Diwali Festival Around the Country
It’s that time of the year when our surroundings are adorned with glittering lights and joy. A week long celebrations, donning new clothes, eating delicious food and praying to the Goddess of wealth. This is what the festival of lights – Diwali is all about.
The best time to travel to a place is during a festival or any other regional celebration. It gives you a close insight into the culture and lifestyle of that place. Celebrated widely across India with utmost happiness, each city adds a unique feature to Diwali and makes it their own.
For those who are looking to make use of the long Diwali weekend to travel, here are a few places you can visit with your family or friends:
Kolkata – The city of joy lights up into a dazzling place during Diwali. The markets and homes are decorated, new clothes are bought and greetings are exchanged. On Diwali night Kolkata worships Goddess Kali and offers sweets, rice and hibiscus flowers to their most beloved deity. People go for pandal hopping during Kali Puja in West Bengal. It is one of the best time to enjoy the street culture of Kolkata and taste traditional Bengali cuisines with festive vibes all around.
Varanasi – Being one of the ancient cities in the world, Varanasi celebrates the festival of lights in complete traditional manner. Start your day in Varanasi with a holy dip in River Ganga followed by exploring the bustling streets of the city. Pay homage at the famous temples in Varanasi such as Kashi Vishwanath. In evening, don’t forget to visit the Ganga Ghat for special Diwali Aarti. The shores of the river illuminated by numerous floating diyas is a sight to behold. So get mesmerized by the spiritual aura of Varanasi during Diwali.
Amritsar – The city of the sacred Golden Temple is a treat to visit especially at the time of Diwali. Sikh community celebrates this day as Bandi Chhor Divas which marks the return of Guru Hargobind Ji from Mughal imprisonment. The Golden Temple in Amritsar is decorated with lights and devotees are served with delightful langar. Beautifully lit up with candles and earthen diyas, the sight is simply magical. Club the festive mood with the famous Amritsari Kulcha near Golden Temple.
Jaipur – With Diwali, comes delectable food and in that case Jaipur will never disappoint you. Diwali celebrations in Jaipur starts on Dhanteras, the first day of five day long festivities. The pink city offers some great toothsome sweets and Rajasthani thalis to make your festivities memorable. How you can you miss the tasty dal baati churma, besan burfi, mawa kachori and sohan papdi. As the day comes to an end, experience the enchanting beauty of illuminated walled city at Nahargarh Fort.
Purushwadi – Away from the chaos of city and firecrackers, celebrate a quiet Diwali at Purushwadi. It is a small village located on Mumbai-Nashik highway. Families in this small village light a bonfire on Diwali night, females decorate their courtyards with colorful rangolis and children move from door to door, inviting each household of Purushwadi to pour oil into their diyas. Isn’t it something different?
If you are looking for other favourable places to travel in India during Diwali weekend, checkout the available trips and itineraries here.
So here’s the team of Hippy Traveller wishing you a very Happy Diwali.