With a rich diversity and vast expanse, India hosts a number of world-famous events. In 2014, India plays hosts to the following Top 10 Events in India 2014 from sports, cultural, film, and religious fields.

Indian Premier League

One of the top events in India, the Indian Premier League is scheduled to be held from April to June in a series of 60 matches. It is known to be the most popular twenty-20 tournament in the world of cricket, with participating players from different countries. Mumbai Indians enter the tournament as defending champions. A few of the initial matches will be played outside India in Abu Dhabi to avoid security issues, as the date for the first part of the event will clash with Indian General election, which is due to be held on May 2nd.

indian premier league

Goa Film Festival, Goa

Held in March, Goa Film Festival is also known as the International Film Festival of India. Typically held in November, the purpose behind the event is to present go as the hottest tourist destinations in the country. The mega event pays a tribute to the diverse population of Goa.

goa film festival

Surajkund Crafts Mela, Faridabad, Haryana

Scheduled for February, Suraj Kund Crafts Mela celebrated its 28th year in 2014, showcasing the finest cuisine, handloom, handicrafts. The huge event gives a perfect platform to more than 400 artisans to demonstrate their crafts India. 

surajkund crafts mela

Raid De Himalaya, Uttaranchal

As the highest motorsport arena in the world, Raid De Himalaya is one of the extreme motorsports events in India. Established in 1999, Raid De Mission is held annually in October, where participants travel 2400-Km in a marathon at altitudes over 6,000 meters in a span of 6 days. The event is sure to raise goosebumps for even the strongest of men!

raid de himalaya

Jaisalmer Desert Festival, Rajasthan

The desert beckons you in February every year when Jaisalmer Desert Festival is held in the sandstone city of Jaisalmer. The highlight of the much-awaited event includes the camel race, polo matches, and turban tying competition, with fancily dressed locals. The event is a Rajput extravaganza, organizing different competitions to amuse visitors, including choosing the finest facial hair winner.

jaisalmer desert festival

Taj Mahotsav, Agra, Uttar Pradesh

A 10-day event, Taj Mahotsav is held in February to showcase the best of arts, crafts, music, dance, and culture of the Mughal period, invoking memories of those times. Held in Shilpgram, Agra, the extravaganza gets underway with an impressive procession of camels, elephants, and drummers. 

taj mahotsav

Nehru Trophy Boat Race, Kerala

In the second week of August, Punnamda Lake near Alappuzha turns into a tourist hub, with people from all parts of the globe thronging to this beautiful place to enjoy the most competitive of all boat races. The key attraction of the fiercely fought boat race is the competition of snake boats or Chundans, which measure over 100 feet in length and carry over 100 participants aboard.

Nehru Trophy Boat Race

India International Trade Fair, New Delhi

One of the top annual events in India, India International Trade Fair is organized in Delhi in November. The annual event provides a platform for traders, manufacturers, importers, and exporters to showcase their products, including kitchen appliances, automobiles, jute, coir products, textiles, household appliance, garments, processed food, drugs, bodycare & health care, cosmetics, furniture, telecommunication, sport goods, home furnishings, toys, and engineering goods, among others.

india international trade fair

Mysore Dassara, Karnataka

An annual royal festival, Mysore Dassara is usually held in September or October to celebrate the victory of good over evil. The main attraction of the 10-day event is the illuminated Mysore Palace. From 7 pm to 10 pm during all the 10 days, the Mysore Palace sparkles with the light of over 100,000 light bulbs. The festival witnesses a range of cultural and religious programs to entertain visitors.

mysore photos

Khajurao Dance Festival, Madhya Pradesh

An annual held in February, Khajurao Dance Festival is a celebration of India’s cultural magnificience and classical dance forms. As one of the top 10 events in India 2014, this cultural event showcases the opulence of India’s classical dance forms, including Kathak, Bharatanatyam, Odissi, Kuchipudi, Manipuri, and Kathakali. The festival also gives tourists an opportunity to explore the architectural magnificence of the temples of Khajurao.

khajuraho dance festival