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Fairs and Festivals of Varanasi

Experience vibrant festivals and fairs in Varanasi, including Mahashivratri, Ganga Dussehra, and Holi celebrations!

Ganga Mahotsav

This festival celebrates the cultural heritage of Varanasi with music, dance, and cultural performances along the banks of the Ganges.


Devotees throng to Varanasi to celebrate Mahashivratri, dedicated to Lord Shiva. The city comes alive with prayers, rituals, and vibrant processions.

Holi in Varanasi

Varanasi transforms into a riot of colors during Holi, as locals and visitors alike partake in the joyful festivities of this vibrant festival of colors.

Ganga Dussehra

 This festival marks the descent of the Ganges to Earth and is celebrated with great fervor in Varanasi. Pilgrims take holy dips in the Ganges and offer prayers to the river goddess.

Dev Deepavali

Observed on the eve of Kartik Purnima, Dev Deepavali sees the ghats of Varanasi illuminated with thousands of earthen lamps, creating a mesmerizing spectacle.

Ramlila in Varanasi

The ancient city of Varanasi reverberates with the epic tale of Ramayana during Ramlila, a theatrical enactment of Lord Rama’s life and adventures.

Nag Nathaiya

Held during the month of Kartik, Nag Nathaiya is a unique festival where locals enact the mythological tale of Lord Krishna subduing the serpent Kalia.

Buddha Purnima

Varanasi, the birthplace of Buddhism, celebrates Buddha Purnima with reverence and fervor, commemorating the birth, enlightenment, and nirvana of Lord Buddha.

Dhrupad Mela

Music enthusiasts flock to Varanasi during Dhrupad Mela, a festival dedicated to classical Indian music, featuring performances by renowned artists and musicians.


The victory of good over evil is celebrated with grandeur in Varanasi during Dussehra, with effigies of Ravana, Kumbhakarna, and Meghnad being burnt amidst much fanfare.

These festivals and fairs showcase the vibrant culture, rich traditions and spiritual fervor of Varanasi, making it a must-visit destination for travelers seeking immersive cultural experiences.

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