Suth Tera (Feb/March). A one-day event in which fifty thousand pilgrims hike up to the hilltop temple complex of Shatrunjaya.

Tarnetar Fair (Aug/Sept). Turbans, embroidered jackets and decorative umbrellas abound at this celebration of youth in Sayla, where tribal music and poetry set a backdrop for young men and women to meet their future spouses.

Janmashtami (Aug/Sept). Krishna’s birthday is important all over Gujarat, but the “sacred abode” of Dwarka is one of the best places to be to witness the most vibrant celebrations.

Navratri (late Sept/early Oct). In Vadodara, thousands of people dance through the night across ten days (navratri means “nine nights”), worshipping nine forms of the Hindu goddess Durga.

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