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Diwali is one of the main festivals celebrated in India, and we all look forward to it with quite eagerness. All about beautifully decorated homes, lively markets, scrumptious dishes, beautiful lamps and a breathtaking backdrop of fireworks, Diwali is celebrated with the ultimate zest, vigour and passion in India. Also known as the "Festival of Lights", Diwali is aptly known to be a perfect juxtaposition of joy, wisdom and positivity.

Furthermore, as Diwali brings a long holiday period with itself, it is one of the best times to head out and witness its grandeur in different Indian cities. So, if you are one of those who look forward to channeling their inner traveloholic during this time but can’t decide which places to visit, fret not. We have got you sorted! Mentioned below are some of the best destinations that should be on your itinerary if you want to have an authentic Diwali celebration experience in the country. So, without further ado, let us check out these wonderful Indian destinations and get ready for an unforgettable experience with your loved ones.

Amritsar:

One of the most amazing places to visit during the Diwali festival, Amritsar lights up beautifully during this time. This city, which is known for its vibrant culture and rich heritage, witnesses Diwali celebrations on a grand scale. And, as Diwali is celebrated in tandem with Bandi Chhor Divas, which commemorates the return of Guru Hargobind Ji from the captivity of Mughals, the entire city is decorated beautifully. Special prayers and kirtans are organised throughout the city, while the divine Golden Temple is decorated with different lights, which is a treat to sore eyes. Also, when in Amritsar, don’t forget to relish the authentic Punjabi dishes, which are sure to offer you a memorable experience.

Varanasi:

Known to be one of the holiest cities in India, Varanasi celebrates Diwali on a grand scale. From colourful traditional bazaars to the special Ganga aarti to the wonderful display of firecrackers, Diwali festival is celebrated in the city with great devotion and pure enthusiasm. Streets and ghats are lit with innumerable lights and lamps, while a large number of colourful diyas are floated in river Ganga, thus making this city a sight to behold. Moreover, if you are able to stay for some more time in the city, you can witness the mesmerising and divine Dev Deepavali, which is celebrated 15 days post Diwali festival.

Diwali Celebration in Amritsar Diwali Celebration in Varanasi

Delhi:

Delhi can never go wrong when it comes to Diwali celebrations. Undoubtedly, one of the best cities to witness the magnificence of this festival, Delhi looks no less than a bride. Markets, streets, homes and different landmarks are decorated beautifully with colourful lights and diyas, thus making the city all the more fascinating. From relishing scrumptious dishes to enjoying family get-togethers to visiting bustling bazaars, Delhi offers diverse experiences during the festival of lights. Further, different melas are organised in the city, which are a must-visit. When in Delhi during this festival, you can also attend different theatrical plays and concerts organised at diverse venues, like India Habitat Centre or Kamani Auditorium. Also, the weather during this time is quite pleasant, owing to which you can head out and explore different tourist attractions in Delhi.

Jaipur:

Jaipur is another Indian city wherein Diwali is celebrated in a splendid manner. Diwali festival in the Pink City is all about beautiful lighting, enchanting fireworks, and lively markets, thereby ensuring an experience of a lifetime. The celebrations in the city start with the auspicious festival of Dhanteras with buildings and popular landmarks being decked up with colourful lights, candles and diyas. And, when in Jaipur, don’t forget to visit the local markets wherein you can witness amazing folk performances by musicians, which are sure to leave you captivated and asking for more. Furthermore, in these vibrant and colourful markets, you can also look forward to relishing the authentic Marwari delicacies and tantalise your taste buds in no time. And, last but not the least, grab some amazing handicrafts and attractive souvenirs while on your trip to Jaipur during the Diwali festival.

Diwali Celebration in Jaipur Diwali Celebration in Mumbai

Mumbai:

Mumbai is all about opulent malls, beautiful beaches, attractive tourist destinations and delectable food. And, when it comes to Diwali celebrations, this bustling city doesn’t lag behind. From relishing authentic street food at Marine Drive to getting amazed by the colourful fireworks at Juhu Beach to even visiting the local bazaars for indulging in some street shopping, the vibe in Mumbai during Diwali festival is simply amazing and vibrant. The city truly comes alive as different monuments, houses, malls and bazaars are lit up with dazzling diyas, candles, lights and and lamps. Many people also make rangolis in their homes and prepare a range of scrumptious dishes. So, what are you waiting for? Add this lively city to your itinerary for Diwali this year and get ready for an unforgettable experience.

Diwali being one of the most important festivals in the country and to be able to witness the above-mentioned cities during the festivity is sure to fill your heart with positivity and mind with incredible memories. So, have you celebrated the festival of Diwali in any of the above destinations? Also, do let us know in the comments if you would like to add any other Indian city to this list. We would love to hear from you.

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