It is that time of the year when we want to leave our work desks in pursuit of travel. We bring you the best festivals in December worth travelling for. By Shikha Pushpan
Hot Air Balloon Festival, Karnataka
(Dec, 2017-Jan 2018)
Remember Gerard Butler proposing to Katherine Heigl on a hot air balloon in The Ugly Truth? Have your moment amid the clouds, surrounded by floating hot-air balloons, over the skies of Karnataka. The festival is organised by the state tourism board in three cities—Mysore, Hampi, and Bidar—simultaneously.
Hornbill Festival, Nagaland
(Dec On till 10, 2017)
Hornbill Festival is a celebration of the vibrant and colourful culture of the many tribes of Nagaland. Held at Naga Heritage Village, about 12kms from capital Kohima, the festival brings together pulsating music, tribal dance, archery demonstration, indeginous games, spicy Naga cuisine, and local handicrafts of the state on one stage.
(Ongoing till Feb 20)
The world’s largest white sand desert, Rann of Kutch, breaks into a riot of colours during the Rann Utsav every year. Hosted by Gujarat Tourism, the festival is an extravagant fair of the state’s culture, art, and cuisine. Go there on the full moon nights (Dec 3 and Jan 2) for a camel safari in surreal moonlight. The kite festival on Basant Panchami is the highlight of the festival.
Rajasthan takes pride in its much celebrated forts and palaces. What if you get to groove to EDM at one of these historic venues? This dream of many has been brought to life by Abhimanyu Alsisar who threw the doors of Alsisar Mahal open to music and dance lovers with the Magnetic Fields festival. This year’s lineup includes Four Tet, Daphni, Ben UFO, Arjun Vagale, and Sandunes.
With an envious lineup of international DJs such as David Guetta, Dmitri Vegas & Like Mike, Sunburn has been a rage since over a decade. Held every year on the shores of Goa, the festival was a rage among party-goers for over a decade. But the festival shifted base to Pune last year after a head-on legislative battle with the Goa government. This year it is being held in Pune’s Pimpri-Chinchwad area.