Travelling to India during Diwali

Oct 26, 2012

Diwali is one of the major festivals of India which will be celebrated on 13th November this year. There is no other experience as travelling to India during Diwali. People from all over the world love Indian culture and this festive season depicts what Indian culture is all about. 

Diwali - Major Festivals of IndiaDiverse, colourful and hospitable; Indian culture is full of life and it is at its best during Diwali. India's diverse cultures, religions and festivals are a magnet that attract increasing number of tourists from all parts of the world.

A variety of tour packages to India make the hassle of travelling to a challenging destination much easier for them. 

What is Diwali?
Diwali is also known as Deepavali which is a Sanskrit word that means, a row of lights. It is more known as Diwali in Northern India while it is known as Deepavali in the Southern part of India. 
All about Diwali:- 
Diwali celebrates the  triumph of good over evil. It has a religious and mythological significance mainly for Hindus, although Sikhs and Jains also celebrate it. According to Hindu epic Ramayana, Lord Ram returned to Ayodhya on this day with wife Sita and younger brother Laxman after battling with demons and evil forces for 14 years and conquering Lanka. The date varies every year as the Diwali day is calculated according to Hindu Lunar Solar Calendar which takes into consideration the positions of the Sun and the Moon. This festival is not only celebrated in India but also by Indians living away from their motherland. Diwali is celebrated for 5 days in India.
The celebration starts with Dhanteras when people buy jewellery, new clothes and worship Goddess Laxmi for prosperity and happiness. Dhanteras is then followed by Choti Diwali (Small Diwali), Diwali (the big day), Govardhan Puja and Bhai Duj. On Diwali (the main day) people wear new clothes, light earthern lamps, fairy lights and lanterns. They also enjoy the evening with fireworks and exchange of gifts and sweets. Govardhan puja is performed as Lord Krishna inspired the villagers to be grateful to nature and worship as it brings rain, instead of worshipping Lord Indra who is believed to be the lord of rains.  
Must See Places on Diwali:- 
Delhi- If you are a shopaholic Delhi is the place for you. You will enjoy shopping in Delhi, escpecially on Diwali. During Diwali shopping bonanzas can be seen all over the city. You will Ramlila- a dramatic representation of the story of Ramayana being stage at many places in the city.
Amritsar- Diwali in Amristar gives you a pious and fascinating experience. You will see half a million people going to The Golden Temple where breathtaking fireworks is the attraction of the evening.
Jaipur- Diwali celebration in Jaipur is a fantastic experience. You can see gaiety and enthusiasm all around. Jaipur is a must see place to be at during Diwali. 
Kolkata- In Kolkata which is in West Bengal, Goddess Kali is worshipped on Diwali. Kali is the most destructive incarnation of Goddess Durga. People of Kolkata keenly wait for this festive season. You will see houses decorated and diyas lit all over. Gifts are exchanged and people enjoy the festive season with family and friends. 
Ways to Enjoy Diwali in India:- 
1.Try Indian recipes,  delicious food and dishes cooked on the special occasion such as Annakoot which literally means- Heap of Grain. Annakoot is a mix of all vegetables.  
2.Light or enjoy fireworks. 
3.Make Rangoli designs and get attractive henna tattoos done. 
4.Travel to various places, concerts or visit your local friends. 
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By Andre Rasquinha

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