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    Huge audience flock to famous music festivals in hill stations of India

    Hills lure with romantic landscape and beautiful weather. Add in some music, company of friends and intoxicating party mood, and the resulting scene is as good as it gets. Music festivals in hill stations of India picked up quickly with the party-loving youngsters.

    Spread in different corners of the country, the audience are usually a mix of urban Indian youth and a few foreign travelers. If you are yet to attend one of these sizzling music festivals in hill stations of India, here’s all you need to know about them. Starting December, we list all major music fests of the hills.

    1. Hornbill International Rock Festival, Nagaland

    Locals performing tribal dance in Hornbill Festival

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    The Hornbill festival touches the traditional nerve of the North-East. The tribal people celebrate it with great euphoria. It is a week-long gala that amalgamates crafts display, sports, Naga folk music, traditional dance performances and a lot more, all under one shade. Hornbill Festival is held at Naga Heritage Village, Kisama which is about 12 km from Kohima, the capital of Nagaland.

    Dates 2015: 1-10 December 2015

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    Book tickets here


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    2. Enchanted Valley Carnival, Aamby Valley, Pune

    Crowd cheering at Enchanted Valley Carnival in Pune

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    Enchanted Valley Carnival is reminiscent of the remix era. DJs from all around the world get together to entertain their audience. It is called the ‘Baap of Fusion’ and is one of our recommended fests too. This year, famous artists like Ferry Corsten, Alex Morph, Tiesto and Fatboy Slim are expected to be part of this pilgrim of music preachers.

    Dates 2015: 18-20 December

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    3. Sulafest, Nashik

    Artists performing in Sulafest

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    Sulafest is actually called the Gourmet Music Festival of India. Along with the melody that soothes your ears, your taste buds are also enchanted by exquisite dishes. The two-day event carries irresistible performances of rock, folk, electronic, blues and reggae music performances. The idyllic amphitheater is like icing on the cake which further soothes the whole domain. Artists like Christ Burstein, Lucky Ali, Raimund and Steve Rachmad are lined up for 2016

    Dates 2016: 6-7 February

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    4. Gulmarg Winter Fest, Kashmir

    Artists performing popular folk tunes at Gulmarg Snow Festival

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    The festivals calls music fans with a varied taste. The scale deviates from jazz to rock, dance to films, and sports to fastidious cuisine. This all happens in awe-inspiring Himalayan ranges in the backdrop which is just unbelievable. The festival is a two-day long program that is organised in the month of March. Raghu Dixit was the centre of attraction for the last year’s fiesta.

    Dates 2016: 21-27 March

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    Suggested Read: 50 Best Hill Stations In India To Escape The City Heat

    5. Kasauli  Rhythm and Blues Festivals, Kasauli

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    Rock music lovers will be happy to hear the raising bands performing in their full swings. The gala is organized in April, during the Easter weekend. It is a two day program where around 9-10 bands show their love for music. The show gives a chance to upcoming talent to perform on a big platform.

    Date 2016: 25-27 March

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    To book tickets mail to: dolly.malvai@genesis-foundation.net


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    6. The Big Gig, Mussoorie

    A young blues band performing at The Big Gig fest in Mussoorie

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    This is the only festival that still believes in ‘blues’. According to the organizers, blues is a genre that cannot be faked. The festival shows its colors in summers, the perfect time to escape to the hills. Foot-tapping and head banging music in the backdrop of Dehradun and Shivalik hills is something to die for! With such a variety of artists like Rangeela, Prateek Kuhad, Mame Khan Manganiyar and Aryan Samuel it actually proved its glory.

    Dates 2016: 2-3 May

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    To book tickets mail to: bigggigfest@gmail.com

    7. Shiva Squad Festival, Manali

    The huge crowd of music lovers at the Shiva Squad Festival in Manali

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    It is an open conclave of air arts and music at diverse virgin locations. People from varied places perform together on same podium, allowing them to discover their true talent. The mingling of cultural, traditional and modern values through music is worth watching. September is the month for this blast.

    Dates 2016: Yet to be announced; dates for 2014 were 24-26 May

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    8. Escape, Naukuchiatal, Nainital

    A band of seven performing at the Escape Festival

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    Pothead started this creative festival that brings art and music together. The variety of bands, painters, tattoo artists, potters, graffiti are featured in this festival. This carnival is a jam of jazz, rock and electronic music. This year the music fest was organized in September with famous performers like Skinny Alley, Captains of Hook, Street Stories and Scribe.

    Dates 2016: Yet to be announced; dates for 2015 were 23-25 August

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    9. Magica Parvati Peaking Festival, Parvati Valley, Kullu

    A DJ performing at the famous trance festival in the Parvati Valley

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    Held in the Parvati Valley, Parvati Peaking Festival is the biggest trance festival in India. It commenced  just two years ago, but the magic of splendid mountains and soulful trance swept music lovers off their feet. This year’s lineup, including Skrillex and MIJA will make you groove for sure.

    Dates 2016: Yet to be announced; Last it was held in September 2015

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    10. Ziro, Arunachal Pradesh

    A rock band performing as part of the Ziro festival

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    Saying hey to rock music lovers, this could be an experience you want to add to your cart. The festival includes stellar acts from all around the world. The founders of SONIC YOUTH-USA, Sky Rabbit, Sulk Station, Guru Rewben are some of the famous musicians who have rocked the stage so far. The four day festival at a picturesque location with superb music mopes you completely!

    Dates 2016: 24-28 September

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    Book tickets here

    The beautiful hills playing music around might have taken your breath away. Don’t just paint images in your mind hop on to buy tickets now!

    Further Read: 15 Mesmerizing Hill Stations in South India


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