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Jump in the well… all for a bottle of feni!

Its Ganga Dussehra today (also tomorrow!). Many of us would be already in Varanasi or may be in Haridwar or Rishikesh to take part in one of the most important festival attached to River Ganges. People will be taking dip in the river and will be part of Ganga Arti in the evening. Well, quite straightforward in terms of rituals. But ever imagined a festival in India where men jump in wells to bring out, just a bottle of feni! Looks bizarre but that happens in Goa. Looks like a chill-out fun for scorching summers of June. But June has a lot more to offer.  Summer is at its peak in the north while monsoon has already struck in the south. It is still the vacation time for the most parts of India and hill stations will be packed of vacationers. Lot more to do then routine ‘queen of the hills’ trips and these include some offbeat events and festivals.

Ganga aarti at Varanasi

Ganga Dussehra at Varanasi
Well as I said it is Ganga Dussehra today. Though it is called as Dussehra, it has got nothing to do with traditional Vijayadashami, called as Dussehra commonly. It is called Dussehra as it falls on Dashami (tenth day) of Hindu month of Jyeshtha during the brighter nights (शुक्ल पक्ष). The Ganga Dussehra festival is celebrated to mark the time that the holy Ganges River descended to earth. A large number of pilgrims congregate alongside the holy river, to bathe in it and worship. Ganga Dussehra is also known as Gangavataran which means ‘the descent of the Ganga’. Usually Ganga Dusshra is celebrated one day before Nirjala Ekadashi. Ganga Dussehra is dedicated to Goddess Ganga and this day is commemorated as the day when Ganga was descended to the Earth to accomplish her mission to purge the cursed souls of Bhagiratha’s ancestors. On Ganga Dussehra devotees worship Goddess Ganga and take bath in Ganges. Taking bath in Ganges and offering charity. It is widely believed that holy dip in Ganges on Ganga Dussehra day can purge all type of sins. Devotees flock to Allahabad/Prayag, Garhmukteshwar, Haridwar, Rishikesh and Varanasi to take a holy dip. Ganga Dussehra celebrations are legendary in Varanasi. On Ganga Dussehra day thousands of devotees do Ganga Snan and participate in Ganga Aarti at Dasaswamedh Ghat. Ganga Dussehra should not be confused with Ganga Jayanti when the Goddess Ganga was reborn.

When: 3rd June 2017 (some people also say it is on 4th June)
Where: Ghats of Ganges, everywhere!

Summer Festival at Shimla

Summer Festival at Shimla
Another festival which is already on is the Summer festival at Shimla. Shimla is of course one of the India’s all time favourite hill stations. At a time when the holiday season is at its peak, there is a big festival to keep tourists in high spirits. This renowned event has been held regularly in Shimla since the 1960s. And now the dates have also been more or less fixed- 1st to 9th June every year. It features musical performances, some from famous singers, food and fashion. Plenty of local handicrafts are on sale too. The entire stretch of the Ridge road in Shimla comes alive with a riot of colors and a flurry of events like fashion shows, flower exhibitions, a sporting event for children and adults alike and a photography competition, among others. What sets the festival apart is its heartfelt dedication to showcasing the folk culture of the place. This year on the first day there were performers from Republic of Congo as well as many small time performers from Bollywood and Himachal Pradesh. Second night yesterday had performances from local artists. There is another week for the festival.

When: 1-9 June 2017
Where: Mall road, Shimla

Kottiyoor Festival at Kannur

Kottiyoor Festival at Kannur
Another festival due in coming week is at God’s one country- the evergreen Kerala. This one is quite different from usual elephant festivals of Kerala and it continues for no less than 28 days. Quite long! But the Kottiyoor Vysakha Mahotsavam is a truly mesmerising festival held amidst dense forest with the lush greenery and the gorgeous River Baveli forming a stunning backdrop. This festival in Kannur is conducted by two temples, Akkara Kottiyoor and Ikkara Kottiyoor situated on the banks of the River Baveli. The Akkara Kottiyoor Temple serves as the venue for the festival and is opened only during the festival days. The deity here is believed to be a swayambhoo lingam (self-created idol of Lord Shiva) and the temple is noted for its absence of a formal structure. Here the deity is placed on a raised platform made of river stones named manithara. The religious rituals and ceremonies are performed in thatched huts. The festival commences with the Neyyattam (pouring of ghee) ritual which is attended by hundreds of devotees. The celebrations start with the bringing of a sword from Muthirerikavu in Wayanad. An intriguing aspect of the festival is the Rohini Aaradhana where the priest embraces the swayambhoo Shiva linga as part of the ritual. One of the main ritualistic programs in this festival is Elaneer Vayppu in which tender coconut brought by the devotees is offered before the swayambhoolingam.  The festival concludes with Elaneerattam in which the collected tender coconut water is poured on the idol by the head priest.

