Diwali or Deepawali is one of the most significant Hindu festival which is celebrated across India and the World.
Diwali is eagerly awaited by people and a wonderful time for families to come together and celebrate victory of good over evil. For those families who are looking to celebrate the festival in a way different than usual, here are a few suggestions with destinations. So this time look for some destination Diwali celebrations with your family and add a beautiful memories in your bucket list. And i am sure you gonna love it by reading the article hence worth your diwali holidays.
Here is the list of 7 must visit places during Deepavali to enjoy the festival of lights at it’s best.
1. Goa-for its Naraka Chaturdashi procession
Goa is famous for its casinos, beaches and parties but can u imagine how exciting it will when you will explore by visiting the interiors with pocket friendly festive offers on on accommodation, food and drinks and travel.
There are several legends which surround Diwali, and in Goa, the locals celebrate the God Krishna, who defeated the demon Narkasur. During Diwali, it’s a common theme to see large figures of this demon parading the streets, some of which are then filled with fireworks to signify light triumphing over.
As Goa comparatively less crowded during the Diwali weekend and weather is quite pleasant hence it becomes easier to move around on bikes and scooters.
So, if you are planning a trip on the long Diwali weekend, your favourite tourist spot Goa might not be a bad choice. You may end up exploring a side of it youhave never seen before!
2. Amritsar for it’s Bandi Chhor Divas
Diwali holds great significance for Sikhs as Sikhs celebrate Bandi Chhor Divas in remembrance of the release of Guru Hargobind from the Gwalior Fort prison by the Mughal emperor, Jahangir. The day he arrived at the Golden Temple in Amritsar festivals became the most important of Sikh festivals.
Golden Temple has very elaborate arrangements for Diwali celebrations, which includes special lightning & fireworks. The aura on Diwali is completely different as Amritsar became focal points for annual pilgrimages.
3. Varanasi for its dev Deepawali
Diwali is the biggest festival in Varanasi, the eternal city on the banks of the river Ganga. You can visit the Annapurna Temple as there is a special darshan on this day.
You can also become a part of the iconic Ganga Mahotsav Festival by participate in the celebrations of Diwali of Gods or Dev Deepavali.
Varanasi has its very own unique style of celebrating Diwali and Where You can enjoy sunset boat ride and watch the glimmering lamps against the backdrop of the religious recitals and chants by the river.
4. Jaipur-Udaipur – for their magnificent lighting and folk performances
Jaipur is famous for its legendary forts, monuments and one of the top most travelled destination during diwali that cannot be matched from any other place.
How can you miss the pink city glittery avator with amazing views of the lighting and fireworks at popular legendary landmarks such as NAHARGARH Fort?
The whole city is covered with fancy lights all around houses, markets, and commercial building, monuments etc. especially during five days festival of Diwali. Celebrants celebrate diwali with great zeal and enthusiasm.
If you are here, then don’t forget to enjoy the breathtaking performances of musicians playing folk favorites around city bazar.
You will definitely fall in love with the beautiful lake of Udaipur that encompasses the entire city with the reflection of breathtaking lightning of palaces and fireworks. The must activity, enjoy the finest Marwari cuisine and shop for attractive souvenirs, that will remind your whole memories in a single word.
5. Kolkata -For its Kali Puja
Kolkata city of joy, as the name says has its own unique style of celebrating festival of lights with much happiness and enthusiasm.
Here puja and rituals focuses mainly on goddess kali (goddess of war/ shaktism), instead of laxmi(goddess of wealth) who symbolizes the victory of good or evil.
City temples like kalighat and dakshineshwar are beautifully decorated and worshipped by thousands of devotees on the same day. You can also participate in Kali puja and can visit Puja pandals.
Must visit places for shopping lovers and foodies, newly wed is Park street and New market. Entire city is covered with diyas, candles, lamps and amazing fireworks are seen.
6. Mumbai-Its fireworks
Mumbai may not be the traditional destination sucha as Varanasi, Amrtisar, but popular for its fireworks, beaches and work as a melting pot of tradition and cultures. Celebrants celebrate diwali much in private way as compare to other destinations.
Beaches such as juhu, Bandra are all lit up and you can enjoy the view of sparkling shoreline.
You can visit Marine drive and Charni road, Gateway of India for amazing display of fireworks. If you are intrested in more tranquil experience, then must visit Banganaga tank which comes alive with thousands of small floating lamps.
7. Purushwadi, Maharashtra- for its bonfire Diwali
If you are looking for calm and quiet Diwali celebrations and little introvert, then this place is definitely must visit- Purushwadi.
Purushwadi is a small village located between Mumbai Nasik highway. During Diwali, celebrants light a bonfire and cook delicious local food, while the children go door to door and performing folk songs, act, dancing and finally asking every house owner to pour oil in their oil lamps.
Whole village is beautifully decorated with lamps, candle, and rangolis. Men generally chopping wood for the bonfiric activity and then men and women, together toasting your own barbeque delicious dinner on the bonfire.