Places to Visit in India During Diwali
The Hindu festival of light, Diwali is one of the most popular festivals in India, symbolises the victory of good over evil. Being one of the most popular festivals in India, it is celebrated with the utmost zest throughout the country. For travellers who wish to experience Diwali at its best, we recommend them to visit one of these places.
A few days before the spring full moon according to the Hindu calendar, musicians, dancers and performers from all over Rajasthan start moving in colorful camel caravans towards the golden town of Jaisalmer, which dons a festive look. The otherwise barren landscape is splashed with vibrant colors marking the opening of the Desert Festival. The 12th-century fort of Jaisalmer, built in yellow sandstone, provides a fairytale background. Over the years, the desert dwellers in their solitude have woven a fascinating tapestry with threads of music and rhythm and the Desert Festival is a celebration of their heritage. It is a chance of a lifetime to see the folk art forms against the landscape that has nurtured them for hundreds of years.
The entire Jaipur city is decked up in multi-coloured lighting greeting visitors to their humble city. All houses, markets, and even commercial establishments are covered and decorated with colourful lights throughout the city. Visitors can witness musicians performing on the streets, markets flooded with earthen lamps of various shapes, colour and sizes.
The beautifully decorated markets are busy selling clothes, handicrafts, delicious local cuisine etc. The most aesthetically illuminated market is declared as the winner and this competition between markets is a treat for the eyes of travellers.
Kolkata has its own unique methods of Diwali celebration. As Diwali coincides with Kali Pooja, Goddess Kali is worshipped during this period with worshipers making offerings such as sweets, flowers, meat etc. at the feet of the Goddess. The entire city is illuminated with lamps, diyas, candles and colour electric lights. Travellers can also witness a spectacular firework show all over the city during Diwali.
Diwali coincides with Bandi Chor Diwas, celebrating the return of the sixth Sikh Guru, Guru Hargobind Sahib from the captivity of Hindu Kings before the visit of Mughal Emperor Jahangir to the Golden Temple. The Golden temple is wholly draped in lights, and its illumination only enhances its glitter. Also, the city of Amritsar is lit up with oil lamps and colourful lights with firework display all over the city.
Considered as one of the holiest cities in India, the Diwali celebrations witnessed in Varanasi is quite unique and cannot be seen anywhere else in India. During Diwali, the Ganga Ghats are lit up with numerous earthen clay pots or diyas, and the special Ganga Arti in the backdrop of the illuminated diyas can be a mesmerising sight and a blissful experience for any traveller.