When: 6th June-2nd July 2017
Where: Kottiyoor temple, Kottiyoor, Kannur. Nearest railway station: Thalassery, about 65 km Nearest airport: Karipur International Airport, about 160 km

Jagannath Rath Yatra at Puri

Rath Yatra of Lord Jagannath
This is undoubtedly one of the most important events of the Indian festival calendar. The deities of Jagannath, Balabhadra and Subhadra are taken out in a procession to Gundicha Temple and remain there for nine days. Then the deities or Ratha Yatra return to the Main temple. The return journey of Puri Jagannath Ratha Jatra is known as Bahuda Jatra. Deities are usually worshiped in the sanctum of the temple at Puri, but once during the month of Asadha (Rainy Season of Odisha, usually falling in month of June or July), they are brought out onto the Bada Danda (main street of Puri) and travel (3 km) to the Shri Gundicha Temple, in huge chariots (ratha), allowing the public to have darśana (Holy view). This festival is known as Rath Yatra, meaning the journey (yatra) of the chariots (ratha). The Rathas are huge wheeled wooden structures, which are built anew every year and are pulled by the devotees. The chariot for Jagannath is approximately 45 feet high and 35 feet square and takes about 2 months to construct. The artists and painters of Puri decorate the cars and paint flower petals and other designs on the wheels, the wood-carved charioteer and horses, and the inverted lotuses on the wall behind the throne. The Ratha-Yatra is also termed as the Shri Gundicha yatra. Since, many years now, simultaneous Rath Yatras are organised at many cities in India on the same day.

When: 25th June 2017
Where: Puri, Odisha

Sadhus at Kamakhya yemple in Guwahati, Assam, India during Ambubachi Mela Photo: Vikramjit Kakati

Ambubachi Mela of Goddess Kamakhya
Now this is bit unusual as you will probably not be able to recall any festival anywhere else which is held to celebrate the menstruation period of the goddess. This is very popular annual festival of the Kamakhya temple in Guwahati.  In this annual festival the temple remains closed for three days because these are the days of annual menstruation period of goddess Kamakhya. On these three days devotees neither worship nor read holy books. even farmers do not plough the land. Temple reopens on the fourth day, with a rush of devotees who come to receive bits of cloth that are supposedly soaked with her menstrual fluid. It’s considered to be extremely auspicious and powerful. One of the 52 shakti peeths, Kamakhya temple is also known for its tantric rituals. This particular festival is considered to be the haven for that. Devotees come from far off places to meet the Tantric Sadhus and take their blessings.

When: 22-25 June 2017
Where: Kamakhya Temple, Guwahati, Assam

Devotees offering namaz at Jama Masjid in Delhi

Time for some sweet seviyan on Eid
Holiest month for the muslim community world over. The ninth month of the Muslim calendar is known as “Ramazan” and is a time of fasting and prayer throughout the Islamic world. This month-long fast is done to commemorate what, according to Muslims, was the first Quranic revelation to Prophet Muhammad, and its observance is one of the Five Pillars of Islam- a list of the great deeds every Muslim ought do in his life to secure salvation. The month of Ramazan lasts 29 or 30 days, depending on the year, and its beginning date is based on local moon sightings. The “Iftar” is the time of breaking the fast, and it occurs right after the evening call to prayer. Since people fast all day, family and friends eat late-night meals during Ramadan. Non-Muslims can sometimes participate in these meals, and there will often be big street tents near mosques where free food is given out to the needy during Ramadan. Traditionally, Eid El Fitr marks the celebrations at the end of the holy month of Ramadan. Its high time for some traditional delicacies.

