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Lokrang Samaroh, The Festival That Unifies India

The beauty of India is in its diversity. People of all ages, backgrounds, and religions live together peacefully. We celebrate our diversity and we love what makes us unique. That’s why events like Lokrang Samaroh is an amazing opportunity for tourists to view the real India up close.

With nearly a billion people, India has a variety of cultures and communities. It can be overwhelming to find a way to celebrate this uniqueness. Luckily our country loves emotion and displays of faith. We spread the message of love and harmony through any festival or event. Diwali is loved equally by Hindus, Christians, and Muslims. People of all religions can’t resist eating sweets prepared during Eid. Christmas is a time of celebration and merriment for all Indians. These and many such things are unique to India and its people. The Lokrang Samaroh is the perfect place to view the unity and harmony of Indians.

Lokrang Samaroh is held annually in Bhopal in Madhya Pradesh. The festival begins on 26th January. 26th January is celebrated as Republic Day in India. This is the day when the Indian Constitution came into effect. It bound the Indians together and gave them a feeling of belonging. Today, a parade is held in Delhi, the capital of India. If you get a chance, you should see this parade.

Flights, buses, and trains to Bhopal are available from Delhi, Mumbai, and Bangalore. The weather is also amazing as winter begins in October. January mornings are cold yet pleasant while the evenings are chilly but not freezing. Nights can get really cold so we recommend you carry warm clothing and shoes. Bhopal is popularly known as the ‘City of Lakes‘ in India. It is one of the greenest cities in India. The city is gorgeous with its old world charm mixed with modern architecture. You should definitely take some time to explore the city when you visit the festival. Bhopal has some of the most eclectic, famous cuisine and dishes in the country. The lanes of the markets are complete with street carts selling hot, tasty food. Tourists and foodies just have to try some of the delectable kebabs, tikkas, and curries available here. Art is highly celebrated in Bhopal. There are parks and theatres that host plays and shows for viewers of all ages. Visitors can catch a poetry reading or art show any time of the year. Another must-see attraction in Bhopal is the Bhimbetka Caves. An archaeological site, they are reported to have evidence of pre-historic man and dwellings.

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While there are a staggering 600 caves, today only 12 are open for visitors, travelers, and tourists. The group of caves has been declared as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. They are located about 35 kilometers from Bhopal. You can hire a private taxi or cab to reach Bhimbetka. Thick, dense forests surround the cave. Travelers should pack a picnic basket or lunch to enjoy in the forest. A leisurely walk can be enjoyed once you are done exploring the caves.

The special thing about Lokrang Samaroh is every year they focus on a particular theme or region. For example, they may highlight the traditions and rituals of a state in South India. It is depicted through dance, song, art, and food. Tourists, travelers, and visitors can experience the various states and their culture personally. The celebrations continue for 5 whole days. They also provide tribal craftsmen, singers, and performers a platform to display their art. It gives these highly neglected communities a much-required channel to reach audiences. If you wish to visit, you should book tickets or get a package from a reputed travel agent. This is your chance to immerse yourself in an unified celebration of India!

Featured Photo of ‘Detail of Indian Flag’ by Adam Jones under CC BY-SA 2.0

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