Diwali, the festival of light, is one of the biggest and most significant events for the nation. On this day we celebrate the return of Lord Rama to Ayodhya after a 14 year exile. Diwali is celebrated across the country by bursting crackers, lighting candles, lamps and diyas and decorating the homes with Rangolis. People get together with their loved ones and exchange gifts and good wishes with each other. One can find a variety of ways the festival is celebrated in different parts of the country. So, what can be a better way to enjoy the festival of light than experiencing its different flavours from the various parts of the nation? Here are the best places to visit during the auspicious festival of Diwali:
The Pink City turns into the city of light during the festive season. There are city wide celebrations that include folk dances, plays, ethnic shows, sports tournaments for golf and polo, etc. As the sun comes down, the city lights up with beautifully decorated houses and markets. The main attraction of the city like the Hawa Mahal, Jal Mahal, etc. are beautifully decorated with multi-coloured lights. The Imperial fort turns into a welcoming host of light beautiful sights. The view of the city from the fort is a view that one might find hard to forget.
The city known for its numerous banks of the river Ganga hosts one of the biggest celebrations of the festival of light in the country. As the night ascends thousands of diyas are set afloat in the auspicious river Ganga. This unique tradition truly becomes a beautiful sight to behold. The River that now looks like a cluster of stars and flames reflects the many fireworks exploding in the sky. There are several Luxury Hotel in Varansi which are very economical and also very close to the Ganga Ghat. The devotees pray for the well-being of their loved ones as they witness one of the most beautiful sights of Deepawali in the nation.
As one of the UNESCO world heritage sights of India, Hampi is not only a home for beautiful architecture, it also has an amazing way to celebrate the festival of lights. the temples and monuments of the city are all decorated with different colours and lights. The whole city is lit up as the celebration of the festival can be seen both in the sky and on the ground.
The capital city of West Bengal has a unique way of celebrating the auspicious return of Lord Rama. People get together in different pandals and celebrate the festival with fervour. One can also take part in Kali Puja that is conducted in different parts of the city with full enthusiasm. People also celebrate by shopping in places like Park Street and New Market.
The festival of Diwali spreads happiness across the country and people from all regions, beliefs and religions celebrate the festival together.