10 Best Places of India to Visit During Diwali Festival of Lights
Diwali is most precisely celebrated Hindu festival of India, also celebrated in many other countries. It's a five day celebration that is also known as Dipawali, Deepawali or the festival of lights.
This festival is celebrated to mark the victory of good over evil, light over darkness and knowledge over ignorance. On the day of Diwali, People worship the Goddess Laxmi and Lord Ganesha. Enlighten the home, offices and public places with Diyas, wax candles and make the colorful Rangoli by garlands and colored powders. And do the fireworks and exchange sweets among family, friends and neighbors.
The sparkling decoration of the city during Diwali makes the festival extraordinary for residents and tourists. Every year lots of tourists visit to enjoy the firework, striking decoration of lights. Diwali in India is celebrated all over the country and every place has its own allure, but these ten cities are known the best destination for Diwali celebration.
1. Varanasi (Uttar Pradesh)Click thumbnail to view full-size
Varanasi is the oldest city of the world and the most sacred city for Hindus, Jain and Buddhists where the celebration oh festival has exceptional allure. Varanasi is the spiritual and cultural capital of India and every year thousands of tourists are visiting the city.
But Diwali celebration in Varanasi has exceptional allure that invites, large number of tourists every year. The striking embellishment at the Ghats of Holy River Ganga, followed by evening Ganga Aarti (Prayer) and boating in river Ganga, and thousands of floating earthen Diyas in River Ganga, embellish stairs at River bank by thousands of candles are the main attraction.
Dev Diwali in VaranasiClick thumbnail to view full-size
Varanasi is the only place, where Dev Diwali is (The Diwali celebration of Hindus gods) is celebrated. The Hindu believes that on the day of Kartika Purnima (15 days latter to the Diwali celebration), gods are landing to the earth, to have a bath in the holy River Ganga and to celebrate the Diwali.
2. Mysore (Karnataka)Click thumbnail to view full-size
Diwali and Dusera celebration of Mysore is very famous that attract thousands of tourists every year to the city. People start celebrating by worshiping the god and visit the temples. Women draw the Rangoli at their houses, almost at every Hindu’s house you can see a beautiful Rangoli, drawn by the garland. At Dasara evening with you can enjoy the firework all over in city, striking decoration of Diyas (earthen lamp), wax candles and electric lights. The Mysore place is the best place to see the thrilling light and sound shows that start at evening around 7:00 Pm.
3. Amritsar (Punjab)Click thumbnail to view full-size
Known as the land of golden temples, Amritsar is a most privileged and sacred city of Sikhs and famous for delicious Punjabi foods and Diwali celebration. Diwali celebration at sacred Golden Temple of Amritsar is fabulous. Every year, more than ten thousand visitors and devotees are visiting in the city to worship in sacred temple and to celebrate Diwali with fireworks and exchanging sweets. The thousands of oil lamps and candles are lit at temple and striking electric light decoration is made to make the celebration special. (Though the electric light decorated was rejected in year 2016 to care the environment and temple).
4. Jaipur (Rajasthan)Click thumbnail to view full-size
Diwali in Jaipur, is celebrated with full of passion and ancient convention. Jaipur is the capital of Rajsthan state and known as the royal city of India. The sparkling electric light decoration of the city during Diwali makes the festival extraordinary for residents and tourists. Every year thousands of tourists visit the city to enjoy the royal and the cultural Diwali celebration. The most famous place to visit, are Nahargarh fort, Johar bazaar, Chaura Rasta, MI Road and Rambagh Palace of Jaipur.
5. Gandhinagar (Gujrat)Click thumbnail to view full-size
Gandhinagar is the capital of Gujrat state in India that is also recognized for its exceptionally planned architecture and is one of the cleanest and best environment friendly cities of India. Though the Gandhinagar has cosmopolitan culture and has a good number of people from all religions, but Hinduism is the major religion. The Diwali and Annakut festivals are the most precious and astonishing celebration in Gandhinagar. Every year, thousands of people visit the city during Diwali. The Akshardham temple is the main attraction of Diwali celebration in Gandhinagar and the stunning enlightenment with Diyas and lamps are made at temple, on the eve of Diwali.
6. Udaipur (Rajasthan)Click thumbnail to view full-size
Udaipur is another Royal city of Rajasthan, founded in 1568 by Rajput king, Udai Singh 2nd. In Udaipur, people celebrate Diwali with full of zest and with traditional rituals. Udaipur is known for its admirable palace, beautiful lakes and holy temples of Laxmi and Vishnu (Jagdish Temple). People lit up the houses, public and private office with earthen Diyas, candles and decorate the city with electric lights. Of Diwali people do the worship of Hindu goddess Laxmi and Lord Ganesh and at evening people do the fireworks, exchange sweets and greet well wishes to everyone. The Udaipur city palace, Laxmi and Jagdish temple, Pichola Lake, an artificial lake in the center are the best attractions during Diwali.
7. Kolkata (West Bengal)Click thumbnail to view full-size
West, Bengal is famous for Durga Pooja, Kaali Pooja and Laxmi Pooja but people also celebrate Diwali with full of Zest and it has its own kind of Diwali. People worship Goddess Kaali on the day of Diwali. Bengali’s believes, on the day of Diwali -Goddess Kaali appeared on the Day and destroyed all the evils. People lit the lamp to mark the victory of the goddess over evil and do the worship of Goddess Kaali with Tantric cremations and chanting Mantras, decorate the houses with Diyas and wax candles and does the firework. The most beautiful places to visit during Diwali are, the Howrah Bridge or to walk on streets, visit the Pandals and taste the delicious Bengali sweets.
8. Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh)Click thumbnail to view full-size
Lucknow is an ancient city of India and capital of state, Uttar Pradesh that is also known as “nawabon ka Shahar” (The city of Mughal Kings). This city has lots of remarkable ancient Mughal palace, parks and excellent Mughal architectural construction samples. The people of Lucknow celebrate all Hindus, Muslim and Christians festivals with full of enthusiasm, irrespective of their caste and religion. The whole city is decorated during Diwali, by lights, Diyas and candles and people exchange sweets, do the firework. The whole city looks like sparkling bliss. The special attractions of Lucknow, during Diwali are – Celebration and decoration at Ambedakar Park, Eamambara and Parliament road.
9. Mumbai (Maharastra)Click thumbnail to view full-size
If you love striking display of lanterns and outstanding firework then you must visit Mumbai during Diwali. Mumbai is known as the city “that never sleep”, and its liveliest spectacles appears on the day of Diwali. You can have lots option to visit in Mumbai, some of the most popular decorations are at CST railway station, while driving through Juhu, Banganaga tank and many other.
Marine road and Charni roads are the most famous place to enjoy the firework. Even If you like to enjoy the live show of firework then just walk at the roads in the city, you won’t be disappointed. Having dinner at sea facing restaurant or having a sip at sea facing bar is also an amazing experience.
10. HyderabadClick thumbnail to view full-size
Hyderabad is having its own culture and convention to celebrate the festival, people are lively and enthusiastic for celebrations. All five major Indian communities, Hinduism, Islam, Christianity, Buddhism and Jains are residing in the city, who celebrates the festivals together, though the majority of the populations are Hindus and Muslims.
During Diwali people decorate private and public places and do the firework and exchange sweets, gifts and well wishes among their beloved, friends and family members. The Ramoji Film city is the most popular attraction during Diwali for tourists and guests and other attractions are having dinner in restaurants at neckless road, visiting Lumbini Park and hi-tech city.
Which city you like the most, to visit during Diwali Festival?
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