When: 25th June 2017
Where: Jama Masjid, Delhi

Sao Joao Feast of St John the Baptist

Sao Joao Feast of St John the Baptist
This is the festival I was talking about. Catholics across the world celebrate the Feast of St John the Baptist on June 24. This day, they believe, John kicked around in his mother’s womb when Mary was visiting because he knew Jesus was going to be born soon after him and wanted to indicate how happy he was. Only in Goa do they celebrate by jumping into wells. Its for all those who love feni. The most popular festival in Goa, Sao Joao (the fertility feast of Saint John the Baptist), involves the interesting feat of men jumping into overflowing village wells to retrieve bottles of local feni alcohol. People break coconuts after praying, down feni in liberal quantities, and jump into the closest water body they can find. The artistically inclined make crowns of fresh fruit and wildflowers and one large garland for the local cross. There are also boat races, and singing and dancing. this one is made especially for the newlyweds. The festival involves the husbands getting drunk on the local feni alcohol and jumping into wells to impress their wives, adorning floral wreaths on their heads. The festivities take on a more surreal outlook if it rains while the ceremonies are still underway, which it often does. People revel in delectable food and music while witnessing one of the most quirky and eccentric, yet interesting round of celebrations in the coastal state.

When: 24th June 2017
Where: All over Goa

Feast of Saints Peter and Paul

Feast of Saints Peter and Paul
This is another feast in Goa. The Feast of Saints Peter and Paul or Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul is a liturgical feast in honour of the martyrdom in Rome of the apostles Saint Peter and Saint Paul, which is observed on 29 June. The celebration is of ancient origin, the date selected being the anniversary either of their death or of the translation of their relics. Goa celebrates this festival with religious fervour. The tradition of Sangodd is also seen in the Christian festival of Saint Peter and Saint Paul held on June 29 every year, by the fishing community particularly in Bardez taluka. The fishermen in the villages along the northern coast of Goa celebrate the festival in the monsoon. They tie their boats together to form rafts which serve as makeshift stages. On this stages miniature models of chapels or churches are erected. After a church service in the morning and a large feast, the festival of Sangodd is held. Tiatrs (local drama theatre), folk dances and music are performed before an audience who watch from the banks of the river. The Sangodd in the villages of Candolim and Sinquerim are well known. Here the rafts carrying the models slowly make their way down the river up to the Chapel of St. Peter. At each stop, firecrackers are set off and the entertainment on the stage begins. The origin of this celebration is unique to Goa. It is the celebration of the fisher folk community because St. Peter was a fisherman.

When: 29th June 2017
Where: Candolim, Goa

Festivals in Ladakh region

Its festival time in Ladakh region as well. Though Manali-Leh road is yet not open, but Srinagar-Leh  traffic has resumed.  And then there are flights always! There are a few festivals already in pipeline. A couple of them are monastic while couple of others are recent cultural additions.

Saka Dawa festival

Saka Dawa festival
The Saka Dawa or the Saga festival is celebrated on the 4th  month of the Tibetan calendar. It is the most revered day for Buddhist followers as on this full moon of this month, the Buddha was born, attained enlightenment and then parinirvana. On this very day, every year, the lamas of nearby monasteries change the Tarboche flag pole, that is located at the South of the mountain, Kailash Kora. It is believed that if after the pole is changed, it does not stand erect, it is not auspicious by Tibetans. The festival is celebrated all over Ladakh and many other areas in Tibet and Sikkim as well. Actually this is the festival which we know as the Buddha Purnima. But then we already had Buddha Purnima on 10th May this year. Then why Saka Dawa in this month? The explanation to this is that due to difference between Solar and Lunar calendars, there is sometimes a difference of a month between Buddha Purnima and Saka Dawa, as is this time. But both are essentially full moon days.

