5 Cities, 5 Ways To Celebrate Diwali In India
Lights, sweets, crackers and glee; the enchanting festival of the Hindus, Diwali is celebrated in honour of Lord Rama’s return from a 14-year vanvas (exile), during which he defeated the demon king, Ravana.
Celebrated widely across India with much enthusiasm, each city adds a unique feature to the festivities and makes it their own. Read on for the best places in India to celebrate Diwali, and what makes this extravagant festival so special there.
For A Diwali In Its Purest Form
If you wish to see how Diwali is celebrated in its purest form, then this spiritual place is the perfect location.
Sit by the serene Ganges, listen to the mesemersing chants of pundits and devotees and watch the diyas float away on the holy river; you will find your piece of solitude at a place that is swarmed with worshippers. Away from the firecrackers and the chaos of the city, Varanasi is how Diwali was meant to be celebrated.
For The Traditions
The cultural capital of West Bengal lights up into a dazzling city during Diwali. With time-worn rituals and traditions, Kolkata’s streets buzz with zeal and joy. Goddess Kali is worshipped with offerings such as sweets, rice and hibiscus flowers.
There are also a number of bazaars set up, so you can buy authentic Kolkata items.
For the mouthwatering Rajasthani food
Sweeten the vibe of Diwali further; visit Jaipur and devour their toothsome sweets and Rajasthani thalis. Indulge in dishes like dal baati, mawa kachori, besan barfi and sohan papdi.
Moreover, on night of Diwali, drive along the city streets and see the lights and crackers illuminate the sky.
For The Grandest Celebration Of Diwali
Amritsar brims with exuberant celebrations on the occasion of Diwali. If you want to experience a grand Diwali, then The Golden Temple is the place to do it! Beautifully lit up with candles and diyas, the sight is simply magical. With the prayers of worshippers, the warmth of the air and cool waters surrounding the temple, the aura is unforgettable.
For The Ramleela, and all that comes with it
With the adaptations of Ramleela taking place at every nook and corner of the capital city, you are sure to witness the epic ‘Ramayana’ dramatically re-enacted in front of your eyes. Immersed in rituals, fervour and ecstasy, Delhi does not disappoint!
Go on extensive shopping sprees, try delicious local food or just watch the firecrackers light up the city. One thing is guaranteed, you will take home more than just wonderful memories.
So here’s Cox and Kings wishing you a Happy Diwali and a Happy New Year!