Three years ago, I remember cozying up on my couch in the middle of the night, flipping through the pages of a magazine while listening to music. One after the other, the songs continued to shuffle through my music library until it found its way to Eddie Vedder's "Society". Not that I was hearing it for the first time, but as the song continued to play, the words "Society, you're a crazy breed; I hope you're not lonely without me" struck me so hard that I instantly thought to myself, "I'm soon buying a one-way ticket to somewhere far, far away from society itself."
Exactly two months later, I was hiking through the desolate, mountainous, forest trail of Kheerganga on another starlit night. I'd walked past the last inhabited village of the region long back, mobile connectivity had already left the side-all I had was the rugged, slushy soil under my feet and the entire Milky Way above my head.
I was trekking in an unidentified corner of the world where nature had not been rearranged by the hands of man; all because of a song I'd heard on one regular night.
Music has always been that one powerful tool that can heavily influence one's thoughts, moods and behaviors. We share deep emotional connections with the music that appeals to us. It has the ability to make us happy or sad, motivate us to exercise or work harder, relax and calm us. I doubt if there's anything else in the world that has this power.
And as far as travelling is concerned, its connection with music is something unbreakable. With the right album playing, you're instantly on a beach in the Andamans, on a road trip in a car across Ladakh or at a bar in the French town of Pondicherry. It doesn't matter whether you've actually been to those places or not. That's the great thing about music.
We, at NativePlanet, understand how closely music and your urge to travel are bonded. That's why, on the occasion of World Music Day, we've decided to take your love for travelling and music to the next level. We've listed out the most dynamic and not-so-clichéd music festivals held in thrilling locales all across India, along with everything you need to know to attend those. And, that's not it. We're also unveiling our very own and curated travel playlist that will inspire you for your next big trip.
Music Festivals To Visit Before You Die
1. Jodhpur Rajasthan International Folk Festival
This festival is one majestic celebration of Indian music underneath the starry skies of Rajasthan within the grounds of Mehrangarh Fort.
Dates: 24th to 28th October 2018
Official Website: www.jodhpurriff.org
Amidst the lush valleys of Arunachal Pradesh, every September Ziro features a rich line-up of established as well as emerging electronic, rock and indie musicians from all across the globe. National Geographic Traveler refers to Ziro as "the break you've been hankering for".
Dates: 27th to 30th September 2018
Official Website: www.zirofestival.com
Music, wine, food and travel-all of them meet at Sula's lush vineyards in Nashik during the SulaFest.
Dates: First half of February, every year
Official Website: www.sulafest.com
4. Kasauli Rhythm & Blues Festival
Immerse yourself completely in a blend of rock, jazz, blues, trance, house and other tunes, while in the middle of the pristine, snow-clad peaks of the Himalayas. It is also to be noted that this festival is basically a fundraising drive to aid underprivileged children with heart ailments and in need of expensive treatments.
Dates: March/April, every year
Official Website: www.facebook.com/events/163220354299985/
The list would have been incomplete without mentioning Sunburn Music Festival-Asia's largest three-day electronic music festival held on the lap of Vagator, Goa. Dynamic crowds, exciting artists line-up and breathtaking locations-all you need for an all-encompassing travel, music and dance experience.
Dates: Late December, every year
Official Website: www.sunburn.in
Let Music Inspire Your Travel
Pick up your MP3 player, plug in your headphones, chase that sunrise, go crashing against the waves, behold the night sky and make a promise at a shooting star-because, in the end, you'll only regret the chances you didn't take.
Let's put the spotlight on NativePlanet's exclusively curated and created travel playlist for you.
1. Harem Holiday by Elvis Presley: "Gonna travel, gonna travel wild and free I'm gonna pack my bags because this great big world is calling me"
2. Justify My Love by Madonna: "I wanna kiss you in Paris I wanna hold your hand in Rome"
3. Around The World by Red Hot Chili Peppers: "Where you want to go, who you want to be; What you want to do, just come with me"
4. Travelling by Paper Lions: "Travelling the road, last known is where I want to be. My compass directing, electing, an open road with golden trees"
5. How Far I'll Go by Auli'i Cravalho: "See the line where the sky meets the sea? It calls me........ if I go there's just no telling how far I'll go"
6. Guaranteed by Eddie Vedder: "Wind in my hair, I feel part of everywhere; Underneath my being is a road that disappeared"
How about adding a bit of Bollywood touch to your trip?
7. Ilahi by Arijit Singh: "Chala main jahaan le chala mujhe rasta"
8. Aao Meelon Chale by Shaan: "Manzil se behatar lagne lage hai yeh raaste"
9. Safarnama by A. R. Rahman: "Shuru tumse khatam tumpe safarnama"
10. Phir Se Ud Chala by Mohit Chauhan: "Kisi manzar par main ruka nahin; kabhi khud se bhi mein mila nahin"
What is that one song that inspires you to travel? Leave us a comment below!