An escapade to West India is an ideal vacationer’s paradise dotted with exemplary tourist attractions that reflect the glorious heritage of ancient India. The Portuguese-themed houses and scintillating sun-kissed beaches, the historical marvel-Ajanta and Ellora, the Statue of Unity touted as the tallest statue in the world, the State of Gujarat where every guest is honoured as ‘God’, the Bibi ka Maqbara that resembles the iconic Taj Mahal, all this sums up to a sweet visual retreat in West India running along the Arabian Sea.
The western region of India will never fail to impress you with its magnetic existence comprising three major States, the smallest State and two union territories. The three major states include Mumbai, Gujarat and Rajasthan. The smallest state is Goa, also known as the party capital. The two union territories are Daman & Diu, and Dadra & Nagar Haveli.
Mumbai known as the city of dreams stretched along the Arabian Sea, is home to the renowned Bollywood industry, Ajanta and Ellora Caves (UNESCO world heritage sites), the spectacular Bandra-Worli Sea Link, and the Gateway of India. Formed by an archipelago of seven islands, Mumbai’s popular evening spot among locals and tourists is the Marine Drive for pleasant evening walks with gushing, breezy winds. It has the 3rd international airport in the country that welcomes millions of tourists throughout the year. It has also been on the frontline for some of the coolest reasons like the first ever train journey and the first bus service in India originated here as well.
While Mumbai (the city that never sleeps) fills you with the vibes of the liveliest city, Rajasthan takes you back to the royal era of the bravest and courageous Maharajas who ruled for more than thousand years. This is why, it is renowned as the ‘Land of Kings’ and is also known to have the most glorious historic past. While its folk tales speak volumes of its remarkable history, its grand heritage comprising forts, palaces, temples and havelis adds more charm to its splendour.
Once you are overwhelmed by the unmatched opulence of Rajasthan, the subtleness of Gujarat will calm you up. Spread across a coastline of approx. 1666 kms, Gujarat is well-known for its traditions, culture and beliefs that are followed with strong faith till date. The humble-natured locals of the city hold deep-rooted connections with their culture and traditions. This can be easily observed through their festival celebrations like Garba, International Kite Festival, Rann Utsav etcetera.
The Western coastal region of India is blessed with the State of Goa, located on the Arabian Sea. Goa is an irresistible visual feat dotted with sun-kissed beaches, some amazing waterfalls and loads of tropical vegetation. Goa has an essentially Western flavour about it as it was ruled by the Portuguese for quite long and its landscape is dotted with Portuguese architecture& churches. The Basilica of Bom Jesus, which is almost 400 years old, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It houses the remains of St. Francis Xavier. However, the life of Goa lies in its numerous amazingly beautiful beaches and water sports like scuba diving, parasailing, rafting, snorkeling and many such adventurous activities, of course, performed with expert assistance. Be its cosy beachside cafes, pocket-friendly booze, pristine beaches or ancient churches- this place has something for everyone. While the idea of sunrise and sunset views at its beaches, seafood delicacies, and beautiful architecture excites you, it has always ruled the hearts of tourists globally.
Simply put, the Western region is rightly famed for its rich natural heritage and not to forget, the largest desert in India- the Thar Desert in Rajasthan. With a strongly diverse heritage, this region offers a number of splendid attractions thronged by tourists from around the world. Hence, this incredible extravaganza could be your next ideal getaway for a relaxing and rejuvenating vacation.
It is a single-day festival that marks the birth of Lord Jesus or Jesus Christ. Its celebrations date back to A.D 273. This occasion of cheer and wonder marked by exchanging gifts, decorating homes with bright lights and relishing the traditional Christmas plum cake. People buy new clothes as they visit the local churches and decorate the Christmas tree at their home and enjoy long night parties with loved ones. People start decorating their houses with beautiful Christmas trees adorned with decorative items in advance and put colourful lights on display. This is undoubtedly one of the favourite festivals of as it fallls during the winter season. They decorate their room with Christmas decorations , singing carols with their family and friends, relish the sumptuopus delicacies and watch the fireworks.
Christmas in Goa: 25th December, 2023
Easter is celebrated every year as a symbol of rising from the dead or resurrection of Jesus Christ after his crucifixion. It is of huge religious significance among the Christians in India that follows the tradition of chanting special prayers to Lord Jesus in a church. The best destination to get the most amazing Easter vibes is Goa. Its decorated and illuminated Churches with fresh flowers (primarily the Easter lilies) and beautiful lights are a sight to behold. All the christians worldwide come together to celebrate one of their most important festival and it never fails to radiate the whole word with joyous vibes at its best. The main attractions of this festival are the decorated Easter eggs and Easter bunnies available in stores for sale. Chocolate cakes, bright lanterns and flowers are usually exchanged as gifts.
