• This one is for all those who want more out of life – the mother of all festivals over a looo...ng weekend which promises to leave you on a lifetime high. Marrying top class adventure with wellness and music in an expansive and pristine forested environment on the foothills of the Shivalik Ranges in Punjab, bordering Himachal Pradesh, is the ‘The Forest Escape Festival’. The first of its kind festival in the country, to be organised over 1800 acres of the exclusive hideaway, Kikar Lodge Nature Retreat & Spa, from November 22 to 25, will have top indigenous bands with international DJs playing live and electronic music, all types of modern adventure activities and ayurvedic spa and therapies, besides yoga sessions by a reputed international teacher, reiki healing and mixed martial arts classes.

Says Sukhindar Singh of The Kikar Lodge Nature Retreat & Spa, who conceptualised the festival in collaboration with Gaurav Mohan of Eventwala Pvt Ltd (founder of the popular Rang Festival), “the idea behind the festival, unique to India, is to create a new tribe of festival goers in the country with an idyllic setting and holistic activities.”

He adds, “We would like to be a testimony of transformation in terms of festivals in the country. We have a variety of festivals, but there is none in the wellness space which holistically combines wellness with adventure and music. The Forest Escape Festival will fill that void. It’ll be one grand festival in the lap of Mother Nature.”

The organisers are ensuring that the first edition of the festival is as exclusive and intimate for the guests as can be, by limiting it to a niche gathering of about 350 on each day of the 3 nights / 4 days festival. There are daily and season packages separately for men and women and couples.  

The festival offers to guests an impressive mix of top live and electronic artists like Kohra, Calm Chor, Jitter, Pindrop, Tapan Raj, Vinaya^a, Ankytrixx to name a few, besides international artists of the likes of Luis M and David Granha. Dovetailed with the bands, are adventure activities like quad biking (all terrain vehicles - ATVs), zip lining by Flying Fox, night jeep safaris, paint balling, horse-riding, mountain bike riding trails for a rush of adrenaline. Adding a wellness quotient to the festival are ayurvedic spa and therapies, yoga sessions by a reputed international teacher, reiki healing and mixed martial arts classes.

For the first time in the country, a festival is putting together an organic flea market that will offer authentic organic food products, recycled merchandises and clothes to its attendees.

About The Kikar Lodge Nature Retreat & Spa

Nestled in the foothills of the Shivalik Ranges in Rupnagar District of Punjab, bordering Himachal Pradesh, The Kikar Lodge Nature Retreat & Spa is India’s first private forest reserve. A well kept hideaway spread across 1800 acres of forested area, less than 70 kms from the Chandigarh International Airport, it’s a luxury eco-resort with a range of high-end bungalows and tents, three swimming polls and a world class spa. The property is well known in the hospitality industry as a place to unwind. It offers all amenities needed for a comforting and relaxing stay.

For more information and registration, visit http://www.theforestescape.com

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