While Madhya Pradesh has one of the Kumbh Mela sites at Ujjain, it won’t be hosting it again till 2028. However, there are a couple of major arts festivals.

Chauragarh pilgrimage (Shivratri Mela; Feb/March). Tens of thousands of pilgrims and sadhus make the 23km climb up Chauragarh Mountain in Pachmarhi to see the all-powerful lingam.

Khajuraho Festival of Dance (Feb). One of India’s premier dance events, this free festival features traditional and classical dance from all over India.

Tansen Samaroh Festival (Nov/Dec). A major four-day festival of Indian classical music to commemorate the life of the great sixteenth-century composer and musician Mian Tansen, held next to his tomb in Behat village, Gwalior.

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