India has a great aroma of fragrances, love, emotions, drama and most importantly, it is the land of music and dance. In India almost in every month we celebrate some or the festivals, but the month of December gives a great gratification to our mind and is the time when we say Hello! Christmas and New year and bye! bye! to the Old Year. Our this article is dedicated especially to the music and dance lovers.
Give the crowded hills and beaches a miss. This New Year, add some music, madness and more music to your itinerary and travel to one of these following music festivals instead . Get the party started already! and yes, don’t forget to tie your shoes.
Here are the best destinations and places for the music, dance and festival celebrations in India :
1. Enchanted Valley Carnival (EVC)
One of the first music festivals in India to have a full – fledged campsite, EVC has an artiste line – up to suit all tastes – from melodious Arijit Singh and Badshah to hip hop hit Florida and even Alan Walker (of Faded fame). Besides, the festival will also host several silent after – parties and workshops where you can learn to swing pois or make dream catchers.
Location: Aamby Valley, Maharashtra
2. Chasing Storm Festival
Imagine lush green rolling hills, cascading waterfalls and the smell of fresh coffee . Now imagine sitting under a million stars in such settings, roasting marshmallows around cosy campfires while jamming with musicians . Then there is the line-up of artistes. Already sounds like a great way to ring in the New Year, no?
Location: Coorg, Karnataka
3. Sunburn Festival
The head of all music festivals in India, Sunburn turns 10 this year . And for the first time, it’s moving away from the beachy sands of Goa to the music festival capital of India, Pune. Don’t get disheartened though,they are still going to live up to their biggest, craziest, electronic music festival in India because the line –up is – Afrojack, Armin Van Buuren, Kshmr, along with Ajja, Nucleya, Tom Swoon and many more . Also because the Sunburn arena that will be held in Bangalore, Mumbai, Hyderabad and Delhi before and after the main event in Pune will bring the big shots Hardwell, David Guetta and Robin Schulz .
4. Poush Mela
If big, mad music festivals with thousands of visitors cramming, screaming and dancing their heads off isn’t your scene, then this organic, homegrown, traditional music festival in the culture hub of Shantiniketan might be worth checking out . There will be folk music, wandering minstrels singing bauls, tribal dances and about 1500 stalls selling handicrafts and local fabrics . Plus, authentic Bengali food ! Like Nagaland’s Hornbill, this one too is as authentic as it can get.
Location: Shantiniketan, West Bengal
5. Kasol Psytrance Party
If you aren’t willing to let go off the usual bonfire – drinks – music – dancing routine to ring in the New Year, yet wish to make it unusual, then head to Kasol in the Trippy (quite literally) Parvati Valley of Himachal. Surrounded by the breathtaking Himalayas, with the Parvati River gushing by, a bonfire at a camp in the dense coniferous forests is an experience in itself. Add to that heady Psy-Trance music and all night parties, and you are guaranteed to wade into the New Year like never ever!
Location: Kasol, Himachal Pradesh