Ziro and Ladakh-Two Festivals in Far Flung Corners of India

September is a perfect month to travel in India. With the monsoons receding from most parts of our country and temperatures being neither too cold nor hot, road trips take on a charm of their own.

We have curated two festivals that celebrate local music, dance, food and culture in very different ways. Each of these marquee events attracts curious travellers from around the world. How lucky we are, then, to be able to hire Savaari Car Rentals  to take in these sights first hand, with none of the visa hassles and at a fraction of the cost!

Ladakh Festival

Ladakh Festival
Ladakh Festival – Will Leave you Mesmerized 

Ladakh is on the bucket list of many a intrepid traveller. Book Savaari Car Rentals  from Chandigarh, Manali, Srinagar, or from Delhi and head out for a glorious road trip to witness the famed Ladakh Festival, first hand. This year’s festival will take place between 20th and 26th September, in Leh and adjoining villages. Last year’s festival was cancelled due to the floods in J&K, and this year’s event, after a gap of 2 years is expected to be grander than ever.

Time your visit so you can be there for the inaugural and closing ceremony, where cultural troupes in full costumed glory, sing and play traditional musical instruments. This week in September also offers a once in a lifetime opportunity to witness Chhams Performances, or mystical, delightful, masked dances, performed by tantric monks, across many viharas.

The six day festival promises many other attractions, like musical concerts, archery and polo demonstrations. Those interested in seeing and buying local art can visit exhibitions of Thangka Paintings and Handicrafts. Thangka paintings that are beautifully detailed are considered to be an object of reverence, offering a path to enlightenment to its practitioners, and patrons alike.

Ziro Festival of Music, Arunachal Pradesh

Ziro  -One of the biggest Music Festival in Arunanchal Pradesh
Ziro – One of the biggest Music Festival in Arunanchal Pradesh

Billed as, India’s Greatest Outdoor Music Festival, the 4th edition of the Ziro Festival of music is back from 24th-27th September. The festival takes place in the Ziro Valley, 4 hours by cab from Guwahati. You can hire Savaari Car Rentals to ferry you from Guwahati, or make this a stop over, as a part of a larger North East itinerary. Just make sure you have an Inner Line Permit or ILP in hand before you head out for this journey of a lifetime.

The Ziro festival attracts some of the best bands on the indie band circuit, and features performances from local North Eastern musicians and folk artists as well. But even if you have never heard of Ska Vengers, or the Whirling Kalapas, if you have only a passing acquaintance with the sounds of Shaa’ir n Func…Ziro promises to be an unforgettable experience.

The music festival offers you a chance to camp out in the midst of nature. One of the oldest towns in Arunachal Pradesh, Ziro is located 5500 feet above sea level and is surrounded by remote, misty mountains and pine trees. This World Heritage area is home to the Apatanis, a tribe known to cultivate paddy and fish using traditional irrigation methods, in knee deep water. If you are lucky, you may spot the Indian Bison or Mithun while going about your day, or score an invitation to a local’s home for a traditional meal!

 

Experience Live: Unforgettable Indian Festivals!

Indian Festivals

India is spectacularly colourful, vibrant and multicultural. Whether it is experiencing the bustle of all-night markets during Ramzan, shopping for Rakhis in preparation for Raksha Bandhan, or making sure you land an invite to an elaborate Onam Sadhya, August features a line of festivals for multiple communities.

But what if you could witness the gaiety associated with some of these festivals, live? Go on and book an outstation trip with Savaari Car Rentals and take off to see a side of India you haven’t seen yet. Call us on 0 90 4545 0000 to book your trip today.

Here are some experiences we highly recommend.

Road trip to Jammu for its Kite Festival

About 600 kms from Delhi, Jammu is especially delightful during Raksha Bandhan. For, the locals celebrate it with a unique Kite Festival, or Guddi Dor. The skies are dotted with colour and shouts of ‘Woh Kate’ rent the air. Brothers and sisters journey to Jammu just in time to bring in the occasion with their family. If you can’t make it to Jammu for Rakhi, we suggest planning a trip during Janmashtami, on 5th September 2015, which offers another opportunity to experience this fast disappearing tradition.

While Jammu is known primarily as a pilgrimage destination enroute to Vaishno Devi it has many delights for the history buff, with the Amar Mahal and Mubarak Mandi Palaces, the Dogra Museum and Bahu Fort, named after Raja Bahu Lochan the brother of the erstwhile ruler of this princely state. Mansar and Surinsar lakes and the Nandini wildlife sanctuary are perfect for nature lovers. Jammu is also famed for its Dogri cuisine, like Khatta Meat, Rajma Kulche. Else you may want to take home some delicious mango and saunf pickles, or kasrod ka achar!

Witness Pulikali (The Tiger Dance) during Onam in Kerala

Pookalam or elaborate flower rangolis, lip smacking Avial, Olan, Thoran, Pachadi and Payasam that is part of every Sadhya meal, beautiful men and women dressed in traditional attire, the famed snake boat races, Onam in Kerala and outside is truly a sight to behold.

