15 October 2011

Must Visit Diwali Destinations in India

Are you planning a vacation this Diwali? If yes, remember that the essence of Diwali can only be experienced if you participate in the funfair with local people. The festival is very prominent in North India. This weekend let us explore some of the places in India where Diwali is best celebrated.

1. Jaipur, Rajasthan

Jaipur, the Pink City celebrates Diwali in a grand way. The city is at its pink shine as it is decorated in beautiful colours during Diwali. It is highly recommended to tour the decorated markets as you can find at least 2000 different varieties of earthen lamps in the form of deities, birds, and animals. Traditional clothes, handicrafts, firecrackers, gift items also flood the markets during the festive time. There is a contest held each year to award the best embellished market.

2. Amritsar, Punjab

Next in our list is Amritsar. The city treasured with the famous Golden temple is draped completely with bright lights during Diwali. The planning of the festival starts weeks in advance. Each and every house in the city is decorated with leaves, flowers and other beautiful items, especially with rangolis featuring the house entrance. The locals prepare various sweets and dishes to share them with friends, relatives and neighbours .The city witnesses spectacular lighting up of fireworks in the night sky. The Golden Temple is lit with diyas on Diwali making it an extravagant spectacle for onlookers.
3. Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh

Regarded as the holy city of India, Varanasi gears a colourful look throughout the festival of lights. The whole city comes alive in a magical glow on Diwali evening. The 50 odd Ghats of Varanasi are brightened with thousands of diyas transforming the proverbial "city of lights" into a magnetizing reality. A special aarti is performed on this day at the ghats. The temples are overcrowded with devotees who joyfully stand in long cues with their offerings.
4. Kolkata, West Bengal

Kolkata celebrates Kali Puja during the auspicious occasion of Diwali with great enthusiasm. The puja generally takes place at midnight. A day prior to the puja, candles, diyas, and small-decorated electric bulbs, light up the ?city of joy.? On the day of the puja, firecrackers cover the sky displaying a fascinating array of fireworks and it is a time for gaiety and feasting. One can also view beautiful Pandals and idols of goddess Kali throughout the city during Diwali.
5. New Delhi

New Delhi
The National capital starts its preparation of Diwali from Dusshehra itself. You can find banners and placards everywhere in the city during this time. The shopping marts in Delhi are packed with shoppers and shopping offers. Delhites splurge a lot of money on new dresses, gifts, fruits, sweets and firecrackers for the preparation of Dhanteras and Diwali. You will come across several temporary stages hosting "Ramlila", a dramatic depiction of the life of Lord Ram, culminating with the 10-days battle between Ram and Ravan on Diwali.