They say music is a universal language. So why don’t we start the conversation! Let’s start this musical journey with some of the best music festival which are held in our country.
One of the biggest cultural tourism festivals in the country, the Hornbill Music Festival has been luring a plenitude of tourists over the years. This 7 day cultural fiesta is held amidst the scenic environs of Kohima in December. While here, you get the opportunity to witness the greatest rock music challenge in the nation. Furthermore, you can also find out about the rich cultural heritage of the place all under one rooftop. Organised by Nagaland’s State Tourism and Art & Culture Departments to promote Naga heritage and traditions, Hornbill Festival hosts food fairs, art displays, indigenous games, music concerts, ceremonies and a lot more.
How to reach: Fly straight to the nearest Airport of Dimapur which is 74 km from Kohima City.
Magnetic Fields, Rajasthan
Every year in December, music lovers from around the world travel to the pink city of Jaipur for the Magnetic Fields Festival. Set against the stunning background of Alsisar Mahal, this 3-day fest has multiple stage performances across genres including EDM, folk, house and trance. This festival is a must if you’d like to explore the underground music scene accompanied by stunning visuals, local cuisine and royal hospitality. Be mesmerized by not just the freshest sounds in the country but also the royal ambience projecting from this magical festival every year in December.
How to reach: Shekhawati can be reached by road or train as it is well connected to major cities like New Delhi and Jaipur. Alternatively, one can also fly down to these airports and drive down to Shekhawati.
Ziro, Arunachal Pradesh
The green valleys of Arunachal Pradesh come to life every September with the Ziro Music Festival. Held in the stunning World Heritage Site of Arunachal Pradesh, at 5500 feet surrounded by misty mountains, the Ziro Festival of Music is aptly deemed the most happening outdoor festival in the country. This marvellous region is rich in rice fields and surrounded by mountain peaks that boast of pine trees as well as a wide range of flora and fauna that leave your souls captivated. It is organized by a team that is extremely passionate about music and is always on the lookout for fresh, interesting acts. An open-air celebration set in the rich Ziro Valley with independent music, Himalayan perspectives, and grass to lie back on – what more do you want!
How to reach: Fly straight to Guwahati airport from any major city in the country and then reach Ziro by road.
NH7 Weekender, Multicity
The most talked about music festival which concentrates on non-Bollywood music, NH7 Weekender was first started in Pune and later got its wings in other Indian cities. Today this multi-city festival is a much-awaited annual event organized in different parts of the country, including Bengaluru, Kolkata, Meghalaya and Noida, with the flagship performance being in Pune. The festival boasts of a unique artist line up, lip-smacking local food, art installations and breezy pleasant weather.
Just like the name, this one is your literal escape to the hills. Escape is quite an offbeat and unique three-day fest which takes you away from the humdrum of your city life. It is set around the scenic getaway of Naukuchiatal or ‘lake of nine corners’, a small hill station in Nainital housing a picturesque lake and surrounded by stunning hills on all sides. This creative retreat features bands, artists, writers, photographers, painters, graffiti artists, performance artists, tattoo artists and potters in a melange of talent and in the presence of a vibrant flea market.
How To Reach: You can drive down to Naukuchiyatal from Delhi.
Sula Fest, Nasik
Music goes perfectly with wine and proving it right is the Sula Fest in the vineyards of Sula, Nasik. Set against the backdrop of green mountains the two-day is a mix of electronic music, Dubstep, Reggae and the likes with a healthy dose of wine, fashion, leisure and delight. It is an experience to sip wine and enjoy international and Indian artists playing music alongside in middle of the vineyard.
How to reach: Fly straight to the Mumbai International Airport and drive to Nasik.
Sunburn Festival, Goa
How can we talk about music and celebration without talking about the party capital of India. The popular Sunburn festival is a 3 day event that happens in Goa during the last week of December and features top artists from around the World. The Sunburn arena which is more like a teaser or trailer to the main festival happens a month in advance in Mumbai and Delhi. These teasers also gathers a lot of attention. This festival is Asia’s biggest electronic music festival. If you like styles like trap music, electronic, drum n bass, house, techno and trance, this is your ideal place.
How to reach: Take a fight to Goa. Go Goa Gone!