Diwali is perhaps one of the most celebrated festivals in India and by no chance, you can afford to miss Diwali at some of the most extravagant places in India. There is so much more to this festival than just bursting crackers and lighting lamps which you are going to love at these exotic places in India.
It is said that if you wish to experience the Diwali of Jaipur, you have to be in Jaipur. The pink city is lit up with various colours and that lights greeting you would be something which you might have never seen before in your life. Leave alone the houses, even the markets are decked up beautifully. The musicians on the streets of the city add charm to the place. The markets are completely decked up and flooded with traditional clothes and handicrafts. There is a prize as well which is given to the best lit up and decorated market.
Varanasi which is one of the holiest places in India is always abuzz with some or the other kind of celebrations and celebrating Diwali in Varanasi definitely cannot be missed. On the auspicious occasion of Diwali, all the Ghats look mesmerising as they are lit up with diyas all over and that is one of the prime reason why it has earned the title of “ City of Lights”. The Special Ganga Arti on Diwali is a surreal experience, to say the least.
Kolkata has its own unique style of celebrating Diwali as Kali Puja coincides with Diwali and Goddess Kali is worshipped on that day and there are many offerings that are made on her feet on this occasion. Apart from sweets and flowers, fish, meat and buffalo calf are offered on the feet of Kali. The city gets all lit up with diyas, lamps, bulbs and candles all over. Kolkata being called the city of Joy lives up to its name during Diwali.
There is a Punjabi saying which goes as ´ DAL ROTI GHAR DI, DIWALI AMRITSAR DI’. This is indeed true as Diwali here co-incides with BandiChhorDiwas, a Sikh festival which marks the return of Hargobind Sahibji. The Golden temple is draped in lights and glitters even more during Diwali.
Make the most of this prosperous festival by spending your Diwali Tour in any one of these places.