Shoonya-Festival of Nothingness
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 brainchild of three visionaries- Anuj Agarwal, Manu and Saksham Ghiya, this year the festival is slated to take place from 01 to 03 December, 2023 at the eco-conscious festival stay at Colomb beach in Palolem.
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How To Reach Goa
By Air: Goa’s Dabolim Airport handles both domestic and international flights. Terminal 1 handles all domestic flights coming into Goa from major Indian cities such as Mumbai, Pune, New Delhi, Bengaluru, Chennai, Lucknow, Kolkata and Indore. All Indian carriers have regular flights operating to Goa. Once you get out of the airport, you can hire a taxi or arrange for a pick up to your destination. The airport is around 26 km from Panaji.
By Rail: There are two main train stations in Goa, Madgaon and Vasco-da-Gama. From New Delhi, you can catch the Goa Express to Vasco-da-Gama, and from Mumbai, you can take the Matsyagandha Express or the Konkan Kanya Express, which will drop you at Madgaon. Goa enjoys extensive rail connectivity with the rest of the country. The route is a soothing journey that takes you through some of the most beautiful landscapes of the Western Ghats.
By Road: Two major highways take you into Goa. If you’re travelling to Goa from Mumbai or Bengaluru, you will have to follow the NH 4. It is the most preferred way into Goa as it is wide and well-maintained. The NH 17 is the shortest route from Mangalore. The drive to Goa is a scenic route, especially during the monsoon. You can also catch a bus from Mumbai, Pune or Bengaluru. The Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) and Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) run regular buses to Goa.
- Camping area
- Free drinking water
- Unisex toilets
Items & Accessories to Carry
1. Carry light and airy cotton clothes as Goa in December tends to be warm.
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 such as sneakers.
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