Places to Visit in India During Diwali
The Hindu festival of light, Diwali is one of the most popular festivals in India, symbolises the victory of good over evil. Being one of the most popular festivals in India, it is celebrated with the utmost zest throughout the country. For travellers who wish to experience Diwali at its best, we recommend them to visit one of these places.
Diwali, or Deepavali, a Sanskrit word meaning “rows of lighted lamps,”
The entire city of Jaipur is decked up in multi-coloured lighting greeting visitors to their humble city. All houses, markets, and even commercial establishments are covered and decorated with colourful lights throughout the city. Visitors can witness musicians performing on the streets, markets flooded with earthen lamps of various shapes, colour and sizes.
The beautifully decorated markets are busy selling clothes, handicrafts, delicious local cuisine etc. The most aesthetically illuminated market is declared as the winner and this competition between markets is a treat for the eyes of travellers.
Considered as one of the holiest cities in India, the Diwali celebrations witnessed in Varanasi is quite unique and cannot be seen anywhere else in India. During Diwali, the Ganga Ghats are lit up with numerous earthen clay pots or diyas, and the special Ganga Arti in the backdrop of the illuminated diyas can be a mesmerising sight and a blissful experience for any traveller.
Kolkata has its own unique methods of Diwali celebration. As Diwali coincides with Kali Pooja, Goddess Kali is worshipped during this period with worshipers making offerings such as sweets, flowers, meat etc. at the feet of the Goddess. The entire city is illuminated with lamps, diyas, candles and colour electric lights. Travellers can also witness a spectacular firework show all over the city during Diwali.
Diwali coincides with Bandi Chor Diwas, celebrating the return of the sixth Sikh Guru, Guru Hargobind Sahib from the captivity of Hindu Kings before the visit of Mughal Emperor Jahangir to the Golden Temple. The Golden temple is wholly draped in lights, and its illumination only enhances its glitter. Also, the city of Amritsar is lit up with oil lamps and colourful lights with firework display all over the city.
Diwali is celebrated in Goa as Naraka Chaturdashi with local residents cleaning and decorating their houses with kandeels or lanterns on their windows and front door. Larger than life-size effigies of demon Naraka is made up of paper, is filled with firecrackers and is coloured and designed to appear scary. This effigy is then burned in a similar manner of burning the effigy of Ravana during Dussehra. Local villages compete with each other with whose effigy is the tallest or the scariest.
This burning of the Naraka effigy attracts a lot of visitors to the local villages in Goa as the festival of Diwali coincides with the peak tourist season in Goa.
Diwali is an elaborate affair and one of the most important festivals in northern India. Before the start of the festival, people clean and decorate their homes with colourful rangolis, diya and multicoloured lights.
The entire city is decorated with bright lights, especially the market areas which are busy and host a wide array of shopping options and fair organised all over the city. Popularly known as the Diwali Bazaar, these markets attract a large number of travellers and visitors to the national capital during the festival of Diwali.
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