When: 9th June 2017
Where: All over Ladakh, Sikkim, Tibet

Yuru Kabgyat festival at Lamayuru monastery

Yuru Kabgyat Festival at Lamayuru
This is another monastic festival of the month. Yuru Kabgyat is a two-day festival that takes place in the month of July in the Lamayuru monastery, which is around 125 kms away from Leh.  During the festival, the monks perform mask dances, prayers and rituals in order to get away from any kind of disaster and for bringing in peace in the world. This  is a pre-historic monastery, which is called Yuru Gonpa by the locals. This festival is dedicated to Yuru Kabgyat and his mythical connection. This Gompa owes its origin to the Drikungpa branch of the Kagyudpa sect of the Tibetan Buddhism. This is actually one of the first monastic festivals of the season.

When: 21st June 2017

Sindhu Darshan Festival at Shey Manla

Celebration of Indus at Sindhu Darshan
As the name suggests, the Sindhu Darshan festival is a celebration of River Sindhu or Indus. Sindhu Darshan is celebrated in Shey Manla, located 8 kms away from the main city of Leh.  Indus is one of the world’s longest rivers, and gave India its name. Not an old festival though, this started as a rightist political statement and then slowly converted itself into a cultural event. It was first started in the October, 1997 and continues to be held every year since then, attracting large number of foreign as well domestic tourists. This is the time, when holiday season starts in Ladakh region. Festival adds to that. The festival aims to project the Sindhu as a symbol of multi-dimensional cultural identity, communal harmony, and peaceful co-existence in India. It promises a kaleidoscope of Indian culture and an exciting array of performing arts. There is also a symbolic salute to the brave soldiers of the country. At the time of the festival, the local artists from various parts of the country traditional dance performances.  People from all religions, castes and regions become a part of this  festival. This year, it would be the 21st Sindhu Darshan festival.

When: 23-26 June 2017
Where: On the banks of the river Sindhu near Leh, Ladakh

Silk Route festival in Nubra valley

Silk route Festival at Nubra valley
This is another recent addition to Ladakh’s cultural festival scene. Recognizing the potential of Sumoor (the model village of Nubra) village in playing central role in economic development through cultural tourism, the villagers started an annual village festival and subsequently realized that this festival needs to be developed and promoted with experts’ supervision and direction to make it more meaningful, momentous and beneficial.  The festival aims at influencing the present and future generations as well visitors from outside to relate to the village culture in a positive light. As such, the Silk Route Festival offers a unique tourism product through provision of the Ladakhi village cultural and traditional lifestyle in aspects of accommodation and hospitality, entertainment, arts and crafts and activities that will interest both national and international tourists. The accommodation and hospitality section of the Silk Route Festival mainly consists of different types of traditional food stalls, cultural programme, handicrafts and traditional sport such as archery to mention few.

When: 23-24 June 2017
Where: Sumoor village, Nubra Valley, Ladakh

SO! Where are you going next!!


Goa Beach Grind from Nov 14 to 16 at Candolim

Beach GrindCandolim beach to host dance and music feast

Goa’s home grown Electronic Dance Music (EDM) festival ‘GoaBeach Grind’ will be held this year from November 14-16 at Candolim beach. A strong lineup of 13 DJs of international fame would dish out the best electronic music for music enthusiasts and the festival this time would be bigger, Fransisco Miccky Pacheco, CEO of organising company Bresources Events Pvt Ltd said. He said that EDM lovers from places like NCR Delhi, Mumbai, Bangaluru, Pune, Jaipur, Gurgaon and Noida have already become the early birds by grabbing tickets.

Beach GrindThe organisers have already began promoting the festival in various metropolis. “We are having events happening at all the major cities. The crux of event is that we want to give pure EDM without pinching pockets of the music lovers,” Pacheco said. Among star performers, the event will have ‘The Girlfriend Experience’ starrer Sasha Grey, Michael Gazzo, Bjorn Akesson, Evelin Scavo (official DJ for Playboy magazine), DJ Flynn, Jaz Von D, Thomas Gold, Rae, Matt Nash, Diamond would be performing. The organisers will also present local talent of global repute — DJ Ryan Nogar and DJ Jay.

