In a world that often seems to demand so much of our time and energy in juggling work, play and information overload, vacations are increasingly precious times for resting and recharging.
As we begin a new decade, why not change the way you travel with slower, more reflective experiences this year? Here are 6 unique slow travel experiences around the world to help you embrace the slower side of life.
Immerse In a World of Music in Jodhpur
Every October, the Rajasthan International Folk Festival (RIFF) takes over the stunning 15th century Mehrangarh Fort overlooking Jodhpur in Rajasthan’s Thar Desert. The RIFF coincides with a time known as Sharad Purnima, when music and dance mark the brightest full moon of the year in northern India, symbolising the end of the monsoon.
From its rocky outcrop, the fort has panoramic views of the desert that embraces a city renowned for its dazzling blue-painted houses. From dawn to dusk, expect an eclectic mix of global musicians, dancers, storytellers and artisans livening up the historic site over four exciting days.
Visitors can also take part in workshops to learn traditional local arts like Indian drumming or experience international culture such as Hungarian folk dancing. And since this is a slow trip, nothing beats taking in the fresh, morning air at dawn. Sweeten it by making your way up to the fort early to witness dawn performances greeting the rising sun.
If you didn’t manage to get passes to the popular festival, fret not. There are several free performances across the city complementing the festival line-up that you can also check out.
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