Places To Visit In Diwali In India

Diwali, also known as the “festival of lights”, is one of those festivals that is celebrated with a lot of zest, madness, love, pomp and show throughout India. The mythological significance of the festival dates back to the days of Ramayana. Diwali is celebrated to mark the victory of good over evil, victory of Ram over Ravana. It was on this day, centuries back when Lord Rama came back to his homeland Ayodhya, after spending long 14 years of exile. It is said that to show their happiness on the return of Lord Rama, the people of Ayodhya decorated the whole place by lighting oil diyas. Continuing the tradition, the people of India till date light lamps and celebrate the victory of Lord Rama. All the places celebrate Diwali in their own ways, but out of all the places some of them are just unique and amazing. So, to make sure that you all have a wonderful experience celebrating and travelling at Diwali, we have made you a list of must-visit places. Have a look!

  1. Varanasi

Varanasi is one beautiful place, but during the festival of Diwali the charm of the place is beyond words. If you want to witness proper Diwali Celebrations, with millions of lights, fireworks and people then Varanasi is the place to go. The special attraction being the Ganga Ghat Aarti, with the ghats illuminated by loads of candles and diyas floating down the river. A constant stream of firecrackers and fireworks going off all night, just add on more colour and fun to an already mesmerising sight. Having a hotel on the riverside is one of the best things to get during the Diwali time. If you have a little time in hand, then extend your trip and stay back a little longer after Diwali to witness the even more festive Dev Deepavali, “the Diwali of Gods”. It is celebrated two weeks after Diwali on the full moon night of the Hindu month of Kartik, as a part of the grand Ganga Mahotsav festival to further highlight Varanasi’s great cultural heritage.

Varanasi

Varanasi

     2.Jaipur

The celebrations in Jaipur start from the very first day of the five-day Diwali celebrations, commonly known as Dhanteras. Much of the beauty and glamour of Diwali comes from the warm glow of lights, candles and diyas which adorn every home, shop and street. But in Jaipur it is not only the building but the whole market and place is illuminated. Every year Jaipur hosts a competition for the best decorated and most brilliantly lit market and the electricity bill is footed by the government. The “pink city” of Jaipur becomes a colourful city during the Diwali festival. Just like Las Vegas has a “Strip”, in Jaipur during Diwali Johari Bazaar has earned the title of “The Strip”. Popular sights like Nahargarh Fort offers enchanting after-dark views of the festivities.

Jaipur

Jaipur

  1. Amritsar

Though Amritsar is a land dominated by Sikh population, but Diwali is still celebrated there in a grand way. The city of the Golden Temple is a treat for the eyes and the soul any time of the year but during Diwali time seeing the Golden Temple bathing in light is pure bliss. Seeing a mesmerising display of fireworks over the Golden Temple is sight you surely won’t want to miss. Diwali coincides with the Sikh celebrations of BandiChhor Divas and one can hear special kirtans (prayers) echo through the city. Along with the lights and prayers the city boasts of its delicious culinary delights. Clubbing the festive spirit along with a typical Amritsari dhaba, the pleasant weather and the majestic fields of sarson just multiply the excitement manifolds.

Amritsar

Amritsar

  1. Kolkata

According to the general tradition involved with Diwali people worship and seek blessings of Goddess Lakshmi, but this concept differs a bit when you go to Kolkata. Though the residents of Kolkata too celebrate the festival by burning crackers and lighting diyas but unlike the Lakshmi Pooja people here do Kali Puja. Relating the same sentiment of victory of good over evil with Goddess Kali, Bengali’s worship Kali because it is believed that she is the one who can defeat evil and can also destroy the person’s ego along. Just like Durga Puja, the City of Joy, Kolkata is scattered with beautiful Kali Puja pandals along with mesmerising lighting decorating every nook and corner of the city. Kolkata’s Kali temples also attract a large number of devotees and tourists at this time. Going to visit Kolkata at the time of Diwali is really a good idea to get a glimpse of the same set of sentiments being celebrated in a different way.

Kolkata

Kolkata

  1. Gujarat

Are you among those bunch of people who reverberate high level of excitement for the festival of Diwali but hate the pollution caused by fireworks and hence don’t like participating in the same?

If yes, then don’t worry we have got you covered. This time celebrate a quiet and yet a wonderful Diwali in a rural area. There is an award-winning company names Rural Pleasure that specialises in promoting rural community-based tourism. They will take you to a remote village in Dangs, about 270 kms from Baroda in Gujarat. The local tribal residents of the village will give you a warm welcome in their village and will make you a part of their festive celebrations. They’ll show you how to make Rangoli using forest resources, they’ll cook for you a delicious organic vegetarian food. Apart from the festivities they’ll also take you trekking and show you their daily activities. The best part of this amazing and humble trip is that the income generated from your tour will be shared with the villagers to improve their livelihood. So, what is a better way to celebrate Diwali than enjoy the festivities as well as help the needy.

Gujarat

Gujarat

With such varied options of must-visit places during the festival of Diwali where would you like to spend this five-day festival? We hope that you have an amazing time and please share about your experience with us in the comments below

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