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5 music festivals in India you shouldn’t miss


1.Ziro Festival, Arunachal Pradesh

The Ziro Festival of Music is an outdoor music festival held in the Ziro valley in the northeast Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh. It showcases the independent music scene in India. The festival is spread over four days and is hosted by members of the Apatani people in Ziro.

WHEN: October 2018

WHERE: Ziro Valley, Arunachal Pradesh, India

How to reach: Fly straight to Guwahati airport from any major city in the country and then reach Ziro by road.

2. NH-7 Weekender (Multiple cities across India)

NH7 Weekender is an annual, multi-city music festival in India. the event is one of the largest music festivals in India, with an annual attendance across the editions of over 100,000. The festival is noted for its divergent artistic lineup and hosts a large number of established and emerging local artists alongside major international acts.

WHEN: Starts from October

WHERE: Meghalaya, Pune, Kolkata, Bangalore, Jaipur, Puducherry, Indore, Kochi, Goa, Hyderabad, Mysore

How to reach: All these places are well connected so you can directly reach there by flight or train or take a bus from the nearest city.

3. Magnetic Fields, Rajasthan

Magnetic Fields is held in Alsisar Mahal in Shekhawati, Rajasthan.  It is a 3-day celebration. This festival takes place in December and has post party events in Mumbai and Pune. Besides the music festival, there are yoga sessions and workshops with artisans on how to make basic handcraft items.

WHEN: Mid-December (2018 Dates TBA)

WHERE: Rajasthan, India

How to reach: Shekhawati can be reached by road or train as it is well connected to major cities like New Delhi and Jaipur.

4. The Hornbill Festival, Nagaland

The Hornbill Festival is a celebration held every year from 1 – 10 December, in Nagaland, Northeast India. It is also called the ‘Festival of Festivals’. This festival is a combination of music, art, dance and culture culminating in a magnificent rock contest between bands from all over the country.

WHEN: December 1- 10

WHERE: Kohima, Nagaland

How to reach: Fly straight to the nearest Airport of Dimapur which is 74km from Kohima City.

5. Storm, Bangalore

Summer Storm Festival is an annual music festival which takes place in Bangalore. It is said to be set in the lap of nature and features the best music artists and performers. They also have yoga sessions, music workshops on-the-go, camp-jams, bonfires, roasted marshmallows, multiple genres of music and so on.

WHEN: New Years Eve

WHERE: Bangalore, Karnataka

How to reach: Fly straight into Bangalore International Airport from various major cities across the country