The relentless Indian summer is upon us and we all crave that one getaway with good music and an even better environment. Keep your hair on, folks, because The Sherp’s got you covered. Here are five phenomenal Indian hilltop festivals that will take your summer blues as well as your breath away.

1.  Parvati Peaking

When: May 29 to June 1

Where: Coch, Parvati Valley, Himachal Pradesh


Benchmarked as one of greatest Indian trance festivals, Parvati Peaking has been running successfully for several years. Known for its distinctive hippie-vibe and peaceful environment, this festival is a great way to kick off your vacay and get rid of them summer blues.

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2.  Universal Religion

When: April 24 to 27

Where: Kathmandu, Nepal


Universal Religion is a cultural getaway. A beacon to all those who love tasteful music, dance and being enveloped by nature, this festival is your desired destination this summer. Aiming to shift your thought paradigm and give you a fulfilling experience, the 9th edition of this festival is here to engulf you in its divinity.

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3.  Escape Festival of Arts & Music

When: TBA

Where: Lake Resort, Naukuchiatal, Uttarakhand


Escape is an initiative by Potheads. An organic and creative retreat for all those who dig music and art, this festival takes place on the very shores on Lake Naukuchiatal, Uttarakhand. Outdoor art and music accompanied by the transcendent environment renders this experience the perfect way to beat the heat.

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4.  Himalayan Music Festival

When: May TBA

Where: Dharamsala, Himachal Pradesh


Last year’s Himalayan Blues edition was remarkable, to say the least. And we have reason to believe that the festival will be back this May. Held on the reverent hillside of the Himalayas, this festival is an aesthetic adventure. Keep close tabs to know when it will be back.

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5.  Kasauli Rhythm & Blues Festival

When: 3 to 5 April

Where: Kasauli, Himachal Pradesh


Organized by Genesis foundation, Kasauli’s famous R&B festival features some of the best homegrown musicians India has to offer. Known for its undiluted musical experience, this festival is a must this summer.

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Pack those bags and head to at least one of these incredible musical and cultural experiences. And if you’re looking for something slightly more niche, do check out Sherp’s handpicked psy-trance festivals that can save you from summer gloom.