India is a land of hippie culture and Goa Trance music. Thus, it has to be on the list of the destinations holding the best Psychedelic Trance festivals of the world.
Panoramic view of the Best Indian Psychedelic Trance Festivals
In no particular order, there are a few upcoming Psytrance festivals in India which are rocking successes, and there are also a few which have had no editions after 2016 but yet have had a prolific history.
Here is a list of the best Indian Psychedelic Trance festivals making you go all hippie-trippy. Thus, beginning with Psytrance festivals India 2019.
Date: May 7, 2019
Location: Dharmshala, Bhagsunath, Himachal Pradesh
Living to the spirit, Himalayan Music Festival aims to create a bridge in between the world and Himalayan spirit. HMF is one of the most rapturous and most-visited Psy festivals in India.
Usually held in the month of May, in one of the more popular hill destinations of India, this eco-friendly festival is raving up the hills since 2014. A perfect event that spreads a euphoria of emotions in the lap of Himalayas. Therefore, deserving a top spot in the best Indian Psychedelic Trance festivals.
This top Indian Psytrance music festival effectively endorses music, alongside promoting the policy for a drug-free environment. With a spectacular setup in the middle of the Himalayas, it is a unique mixture of art and entertainment adhering to the global EDM culture.
With remarkable lighting besides visual effects and sound renditions to die for, this music festival is a place to feel your soul very closely and feel overjoyed about your spiritual entity.
They aimed to ease the struggle of local artists or music enthusiasts. The struggle of learning music, and further, pursuing it as a career and subsequently finding the right platform to showcase their gift to the world. Be it a fan, musician, composer or instrumentalist; this top Psytrance festival is a staple in every Psytrance fan’s calendar.
With three successful editions (2014, 2015, and 2016), HMF stuck the Himalayan ranges as a music destination on the map of music destinations in the world. It creates an ecosystem for people and the state by bringing music and tourism under one roof.
The Himalayan music festival, additionally, boasts of a naturally shaded dance floor and camping zones. Likewise, a walkway through the forest and big open spaces where fire dancers and festival entertainers perform are major attractions.
Date: To be Announced (Usually around the last week of May)
Location: Parvati Valley, Kasol, Himachal Pradesh
Synesthesia of music, art, learning, and sustainable living unified into an unmatched extravaganza under the Himalayan skies is this Psytrance music festival.
Indrasan festival aimed to form an experience that is transformative and inspirational, based in a deep respect for our community and environment. It is a fusion ground for sounds, aesthetics, and survival under natural surroundings.
Found on strong principles of environmental consciousness and ecological sustainability. Each successive edition has continued to advance this vision.
Since 2009, this music fest has become the most popular choice of Psychedelic enthusiasts. In addition to this, it is popularly known as an eco-friendly event with a laid emphasis on the campaigns and views. It promotes afforestation through this festival.
One of the more popular mountain Psy Trance festivals in the country, this festival has been raving up the hills of Manali since 2009. They bring together some of the greatest names in the Psychedelic genre from around the world to spice up the stages.
The founders say that Indrasan is a journey, an adventure, a life-altering experience, and a place to just let loose and dance it out. A pot of artistry and musical mayhem, it touches the zenith of contemporary Psychedelic underground music.
Indra Il, Edo Graphic Il, Tivonilon (Audio-Connection) (Germany), Wijdan Tribe (Germany), Pin Drop Violence (Canada), Electronick (India), Sun Nector (Germany), Electronic Tatva, Direct Input, Psyclone, AD, Shann, Edo Graphic, Deco, Visuals Octdour (Sweden), Deco Sanni (Finland)
Date: Last held in 2017
Location: Parvati Valley, Kasol, Himachal Pradesh
It is widely known that Psytrance festivals, in Kasol esp., are either the most talked-about experience one has had or something one would rather not talk about. With a perfectly psychedelic stage setup, the Space Trip festival’s first edition encapsulated the psy-experience that the festival was.
Space Trip’s maiden edition saw an unbelievable turnout, especially owing to its venue. Furthermore, the merger of Trance and the mountains of Kasol made for a terrific act. The festival has, since then, held shows throughout the country. It features artists like Technical Hitch, Asterix, etc.
Its second edition, as a full-scale festival, was held at Chandigarh’s Chimney Heights Resort, on September 16-17, 2017.
The Space Trip Festival in Chandigarh featured the annual fix of live psychedelic grooves. The best of Electro and Trance acts of Rising Dust, Psymmetrix, White Noise, Ananda, Dirty Saafi, and 40 other artists raved the stage.
Space Trip aims at bringing about a blend of ancient – modern psychedelic experience for redefining the bond between musical thoughts and one’s soul.
Location: Old Manali, Himachal Pradesh
A festival that is all about liberal culture, art, psychedelia entertainment, Arudra literally is the name of a star worshiped in the form of the celestial dance of Shiva. The existence of psy as a dance form came from him. Therefore, the dedication of the festival to the creator.
This four-day psytrance spectacle in Manali is a total mind-blasting musical and cultural experience in the most serene and raw feel. The festival showcased a UV themed mind-boggling venue with two stages, a bar, laser shows, fireworks, a flea market, yoga, and Ayurveda-inspired sessions. International cuisines and a camping area with a plethora of activities added to the essence.
