The last quarter of the year is always an exciting one. And as we get ready to wrap up yet another year, why not indulge in some exotic festivities to end 2016 on a high note!
Here’s a roundup of some seriously fascinating getaways that make for an ideal base to experience these festivals and also double up as fun holiday destinations. It can’t get better than this!
SUNBURN FESTIVAL, GOA
Dates: 27-30 December 2016
It is Asia’s largest EDM music festival, held right on the beach! This popular 4-day festival is an amalgamation of music, entertainment, food and shopping and was also ranked by CNN in 2009 as one of the top 10 festivals in the world.
Where to stay:
This 300-year-old heritage home is just a few kilometres from Panjim, and comprises 8 rooms and 2 riverside studios. One can explore the nearby fishing villages and quaint roads to get a taste of rural Goa and indulge in a delicious range of Goan, Indian and international dishes prepared by experienced chefs!
This quiet boutique hotel, inspired by Arabian nights and Moorish architecture, is surrounded by lush greens, wildlife and breathtaking views of the Arabian Sea! Spread across 20 acres, this property is perfect for relaxing, taking nature walks and enjoying some downtime.
This gorgeous resort is a haven of peace and serenity, away from the humdrum of the city. It is a luxurious abode with a distinctive style of architecture and elegantly designed villas. So, get ready to savour a slice of paradise as the year comes to a close.
RANN UTSAV, GUJARAT
Rann Utsav is a celebration of the beauty, culture and spirit of Kutch and Gujarat. It is a landmark festival, where the world gathers for more than 2 months! This festival also provides an exclusive opportunity to witness the creative ingenuity of the people of Kutch and Gujarat.
Dates: Now to 20 February 2017
Where to stay:
Situated in the heart of an oasis, this abode of tents and ethnic bhoongas have a timeless appeal of luxury, style and adventure. The impeccable service and hospitality is sure to leave you basking in the true spirit of Gujarat!
This family-run, ethnically designed eco-resort is set among wetlands and agricultural fields, and houses imaginative cottages that blend with the pretty countryside. It also makes an ideal place to explore the culture, weaves and handicrafts of the nearby district!
These gorgeous tents situated right at the venue of the vibrant Rann Utsav are perfect to make the most of this festival! You can enjoy tailor-made sightseeing tours and make some lasting memories.
HORNBILL FESTIVAL, NAGALAND
Hornbill festival is organized to encourage inter-tribal harmony and promote the colourful local culture and traditions, display unique customs, rituals and practices as well as preserve heritage. There are numerous displays of handicrafts and handloom along with multi-cuisine and local food stalls and rice beer to indulge in.
Dates: 1-10 December 2016
Where to stay:
Explore the unexplored at these beautifully designed tents in the exotic state of Nagaland. Relax, enjoy a drink of the local rice beer and savour delicious tribal recipes, while participating in the celebrations of the festival!
MAGNETIC FIELDS FESTIVAL, RAJASTHAN
A 3-day magical musical carnival where the festivities never end! The festival is set within the historical and decadent Alsisar Mahal and showcases the country’s best music alongside some of the world’s finest underground stars – attracting an audience of adventurous, young and open minded urbanites.
Dates: 9-11 December 2016
Where to stay:
This property is the venue of the Magnetic Fields Festival itself! The stunning palace is sure to transport you into an era of royal kings and queens. So, revel in the grandeur of it all, and experience the finest.
This enchanting haveli radiates splendour! Soak in the magic of its regal courtyards, open gardens, and awe-inspiring rooms. Trust us, you’ll keep wanting to come back.
So, are you ready to end the year with a festive bang? We definitely are!
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