Travel destinations to explore during Diwali (Photo Credits: Instagram/pehlasafar and Instagram/Jaipurbuzz)
One of the most-awaited times of the year is soon approaching, the festive celebrations of Diwali. The festival of lights has been ingrained within every Indian even if they have moved abroad now. It is one of the widely celebrated festivals in the country and the vibe of festivity is felt all over. One of the fondest memories of Diwali is the Diwali vacations we got during our school and college days. A Diwali vacation was thus a mandate, to either go to a native place and spend time with family or take a trip to some place and explore. Over the years, the celebratory aspects may have changed for some, but the idea of traveling still remains. For some it’s a homecoming, for others it’s a time to take a break and explore. If you are wondering where to travel in this Diwali 2019, we have made a list of places within the country where you can experience the vibe of the festival and have a memorable holiday too. Diwali 2019 Calendar: Know Dates of Dhanteras, Lakshmi Puja, Bhai Dooj and Other Important Days of The Festival of Lights.
Places in India to Enjoy Diwali Celebrations
When you say Goa, most people visualize the beaches and party atmosphere, but Diwali in Goa is marked in traditionally different ways. The focus is on the demon of Narkasura. On the first day of Narak Chaturdashi, huge effigies of the demon are made and burnt to celebrate the victory of good over evil. There are competitions as to which the biggest effigy of the demon. At every crossroad, near a temple or at a central square there are representations of Narakasura. If you visit a few days in advance, then you can also be a part of making the effigies. They are made with old newspapers and dry hay from the field. There are dance and music events held along with the effigy burning ceremony. So the vibe of festival is quiet different in Goa. In the evening, you could also participate in the gambling events which are quiet popular here.
Enjoy the festival of lights by the side of the Ganges in Varanasi Ghats. Every evening over thousands of diyas are lit up on these ghats and it is an illuminating. Besides there is a beautiful fireworks display too on every evening. More than the actual Diwali celebration, tourists visit here for Dev Deepavali, which takes place two weeks after the Diwali celebrations. It is an even bigger occasion than the actual festival.
In the city of joy, Diwali’s Lakshmi Puja coincides with their traditional puja of Maa Kali. The Kali Puja is thus an enthusiastic affair with varied offerings made to Goddess Kali. It is celebrated with much grandeur by organizing events in different pandals throughout the city. There are firecrackers, diyas and lights, Rangoli decorations and a good feast during this festival. So if you have missed the celebrations of Durga Puja, you can definitely be a part of Kali Puja during Diwali. Diwali 2019 Special Trains: Western Railway to Roll Out 13 New Trains From Maharashtra, Gujarat to Over 120 Destinations for Festive Season; Check Full List.
Jaipur and Udaipur
These two cities of Rajasthan are popular for their historic palaces and forts. During the festival of Diwali, a walk through the city markets is astonishing, as beautiful lamps, lights, traditional artifacts deck up the streets. It is an experience in itself to be surrounded by much folk and culture. The lakes in Udaipur are glowing with the reflections of fireworks around. The palaces are illuminated in different coloured light displays. To experience the Diwali with a bit of regal and royalty, head to any of these cities.
If you do not like the firecrackers and hullaballoo around the diwali celebrations in most places, head to the mountains. Kasol in Manali is a small and serene village with beautiful landscapes of towering mountains. The weather is also getting cold at this time of the year and you can surely relax in the pure mountain air. You can also go hiking and trekking on the peaks nearby.
These are some of the places where you can explore in the upcoming Diwali vacations. Diwali is just two weeks away and you may want to start making your bookings quick. Because it’s a time when everyone prefers traveling, the tickets and hotel prices are peaking. So fix up on a destination and enjoy a lovely Diwali break, with a bit of exploration and yet retaining the festive spirit. We wish you a Happy Diwali vacationing!