Go beyond sun, sand and fun in Goa to end the year on a different kind of bang
From Asia’s biggest EDM festival to the first mega global spiritual and yoga conclave and a sporty meet up, there is a lot happening at this vibrant little seaside state this festive season.
Ditch the party scene and head to Zambhala, a two-day yoga and life spirit festival. Touted to be the first of its kind in India, it brings together yoga experts, spiritual teachers and wellness pros for a mix of live entertainment, spirituality, music and dance on December 21 and 22. The line-up includes some of the world’s best yoga teachers – Jehangir Palkhivala and Deepika Mehta from India, Eoin Finn from Canada and Duncan Wong who has taught Madonna and Sting. Sensei Sandeep Desai will host tai chi workshops while Zia Nath’s Sufi whirling sessions will have you in a trance. `2,800. At Bardo Resort, Ashvem – Morjim. Details: zambhala.in
Stars from the EDM world will descend on Goa for five days of heart thumping music at VH1 Supersonic. The artistes, hand-picked by Nikhil Chinapa, will include Above & Beyond, Benny Benassi, BT, Ferry Corsten, Norman Doray and John ‘00’ Fleming, among others. The peppy Rohit Barker will be joined by Ramona Arena and Mackenzie Pereira as hosts. DJ Ferry Corsten will flag off the event as the first DJ of VH1 Supersonic with a “Spotlight Set” of three hours. December 26-30 at Candolim. Rs 6,000 upwards. Details: gosupersonic.in
Afrojack, Axwell, Markus Schulz, Andrew Rayel, Goldfish and Quintino among various other international DJs are set to take centre stage at Sunburn on December 27, 28 and 29. And if the international line up doesn’t excite you enough then maybe the desi contingent including Dualist Inquiry will. With seven stages, each with its own quirk, over 100 artistes, on-site camping facilities in true festival style and after-parties to keep the ball rolling, we have already started the countdown so we suggest you do too. `9,250. At Vagator Beach. Details: sunburn.in
Catch the final two days of the Goa International Fashion Week. Rina Dhaka with her trademark high-glamour fashion will close the show preceded by Anuj Sharma known for his breezy simplicity, Sabah Khan under her label Sabashe and Riddhi and
Siddhi with their structured garments with futuristic elements. Details: internationalfashionweekgoa.com
Krank it up
The third edition of the Heineken exclusive property, Krank, will again focus on providing a fantastic clubbing experience. The three-day musical extravaganza brings together a list of international and top Indian artistes that is still under wraps aside for Djuma Soundsystem, Ma Faiza, Arjun Vagale, Kohra and M.Matt. We suggest you try their mix of brew, beaches and music to end the year on a high. Rs 3,000 for early bird pass, Rs 2,000 for one day pass. At Teso Waterfront, Bardez. Details: indivibe.com. Return tickets to Goa start at Rs 10,000.
If you are feeling competitive enough after all the merrymaking, check out the first annual Goa Beach Sports event at the Blue Pyramid in Arambol and Panjim. It will span four days (December 27-30) and begin with tennis for men and women in plenty of categories followed by some lively beach cricket and some very engaging bouts of soccer and volleyball. Rs 1,999 upwards per sport.Details: bookmyshow.com
Text: Aakanksha Devi