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3 incredible indie, folk and electronic festivals across India

Move over Europe and America: India has arrived on the world music stage. Not strictly music focused, our festival picks make for immersive local experiences to make memories for a lifetime:

Image: Ziro Music Festival (L), Image: @bombaybliss Instagram (R)

The Ziro Music Festival, on this year between September 27-30, has 40 acts across 4 stages. The outdoor festival at the Himalayan foothills is a must for lovers of alternative music. Set in the gorgeously green Ziro Valley, Arunachal Pradesh, this festival is for the adventurous soul, intent on camping or staying at homestays and partaking of the local apang (rice beer), cuisine and culture. Tickets on sale now at http://zirofestival.com.

Image: Jaipur Riff

Indie rock not to your taste? We’ve got you covered with the Jodhpur Riff, held between October 24-28 at the Mehrangarh Fort, Rajasthan. As one of the largest international folk music festivals, Riff is supported by UNESCO and a great escape to the worlds of folk music from India and the globe. Set against the backdrop of the stunning Fort, pack in some R&R at Jodhpur’s many fantastic hotels, before you head to the festival. Tickets available at https://jodhpurriff.org.

Image: Magnetic Fields

Magnetic Fields has steadily built its reputation as the go-to destination for electronic music. This year the festival, held between December 14-16, promises to deliver a psychedelic carnival of colour, art and music at the historical and decadent Alsisar Mahal, Rajasthan. With its growing popularity, don’t be surprised if tickets are sold out in minutes! Keep your eye on http://magneticfields.in for more information.

Image: Akanksha Redhu

Have fun and travel safe!



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