October 2019 has gifted us with two long weekends and the second one is almost here. Do not follow the old tradition of celebrating Diwali at home. Plan the celebrations at a different destination for a change. Here are some of the amazing suggestions for you to plan your long weekend with your loved ones to a destination you have never explored before.
- Varanasi: To enjoy one of a kind Diwali celebration, visit Varanasi. This city celebrates Deepavali as well as Dev Deepavali with full fervor. The Ghats are beautifully lit using thousands of ‘diyas’ and temples abuzz with the sound of pooja. To celebrate the festival of light, people dress up in traditional clothes and enjoy the festivities. As the city has retained its old-world charm, you will get the chance to explore the hidden secrets.
- Jaisalmer: This amazing city of Rajasthan uniquely celebrates Diwali. The shops hang miniature lights and homes are decorated with lit-up urban diyas, which makes an amazing view to witness. Apart from this, explore the amazing forts, Havelis, and various other iconic places on your trip to Jaisalmer.
- Amritsar: One of the best places to celebrate Diwali is Amritsar. A hoard of pilgrims gathers to celebrate a spectacular night of Diwali in Amritsar. You can see the amazing fireworks from the rooftops. Pilgrims light thousands of candles in the temple making it beautiful in appearance. There are a lot of iconic tourist attractions in Amritsar which you can explore while celebrating Diwali.
- Ujjain: In Ujjain, Diwali is celebrated with full enthusiasm. Priests and devotees lit firecrackers in the wee hours. The rituals at Mahakaleshwar Temple start from roop chaudas every year and continue till Shukl Purnima. Hundreds of devotees come here to celebrate Diwali every year. You can spend your long weekend in Ujjain by exploring the most popular religious sites and other attractions.
- Pushkar: The underlying themes of lights, color, and celebration sum up a great Diwali in Pushkar. This Golden City simply shimmers during the festival of lights. You can visit the temples & ghats and take bath in the Holy water of Pushkar Lake. This city celebrates Diwali by lighting candles and diyas, street parades, and fireworks.
Saturday, 26 Oct – Weekend
Sunday, 27 Oct – Weekend
Monday, 28 Oct: Diwali Holiday
Tuesday, 29 Oct: Bhai Dooj (Restricted Holiday)