Enchanted Valley Carnival (Dec 18-20)
This music festival will take you through one of the best EDM experiences in India. This year, the line-up has more than 60 renowned artistes who will make you groove to their beats. Known as an Adventure in Music, the Enchanted Valley Carnival experience includes camping and adventure sports that take your mood to a whole new level. The lineup includes Tiesto, Fat Boy Slim, and Ferry Corsten. Entry fee is 6,820 onwards.
Venue: Festival Arena, Aamby Valley, Maharashtra
How to reach: It is 87 km from Pune and 120 km from Mumbai, both the cities well connected by rail
Losoong Festival (Dec 12-16)
Marks the end of the harvest season in Sikkim. A thanksgiving festival celebrated by the Lepcha and the Bhutia communities, it is also one of the sacred festivals for the Sikkimese.
Venue: All around Sikkim
How to reach: The closest major railway stations are Siliguri and New Jalpaiguri in neighbouring West Bengal
Magnetic Fields Festival (Dec 18-20)
India’s newest music festival is an intimate affair, limited to 500 people, held on two stages at a restored 17th century palace hotel in Rajasthan.
Venue: Alsisar Mahal, Shekhawati region of Rajasthan
How to reach: Jhunjhunu is the nearest railway station (36km) to Shekhawati
Chennai Music Festival (mid Dec-mid Jan)
This hugely popular and much anticipated month long festival is often described as the world’s largest cultural event. Over 1,000 performances take place during the festival, along with seminars, discussions and demonstrations on music.
Venue: Music halls all across Chennai.
How to reach: Chennai Central, Egmore and Tambaram are the three railway stations in Chennai. Hazrat Nizamuddin-Chennai Central Rajdhani runs twice a week from Delhi and Chennai
Festa de Diu (dec 1-feb 15)
Billed as Asia’s longest Beach Festival, the 75 day Festa de Diu is a celebration of music, art and culture. With concerts, carnivals, jam sessions and more than 300 artists set to perform, this edition is a must-attend.
Venue: Diu beaches
How to reach: The nearest railhead is located nearly 90 km at Veraval
Cochin Carnival (Dec 14-Jan 1)
The roots of the festival lie in the Portuguese New Year celebrations. The best part of the carnival is the magnificent parade on New Year’s Day.
Venue: Fort Kochi, Kerala
How to reach: Most of the Kerala-bound trains stop at either Ernakulam Town or Ernakulam Junction
Shilpgram Art and Craft Festival (Dec 21-30)
Over 400 artisans and craftsmen from all over India set up stalls in this festival. In fact, this village is set up by the government for just this purpose.
Venue: Shilpgram, near Udaipur, Rajasthan
How to reach: Even Palace on Wheels stops at Udaipur.