India is a carnival of experiences for all kind of travelers. All you need to do is be prepared to make a trip and rest assured, you will always leave impressed and fulfilled.
So go, get an experience of a lifetime with these festivals, coming up in September, October and November. From mountains and valleys to bustling cities and sprawling deserts, this list has it all. Take your pick and explore away.
Ziro Festival of Music – Ziro Valley, Arunachal Pradesh
Organised in the picturesque valley that’s on the tentative list of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, The Ziro Festival is a 4-day celebration of music, art, and culture. It sees the advent of artists and attendees from all over the world to be one with music and nature.
If you want to know what the best setting for Indie music is, this is it.
While there are multiple ways to reach here, nothing better than a road trip! The road journey changes between various landscapes offering an amazing view and charmingly astounding change of air.
Dates: September 28 – October 1, 2017
Samsara Himalaya Yoga Festival – Himalayan Foothills, Himachal Pradesh
Yoga enthusiasts and psytrance lovers – this one is for you.
Make the most of the chilly month of October by leaving everything behind and heading into the foothills of the Himalayas for the Samsara Himalaya Yoga and Music Festival. Indulge in the healing powers of yoga, reiki, and tai-chi and enjoy the Psybient line-up along with like-minded people from across the globe.
Dates: October 22-31, 2017
NH7 Weekender – East Chapter, Meghalaya
The NH7 Weekender’s East chapter takes place in the elusive Meghalaya. The untouched and unadulterated state sure takes your breath away. Though the lineup isn’t out yet, given their commendable streak of indie, electronic, folk, rock and other artists in the past, one can’t be anything less than excited!
Travelling to Meghalaya is another ball game altogether. Sure, you can take a flight into Guwahati and then a cab. But instead, you could hop into a Ford Endeavour and make this an intense, cross country road trip from Kolkata! You’d be driving across the diameter of the nation for a whopping 1,200 kilometers which loosely translates into 30-odd hours and multiple states. Don’t worry; the SUV can handle snow, sand, rock, and mud, ensuring you can tackle anything you come across.
Give this a shot because nothing gets you in a good mood as a road trip does.
Dates: October 27-28, 2017
Dharamshala International Film Festival – McLeod Ganj, Dharamshala
What started out to provide locals with a chance to experience international cinema soon became a film festival that witnesses guests and celebrated filmmakers from all over the world. With international films being showcased at the festival, one has to admit, part of the charm still comes from the surrounding Himalayas and the endearing culture.
This is one of that destination that’s best experienced via a road trip. Head here in the Ford EcoSport that considers your safety its priority. With six airbags, traction control and the Electronic Stability Program you can take to the roads without a worry.
Dates: November 2-5, 2017
Ragasthan – Jaisalmer, Rajasthan
Situated in the middle of the desert, Ragasthan is music, art and cultural festival that takes place on the famous dunes near Jaisalmer!
Rock, Pop, Alt, Sufi. You name it, Ragasthan has it. It also has tents and a lot of fun games for when the sun goes down, making it a melting pot of creativity and camaraderie. If you’re looking for a quick getaway that is culturally enriching too, Ragasthan is your best bet.
Drive down to the city of Jaisalmer and make a statement by arriving in your fun to drive Ford Figo before heading out into the desert.
Dates: November 16-18, 2017 (Yet to be confirmed)
So, which of these festivals are you heading to?