Diwali in Delhi

#1 Oct 6th, 2009, 18:01
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Hi

I was just wondering what are some good locations to spend your Diwali night in Delhi.I am flying to India with my husband a night before Diwali and I am quite excited about experiencing Diwali in India.
We do not have any families in India so was wondering where in Delhi should we hang out to see and feel the Diwali atmosphere or experience any Diwali related events organised in Delhi
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Your best bet is to stay indoors. Its going to be polluted, lots of smoke and a lot of mess.

Beautiful nevertheless.
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Get lots of sleep the day you arrive because on Diwali itself (Oct 17 this yr), it's going to be pretty loud. As OrangeStreet said, it's smoky and polluted as well with some pretty high levels of particulate matter.

Enjoy from afar behind glass doors/windows. If I wasn't asthmatic, I would venture out because it's lots of fun

If you're up to it, you can watch fireworks displays, usual places are India Gate area, or Ram Leela ground or at various stadiums -- Jawaharlal Nehru stadium, Indira Gandhi stadium, some in Old Delhi as well (wouldn't advise due to crowds).
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A few years ago, I'd decided to spend the evening in my hotel. The owner came to visit around 8pm and then, to my surprise, a Brahmin appeared and did puja for the owner, a few staff members, and me.

All this time, fireworks were going off outside; it was like being in a war zone. I could still smell the gunpowder the next day.
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I spent a Diwali in Pahar Ganj and it was pretty scary. People were hurling fireworks out of windows and the smoke was very intense. The noise continued until at least 3AM. I've also experienced a Diwali in Kathmandu. I'd get as far out of the city as I could, if I were you. If you must stay, perhaps some of the fancier hotels will be offering programs.
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thanks for the response all

I am planning on booking a hotel in karol bagh. any idea how that area would be?

what about public transport facilities? would taxis be available on diwali night? Do restaurants remain open ?
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Originally Posted by wonderwomanusa View Post A few years ago, I'd decided to spend the evening in my hotel. The owner came to visit around 8pm and then, to my surprise, a Brahmin appeared and did puja for the owner, a few staff members, and me.
That's nice Pretty close to how Diwali is celebrated in homes w/ puja, rangolis, etc. It's the one day of the year I get all decked out in a sari; we light diyas and do some pro forma puja at home (I'm a terrible in-name-only Hindu!). Oh well, my kids and hubby enjoy it, as do our close friends. Can't light fire crackers here, but that's ok. I'm fine without the smell and sounds of Diwali in Delhi. It was different when I lived there and we had our own private celebration but now as a visitor it takes some getting used to.
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Originally Posted by mits View Post thanks for the response all

I am planning on booking a hotel in karol bagh. any idea how that area would be?

what about public transport facilities? would taxis be available on diwali night? Do restaurants remain open ?
Karol Bagh is mainly a commercial area, so you wouldnt find much fire crackers going off until late at night. Stay at a hotel close to the main road and you should be ok.

Taxis are available as usual. Restaurants are open. Just roll up the window in the cab if you will. You dont want a diwali rocket buzzing straight into the car, nor the smoke.

Happy Diwali
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How will it be on the 19th Oct in Delhi, we have to spend most of the day waiting for a onward flight to Kathmandu and were going to wander around rather than sit at the Airport.

Will shops and that be open on the 19th or have we picked a really bad day to chill out !
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Oct 19 should be fine. In fact, some shops are open on Badi/Big Diwali day (17th) itself too!
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Thanks, nothing much is sacred any more. I remember when little happened on a Sunday here in Oz. Now it is busier than many mid week days for shopping. I guess it was only a matter of time for that commercialism disease to globalise.

Good for our day in Delhi, sad for overall life values.
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Originally Posted by OrangeStreet View Post Karol Bagh is mainly a commercial area, so you wouldnt find much fire crackers going off until late at night. Stay at a hotel close to the main road and you should be ok.

Taxis are available as usual. Restaurants are open. Just roll up the window in the cab if you will. You dont want a diwali rocket buzzing straight into the car, nor the smoke.

Happy Diwali
Thanks for that information. I am sorry to bother you with another concern.

I am actually taking a flight to kullu valley early in the morning 5 a.m reporting on 18th, just after the main diwali night. I hope I will be fine in terms of getting transport to the airport since it will be a really late night for everyone.

Additionally, if I understood you correctly, did you suggest staying close to main roads in Karol Bagh or some other main road in particular?

Thanks in advance
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Originally Posted by mits View Post Thanks for that information. I am sorry to bother you with another concern.

I am actually taking a flight to kullu valley early in the morning 5 a.m reporting on 18th, just after the main diwali night. I hope I will be fine in terms of getting transport to the airport since it will be a really late night for everyone.

Additionally, if I understood you correctly, did you suggest staying close to main roads in Karol Bagh or some other main road in particular?

Thanks in advance
Yes, Finding transport (taxi) should not be an issue but I would suggest you to book a day in advance. You don't want a scenario where the driver decides not to turn up since its Diwali. Book with a reputed cab company like Easy cabs etc. You should be ok.

Yes, staying close to Main Road in Karol Bagh should be better. Main road is generally non-residential with some amount of traffic so you'll find that noise and smoke are a tad less vis-a-vis residential areas in Karol Bagh.
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Restaurant for diwali

The rotating restaurant in central Delhi might be a great place to watch Diwali fireworks going off around the city without actually breathing in the smoke. It's several stories up (and most of Delhi is not high), it's called Parikrama and it's on KG Marg just off of Connaught Place. Their food is crappy but the views will be good...and hey, rotating. Might need to check if they're open tho.

Also, a restaurant called Q'ba in CP has an outdoor terrace that is up high.
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Yes, staying close to Main Road in Karol Bagh should be better. Main road is generally non-residential with some amount of traffic so you'll find that noise and smoke are a tad less vis-a-vis residential areas in Karol Bagh.
Hi, I did a bit more research on delhi hotels and found some nicer ones at Nehru place,(Friends Colony). Is that a nicer place to stay and experience diwali. I do want to see fireworks and feel the atmosphere so thought to get away from commercial Karol Bagh area.Please suggest some nicer suburbs not too far away from Delhi central (1 hour max)

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