There’s music to life in India and its waiting to be heard! Here are Layla’s recommendations of top musical destinations:
Ziro Valley, Arunachal Pradesh
At 55,00 feet, you’ll be in the midst of misty mountains with electrifying music seeping through your very being.
Welcome to the Ziro Festival of Music. With 40 acts and acclaimed musical artists such as Lee Ranaldo, Steve Shelley, Lou Majaw, Sha’air n Func, and so many more, the Ziro Festival is considered one of India’s biggest outdoor musical events, and with good reason!
The Blue City of Jodhpur strikes just the right beats. In the charming Mehrangarh Fort, on the brightest full moon of the year, begins the Jodhpur RIFF – Rajasthan International Folk Festival. Some of the many great acts hosted here include performances by young musicians from the Langa community, Dhol Thali Nritiya, Terahtali, Kachi Ghodi, Dhol Drummers of Rajasthan, and many more.
In Jodhpur, a stay at Karni Bhavan a short distance from the Mehrangarh Fort can be a great choice. Numerous visitors are delighted by the property’s radiant ambience and unique cuisine.
Mahindra Blues, Mumbai
Feel the blues in the best possible sense. Asia’s largest blues phenomenon – The Mahindra Blues Festival, unfolds in Mumbai. The event always brings a great crowd with performances by the world’s leading blues artists such as Janiva Magness, Quinn Sullivan, Shemekia Copeland, and the Blackstratblues.
Welcome to a musical celebration of many non-mainstream genres such as folk, indie and electronic dance. Storm is your authentic camping music festival set in the royal green acres of the Palace Grounds in Bangalore.
Besides the fantastic live music and unique collaborations by talented artists, the event offers a traveller other delights like camp jams, music workshops, bonfires, yoga sessions and even adventure sports.
Escape, Naukuchiatal, Uttarakhand
Get ready to experience the most mesmerizing blend of creativity. Naukuchiatal in Nainital hosts the unique Escape festival – An event that brings together featured bands, artists, writers, photographers, painters, graffiti artists, performance artists and tattoo artists.
Close to Naukuchiatal, a stay at the Paatlidun Safari Lodge in Nainital is highly recommended. The property offers beautiful cottages spread across 13 acres of lush green expanse. During their stay, many travellers enjoy nature walks, bird watching, jeep safaris and even picnics by the Kosi river.
GoMAD fest, Ooty
In the wilderness of the Nilgiris, begins an epic musical experience. GoMad fest brings it all to you – from Fusion, Pop, Electronica and Metal music performers to whirling dancers and art installations. Travellers can also enjoy delightful jam sessions that last all night. And while you’re there don’t forget to savour the delicious, locally made chocolate.
If you decide to go to Ooty, Taj Savoy is a great stay option. This heritage property offers delightful, old-world English charm. Make sure you explore the pristine Ooty lake and the hill’s stunning botanical gardens. With thousands of plant specimens and flowers, the landscape is gorgeous.
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