19 March 2021 | 3 min read

6 Amazing Music Festivals In India You Must Check Out


We’ve been holed up for what feels like an eternity, and folks are finally starting to step out and make their way towards some destinations far and near. While that is wonderful, you know what we think would elevate your travels to the very next level? 

Planning your travels to places that are known for their fantastic music festivals! And India has plenty going on across different states – varying in vibe and genre and landscapes. Have leaves saved up? Plan your next holiday for the music festivals in India. We’ve curated six of the most well-known and well-received music festivals in India. Read along to find the vibe that best matches yours and pack your bags. Brownie points if it happens to be at a location that’s been on your bucket list! Hold on tight – it’s going to be one hell of a musical ride. 

PS: Due to Covid-19, many festivals are not running as per usual. We’d recommend checking respective official websites to get the most recent updates before planning your travels. 

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1. Kasol Music Festival

Kasol is pretty famous for its 2-day music festivals, celebrated annually to welcome the new year. Suppose you can picture yourself amidst love psychedelic music. In that case, flea markets, live performances by famous DJs, bonfires, cottage & camp stays, and many such lush affairs, Kasol Music Festival is the place to be.  

When: End of December 

Where: Parvati Valley, Kasol, Himachal Pradesh 

Price: Tickets starting at INR 3,500  

Find out more here.  

2. Udaipur World Music Festival

The Udaipur World Music Festival is held every year in February, curating incredible performances by close to 150 stellar artists, composers, performers, and musicians worldwide. 

This is one of the famous music festivals in India. It goes on for three consecutive days and is held when winter is slowly transitioning into spring. Different times of the day are reserved for different kinds of music to set the mood right throughout the music festival – each happening at various locations, all pretty accessible. From Rajasthani folk to Spanish pop, Kurdish to Blues, the blend of music is exquisite and should be everyone’s bucket list. 

When: February 

Where: Manji ka Ghat/ Fateh Sagar Paal/ Gandhi Ground, Udaipur 

Price: Free entry 

Find out more here

3. Ziro Festival of Music

Also known as the most incredible outdoor music festivals in India, the Ziro Festival of Music takes place over four days and allows you to set camp at the scenic valleys of Ziro. The state government work closely with the indigenous Apatani community of Ziro valley to ensure that the festival is ecologically sustainable and showcases the proper amalgamation of music, nature and the local culture. Homegrown artists such as Shaa’ir + Func, Peter Cat Recording Co., 

Menwhopause have previously performed at the festival, while international headliners like Shye Ben Tur & Lee Ranaldo have also taken the past stage. 

When: Sept/Oct 

Where: Abulyang, Ziro, Arunachal Pradesh 

Price: Tickets starting at INR 5,000 

Find out more here

4. Magnetic Fields Festival

Imagine a 3-day contemporary arts & music festival happening with the 17th century Alsisar Mahal in the backdrop! That’s what Magnetic Fields is all about – super luxurious. If budget is not a constraint, you can even take up a glamping package and immerse yourself in the whole experience of tasting dishes from some of the best chefs from across India, attend wellness workshops, attend pool parties, and camp under the stars. 

When: December 

Where: Alsisar Mahal, Rajasthan 

Price: Tickets starting at INR 6,000 

Find out more here

5. Bacardi NH7 Weekender

They call this the happiest music, and it is so true – we can vouch for it! This multi-city festival happens across significant metros such as Delhi, Bangalore, Kolkata & Pune, and some more off-beat locations such as Shillong. So, you can either attend one in your city or plan to travel to another place and get a chance to hit two birds (music + travel) with one stone. 

There are multiple stages set up in each location, with performances running simultaneously, so you can check the artist that most catches your fancy. Plus, several stalls are selling excellent merchandise and food from well & less known eateries. And yes, there’s alcohol too! 

When: Oct-December 

Where: Various locations  

Price: Tickets starting at INR 2,000 

Find out more here

6. Hornbill Festival

Known as the ‘festival of festivals, the Hornbill Festival takes place every year at Kisama, which is about 10kms away from Kohima, the Nagaland capital. Organised by the state government, the idea behind this annual festival is to revive and protect the rich cultural heritage  of Nagaland and put its traditions and extravaganza on full display! 

The festival takes place over 10-days in December and has gone from being a celebration of the Naga culture to include every North-Eastern state over some time. Glorious, isn’t it? The festival highlights (aside from rock concerts) include exhibitions, arts & crafts stalls, traditional archery, Naga wrestling, indigenous games, and so much more! 

When: December 

Where: Naga Heritage Village, Kisama, Nagaland 

Price: Tickets starting at INR 20  Find out more here



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