22 October, 2019
Diwali is one festival that most people prefer to celebrate in their own homes, by decorating it, lighting up the diyas, and also hosting family and friends. However, there are times when you may also want to explore the possibilities of a Diwali travel, just to get a feel of how differently a particular region celebrates it. As with most other festivals, Diwali is celebrated quite differently in different regions of the country. So, depending on which part you are from, you may want to explore travel plans to other areas. Here are a few destinations that you can check out.
The whole of Punjab celebrates Diwali spectacularly as they do most other festivals as well. However, Diwali in Amritsar is rather special as it is the holy city where the Golden Temple is situated. Sikhs celebrate Diwali as the day on which revered Guru Hargobind Sahib returned from the Mughal captivity. Hence, the temple and the whole city is decked up. As it is, the fully lit Golden Temple is a sight to see at night. During Diwali, it makes it more so as thousands of lamps are lit up along the lake beside which the temple is situated. The Gurudwara looks so inviting, and fireworks light up the Amritsar sky. One also gets to pray at the Holy temple and eat the Langar food, cooked for the occasion.
In this city, this occasion is celebrated for a week or so, as they believe in welcoming the gods to their city as they consider it be a Dev Deepavali or Diwali of the gods. Hence, many specific rituals are followed across the city in the many temples and Ghats, and these make for a great experience. The belief is that the gods descend on earth that day here, only to bathe in the Holy Ganga. Nowadays, there is also a Ganga Mahotsav celebrated around this time, and the city welcomes travelers from all across the country as well as abroad.
Thousands of diyas are used to light up the 84 Ghats around the city, and you can also see elaborate rangolis decorating the place. You will even find floating diyas in the water. The Ganga Arti during this period is a momentous occasion that will be remembered forever. It also gives people enough photo-ops due to the nature of the celebrations.
You might have thought that Bengalis only celebrate Durga Puja with happiness and not so Diwali, with as much gusto. However, unlike many other parts of the country, which link the Diwali with Laxmi Puja, Bengalis celebrate it as Kali Puja. Just like the Durga Puja, Kali Puja pandals dot the city during this time, and they light diyas in honor of the goddess and also burst crackers and celebrate it grandly. The whole city is decorated and lit up, and they do it to rejoice the triumph of good over evil.
The Chennai Diwali is quite different from that of other parts, as well. Here, they worship Lord Kubera, the god of wealth and Dhanvantari, the god of health, during this time. The houses are decorated with rangolis and diyas in the night. Many people also take a pre-dawn oil bath, wear new clothes, and burst crackers. Visiting temples is also commonly seen among the population, other than families coming together to have sumptuous Diwali lunch.
A few other places you can explore are Jaipur, Jaisalmer, Mysore, Madurai, Pushkar, and Goa. Each of them has something special in terms of lighting, diyas, crackers, and cuisine and tourist attractions during this time. Like how Holi is the festival of colors, Diwali is the festival of lights, and almost every city of India, the famous spots in the city, the monuments, the markets, etc. are lit up. It is indeed a great experience to travel during this time and capture some special moments for keepsake.
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