Diwali makes everything better! This year, the festival falls on a Sunday but gives us a long-weekend holiday to celebrate it. If you still haven’t decided what to do with it, we suggest you visit these places in India and experience the festival of lights like never before. Take a look and then take your pick.
First on our list is Amritsar. Densely populated by the Sikh community, Diwali holds a special place in their culture and is celebrated with much anticipation. This day marks the return of Guru Hargobind Ji, the 6th Sikh Guru, from his imprisonment along with many other revolutionaries. The Golden Temple in all its glory and the town full of lights and a festive joy is a treat like no other.
Interestingly, Deepavali in Jaipur is more than just a festival. Every year, many tourists from across the world come to witness the grandeur of the pink city – that is found in its markets. Yes, you heard it right! All the markets in Jaipur are decorated extravagantly. The best market wins an award too.
If you want something more modern and concert-like, Udaipur is your one-stop destination. Since 2012, the city has been hosting The Udaipur Light Festival. It has DJs, special performances, art installations, food stalls, fun activities and more. Everyone gathers here to collectively release a sky lantern and enjoys the stunning view.
Nothing spells religious spirituality like Varanasi does! The place is popular for its special celebration, as the part of Ganga Mahotsav Festival, called the Diwali of Gods or Dev Deepavali. Apart from this, you could indulge in a holy bath in the Ganges and enjoy the street cuisines, watch the iconic ghats and the poojas taking place there.
Chennai is for the ones wanting to stick to their sleep routine and still enjoy Diwali in all its glory! Here, the festivities start early in the day with a traditional oil bath. It is followed with poojas through the morning and then begins the bursting of firecrackers and bidding adieu to the evil spirits. You are sure to be free by evening and have a good night’s sleep.
We saved the best for last. We all celebrate Diwali as the day Lord Ram returned from his 14 year-long exile with Seeta and Lakshman. From the forests, he came back home, which is Ayodhya. Just like the Treta Yug, people continue to light diyas to commemorate his return.
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