Easter in Goa: 9th April, 2023
In International Kite Festival or Uttarayan, the sky gets dotted with colourful kites flying over the scenic views of the city. The bright-hued and kites of unique shapes, visible from roof tops and open spaces, grace the skies on this day in January. This festive occasion is symbolic of the passion and obsession for kite flying that among its natives and the foreign tourists take an active part too. Witness thousands of people gathering to soak in the beautiful views of the skyline adorned with colourful kites flowing with the winds. It is also celebrated on the occasion of end of winter season and onset of summers. So if you are heading for a summer holiday in India, this blissful festival is a must experience for you!
International Kite Festival: 14th of January 2023 till the 15th of January 2023
Kolkata is a city in West of India that dons the theme of an artistic city as it springs up various idols of Goddess Durga who signifies Divine Feminine Power and is considered to be the greatest female goddess. It is a festival that spans through a period of nine days. Each day, one of the various forms of Goddess Durga is worshipped and the last day observes the immersion of Goddess River into water. Kolkata turns into a mega carnival for this traditional ten-day festival where you can get the best vibes of Durga Puja in every corner. You can go on pandal hopping here to witness the different ways this festival is celebrated and snack on finger-licking Bengali desserts like juicy Rasogulla, Mishti Doi, Shor Bhaja and Langcha on the go.
Durga Pooja in Kolkata: October 20, 2023 – October 24, 2023
Goa is a hub for rollicking parties with peppy music in the backdrop and every foreigner who wants to get an urban experience, this city takes the first spot. The year-round celebrations are powered by the party spots located close to the beaches. However, the traditional Goa carnival is for the Goa people, by the Goa people. Its origin dates back to Portuguese rule in 16th century and now this pleasure ground for foreign tourists celebrate this carnival on a grand note. This festival ends with a pure indulgence in rich cuisines, beverages and wines to pump up your festive moods higher. Also, don’t miss on its highlight event- the spectacular parade showcasing gorgeous floats, splendid danceperfomances giving it a grand close.
Carnival Festival in Goa: 17th February- 25th February 2023
The Modhera Dance Festival showcases a blend of amazing folk dance and music performances with the spectacular Modhera Sun Temple as the grand backdrop. This festival attracts a huge fan fare who gather to enjoy various dance forms like Bhartnatyam and Kuchipudi. All the traditional dance troupes and live music artists gather from across the world to offer a panorama of various performances. The dance performances blend perfectly with the ambience of sandstone figurines of the temple. It is a three-day festival held in the month of January every your with the purpose of keeping the cultural legacy intact. Also, the noteworthy technological splendor of the Modhera temple’s architecture is something you shouldn't miss.
Modhera Festival in Gujarat: 19th December, 2023
The Rann Utsav is a desert carnival inspired by the state’s culture, vibrant aura, folk music and dance. All this would give you the best of Gujarat culture in the embrace of a shimmery white desert. During the full-moon wintery nights, this three-day desert fiesta is brimmed with traditional flavours, music and folk dance, hospitality in the Rann of Kutch. As the moon lights up the white desert at night, tourists and locals gather together to celebrate life in all its glory. This festival is powered by the Gujarat Tourism that can be enjoyed by booking an all-inclusive package with us. Our packages offer hygienic accommodation, pick up and drop off, authentic cuisine, sightseeing, full moon night views at the white sand desert and so much more.
Rann Utsav in Kutch: October 26th, 2022 to February 20th, 2023
Ganesh Chaturthi is a ten-day festival where Lord Ganesha who is worshipped for divine blessings. It is a holy and grand affair in West India, especially Maharashtra, where this occasion is celebrated on a gala note. This event is of vital significance in West India as the locals lit up their homes, temples, streets with bright lights just like Diwali in North India. The high-spirited, faith and devotion vibes of this occasion shall keep you overwhelmed for a week as the state of Maharashtra hosts Ganesh Chaturthi every year. Also called Vinayaka Chaturthi, the last day of this festival observes a vibrant and joyous procession wherein various idols of Lord Ganesha are immersed in the water. Thousands of devotees become a part of this epic tradition every year.
Ganesh Chaturthi in Mumbai: 18th September, 2023