Diwali is one of the biggest and brightest festivals of India, celebrated all over the country with great enthusiasm. Different parts of the country have different traditions and to be in the country around the festival, which usually takes place in October-November, is a nice opportunity to enjoy the many aspects of it. Read on and find out for yourself!
Discover the sparkling lights of Jaipur
The glow of lights and lamps, adorning homes and shops and the streets, is the essence of Diwali and the “Pink City” Jaipur is a terrific place to see it all. Not just the buildings even the street markets are lit up beautifully; in fact, a competition for the best decorated market is held every year on Diwali! Johari Bazaar, one of the famous markets of the city, is also known as “The Strip” when the festival comes up and attracts large crowds during the time.
Treat your eyes to fireworks over the Ganges in Varanasi
Varanasi is an ancient Indian city renowned for its great religious and cultural wealth. But it is during the time around Diwali when this wonderful city seems to be illuminating literally in the radiance of traditions! Opt for one of the riverside hotels in the city and enjoy a stunning view of the fireworks over the Ganges River from the comfort of your room. Besides, you can attend the special Ganga Aarti and can explore the ghats lit with candles and diyas.
Go shopping at the markets of Delhi
Diwali is a lovely time to be holidaying in the capital city. Along with the wonderful balmy weather, you can enjoy the terrific line-up of treats that sprout up for the locals and visitors during the festival. A number of special Diwali markets and fairs are organised all over the city. You can explore the famous shopping spot, Dilli Haat that hosts the amazing Diwali Bazaar every year, and can also shop for a range of fine handicrafts at the annual Dastkar Festival of Lights Diwali Mela.
Enjoy gambling and the destruction of Demon Narakasura in Goa
Goa might be more popular as a beach holiday destination but there’s much more to the state that makes it an ideal spot for Diwali holidays. The major Diwali celebration in the state includes the destruction of demon Narakasura by Lord Krishna. Many competitions are held across the villages and cities of Goa for coming up with the scariest image of the demon, which are all burned a day before Diwali. Moreover, you can try your luck at one of the top casinos enjoying gambling, a famous activity that takes place during the festival all over the state.