Beach GrindGoa’s Biggest, Grooviest, Swankiest, EDM Fest

This Grind is termed as Goa’s Biggest, Grooviest, Swankiest, EDM Fest. Started just last year organisers claim to give India it first Electronic, Live Dance Music Festival. An unparallel experience, on a suave Goan beach. The grind had many firsts including a moving stage , 360 degree lighting and mind blowing 3d fire show, besides some of the best DJ’s in the world like Hard Rock Sofa, Tatva Kundalini and many more performing chart topping sets. Held in May last year event featured few of Worlds Coolest and Hottest DJ’s including HARDROCK, DJ DIAMOND, DJ ROBERT K, DJ MAX HARDCASTLE, TATVA KUNDALINI, DJ KAY MIKADO, DJ NASH and DJ RYAN BECK. There were also live bands Live Bands like TIDAL WAVE, A 26, ZEDDE and ALCATRAZ.

Other adventures on the sidelines

Beach Grind
Beach Grind

When you are done jumping  to the music, an adrenaline pumping activity awaits you; BUNGEE JUMPING! A first of its kind for any festival , this is your date with your bold side. Your legs are fastened to an elastic rope, and you are made to jump off a height. This is an adrenaline pumping activity and an experience of a lifetime. The festival will also facilitate fun rides on motor boats , banana boats etc… on the shores of the pristine Candolim Beach. This is your chance to sport your summer wear and enjoy like the Goan’s do. But check beforehand as because of some accidents recently, there is a ban on watersport activities in whole Goa.

Goa Beach Grind will host a unique flea market, with exquisite products from across the world. If you wanna indulge in retail therapy, Goa Beach Grind is your place to be. It has also created a home away from home for you. These living spaces, called Cabanas are cozy little tents which will help your body unwind. At the venue world cuisine will be served.

Go GOA for a Bachelorette party!!

Bachelorette Party at SinQ Beach Club in Candolim, Goa
Bachelorette Party at SinQ Beach Club in Candolim, Goa

We all know what men do before marriage? They celebrate their singlehood in the form of crazy-cool bachelor parties. Some go too wild like we have seen in ‘The Hangover’ 😉 But this ritual (yes! a ritual because we see most of the grooms do that around us these days) has most certainly picked up in India. Marriage not only brings along new relationships but also new responsibilities; specially for women. So, before you wear the hat of new responsibilities,why don’t you let your hair down and party like you never did before. Why Should Boys have all the Fun??

The concept of having a Bachelorette is relevantly new for Indian Women, but it surely is picking up too. It could be a House party, a gala dinner with all the girls, a special private place booked for you to let your hair down or a fun outstation trip with the girls!! If you opt for an outstation trip, there can be no ideal place other than GOA. Go ahead and pick the newest and one of the best party hot spot in India which is SinQ Beach Club in Goa. SinQ offers a personal pool cabana to have your craziest bachelorette party.  The most happening place in GOA has a special offer going on for all the ladies wanting to have a Bachelorette party. So ladies, girls, brides what are you waiting for? Go ahead and book your own cabana and party till you drop.

Having fun at a  Bachelorette Party
Having fun at a Bachelorette Party

Also, if you wish to add some accessories to that perfect dress that you chose for your bachellorette party, you can pick a Carnival mask, a Girls night out Party Hat and A bride to be sash for yourself and your girls from Under Cover Lingerie and you’re all set to go for a wild night. You can pick a baker for designer cakes for Bachelorettes, you will be given inputs from Under Cover Lingerie for props and SinQ Beach Club, Goa for special pool cabana deal and also may be you can pick any other resorts/restaurants also with any such deals. SinQ Beach Club offers a Personal Pool Cabana for having a fun-filled bachelorette party. Entry would be Rs. 500 per head with unlimited pouring of premium brands from the open bar. Also, SinQ will be granting a 15 % off on a la carte food ordered and drinks purchased from the VIP Bar. To make the Bachelorette party more special, there is a complimentary cake for the to-be-bride.

Pool Cabana for party
Pool Cabana for party

Goa now has its first and only micro-brewery. Taking SinQ to the next level it invitesr guests to come and enjoy tasting of their very own beer, brewed in-house at SinQ, in association with HouseBrew. All the guests at SinQ can come taste a batch of Dark Ale.

