May 23, 2019 | 8:54 PM IST
mango festival

Mango Festival 2018: over 500 varieties to try this year

At the 30th Mango Festival, participating mango-growers displayed newer varieties of the king of fruits beside the usual hits like Rataul, Langra, Chausa, Kesar, Farzi, Hussainara, Ramkela, Mallika, and Amrapalihat. Mango festival in Delhi is being organized since 1988 and this year is more than special as over 500 different varieties from Bihar, Haryana, Uttrakhand, Himachal Pradesh, and Uttar Pradesh are displayed in the festival.
Besides enjoying a variety of mangoes, visitors can also participate in various entertaining games and quizzes like mango-eating competition, slogan writing competiton, band performances. It often excites the mango lovers that how growers name the variety of fruit. This year several new varieties are displayed like a Gayatri Mango (Gayatri Devi, wife of Chaudhary Charan Singh). The mango tastes sweet and is yellowish in colour. It has a round shape and normal size. This variety came from Muzaffarnagar, Uttar Pradesh.
The festival is being organised by the Delhi Tourism and Transportation Development Corporation (DTTDC). There are more than 1,365 varieties of mangoes grown all over the world, and about 1,000 varieties are available only in India.

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