Ever dreamt of going to a lush green place, attending a series of music concerts, engaging in the activities in which you are interested, gorging on delicious foods, staying in makeshift camps and maybe just lazing around doing nothing, thinking of nothing?
I have always dreamt this. From the moment I was introduced to the famous ‘Woodstock Concert’, I have been dreaming of attending something of this sort. Alas! Few such events are affordable for me since they are mostly outside India . Today, we have access to all kinds of entertainment related to music concerts, camping and many more in our country, but I have never understood why we don’t have something on the lines of Woodstock.
In European and American countries, you can find many such camping concerts or festivals that are organized for enthusiasts like me quarterly or half-yearly. Such events become a real break for all those who are busy with their professional and personal responsibilities; moreover, they create a platform to rewind and rejuvenate, making us more active and lively in our regular life.
Festivals such as T in the Park in the United Kingdom, Pukklepop in Budapest and Sziget in Rosklide are few of the many such events that are organized in western countries. These events do not only consist of camping activities; various other entertainment forms such as music performances, trekking activities and carnival shows, etc. are also organized. Most of the camping events have no age restrictions, and children and adults equally attend and enjoy such festivals.
You can book tickets, stay in selected camps, attend all entertainment events with a relaxed mind, have food and drinks and be merry. The organization ensures that you are very relaxed and makes you feel as if you are living a life away from your regular routine of jobs and other responsibilities.
In India, there have been a few attempts to organize something on these lines, for example, the ‘Ladakh Confluence.’ Still, I feel that our country needs to explore avenues for such activities. I am pretty sure there are many people who want or dream such events. And, being optimistic by nature, I am sure the days of camping festivals are not too far away.