SinQ Beach Club at Candolim, North Goa, is a complete party haven for food, dance, music and leisure lovers. Launched in December 2012, SinQ Beach Club has been conceptualized keeping varied moods of party lovers in mind. It comprises of a Classy Nightclub, an Open-Air Lounge Area with a discotheque (1st of its kind in India) and Poolside area with stylish cabanas. It is an all time party club, lets you take a break from keeping your party either to the day or the night. It has become not just one of the most promising nightclubs but also a premium dayclub in Goa. With guests flocking in from across the country and other parts of the world, it has already taken Goa’s party scene by storm. One’s search for a party destination quenches here.


India’s 1st party resort at Candolim, Goa

Pool side
Pool side

SinQ Hospitality Group, the hospitality arm of a Goa-based real estate company, Adwalpalkar Constructions, have come up with new party hot spots at Candolim, North Goa. SinQ Group recently unveiled and opened for Public, SinQ Beach Club (Day and Night club), Tavern – A Goan style Restaurant and SinQair – a Private area for Private parties.

SinQ Beach Club at Candolim, North Goa, is a complete party haven for food, dance, music and leisure lovers. It has been conceptualized keeping varied moods of party lovers in mind. It comprises of (i) A Classy Nightclub, (ii) An Open-Air Lounge Area with a discotheque; this is going to be the 1st of its kind open discotheque concept in India and (iii) Poolside area with stylish cabanas.  It is an all time party club and in a short span has become not just one of the most promising nightclubs but also a premium day club in Goa. With guests flocking in from across the country and other parts of the world, it has already taken Goa’s party scene by storm. One’s search for a party destination quenches here.

Party TimeSinQ Beach Club has a lot in store for Travelers. Between eight to 12 major events are slated to take place each year. Events Hosted at SinQ that will be held every year include Easter Party, Holi Party, Snow Party, Foam Party, Silent Noise, Beer Fest, Wine Fest, Christmas Party, Rock Concert, Bollywood Themed Party, Pre Independence Party and New Year’s Eve Party among others. The Club’s 600 square metres of covered space and a tremendous amount of outdoor expanse can host 3000- 4000 guests at a single party across its varied areas. The club is fitted with acoustics by Sound Wizard and the latest air-conditioning system to keep it comfortable at all times.

SinQ’s truly international feel is not just reflected in its design and ambience but also in its food and beverage.

The BarThe well-stocked bar keeps the drinking connoisseur engaged, with options from around the globe at competitive prices. From martinis like Bianco, Rosso and dry to vodkas such as Grey Goose, Belvedere, Absolute and the prestigious Crystal Head, and an array of whiskeys and scotches including Chivas Regal, Ballantines and Black Label aged 15 and 18, the night’s spirits are for the picking. Guests will also find bourbons, a range of rums, cognac, and shots to keep up the tempo.  Flair bartenders dance with bottles, creating magic with a twirl, from the classics like Bloody Mary, Long Island Iced Tea, Tequila Sunset, Caipiroska and Mojitos to SinQ signatures such as Appletini, Red Eye and Half Man Half Wit. The shooting range including favourites B52, Jäger-bomb and Kamikazi increase in popularity as the night tears towards a climax. An impressive range of champagne such as Dom Perignon, Moët et Chandon and Bansar Casteller among others are also on the racks, and SinQ’s world-class wine list finds Jacob’s Creek, Chardonnay, Shiraz, Woodbridge, Casa Lapostolle and a host of others spanning the continents.

pool timeBut pumping it up down below in the club are world-class DJs who are instrumental in helping SinQ make a dent in the clubbing scene not just in Goa, but in India. At SinQ, the tracks from the console are typically under the Electronic Dance Music (EDM) umbrella, which is favoured in clubs around Europe and is a major influence in the scene at party hotspot Ibiza. EDM fans are treated to a wide range of sub-genres including Deep House, Tech House, Techno, Deep Disco, Commercial House and Progressive House. Commercial, hip hop and RnB are also very popular at SinQ, which has also hosted a number of national and international gigs such as Sunburn, Final Wave and After Ride. Mike Kogln, Sanjay Dutta, Nawed Khan, Da Fresh and Jordy Wisternoff are among the renowned DJs who play at the club.

The group now has plans to give India its first complete party resort by December 2013. They have plans to launch a 70-room hotel, with each comfy room equipped to bring feeds from the SinQ Beach Club into the room if the guest so wishes.