Enjoy the colour and drama of India’s festive pageantry
This Hindu festival is celebrated all over India to mark the triumph of good over evil (Lord Ram over Ravan). The Ramlila, an enactment of the life of Lord Ram, is held during the nine days preceding Dussehra. On the 10th day, larger than life effigies of Ravan, his son and brother Meghnath and Kumbhakarna, are set alight. In Himachal Pradesh, a week-long fair in the hill town of Kullu, is a part of the Dussehra celebrations. In Mysore, South India, the Mysore palace is illuminated for a whole month during Dusshera and caparisoned elephants lead a colourful procession through the gaily-decorated streets of the city.