But Thrissur, just 315 kms from Bangalore, is the best destination to witness Pulikali or the colorful tiger dances take place every Onam. This year, it is happening on August 31st 2015. Book a Savaari Car Rental and head to God’s Own Country and see hundreds of artists sporting golden yellow, red and black stripes, and dancing to the beat of traditional instruments like Udukku and Thakil.

The folk art features ‘sangams’ or various troupes that dance fiercely, imitating a hunt between a tiger and a prey. Hours of preparation spent painting their body and donning elaborate costume masks and accessories, culminates in a procession through the city, that ends at Swaraj Round. This spectacular performance attracts thousands of visitors every year.

Cheer on Snake Boats in Aranmula, Kerala

128 kms from the capital Trivandrum lies Aranmula, on the banks of the Pampa River. Home to the Aranmula Parthasarathy Temple, the town hosts the very well known, historic, snake boat race during Onam. This year, it is to take place on August 31st, 2015, when thousands of spectators will gather to excitedly cheer over 50 graceful long wooden boats move in a fierce rhythm for over 40 kilometres along the river.

The snake boats that are a testimony to traditional craftsmanship are lovingly maintained all year, just in preparation for this day. 150 oarsmen in each boat, sing songs or Vanchipattu as their boats adorned with umbrellas, flags and golden laces slices through the water, making for a truly unforgettable spectacle.

Five Road Trip Essentials

Traveling With

Taking a flight? Chances are you will complain about long waits and terrible airplane food. Planning train travel to relive childhood memories? It is likely you will abandon it because ‘time kahan hain?’ …but the kind of getaway that is easy to plan and guaranteed to be fun is a good old road trip!

Especially, if you do not have the stress of being behind the wheel and have the comfort of travelling in a chauffeured car courtesy Savaari Car Rentals! So lets imagine you are getting away to someplace amazing when the next long weekend rolls around. Here is how you can plan for a perfect driving holiday!

Pretend like it is 1993. Make playlists.

With uninterrupted access to the radio, YouTube and Soundcloud the music on your phone is likely out of date. Hark back to the era of tapes and make brand new mixes a.k.a playlists just for this trip. Moods tend to vary wildly and you may tire of Arijit Singh after 2 hours. Be prepared to crave old Rafi classics. Revisit Britney Spears or cater to requests for AC/DC, so everyone is happy! Downloading podcasts or books on tape is also a great option if you want some quiet, customized entertainment.

Pack Dabbas

Remember picnics, packing mountains of food and eating it messily in parks? Why not bring back a little of that madness on your next road trip? Maybe you don’t want to revisit the menu of alu sabzi, pooris and mixed rice but you can always modernize and improvise. How about egg and mustard sandwiches, wasabi peanuts, veggie sticks with hummus, and store bought containers of chocolate mousse for nonstop snacking?

Start Early. Leave Late

The whole excitement of a trip lies in waking up at an ungodly hour and beating city traffic. Book Savaari Car Rentals so our driver can you pick you up nice and early. Then get chatting so he can recommend some great breakfast joints along the way. And, ensure you get back to the concrete jungle way into the night so you can put off complaining about traffic till the morning at least.

Take the Scenic Route

Remember Mondays? Remember hours spent going through other people’s Facebook vacation albums? Remember daydreaming about your next trip to the mountains or the beach? Make it all count by taking the scenic route on this trip. What is an extra few hours in a car, especially when you are not driving…when you can stick your neck out and feel the wind in your hair? When you can stop at every gurgling brook and take selfies. And every turn in the road throws up an even more gorgeous view. Make sure your stop for chai often and embrace unexpected detours, because, this one time at least, the journey is everything.

Document. Or Don’t

It is frustrating but in our hyper visual world, sometimes people spend more time documenting their travels than experiencing it first hand. If you are anti pictures then stick by your plan and don’t whip out your phone every time you see something beautiful. But if you feel document nahin kiya to kya kiya? step up your editing game with VSCO Camfor photos that will do justice to your trip. For videos, you can use Magisto to create short films complete with music and fx. Or if the trip inspires the travel writer in your, get journalling with Evernote.

Lastly, use this freely available guide to pack smart, ensure you dress comfortably and lie back and relax while we get you to your destination in style. Call 0 90 4545 0000 or Click Here to book your next outstation trip with Savaari Car Rentals.

Witness Rathyatra at Puri on 29th July

Coming 29th July, Witness the biggest and oldest Rathyatra in the world at Puri. The tradition dates back to 1150 AD when the Temple of Jagganath was completed. The festival is important in two aspects – chhera pahara, wherein the Gajapati Kings descendants sweeps the area around the Deity and also cleans the path on which the Chariot is moving. This is done on both and Last day of the festival to signify the fact that in the eyes of Lord all beings are ewual. In the Ratha Yatra, the three deities are taken from the Jagannath Temple in the chariots to the Gundicha Temple, where they stay for seven days. After that period, the deities again ride the chariots back to Shri Mandir. Every year lakhs of devotees flock to have a glimpse of Lord Jagannath.

Rathyatra At Puri
Rathyatra At Puri

From nearby cities, people cab pre-book cabs from Savaari Car Rentals. Some of the cities from which cabs are available are Kolkata, Bhubaneswar, Vishakhapatnam, Ranchi, Jamshedpur. Have a happy Rath Yatra.