Diwali is considered to be one of the biggest festivals in India. The festival of lights also provides an opportunity for people to spend time with their loved ones. Often many look for places to visit during this holiday. So, here's listing down five great places to visit during the festival.
Amritsar is a great place to visit during the festival of Diwali. It is celebrated with Bandi Chhor Divas, which is a significant festival for Sikhs. It honours Guru Hargobind Ji, the sixth Sikh Guru, return from prison. Special prayers are held in the city and the Golden Temple looks wonderful when enlightened. Cool-weather, mustard fields (Sarson k khet) and the love of the locals are things that you can enjoy. The cuisine is well-known and will have one craving for more.
The place is known for its beaches and is one of the major tourist destinations in the country. The special addition during Diwali is Naraka Chaturdashi, it is formally known as Choti Diwali. Locals builds various Narakasura idols of huge size which is filled with grass and firecrackers. Then they burn the figure in the late hours of dawn. Along with the celebration, you can have a good time exploring the place, beaches, casinos and fancy restaurants.
Diwali unites with the famous Kali Puja in the City of Joy. Goddess Kali is majorly worshipped in Kolkata and you can witness the detailed and unique offerings to the Goddess. The offerings include fish, flowers, meat and sweets. The whole city looks beautiful with diyas, candles, lamps and you can also see some fabulous fireworks at the corner of almost every street. You can visit famous Kali Puja pandals in the city or take a tour of the biggest religious shrines such as Dakshineswar temple or Kalighat temple.
The stunning celebrations in Jaipur that starts from Dhanteras is something that you should see. The Nahargarh Fort, along with many other famous landmarks, offers beautiful views of the lighting and surrounds the entire city including the fireworks. The markets in the city with musicians playing songs on people demand some detailed made lamps and artefacts add to the visits. You will enjoy the Marwari cuisine, shop for attractive monuments and handicrafts on your journey in Jaipur. You might fall in love with the mesmerizing lakes of Udaipur which glows and shimmers with reflection of lights and fireworks of the palaces.
If you want to experience Diwali at a greater scale, then Varanasi is the place to go. You can begin with a bath in the holy Ganges and enjoy. Explore the lively markets where you can get everything from sweets to traditional clothes. Catch a sunset boat and watch the sparkling lamps against the backdrop of the religious recitals by the river. The festivities end with an amazing view of firecrackers. If you would stay back for a bit long in Varanasi, you can participate in the Diwali of Gods also known as Dev Deepavali. It is celebrated there as a part of the Ganga Mahotsav festival.