In case you are a frequent traveler and like vacationing with your family or friends, you sure are supposed to know about the place you are about to travel. Here is a collection of articles which will help you find helpful information like modes of travel, best season to visit, etc about these places.

[left] Gardens.jpg[/left]MAY: Festival of flowers

Sikkim Flower Festival (Sikkim)

Held near White Hall, the governor's residence in Gangtok, the flower show displays some of Sikkim's famous orchids, gladioli, roses, alpine plants, ferns, rhododendrons etc. A food festival, river rafting and Yak safaris are other attractions at the festival.

Moatsu Mong (Nagaland)
First week of May

North-East India is arguably the most untouched part of the country. Rituals of the seven sister states are unknown to most Indians.

Moatsu Mong provides a great opportunity to give you a glimpse into an aspect of the culture -- that of Nagaland. The Sping festival usually falls in May and goes on for over six days. Folk dances, songs, tribal chants and indigenous games are all part of this festival -- a must-see for all city-bred folks who think their city limits are the end of the world.

Ooty Summer Festival (Ooty, Tamil Nadu)

Pretty much like most other summer festivals, the Ooty version has the regular cultural programmes that include fashion shows, flower arrangement exhibitions, boat races and the works. Visit the Botanical Gardens for the spectacular flower show.

Critics of the hill station will probably tell you that the place is getting to be crazily crowded. But hey, tell us a city that isn't!

Buddha Purnima (Bodh Gaya, Bihar)
May 27

Bodha Gaya is the place where Buddha attained Nirvana. It is a prominent Buddhist tourist spot and is the most sacred of the four Buddhist pilgrimage sites in the country -- the other three include Sarnath (Uttar Pradesh), Sanchi (Madhya Pradesh) and Ajanta (Maharashtra).

Image: The flower show at the Botanical Gardens in Ooty is a major tourist attraction.