The burning of a diya is symbolic of many things – purity, knowledge and good fortune. But ultimately, it boils down to the power of light, the profoundness of radiance, the importance of everything good and virtuous. Something that is intrinsic to the auspicious and beloved festival of Deepavali, an occasion that manages to infuse its distinct glow into the hearts and homes of all Indians. But light doesn’t necessarily have to equate to diyas, candles, lanterns, and firecrackers. Light, in its essence comes from natural sources. It originates from the sun, the moon, the stars, the fireflies, the jellyfish and the mushrooms. More importantly, light transcends the materialistic aspects of the festival. It goes beyond the fine garments, jewels, gadgets and cars and emphasises on goodness, divinity, humility, togetherness and most importantly, love.
And that’s just what Club Mahindra stands for! The aim is to create magical moments for families that are more about experiences rather than objects, taking the commercial and moulding it into authentic. Which is why, our Diwali celebrations are unique to the region and strive to evoke genuine feelings, emotions, sentiments and passions.
Let us take you on a crackling tour of some of our best resorts, situated in the frills of the mountains, jungles and deserts.
We’ve highlighted innovative ways to partake in the festival of lights, because we believe that you deserve something more. Take a look at each of these highlighted experiences, within the confines of nature, that are sure to take your breath away!
Celebrate the spirit of thanksgiving amidst the sights and sounds of the vast and infinite jungle. Instead of classic Bhangra, enjoy the fascinating tribal dance of the locals at Club Mahindra Gir.
Once you’ve laid eyes on their exotic and intricately carved decorations, you won’t miss the traditional torans, diyas and floral garlands that are ever so synonymous with Diwali! Rather than trying your hand at Teen Patti, get your dose of excitement and thrill by embarking on a mesmerising Royal Bengal Tiger safari at Club Mahindra Kanha. We promise you that the anticipation and excitement is unparalleled. As an alternative to dolling up for that fancy party, observe baby elephants as they bathe and groom themselves for an evening in the wild. Club Mahindra Corbett gives you the opportunity to watch these gentle giants in their element!
Finally, substitute those vivacious functions for a magical family picnic by the Kosi River, which sits on the foothills of the Himalayan mountain ranges. Feast on a tantalising meal that is lovingly prepared by our resort chefs, while the river whistles and whooshes in the background – the only music you’ll need and want.
This festival of lights, enjoy the flavours, aromas and textures of the majestic mountain. Instead of shopping for rich and decadent sweets, go trout fishing at Club Mahindra Naldehra instead! The glorious resort enables a tour of the village and an introduction to its community of people, which is an interesting and refreshing alternative to paying festive visits to family and friends. Imagine the variety of unique delicacies you will get to relish… Rather than hitting that grocery store or bazaar, take a tour of sweet-scented tea plantations at Club Mahindra Dharamshala.
Savour the taste of delicious chai and manoeuvre through emerald fields - the only jewel you’ll be investing in! Substitute Diwali buffets for Club Mahindra Mashobra’s alfresco dining option. The food is cooked in an angithi pot, capturing and preserving the warmth as well as imprinting your heart and dazzling your eyes. This delightful resort in Shimla also prepares a signature chicken dish (Chicken Anardana) which is cooked in yogurt and pomegranate juice, a substitute for the classic tikka!
Commemorate the victory of good versus evil by exploring the plains and trails of the expansive gold desert. Instead of watching firecrackers light up the night sky, marvel at the exquisitely lit monuments that cast the lakes of Rajasthan aglow. Club Mahindra Udaipur will help you follow the trail of amber lights, of historic and architectural marvels, much like Ram did on his journey back to Ayodhya!
What’s more? You can learn the art of puppet making, much like you would learn to make paper lanterns or rangolis back at home.
And if you’re missing quintessential Diwali traditions, you can engage in pottery at Club Mahindra Kumbhalgarh! Yes, the little clay pots will remind you of the madkas that line your door.
CLB0315 – Design your own lamps
You can also lend an ear to the ancient stories of Kumbalgarh Fort, the world’s second largest wall. After all, there’s no fun in Diwali celebrations without talk of mythology and legend!
Lastly, glide on the silky dunes of Jaisalmer and get swept into a universe of mystique and enchantment. Club Mahindra Jaisalmer is waiting to make your Diwali ride absolutely spectacular.
Have we inspired you to plan your celebrations a little differently? If yes, place your faith in us and let us make this Diwali the most cherished one yet!
About Mahindra Holidays
Mahindra Holidays & Resorts India Limited (MHRIL), India’s leading player in the leisure hospitality industry, offers quality family holidays as also stated by Club Mahindra Reviews, primarily through vacation ownership memberships. While Club Mahindra is the flagship brand offering Club Mahindra Memberships, the other brands offered by the company are – Club Mahindra Fundays and Svaastha Spa. As on Mar 31, 2019, MHRIL has 61+ resorts across India and abroad and its subsidiary, Holiday Club Resorts Oy, Finland, a leading vacation ownership company in Europe has 33 resorts across Finland, Sweden and Spain. Visit us at www.clubmahindra.com.