The monsoon has eased and winter is coming. October is the month when Navratri and Dassehra hold major importance. But in case you want to check out a few off-beat festivals this month, we bring you a list of some festivals which you are probably not aware of.


The Groove Yoga Festival (Oct 1-Oct 6)


Yoga on the Beach

Where: Ashiyana Center, Mandrem beach, Goa

For all health conscious people, this festival is a perfect mix of exercise with enjoyment. This 6-day retreat with a relaxed atmosphere comprises of yoga classes, sound workshops AcroYoga, bodywork, kirtan, concerts, beach parties etc. Basically, everything you want for a chilled out October while being healthy is here.

SAARC Sufi Festival (Oct 10-Oct 12)


SAARC sufi festival
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Where: Diggi Palace, Jaipur

This festival is organised in collaboration with The Foundation of SAARC Writers and Literature. The festival at Diggi Palace has a beautiful mix of soulful Sufi music with some excellent Sufiyana shayari.

The festival will witness 50 SAARC Sufi scholars, 20 poets, 80 Sufi musicians, singers and dancers from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka perform and enthrall the audience. The festival will also see book launches and academic seminars. It aims to spread the vision of a terror free world.

Jodhpur Riff (Oct 23-Oct 27)


Jodhpur Riff Festival
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Where: Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur

The Jodhpur Riff is a music festival typically for and to promote Rajasthani folk music and is held at Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur. The festival has received a much deserved international acclaim when it was listed as one of the 25 best international music festivals from around the world. It is supported by UNESCO as a ‘People’s Platform for Creativity and Sustainable Development’.


Pushkar Camel Fair (Oct 19-Oct 25)


Pushkar Fair Rajasthan

Where: Pushkar, Rajasthan

Popularly known as the Pushkar Mela, the Pushkar Fair is the world’s largest camel festival that starts with a camel race. The festival that spreads over 5 days has now become popular for competitions like ‘matka phod’, ‘longest moustache’ and ‘bridal competition’. The fair is a vibrant depiction of the local culture that is now widely visited by foreign tourists as well.


Ramnagar Ramleela


Ramnagar Ramleela Festival Varanasi
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Where: Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh

Ramlila a play based on the Ramayana has been enacted in India since 200 years. Although Ramlilas happen all around the country, the best one can be seen at Varanasi, along the banks of Ganges. The enactment takes place starting from Anant Chaturdashi and goes on till the full moon.