India is well-known as the land of festivals. There is no wonder that the country is visited by a lot of tourists during the festival season. There are globetrotters who pay a visit to experience the vibrancy in the country. Diwali, which commemorates the victory of good over evil, without any doubt is the biggest festival celebrated all over India. The entire nation is seen in a festive mood during this time. However, celebrations differ from state to state and city to city. We have gathered the names and details of a few places where you can witness the spectacular festivities this Diwali.
Varanasi – On the occasion of Diwali, the Ghats of Varanasi are lit up with thousands of diyas. Varanasi is nicknamed as “City of Lights” because of the mesmerizing views which appear a treat to your eyes during the time of Diwali. Fireworks seen from the Ganga Ghats which are illuminated by candles and diyas appear heavenly. The Ganga Aarti on the illuminated ghats is worth watching during Diwali time which provides a different experience altogether. The continuous fireworks reflect the brilliance of the place. Do visit Varanasi and enjoy the melas organized in the city.
Amritsar – Diwali in Amritsar is a grand affair; the festival is celebrated with great pomp and enthusiasm. On this day, the Sikhs celebrate the return of Guru Hargobind Singh from the captivity of the Mughals. Also, the foundation stone of the Golden Temple was laid on Diwali in 1557. One can see the magnificent Golden Temple which is beautifully decorated and the festivities going around on the day of Diwali. It is the day on which the holy temple shines brighter than ever. Moreover, the spectacular fireworks are also worth witnessing throughout the city.
Delhi – Diwali is the most celebrated festival in the country capital. On this day the biggest, brightest and the most joyous celebrations take place. There are Diwali Bazaars and melas arranged throughout the city where you can buy beautiful handcrafted items. Fairs on the large scales are arranged in Dilli Haat at INA and Ramlila Ground in Delhi. One can hop on at countless food stalls, shops, and rides in the capital city of the country.
Goa - While most of the places in India celebrate in their own traditional ways, Goans have a more “modern” twist to the festival of lights. Dance parties are organized at several nightclubs, and the festivities only seem to increase more if Diwali falls on a weekend. Sky lamps are a common sight during the night. There has been an increasing trend of people coming from different parts of the country to Goa to celebrate their Diwali in style!
Jaipur – Diwali in the royal city of Jaipur is celebrated in a majestic way. One can experience the grand celebrations in the pink city and drool over delicious sweets and various food items. There are fairs arranged in several parts of the city. Markets are flooded with handcrafted items. People from all over India come to visit the Nahargarh Fort in the pink city which is a fantastic host for the festival after sunset. During the time of Diwali, musicians sing on the streets, feasts are organized and the whole city is decorated with earthen lamps and diyas.
Kolkata – Kolkata, the city of Joy is worth visiting during the time of Diwali. An auspicious festival of Kali Puja celebrated with full fervor and enthusiasm from dusk-to-dawn. One can visit the pandals and see the unique decorations and advanced setups organized throughout the city during Diwali time. The city appears already on the festive mode as Durga Puja takes place a month ahead of Diwali because of which Kolkata is already decorated. The lighting diyas, firecrackers, and the decorations contribute to the beauty of Kolkata.