Travel: Why You Must Add Sulafest 2014 And Ragasthan 2014 To Your Travel Checklist This Month

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January and February have become the official festival months in India. I’m referring not to the religious kind, but to the cultural kind. There are many great events to look forward to, both outside the city and within. So starting this week, we bring you some of the best festivals and events happening around Mumbai so you can plan all those long weekends this year in advance. Here’s a look at two of February’s most anticipated destination festivals.

Sulafest – a heady mix of alcohol, gourmet food, music and this time, fashion too!
When: 
1st – 2nd February
Where: Sula Vineyards, Nasik

Colourful tents, image courtesy Sulafest 2014
Colourful tents, image courtesy Sulafest 2014

Sula has ruled the Indian wine market for a while now, and I’ll go out on a limb and say that before Sula, India didn’t have much of a wine industry. They’re responsible for a generation of wine drinkers. Besides just reaching consumers through liquor stores, Sula works towards creating a wine drinking culture. Their vineyards have become a popular travel destination, and their annual Sulafest has become one of the most anticipated events of the year.

As usual,this year the event will involve lots of wine tasting, but it’s the music that draws the crowd. Their Greek style amphitheater, located in the middle of idyllic countryside will host a variety of upcoming and established musicians from India and abroad. This year’s line-up is features an eclectic mixture of artists the very talented Sushila Raman, Mumbai based Bay City Lights who were formerly Something Revelant, Dubpistol (London-based ska-dub-punk-hoppers).

A glimpse of Sula Fest, image courtesy Miss Malini
A glimpse of Sula Fest, image courtesy Miss Malini

“Sulafest is very well organized” says actress Himanshi Chowdhury, “Last year Gaudi was one of the biggest acts. And this year he’s back again! I’m personally looking forward to the Gypsy All Stars (formerly the Gypsy Kings). There’s a separate stage for electronic music, and one of my favourites DJ Ankytrixx will be performing. Plus I’m sure I’ll discover lots of great Indian acts once I get there.”

Zinnia Mandrekar, who has been to Sulafest twice before explains what draws her to the weekend festival, “What makes the experience so special is the relaxed ambience. It’s a great place to unwind, and in the past I was able to listen to many new musicians I hadn’t heard of. Especially for us from Mumbai, it’s so conveniently located, so easily accessible, yet completely cut off.”  

This year Sulafest has brought fashion into the mix, by joining forces with clothing giants Vero Moda, who will be launching their demon brand Noisy May at the event. The already beautiful surroundings will now be embellished with some of India’s top models, who will walk the ramp for Noisy May at Sulafest. For more retail therapy you can always head to Sulafest Bazaar where you can get foot massages, get a tarot reading and stomp grapes while you shop. Whether you go there for the wine, for the cool Nasik weather or to ogle at the models, you’ll return pleased as a punch! To book tickets log onto www.bookymyshow.com

Ragasthan 2014: India’s craziest music festival
When: 
13th to 16th February
Where: Khuri Dunes, Jaisalmer, Rajasthan

A peek at what's in store, image courtesy Sound Tree Magazine
A peek at what’s in store, image courtesy Sound Tree Magazine

While Sula has become a well-established big boy of the event world, Ragasthan is pretty new. This is the second edition of the music festival, which happens in the gorgeous Khuri Dunes of Jaisalmer. If you’re a hard-core music lover and enjoy the outdoors then this one is for you.

There are three different stages, one for pop/rock, the second for electronic music and the third for world/folk music. 40 musicians, including local favourites like Mukul Deora, Parikrama, Bombay Bassment and Spud in the Box will play at the event. International artists like Shiva Soundsystem, French composer Christophe Chassol and N.Y. based Alo Wala are also expected to draw a crowd. What’s great about the festival is that is also features local Rajasthani folk music!

Riders at Ragasthan, poster for the event
Riders at Ragasthan, poster for the event

Besides listening to music attendees will get a chance to try their hands at a variety of outdoor activities and adventure sports. You can ride hot air balloons, go zorbing, play a game of paintball or fly kites; all great outdoor activities that are best enjoyed in the flatlands of Rajasthan. The event also has an outdoor movie theatre, where you can lounge of cosy mattresses and sip of hot chai, while you watch films. Screening will happen every night, post 10 p.m. Besides, you get to camp in tents for three nights, have open air barbeques and see a whole different non-touristy side of Rajasthan! Now follow the link and book your tickets.

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Fatured image: Sulafest 2013

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