Mountain Music Festivals in India You Should Add to Your Bucket List

Posted at January 29th, 2016 | by Aditya | in

The breathtaking aura of the mountains when combined with soothing music for the soul, creates a blend so perfect that it sweeps you off your feet. Not only do you escape the hustle bustle of city life but also witness the awe-inspiring power of nature and music. We’ve compiled a list of music festivals happening this year that you should definitely look forward to head to.

Also see: Top 6 Camping Music Festivals in India You Should not miss

Spacetrip Festival

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When: 21st-22nd May 2016
Where: Parvati Valley Kasol, Himachal Pradesh

The Spacetrip Festival is a brand new psytrance festival scheduled to happen this month. The lineup features such pioneers from psychedelic trance world as LOUD, Major7, Technical Hitch, Last Call, X-noiZe, Dirty Saffi and Psymmetrix. Blending the power of psychedelic trance with the breathtaking beauty of Parvati Valley, the festival is bound to take you on a journey into spiritual space.

Parvati Peaking
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When: 27th-30th May 2016
Where: Choch ,Parvati Valley, Himachal Pradesh

Parvati Peaking festival has been one of the biggest psytrance festivals in India in the last two years since their birth. They have some psyched out artists lined up with many of home grown as well as international artists from the genre.

Enchanted Valley Carnival

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When: Dates TBA
Where: Amby Valley City, Maharashtra

This glamorous music festival is a three-day carnival which is held at the breathtaking beautiful Amby Valley City near the popular hill station of Lonavala. This festival showcases wide varieties of genres like House, Techno, Trance, Drum and Bass. BEVC is popularly regarded as an adventure in music because it has several camping sites and a lot of adventure activities to follow.

Storm Music Festival
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When: Dates TBA
Where: Coorg, Karnataka

This music and dance festival is mostly organised in Coorg which is Karnataka’s most green and mesmerizing destination. Apart from nature, the storm music festival is known for its never-before never-after musical collaborations. With a strict “No Drugs” policy the festival makes it even better for normal people to visit. There are huge community campsite, music workshops on-the-go, yoga sessions, camp-jams and bonfires for travelling enthusiasts.

Kasauli Rhythm and Blues Festival
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When: 25th-27th March, 2016
Venue: Baikunth Resort, Kasauli, Himachal Pradesh

Lying in the hills is the Kasauli town of Himachal Pradesh. This event has showcased a lot of big indian talents. They perform in support of the critically ill, under-privileged and orphan children under the care of Genesis Foundation.

Sula Fest
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When: 6th-7th February 2016
Where: Nasik, Maharashtra

The Sula Vineyards in Nasik is home to the two day music extravaganza named the Sula Fest, it is a mix of Dubstep, Reggae, electronic music. Those visiting the fest also get the chance to camp at the beautiful Sula Vineyard.

Hornbill Festival
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When: December 2015, Dates TBA
Where: Kohima, Nagaland

The Hornbill festival is a 10-day Naga festival and is one of India’s best culture and music festivals. It showcases different tribal art with a lot of musicians from all over India. This festival is home to the biggest rock contest of India.

Kundalini Festival
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When: 9th-11th June 2016
Where: Manali, Himachal Pradesh

The Kundalini Festival brings together some of the biggest names in the scene from both international as well as from india to perform over two days in the beautiful hills of Manali. So if you are a die-hard psytrance lover and are currently looking for a vacation in the hills, we would suggest you make your way to this festival.

Ziro Festival of Music
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When: Dates TBA
Where: Ziro, Arunachal Pradesh

The Ziro Festival of Music is the most fun outdoor music festival. It features some of the most talented musicians from India and abroad but mainly from the north-east. Ziro is the festival which has a venue surrounded by rice fields and mountain peaks all around. Previously held in the month of September last year the dates are yet to be announced but we need to watch out for this.

Escape Festival of Art & Music
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When: Dates TBA
Where: The Lake Resort, Naukuchiatal, Uttarakhand

Escape has three stages overlooking a lake. Dramatic mountains provide the backdrop.
Back in May 2009, some 80 musicians decided to get away from New Delhi for a few days and then this happened “ the escape festival “.

Shiva Squad Festival
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When: 7th-8th May 2016
Where: Morpheus Valley Resort, Manali, Himachal Pradesh

The Shiva Squad Festival in Himachal Pradesh set aside the Kullu Manali highway road with a resort spread over and around 20 acres between the breathtaking Himalayan range. Apart from their trademark regular psy stage in the coming years and editions we can expect some alternative stages featuring some interesting performances by artists under many genres ranging from indie and folk to metal.

Indrasan Music Festival
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When: Dates TBA
Where: Manali, Himachal Pradesh

One of the more popular mountain psy trance festivals in the country, the eco-friendly Indrasan Festival has been raving up the hills of Manali since 2009. Bringing together some of the biggest names in the genre with some amazing views, camping and relaxation this festival is a staple in every psytrance fan’s calendar.

Hill Top Music Festival
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When: 12th-14th February 2016
Where: Vagator, Goa

The backdrop set for the hill top music festival is the amazingly beautiful shoreline that goa has. This three-day event features three stages, and besides psytrance it has artists performing techno stuffs as well.

Go Mad
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When: Dates TBA
Where: Ooty, Madhya Pradesh

The Nilgiri hills of Ooty play hosts to the three day music art and dance extravaganza. The camp-out event debuted in 2012 on the circuit and after its birth in it has featured quite few big names from the indie scene. Since then this festival has proved to be a stepping stone for the homegrown talents to get themselves some fame and love.

Himalayan Music Festival
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When: Dates TBA
Where: Dharamsala, Himachal Pradesh

This festival, which debuted this year has a spectacular setup in the midst of the Himalayas. According to the founders, the event not only promotes music but also a drug-free policy. A unique mixture of Art & Entertainment and the Global culture of EDM in the Himalaya’s.

Arudra Festival
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When: Dates TBA
Where: Manali, Himachal Pradesh

This four-day psytrance extravaganza in Manali. It is a total mind-blasting musical, art & cultural experience with the most serene and raw environmental feel. The venue and the massive line-up of artists can surely take you off your feet.

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