Diwali has always given us very fond memories. Remember those days, when Diwali meant vacations and new cloths? Ah! We used to wait for it for so long to enjoy the festivity! Time flies, they say, and it does. If you too are looking forward to add that charismatic factor to your Diwali celebrations this time, it’s time to head on. Celebrating Diwali at home has its own fun, but if you want to celebrate it in some offbeat style, read on to find out the best places and ways you can celebrate the Diwali this year!
Offbeat Ways and Places to Celebrate Diwali
Nothing Like That, If You Get To Celebrate Diwali With An Indian Family
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If you are going to visit India this Diwali, nothing can give you more insights and the real meaning of the festival than what an Indian family can. To fetch the best out of the festival, try staying in an Indian homestay and get indulged I their family celebrations. Diwali as we said is marked by wearing new clothes. This should give you a perfect reason to shop – the traditional Indian wear! Involve yourself in gift giving – exchanging sweets and chocolates is the common ritual on Diwali.
Jaipur And Udaipur – Adore The Beautiful Lights
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Celebrations in Rajasthan start right from Dhanteras, the first day of the five day long festival. The Nahargarh fort of Jaipur offers breathtaking views with the stunned views of the brightening wall. Udaipur is not far behind too when it comes to Diwali celebrations. The stunning lake forms a perfect place to take photos in the presence of reflections of the crackers in the water. You might also want your kids to enjoy the royal Indian culture. Savor the Marwari souvenirs and dress up in ethnic attire.
Both Jaipur and Udaipur are easily accessible via rail, road and air. You can reach Jaipur from Delhi in just a 5 hours dive. Udaipur from Mumbai, Delhi and Jaipur is am overnight journey via train.
Amritsar – Celebrate The Golden Diwali
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Amritsar although is occupied by the Sikhs, it is no wonder, seeing them celebrating the Diwali. The first brick of the golden temple was laid in 1577 on Diwali. Their sixth Sikh guru was released from prison in 1619 on this day. Giving them the ample reason to celebrate Diwali like the rest of the parts of India, it is a mesmerizing sight to see the golden temple wrapped up with diyas and lights on the festival. Further, the reflection that diyas create on the lake surrounding the golden temple is no less than a magic!
You can board onto various connecting flights from different parts of the country to Amritsar.
Varanasi – Celebrate the Festival in Spiritual Style!
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Varanasi is not far behind in Diwali celebrations too. Giving a neck and neck competition with other places of India in bursting fireworks, Varanasi has got its own cultural heritage that provides it an edge over the other parts. Ganga Snan (a dip into the Ganges River) is the perfect start of the day. Get yourself into a boat ride at sunset and see the amazing fireworks as they start to happen slowly and gradually. The best way to catch all the fireworks and how the diyas lit the river Ganges is by occupying a river facing room in Varanasi. If you have enough time, catching the Dev Deepwali (the Diwali of gods) is highly recommended.
You can plan your visit to Varanasi easily. The place is well-connected from all major cities by train.
Goa – Go Goa If Gambling Is Your Way Of Diwali Celebrations!
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Diwali Celebrations in Goa | Source
Playing cards on the Diwali night with all cousins at a place – a wonderful sight! Gambling has been associated with Diwali festival since long. If you too are fond of it, there is no better place than Goa to fetch the real gambling fun with casinos here. Further, you might also enjoy the destruction off demon Narkasura by lord Krishna. This is the special way Diwali is celebrated in Goa.
Make the best out of the Diwali away from the home and involve yourself into different cultures that India is proud to host! Explore, Experiment and Enjoy!