‘Festival of Lights’-Diwali is one of the most important festivals celebrated in India. It symbolizes the triumph of good over evil and was first celebrated to mark Lord Ram’s return to Ayodhya after spending years in exile. Before and on Diwali, there is a clean-up drive at almost everybody’s homes, lamps are lighted and the entire family unites together to celebrate with prayers, sweets and crackers. And if one wishes to travel and visit to some exotic places to catch the celebrations, here are a few places to visit in India during Diwali :
Varanasi, one of the holiest places in India, is considered as one of the best places to visit in India during Diwali. The city is one of the oldest settlements of the world and receives huge crowd of tourists for its overwhelming river banks, ancient temples, rustic culture and divine ambience. The Diwali celebrations in Varanasi are known as the Dev Deepawali or Ganga Mahotsav, wherein the grand rituals are undertaken by the priests, the Ghats in Varanasi are lit up with thousands of diyas, and the special evening ‘Aarti’ is an extraordinary experience altogether.
Rajasthan-Jaipur, Udaipur and Jaisalmer
Travelled majorly in the winters, Rajasthan celebrates the festival of lights with immense enthusiasm making it one of the best places to visit in India during Diwali. Jaipur is adorned in a blanket of colors and lights with all the markets and houses decorated with lights. One can see all the markets flooded with traditional clothes, handicrafts and sweets, which are a feast to the eyes as well as to the palates. The city of Udaipur is equally charming with its splendid lakes glowing with the reflection cast by palace lights and fireworks with stunning glimpses of the illuminated city. One can enjoy the famous camel rides in Udaipur along with the glorious forts such as the Monsoon Palace and the City Palace.
Jaisalmer welcomes all the travellers with its desert safaris, magnificent forts, camel rides, desert camps and havelis. If you want to celebrate your Diwali festivities replete with grand stays and experiences, then the ‘Golden City’ of Jaisalmer is the place to be.
The complete state of Punjab, especially Amritsar celebrates Diwali with great zeal. What makes the celebrations in the holy city an extraordinary affair is that the Sikhs celebrate it as the day that marks the return of Guru Hargobind Sahib from Mughal captivity. For anyone travelling to Amritsar on Diwali, it is no less than a wonder to see the famous Golden Temple also known as ‘Harmandir Sahib Gurudwara’ getting decked up with thousands of lamps lined along the edge of the lake that makes the Gurudwara blazing more than ever. Along with that, the city is decorated with lights, offering North Indian delicacies in the markets and spectacular fireworks in the sky.
The celebrations of Diwali in the ‘City of Joy’ are almost the same as the rest of the country. The only difference that one will notice is that the Bengalis worship Goddess Kali on this occasion as she is considered to be the one who defeated evil. The city is lit up with lamps and candles all over with are gorgeous Kali Puja pandals all across the city. For anyone who wants to enjoy the Diwali festivities in a charismatic and frivolous manner, Kolkata is one of the most unique places to visit in India during Diwali.