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Gulmarg Winter Festival 2012 – Music & Adventure

About GWF 2012
Gulmarg one of most beautiful destinations in the world, now hosts an iconic event this winter. Categorized as India’s first Music & Adventure Winter Festival, the event is a celebration of winter sports, great music, wonderful people, vibrant cultures and sumptuous food, all with a common backdrop. Picturesque Himalayas, and lots of snow! The festival promotes International Winter Sports such as Skiing, Snowboarding. It adds World Class Music across different genres, while showcasing some of the best and upcoming talents across the country and also offering local artists an opportune stage. That apart, the festival is also a doorway to the ever lively and sparkling Kashmiri culture. Complete with its share of history, folk lore, art, handicraft, generous hospitality and the delicious mouth watering Kashmiri cuisine. With these factors as its elements, The Gulmarg Winter Festival, promises to showcase a first of its kind winter festival in the country, set to leave one and all spellbound!!

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Special Features of the Festival will include –

Adventure Icons of India l A.I.I. – The Adventure Icons of India is an open sports community that aims to promote adventure sports in India. The community is a gathering of outdoor enthusiasts and leading athletes. It is further a platform to create a pool of athletes, and enthusiasts across different adventure sports in the country. A.I.I. may recognize, feature, sponsor or promote leading athletes in their fields of excellence across national and international events. A travelling community, it will identify various ‘hot spots’ of adventure sports destinations around the country and promote thee same too.

Sounds United Project l S.U.P. – Sounds United Project is a Community of independent artists and musicians in collaboration for creative and inspiring music. The concept is to present artists in their individual capacity, in unique non band format. Musicians work with artists from other cultures, regions, countries and styles to come up with refreshing music rated only by viewers and judged by audiences from around the globe. The community aims at showcasing collaborations with our destination’s local musicians and artists. Creating new genres of collaborative sound that in harmony with the local music & with an international appeal. S.U.P. promotes budding musicians, bands, artists and percussionists in finding new content for their individual tastes and collaborations between the music community nationwide.

Soul Film Festival l S.F.F. – The Soul Film Festival promotes creative movies across genres such as adventure, travel and environment.

Café Terra Travelers & Organizers Meet l C.T.T. & O.M.On 08th March 2012. This will be a business conference that will host travel tradesmen, adventure gear distributors and retailers, and other relevant business specialists. The idea of the seminar is to create networking opportunities for the business community. This conference will primarily boost the tourism and adventure industry in Kashmir.

Lens Creativity l L.C. – A photography workshop mentored by leading photographers. Also an opportunity for festival attendees to submit their pictures for an online competition to be judged by facebook ‘fans’ of the GWF 2012 ‘page’ and the mentor photographers.


Woods Talk Festival – Music & Adventure

2011 November 12-13, Rishikesh, India

Following the concept of camping festivals as seen in most European countries, we have taken it one step further by incorporating adventure sports and hiking activities into the scheme of things. There’s a whole host of adventure sports and water sports activities that await you at the beckoning foothills. Quality alpine tents with top notch facilities and extremely sanitary conditions promise to make your stay an absolute delight while the foodies can expect numerous joys from the multi cuisine kitchen and the barbecue grills or bonfires.

All this while staying totally committed to our avowed goal of “Zero Residual Damage”. All the music and lights at the festival will be powered by renewable sources of energy, and no pollution of the site will be tolerated. All waste materials will be recycled or disposed responsibly and the management will take extra precautions to ensure that no signs of any activity remain at the end of the festival.

Camp Ganga Rivera is nestled in the pristine gorges of the river Ganga as it meanders through the hills of Rishikesh, located on a sandbank next to the mighty green Ganga which is yet to be spoilt by the many pollutants that will defile her during her sojourn through the plains. The site is surrounded by numerous trails through dense forests that lead to hidden waterfalls, unspoilt river beaches, tucked away gorges and awe inspiring locations waiting to be discovered.

Woods Talk Festival is proud to announce a lineup of artists who showcase the best of India emerging. An imaginative mix of electronica and live music, both young and experienced come together to soothe your frayed nerves with a weekend of music that can best be described as “Inspiring”. We have taken utmost care to make sure the music and the festival ethos itself, amalgates itself with the local elements, rather than create a conflict of space with the pristine surroundings.

Rafting: There is nothing quite like the ‘pure energy high’ one gets from riding foaming white water rapids.
Kayaking: Gaining popularity in India, this is a one-person sport requiring a big heart & great love for the water.
Rappelling: The sport, rappelling offers great challenge and excitement for enthusiasts.
Rock Climbing: Adjacent to the rappelling face, camp has natural crags varying upto about 50ft to encourage inexperienced enthusiasts as well as overhangs and tricky spots to challenge even the seasoned climbers.
Cliff Jumping: We have cliff jumping points ranging from 5ft to about 40 ft all along by the river side at the camp.
Canyoning: Unique to the camp, the hike to the water fall is an activity that truly makes the stay at camp unforgettable.
Trekking / Hiking: The camp is surrounded by pristine forest with numerous trails and paths that one can wander about on foot.

Workshops: On Adventure sports, Music Industry Notes among the gathered artists, Theatre, Yoga and photography exhibitions by some wicked, subversive underground artists.


So when was the last time, you did something for the first time?

Say, something like…ummm…flying? 😉

There are quite a few hot spots for para gliding in India.

1. The Shayadri Range between Mumbai and Pune

2. The Pir Panjal range behind Dharamshalla, in Billing

3. Solang Valley in Manali

4. Darjeeling

While, the first one around the Shayadri range, in the state of Maharashtra, the other three are across Himachal Pradesh and West Bengal in the Himalayan ranges.

Meghalaya is also developing as another take off point for para gliding.

But what ever be the location, one cannot ignore the rush, feeling the wind in their face, as you soar like a bird high in the sky!!!

In the pic: Paragliding above the Solang Valley in Manali, Himachal Pradesh

River Rafting, Rishikesh

Imagine the tranquility and peace found lying in the lap of Mother Nature, camped up by some of the most beloved rivers in India. With clean air, clear spirits, bright days, starlit evenings and serene surroundings, imagine the beauty of it all. And imagine the rush of adrenaline as you run down some of the strongest white water rapids fed directly off a Himalayan glacial melt…Imagine!

River Rafting, is now a global favorite for those exploring options for a grand adventure in India! The backdrop of the Himalayas not just offers an excellent playing field for serious mountaineers, climbers and trekkers, but also excellent opportunities for kayakers and river runners. The melt from age old glaciers down the drains and eventually into streams and rivers has formed some of the best runs for rafting expeditions in India.

In the pic: The beach at Camp Ganga Riviera, by The Ganga