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Travel To These 8 Coolest & Most EPIC Fests In India For The Trip Of A Lifetime

If your plan is to travel the length and the breadth of the country and tick off a festival each alongside on your bucket list, we have your back. Forget the bullish throngs of Dilli and head to a dessert fest or even a music fest happening inside a palace - we’ve mapped out all the coolest and most EPIC fests in India that are NOT about food!

1. NH 7 Weekender (27th - 28th October & 8th - 10th December)

This music festival has expanded to many cities - Pune, Meghalaya, Kolkata, Bengaluru, Puducherry, Hyderabad, Kochi, Jaipur, Delhi and Indore. Bacardi has continued to be its primary sponsor and tickets are usually expensive but they have a SMASHING lineup of musicians and famous bands, both Indie and foreign. Raghu Dixit, Indian Ocean, Steve Vai and Karsh Kale are regulars every single year - head over! 

When | 27th & 28th October, 2017 (Meghalaya), 8th - 10th December, 2017 (Pune)
Entry | Rs 1,250 Onwards (Meghalaya) & Rs 2,250 Onwards (Pune)
Book Your Tickets Online Here | https://insider.in/nh7-weekender
Check Out Their FB Page | https://www.facebook.com/nh7weekender/

2. Wonderflip (9th - 12th November)

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Wonderflip is a four day performing arts and music festival, held on the grounds of a haveli in rural Khempur, a 45 minute drive away from Udaipur. If you want a weekend of romance, luxury, music and art, book your tickets for this one! It includes a performing circus, live electronic music, gourmet food, exciting gear, curated festival merch and a showcasing of art pieces by leading artists and designers - nicee!!

When | 9th - 12th November, 2017
Where | Rural Khempur, Udaipur
Entry | Rs 10,500 
Book Your Tickets Online Here | http://wonderflipcircus.com/tickets/select
Check Out Their FB Page | https://www.facebook.com/wonderflip/
Browse Through Their Website | http://wonderflipcircus.com/

3. Hornbill Festival (1st - 10th December)

Hornbill festival is held every year in the first week of December in Nagaland. It is called the Festival of Festivals, and the aim of the festival is to revive and protect the rich cultural heritage of the region while displaying its extravagance and tradition. It’s a great opportunity to experience the food, songs, dances and customs of Nagaland, so defo make a plan! 

When | 1st - 10th December, 2017
Where | Kohima , Nagaland
Entry | Rs 33,000 Onwards
Book Your Tickets Online Here | https://in.bookmyshow.com/events/hornbill-festival-2017/ET00058210
Check Out Their FB Page | https://www.facebook.com/HornbillFestival/
Browse Through Their Website | http://hornbillfestival.co.in/

4. Magnetic Fields (15th - 17th December)

The festival promises to be three days of music, art, food, adventure, fun and magic! The site is special, as one gets to interact with the locals and get a taste of small town India. The festival has a great offering of food and beverages at reasonable prices, not to mention ah-mazing blowout musical nights! You can also roam around the palace, explore its history and architecture, indulge in treasure hunts, yoga sessions, stargazing, get tattoos or henna and hoard up on festival merch.

When | 15th - 17th December, 2017
Where | Alsisar Mahal, Shekhawati, Rajasthan
Entry | Rs 9,400 Onwards (Accommodation + Ticket)
Book Your Tickets Online Here | https://tickets.magneticfields.in/
Here’s Their FB Page | https://www.facebook.com/magneticfieldsfestival
Browse Through Their Website | http://magneticfields.in/

5. Enchanted Valley Carnival (16th & 17th December)

A unique music festival with multiple stages, many artists, camping and lots of adventure, the Enchanted Valley Carnival is an electronic festival that celebrates multiple genres - Trance, Techno, Progressive, House, EDM, Pop, Electronica and Bollywood as well. Last year, Farhan Akhtar, Papon and Arijit Singh were part of the headliners and we’re expecting just as good of a line-up this year!

When | 16th & 17th December, 2017
Where | Aamby Valley City, Lonavala, Pune
Entry | Rs 1,750 Onwards
Book Your Tickets Online Here | https://in.bookmyshow.com/concerts/enchanted-valley-carnival-tickets/
Check Out Their FB Page | https://www.facebook.com/enchantedvalleycarnival
Browse Through Their Website | https://evc.co.in/

6. Sunburn Festival (28th - 31st December)

India’s legendary electronic music festival is now held in the hills of Pune after years of being held on Goa’s Vagator Beach. This year would be its 11th edition with spectacular performances by the likes of David Guetta, Martin Garrix, Hardwell and Kshmr. It’s known for its eye catching production, staging, lighting, visuals and pyrotechnics and is generally regarded as India’s biggest and best dance music extravaganzas! 

When | 28th - 31st December, 2017
Where | Pimpri Chinchwad, Pune
Entry | Stay Tuned For Further Deets
Check Out Their FB Page | https://www.facebook.com/SunburnFestival/
Browse Through Their Website | http://www.sunburn.in/

7. Jaipur LIterature Festival (24th - 29th January)

It started modestly in 2006 with only 18 writers and 100 attendees. The attendance in subsequent years has grown rapidly with more international guests, Nobel Laureates, Booker Prize winners, media celebrities, cricketers and movie stars. Shashi Tharoor, Chetan Bhagat, Shobha De and Hanif Kureishi are regular attendees. It is now the largest free literary fest in the world - are you coming bibliophiles?!

When | 24th - 29th January, 2018
Timing | 9:30 AM - 10 PM
Where | Diggi Palace, Jaipur
Entry | Free
Register Online Here | https://www.twagateway.com/jlf2018/e/1#general
Check Out Their FB Page | https://www.facebook.com/JaipurLitFestOfficial/
Browse Through Their Website | https://jaipurliteraturefestival.org/

8. Ragasthan: India’s Craziest Music Festival

A three day cultural festival featuring music, film, art, photography and many other outdoor activities, the festival aims at promoting local and international tourism by showcasing the unique culture of Rajasthan. As the name suggests, ‘Ragas’ hold primary importance here, with English and Hindi bands performing live. You can even try your hand at pottery, sand art and watch documentaries and world cinema at this fest!

When | TBC
Where | Khurdi, Jaisalmer, Rajasthan
Check Out Their FB Page | https://www.facebook.com/Ragasthan/
Browse Through Their Website | http://www.ragasthan.com/

So go on - discover new cultures, travel to unknown villages, explore new places, meet famous personalities and groove to some awesome music!