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Diwali – the festival of lights denotes the victory of good over all the evil forces. The whole country celebrates the festival with their friends and family by lighting earthen lamps and candles, bursting firecrackers and sharing sweets. But some of us might like to take a weekend off our busy schedule and pay a visit to vibrant destinations and taste different flavours of the grand festivities. If you too share the same sentiments then read on to know about the choicest destinations for this Diwali weekend in North India.
- Diwali in Delhi
The feel of festivities in the capital city starts right from Dussehra. People crowd in the marketplaces to buy new clothes, jewelleries, and gifts. As Diwali approaches, the houses are decorated with lamps and colourful rangolis. If you want to check out Ram Leela, then there is no place better than Delhi.
If you are a first time traveller to North India, do make sure to have Delhi as one of your halts for your Diwali trip. Almost all the Indian airlines – Jet Airways, Air India, Spice Jet, Go Air and many more have Bangalore – Delhi, Hyderabad – Delhi, and Chennai Delhi flights for express travelling to Delhi.
- The holy city of Varanasi
Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh, is the most sought-after city among the Hindu pilgrimage sites. The city is known for the Dashashwamedh Ghaat, Ganga Aarti, the numerous lamps and fire-torches. On Diwali, the ghats are illuminated with even more lights, and lamps are floated adrift by the visitors on the river. This provides a surreal look to the riverside after dusk.
- Celebrations in Amritsar
On Diwali, you can expect brilliant fireworks to blend with the ethereal serenity of the Golden Temple. The temple complex is covered with lights, and the fringe of the lake around the temple is decorated with candles and oil lamps. It creates a mesmerising scene to witness.
- A royal celebration awaits you in Pushkar
In 2017, try to coincide your Diwali trip with the annual Pushkar fair. One of the oldest and most religious cities comes alive at this time of the year with the annual fair slated to be held between 23rd Oct and 4th November. Be enchanted by the numerous temples that dot the Pushkar lakeside and have a relaxing evening.
Diwali is celebrated across the country irrespective of any boundaries. The lights and laughter that accompanies the festival are all invasive. To explore more cities and towns in North India during the auspicious festival, the best way is to reach Delhi and choose your options. Board a Kolkata-Delhi, Mumbai-Delhi, Bangalore-Delhi or Chennai-Delhi flight offered by any one of the many Indian airlines – Go Air, Air India and Jet Airways and enjoy you Diwali in a brighter and livelier way.