Diwali is one of the biggest festivals in India. Most believe that Diwali marks Lord Ram’s return after his exile, but for most around the country on this day Goddess Laxmi is worshipped for wealth and prosperity and Here’re the 8 best places to visit during this festival.
The warm glow of lights all across the streets, homes and shops in the beautiful Pink City makes it a must visit during Diwali. In Jaipur you will find not just the buildings but whole markets are illuminated and each year there is competition for the best lit markets. The Nahargarh Fort and other famous landmarks provide incredible views of the lighting which includes the entire city and the fireworks as well. You can also enjoy the local cuisine and shop for attractive souvenirs and handicrafts plus book Jaipur full day or half day for better experience.
Generally most people worship Goddess Lakshmi on Diwali. But in Kolkata on this day is widely celebrated as Kali Puja where Goddess Kali is worshiped. The whole city comes alive with diyas, flashing bells and lights, and in almost every street corner you’ll end up seeing spectacular fireworks. You can visit the city’s major religious site such as the Kalighat, Belur Math, and Dakshineswar, where thousands of devotees gather to pray. Or you can also take a tour of the famous puja pandals and marvel at the decorations and advanced puja arrangements. We’d suggest you to try out the Odigos app and book Bratati Saha a certified guide for your journey.
In Amritsar, Diwali is celebrated in a grand way too. It is celebrated together with Bandi Chhor Divas, a major Sikh festival that celebrates the return of Guru Hargobind Ji. The iconic Golden Temple lit up with thousands of lamps around the edge of the lake which makes this holy gurudwara shine brighter than before. The impressive fireworks are also worth watching.
Varanasi is the most spiritual place to enjoy Diwali. You can see and enjoy the unique Ganga Aarti, candled ghats and diyas that float down the river, along with a magnificent view of the fireworks. If you stay here for more time, then you can also participate in the Diwali of Gods or Dev Deepavali. It comes two weeks after Diwali and is observed on the day of Kartika Purnima (the full moon day for the Hindus). A lot of devotees meet on this auspicious day for a dip in the holy Ganges. They pray to Ganga Goddess and at night offer flowers and light clay lamps. This act of offering lit-up lamps to the Ganga is called Deepdaan. As the sun sets, every step of the Varanasi Ghats glow with thousands of diyas which makes it a spectacular spectacle. In addition to the Ghats, the lamps also enlighten all the temples in the region. If you wish to experience Varanasi’s Diwali, you must book A J Alok from Odigos who offers special curated experiences of this city.
Goa is already known for its beaches and New Year parties, however Diwali celebration in Goa is also popular among tourists. The festivities begin from Naraka Chaturdashi when people decorate their doors and windows with lanterns. Each village makes Narakasura’s larger-than-life effigies and burn them the next morning. Apart from the celebrations, you can also visit the beaches, casinos and glitzy lounges and restaurants for great time. However, make sure you book, a tour guide in advance from Odigos, as they know the popular places to visit this time of year.
Mumbai might not be one of the most common places to watch Diwali but Marine Drive here is one such place that offers the best experiences for you to celebrate Diwali. The arc of the necklace of this Queen stipulates an excellent backdrop for the bursting fireworks. The residents of the town gather to experience the atmosphere and watch the fireworks gleam during the night in the bay. For the best experience, book Vivek Bhardwaj a guide from Odigos.
Diwali is most popular festival and also the best time for shopping in Delhi. During this festival special markets and fairs take place all over the city from where you can buy decor and food items. You can go to Matka Market in South Delhi for all your Diwali decoration needs. There you will find an amazing array of colourful clay diyas and pots.
Ayodhya is highly recommended place to visit if you want to witness India’s biggest Diwali festival. This was the place where Lord Ram and his wife Sita returned after 14 years of exile on this day. In 2018, a Guinness World Record was made by lighting more than three lakh earthen lamps for at least 45 minutes along the banks of the Saryu Ghats. This year also the government is planning to make this event as grand as last year. Diwali in Ayodhya is an experience worth remembering.
So, this Diwali plan a holiday with your loved ones to any of these destinations and collect memories of a sparkling celebration that’s different from what you’ve seen for years! Do check out the Odigos app. They have best tour guides and curated experiences. Just write to firstname.lastname@example.org or call on +91 124-4610699 for more information about any spot in India. We will get back to you within 24 hours.