February 05, 2020
India is a place where many festivals are celebrated. The seamless amalgamation of the various cultures across the vast land and the myriad of influences the people have had have resulted in this country duly accepting festivals of various religions, cultures, etc. For all the festivals in this great country of ours, the biggest one has to be Diwali.
Diwali is a festival of lights, which is implied by the name itself. With lights, colours of rangoli and the signature oil lamps that have come to embody something auspicious in the context of Indian festivals all around us, there truly is no festival that matches its aura, intensity and the fervor with which its celebrated across religious and ethnic divides.
Celebrating Diwali in Style:
The atmosphere here during this time is simply electric. The entire country gets together to celebrate this amazing festival of lights. Celebrating this amazing festival with your family is a very special thing. For ages, there have been a plethora of tradition and rituals that people have been observing in their homes. However, with such popularity, it isn’t the most intimate of festivals. So, for many people who want to get away to a close, intimate location; holidaying during Diwali is a hugely attractive option.
The question is where to? There’s clearly no shortage of amazing locations in India - from the Himalayas in the North to the serenity of Kerala’s backwaters to the incredibly beauty of North-Eastern India, you really want to vacation in a small intimate setting that lets you bond with your family and is the perfect backdrop for some magical moments. One such place is Gir.
Gir is known as one of the last remaining abodes of the magnificent Asiatic Lion, a forest reserve that’s virtually unharmed by all that’s gone on around it in the world. Being here feels truly amazing as the serenity of the place transports you to a different era. What better setting for a memorable holiday?
The vast open lands, beautiful cottages and the sprawling spread of flora and fauna lay the foundation for this amazing retreat. This is a very unique destination and that’s why exploring it with your family is always a treat. Take a guided tour of the jungle where you can see the King of the Jungle himself or relax in your beautiful resort. Feast in the gorgeous views and the many things you can do while you’re here.
Even though you’ll have your own space here, the rich heritage & culture of Gujarat isn’t too far away. In Gujarat, Diwali is associated mostly with the worship of Lakshmi - the goddess of wealth The markets of Gujarat liven up almost a whole month in advance for Diwali shoppers; from jewelry; clothes; sweets; gift articles; shoes; etc., to fire crackers. As a result, if you want to soak in the vibe of the local culture, you always can.
Diwali this year is going to be magical. Pack your bags folks; this is one thrilling vacation you’re going to remember forever.
Mahindra Holidays & Resorts India Ltd. (MHRIL), a part of Leisure and Hospitality sector of the Mahindra Group, offers quality family holidays primarily through vacation ownership memberships and brings to the industry values such as reliability, trust and customer satisfaction. Started in 1996, the company's flagship brand ‘Club Mahindra’, today has over 250,000 members , who can holiday at 100+ resorts in India and abroad.