the sounds of crackers. Being in India during Diwali is nothing less than magical experience.

Festival dates are as follow:

Navaratri: October 5-13, 2013, all across India, but particularly in Gujurat, Mumbai, Varanasi, Mysore, and Manali.

Durga Puja: October 9-13, 2013, Kolkata, West Bengal

Dussehra: October 14, 2013, particularly in northern India (Delhi and Varanasi), Kota in Rajasthan, and the Kullu Valley of Himachal Pradesh.

Diwali: November 3, 2013, All India 

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