Not content with heading to Goa for the best parties every year, this 20-something duo travelled around the world seeking revelry. Now, taking their global nightlife experiences into account, Chirag Khandelwal and Akhilesh Lakhotia have set up Trips Gone Crazy, a travel company that focuses on party tourism.
"It was on one of our holidays that it struck us that a lot of these places should be promoted in India. Nightlife has become an integral part of our lives, so we wanted to club it with tourism," says Lahotia, who has travelled to a range of destinations to shortlist the best ones. Setting up the company was no mean feat. However, Lahotia enthuses that facilitating tie-ups was not too difficult. "Most places are tourist spots. And after Europe's economy went down, they were willing to work with us," he explains. "We've got group deals that will ensure a VIP experience for tourists."
According to Lahotia, since party tourism falls under the category of special interest tours, it will do well.
"Travelling culture is evolving, and everyone wants to travel internationally, even with a R 25000-30000 salary," explains Lahotia, adding that international artistes too have been coming here and performing at gigs. "Many of them are resident DJs of clubs on our itinerary." Here are their top five destinations to visit:
Electronic Dance Music, Ibiza, Spain
This is our number one Electronic Dance Music destination. For several years, this gorgeous island in the South of Spain has held the crown of 'Party Capital of the World', and not without reason. Ibiza has breathtaking views and jaw-dropping music. The island runs purely because of its nightlife scene. Its dominance reflects in the fact that the world's top five DJs reside here for four months annually to play at local clubs. It is claimed that they all come here to "meditate and create music". For me, it holds the top position because of its sexy beaches, bars, sunset points, a mix of world population, awesome nightclubs and the freshest music.
Full Moon Parties, Koh Phangan, Thailand
This island is known for its Full Moon Parties, which happen every month on full moon day. The serene beaches transform into a festival, where renowned DJs play music of every genre. There are fire jugglers, tattoo artists, glow paints and massive lanterns -- a total beach blowout! There's something for everyone. This is our number two choice owing to its beach scene and proximity to India, making it nearby as well as affordable.
Oktoberfest, Munich, Germany
Among the best-known beer fests in the world, its greatness lies in the fact that lots of countries have replicated the concept. This is a must for all beer lovers. One can choose between preservative-free beers, freshly brewed lagers or even some typical German formulae that have been in use since the 16th century. Order beer and food at your table, which you can share with a stranger. We club this trip with a visit to Amsterdam to make it even more fun.
Greek Islands, Greece
These islands have one of the best topographies in the world! You can just stand at the edge of a cliff and gaze into the blue. The islands are white and blue and have a vibe of their own. Check out the calm beaches or hit a beach bar for some heavenly cocktails. The islands have a notoriously fun nightlife to offer. You can lose yourself in the streets, hop across bars and clubs and mingle with locals. Cure your hangover with a delicious local breakfast. Greece is beautiful at any time of the day!
The Rio Carnival, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
Immensely loved for its street parties, bands and samba parades. Over a million tourists join locals to watch a show put up by the best artistes from Brazil and around the world. The competition between local samba schools is fierce. Apart from the flashy costumes, there are also plenty of beaches and bars to visit. It's more fun when you go in a larger group. We suggest a visit to a nearby South American country that's known for its beauty and nightlife alike.