India is a land of diversity as people of different cultural backgrounds stay here. So, as a result, there are various important festivals for all states or cultural groups. But if there is one festival that unites the whole of India, then, it is Diwali. Diwali is celebrated in all parts of India with regional tweaks to the rituals. This is a major occasion during which families, friends, and relatives meet and spend a nice time with each other. This is also the time when the schools, colleges, and offices remain close and that’s why many people plan a nice Diwali vacation to rejuvenate their tired minds and bodies.
If you are also planning for a Diwali Vacation, then, here are some amazing places you can visit.
It is one of the oldest cities in the world. In all their alleys and ghaats there are numerous stories. Just sitting near a bank of the Ganges and watching Diwali – you will feel spiritually awakened. As the sky grows dark and dark and people here lit up thousands of delightful diyas and float into the Ganges. Imagine the floating diyas all over the Ganges – isn’t that a sight to behold forever? You will feel like the whole sky with bright stars have descended onto the earth. Along with blazing fireworks and that Ganga Aarti – Diwali here is a time you must not miss. Travel with your family and relatives and experience this divine Diwali atmosphere here.
If you want to go somewhere away from India, then, you can plan Dubai. The sight of Burj Khalifa to the Miracle Garden and the famous mosques – there are many things to explore in Dubai. It is a rich city and people from all across the world come here to see the glitz of the city. You can take the boat rides, roam around the malls, visit the ice-skating rink, or go for the desert safari. Your stay here would be a memorable one. Above all this, you will also get to see a memorable fireworks on the skies of Dubai during Diwali.
The lovers of Goa say that every occasion and every holiday is Goa-worthy. During Diwali, you will see a different Goa. The local residents of Goa mimic the killing of Narakasura by Lord Krishna and celebrate this festival of lights. After watching that grand show, you can spend your time here by visiting the famous and the not-so-famous churches, the iconic Dil Chahta Hai location, sea beaches, etc. Just soak into the salty air of Goa and come back refreshed.
If you want a cool and cozy kind of Diwali celebration away from your home, then, choose Manali. It is the most popular hill destination in India. There are no noisy firecrackers and everywhere you breathe fresh air. If you are looking for a peaceful time with yourself and your loved ones, then, Manali would be the best place to visit. The temperature during Diwali is not too cold and so you will have fun. The clam alleys, small cafes, and the mesmerizing view of the mountains will let you shed off the tensions and stress of the city life.
Right from the day one of Diwali, i.e, Dhanteras, the bright city of Jaipur becomes brighter. The colorful bazaars feature lamps, diyas, and musicians performing the local songs. You will surely have the brightest Diwali celebration here. If you book a royal palace for your stay, then, your joy will be doubled with the hospitality you receive. And you must not miss the imperial Nahargarh Fort, especially at night. You will feel out of the world – the whole lit up city seen from the top would make you feel surreal.
Hampi – the UNESCO World Heritage Site is one of the most underrated tourist locations. The remnant of the Bijayanagara Kingdom is a delight to witness. The history enthusiasts would find it a perfect place to unwind their minds. It is located in the Hospet of Karnataka and has wonderful architecture. You will find royal pavilions, royal platforms, treasuries, and bastions here. The beautiful temples are surrounded by lush greenery, jade-green hand groves, and banana plantations. Surely, you will get many Insta-worthy captures here.