Shoonya – Festival of Nothingness
Shoonya is a festival that its organisers say “focuses on the journey towards the joyful discovery of inner contentment”. It can simultaneously be described as a camping/travelling arts and wellness festival where attendees are invited “to flow through the rocks and forests like a river stream via curated pathways of experiences, activities, and workshops” such as drum circles, mandala making, sound healing, yoga and Zumba sessions.
The festival, which was launched in 2018, is held in different parts of the country with the aim of finding untouched spots in picturesque and serene locations. The 2022 edition took place over the Independence Day weekend in Pushkar. “Human” foosball, a sundowner hike and meals prepared by a farm-to-plate community kitchen were on the itinerary at the event.
The 2023 edition of the festival would be held at Kunkhet Valley in Uttarakhand.
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How To Get There
How to reach Pushkar
1. By Air: Sanganer Airport in Jaipur is the nearest airport that further links the town of Pushkar to the other major cities of the country. The airport, which is located at a distance of almost 146 km from Pushkar, is well connected to Jodhpur, Udaipur, New Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Indore.
2. By Rail: Ajmer is the nearest railway station, which is well linked to Pushkar through a number of taxis and buses. The railway station is located at a distance of almost 11 km.
3. By Road: Pushkar is well connected to the major roadways and main national highways of Rajasthan, which further connects the town with the other major cities of the country. The Marwar bus stand is located in the northern side of Pushkar. Jaipur, Jodhpur, Bikaner and New Delhi are situated at a distance of 141 km, 215 km, 330 km and 405 km respectively.
- Camping area
- Free drinking water
- Unisex toilets
Items & Accessories to Carry
1. Warm clothes to shield yourself from the desert cold.
2. A sturdy water bottle, if the festival has refillable water stations, and if the venue allows bottles to be taken inside.
3. Comfortable footwear. Sneakers (a perfect option if it’s not likely to rain) or boots (but make sure they are worn in).
4. COVID packs: Hand sanitiser, extra masks and a copy of your vaccination certificate are things you should keep handy.
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