Perfect for the psy-community, the festival is a space for togetherness and communication. It is the place to be for everyone who wishes to live the future inspired by the previous.
Artist line-up who set the stage ablaze was:
Mad Maxx (USA), Loud (Israel), Jo Moontribe (Malta), Zhannet (Russia), Skyfall, Redy, Juggler, Psy Yeti, Audiogramme, Starlab, Ananda, Vaeya, DJ Mash/Pulse, and many more!
Location: Choch, Parvati Valley, Kasol, Himachal Pradesh
Parvati Peaking festival has been one of the biggest Psytrance festivals in India in its last few editions. A line-up of psyched out artists with homegrown as well as international artists from the genre. It lasted for two days with a massive attendance. People experienced a peaceful environment and a hippie vibe. The 4th edition of this festival was held from May 27-30, 2016.
Date: During New Year every year
Location: Parvati Valley, Kasol, Himachal Pradesh
The 3-day, power-packed festival is known to bring a unique calmness to a distressed body and mind. Known likewise, for its distinctive hippie-vibe and peaceful environment, this festival is a great way to kick off your vacay and get rid of the summer blues.
Parvati Valley has become a flagship psytrance Indian music festival venue. Musicians from 17 countries, apart from the homeland, come to grace the stage. These countries include Spain, Sweden, Russia, Israel, South Africa, and Greece.
Date: Throughout the year
Location: North Goa
One of the best Indian Psychedelic Trance festivals, Hill Top is held every year in North Goa. A venue with a psyche atmosphere and food stalls set-up by the local females, Hill Top is the place to be to experience trance.
Did you know that Rydhm Dee started his psychedelic career inspired after his experience at Hill Top?
Hill Top is Goa’s iconic psy-party destination. Consequently, people from across the globe assemble here for its psychedelic legendary parties. International DJs play pulsating beats of Goa Trance to a global crowd of urban nomads and old-school hippies. On special occasions like Christmas, New Years, Hilltop hosts special raves, where the footfall multiplies every second. The parties last continuously for 24 hours or even more.
Hill Top, as the name suggests, is located atop a hill in Vagator. It is tactically located near residential neighborhoods. This open-air trance temple creates three stages during the festival. To add to the luminescence is a neon palm grove of glow-in-dark coconut trees, Psychedelic art forms of luminous designs (depicting mandalas), and figurines of aliens and psy-deities.
Although the festival has a wild vibe, the organization at Hill Top is ultra-careful when it comes to cleanliness and hospitality. Garbage is collected from time to time. There are designated kiosks at specific spaces for drinks and food. The hospitality of artists and attendees are all taken good care of. The admission is reasonable, the drinks are cheap, the vendors sell all one needs, and the atmosphere is extremely laid-back.
The 2019 version of the festival, that happened in February, saw the attendance of names like Raja Ram, Lucas, Starling, Atriohm, Janux, Sonic Species, etc. It also featured Techno music warriors, some of whom made their debut at the venue. They are Arjun Vagale, Kohra, Spartaque, Blot, and Ankytrixx.
Additional line-up of February-2019:
Ace Ventura, Outsiders, Tristan, Burn In Noise, Ajja, Vertical Mode, Voodoo, Gaudi, Hilight Tribe, Raja Ram, Nitin, Shpongle, Eye-D, Imagine Mars, Faders, DJ Starling, and Sunglider.
True to the nature of the festival, this electronic dance music spectacle indulged in a sensory overdrive of music, funked theme-stages, visuals, and decor.
Location: Manali, Himachal Pradesh
With a perfect combination for music, crazy dance, and scenic beauty, Shiva Squad is heaven for psychedelia enthusiasts. Besides the characteristic psy stage, they even ventured into alternative genres featuring performances by artists ranging from Indie and Folk to Metal.
It took place at the Raison Kullu-Manali highway, at a resort spread over 20 acres in the lap of the Himalayan range. The area is cut off from the tourist attracted piece of Manali, considering a free-streaming collection of music and move.
Location: Bir, Himachal Pradesh
Samsara Himalaya Edition is organized in the month of February in Bir. This fest is observed with Aryamarga meditation. The visitors can freely participate in this event and can heal their vision through music and art.
Samsara Himalaya Edition, dated October 22-31, 2017, embraced Bir International Yoga Festival. It brought together the lovers of yoga and Psybient music from all over the world. It is based on the concept of healing and evolutionary arts of sound and vision healing. In addition, the music sets on the stage with a Psybient line-up during the afternoons and late evenings.
Samsara Himalaya Edition is held around the Tibetan section of Bir Village. It is the heart of Himachal, in the Himalayan foothills of Tibet, 64 km away from Dharamshala. With this festival, Europe’s top Psy festival made its presence felt in India.
Location: Kasol, Himachal Pradesh
Kundalini Shakti Festival is a perfect fest to generate your kundalini (energy in spine) with purity and humility.
This Psy Trance fete appeals to a massive crowd. More important is its line-up, meditation zones, and a ‘trippy’ flea market. This fest attracts nirvana chasers from all over the world.
With Rishikesh in the backdrop, this festival has a hippie feel to it. It is a blend of the best of psytrance culture and spirituality. This festival is organized usually in mid-June.
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