Travel Guide for July
With the kickoff of July, the exciting and soothing monsoon showers have perfectly blotted out the blazing hot summer. It’s not the right time to confine yourself inside your homes, get ready and pack your bags to explore the colorful and fascinating festivals and events in India.
1. Amarnath Yatra
If you want to mix adventures with spirituality then Amarnath Yatra could be the great trip of yours. To worship the holy Shiv Lingam, naturally made of ice, this is the best time to visit. Though Amarnath cave is surrounded by snowy mountains, it melts in summer and the path is clear for tourists during July and August. The cave is at great altitude and slippery tracks make trekking more challenging. Adventure lovers will surely love these hills.
When: June 28- August 26, 2018
2. Beh Deinkhlam
This is one of the most colorful festivals of India which is celebrated by Pnar tribe of Meghalaya. Beh Deikhlam is celebrated to invoke the God to drive away the negative forces and get a good harvest after their sowing is done. It is a three days festival, in which a football match is also played between the locals. The winner is supposed to have a plenteous harvest.
When: July 3, 2018
3. Dree Festival
Dree is also an agriculturally based festival celebrated by Apatani tribe of Arunachal Pradesh. Prayers and sacrifices are offered to God to protect the crops. Traditional dance, folk songs, and other cultural performances accentuate the glory of Dree festival. Not only this but also the contest for “Mr. Dree” is also an exciting part of this festival.
When: July 4-7 each year
4. Puri Rath Yatra
This is the famous holy festival celebrated in Puri, Orissa. The highly renowned Jagannath Temple witnesses the huge crowd of pilgrims. The high-spirited 12-day Rath Yatra festival sees three Raths or chariots of Lord Jagannath(Krishna) with his sister Subhadra and elder brother Balbhadra. Devotees, gathered from various parts of country pull the ropes of the chariots and feel the holy delight.
When: July 14-26, 2018
5. Champakulam Moolam Boat Race
This is the most awaited Boat Race festival held in Kerala. The race is accomplished by the snake boats which are colorfully decorated. Traditional music and dance enrich the magnificence of this festival.
When: Second half of July( date is not confirmed yet).
6. Guru Purnima
Guru Purnima is celebrated every year in the tribute of the ancient sage and author of Mahabharat, Vyasa. Teachers are honored and students present them gifts of coconut, sweets, clothes, etc. Although it is celebrated all over India at some divine centers like Sivananda Ashram, Rishikesh, and Govardhan, near Mathura, it is celebrated with a great enthusiasm and devotion.
When: July 27, 2018
7. Njangattiri Aanayoottu
Njangattiri Aanayoottu, also known as elephant feeding ritual is another important festival celebrated in Kerala. On this day, elephants are excellently decorated and marched around temples. Elephants are taken inside the temple premises and offered with delicious treats like coconut, sugar cane leaves, jaggery, and other eatables. People follow this ritual to Please Lord Ganesha who takes away obstacles from their life.
When: July 20, 2018
8. Royal Enfield Himalayan Odyssey
This is the most exciting and enthralling event of this month. The year 2018 is going to organize the 15th edition of Himalayan Odyssey. It is well-known as the most-awaited festival for motorcycle riders. They drive from Delhi to the hills of Leh and return via Spiti. Their epic journey is accompanied by challenging trails and narrow tracks.
When: July 5-22, 2018