Diwali is one of the major religious festival celebrated throughout India. Commonly known as the ‘festival of lights’, Diwali is the time when families get together preparing the house and themselves for the occasion. Everybody gets into the festive vibe starting from shopping for new clothes, decorating the house, preparing sweets and savories, lighting the lamps and bursting firecrackers. Here are some places in India where can you enjoy the celebration of life and witness the grandeur.
Amritsar: Grand and Golden Diwali
One of the spectacular Diwali can be witnessed in Amritsar. The occasion coincides with the
Bandi Chhor Divas, celebrating the return of Guru Hargobind Ji, the 6th Sikh guru who returned to Amritsar on Diwali. Interestingly, the foundations of the Golden Temple were laid on the day of Diwali, in 1577. The Home of the Golden Temple is draped in lights and the lake is layered with numberless oil lamps. The city becomes a major tourist destination during the festival covered with its lush mustard fields, finger-licking local cuisine. You can witness the sky lit cityscapes of Amritsar enjoying the cold weather.
Kolkata: The Kali Puja style
Goddess Kali is worshipped by thousands of devotees in Kolkata and the Kali Pooja happens at the same time of Diwali. The Kali Pooja here celebrated here is very special and wide offerings are made to the Goddess including fish and meat. The city of Joy comes alive in the night with its Terracotta divas and candles. You can visit the famous Kali shrines such as Kalighat, Dakshineswar and Belur Math for its unique prayers, offerings and celebration style. You can refresh your mind in one of these temples and celebrate the triumph of good over evil.
Varanasi: The one with the Full Moon
Dev Diwali is the even greater occasion in Varanasi. It falls on the full moon night that happens after Diwali and a major part of the famous Ganga Mahotsav festival. Varanasi is a very enthusiastic place, so celebrations become even more excited filled with firecrackers and lights for all day and night. You can experience a special Diwali along with the marvelous view over the Ganges River. You can hit the festival mood by taking a dip in the Ganges, explore the never-ending bazaars, tasting the traditional foods and why not end the day watching the fireworks by the river.
Goa: Burn the dawn
Yes, you heard it right. Goa is known for its Diwali celebrations apart from its beaches. You can witness and join the celebrations of Naraka Chaturdashi kicking from decorating the doors and windows with lanterns. One can satisfy their hippy soul and participate in the Diwali puja and prayers in Goa. Huge effigies of narakasura, the demon is set to fire and burnt down. Shopping local crafts, relaxing in the beaches and watch the explosion of fireworks and millions of lit candles are pure bliss.
Delhi: Ultimate shopping corner
It is a wonderful time to visit Delhi during the festival. Delhi known for its market places are filled with extraordinary craftwork, especially Dilli Haat at INA organizes special Diwali bazaars. For all your Diwali home decorations you can run to Matka market in South Delhi starting from clay divas to firecrackers can be bought here. With its shopping spree, each corner of Delhi is decorated for the festival and you find new sweets shops and cracker shops. Even the day time in Delhi feels illuminated due to its endless fireworks.
Udaipur: The eco zone
Being the major festival in India, Diwali is celebrated significantly without cultural differences. Udaipur is known for its rich culture and festive seasons spread a new light in the city. Udaipur is famous for its lantern festival. Thousands of lanterns are released into the sky taking the whole the place to an extraordinary level. Travelers can look forward to this festival celebrating Diwali in an eco-friendly and meaning manner. Along with the lanterns, people from different boards come together enjoying the traditional savories. If you are looking for a less crowded Diwali destination, Udaipur is the exceptional destination making your time worthwhile.
Jaipur: The Pink City
The pink city of India has its own special place in celebrating Diwali festival with full of excitement and lights. The whole city on this special day unites to enjoy the alluring night of lights and various traditional shows, worshiping of the goddess. This festival runs for total 5 days in Jaipur, during this period markets have been decorated amazingly and the whole area is covered in lights which allow the people to enjoy their night perfectly with various choices for shopping. Additionally, Jaipur’s imperial Nahargarh fort is the place to be never missed. On this day the fort is decorated with lights and after the sunset, the magnificent light and attractive location attract a lot of people. A firework is also set out in the night and that undoubtedly enjoyed by the entire city.
Diwali is celebrated with the great joy all over the country. So, whichever part you visit, you will get a flavour of the festivities and lights.