Diwali - oh my...

#1 Oct 15th, 2017, 17:33
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So... just found out today that I will be arriving in Delhi just after the main event of Diwali week on Oct 20th.

How bad will it be? I am expecting unbreathable air, shops closed, streets filled with paper wrappings and used fire crackers and hangover people.

Too bad I will miss the main event, would I have known this a few months ago I would def have booked my day of arrival a few days earlier.
Well, it could be worse. Arriving during the main day of Diwali would be a bit overwhelming for a first time visitor traveling solo I guess.

Does some Diwali related activities continue even on the day after?
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Things might be a bit different this year as our Supreme Court jas banned sale of fire crackers. But I trust my fellow countrymen yo find a workaround so I say might. You might get to see govardhan pooja {which is not much} and a few scattered cracker busting kids. No hangover as usually diwali is not a drinking festival. Also the decoration and lighting would be still there. Do try to visit some residential areas to get a glimpse of the same.
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To tell you the truth, smaller town India is a better bet to observe Diwali, and that's because the rampant urbanization that has taken over most metros in India and reduced the camraderie that makes most of our festivals what they are, hasn't taken over the smaller places as much. So, If you are able to get to say Rishikesh or Agra, it'd probably feel festive right through till the end of the week. Jaipur certainly will have lights, and no ban on anything. It's not a drinking fest - quite the opposite infact.
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Diwali will be celebrated till Saturday which is Bhai Dooj. If you are in India for a longer time see if you could be in Varanasi on the 3rd of November for Dev Diwali.
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Jaipur is also a good place for watching decoration. I think people will still find a way to burst crackers!
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On second thought, won't hurt to buy a face mask.
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Thanks for all the replys

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Originally Posted by aarosh View Post Diwali will be celebrated till Saturday which is Bhai Dooj. If you are in India for a longer time see if you could be in Varanasi on the 3rd of November for Dev Diwali.
I might be able to visit Varanasi second week in November, but I am stuck on a massage course during 3rd nov in Rishikesh.

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Originally Posted by vaibhav_arora View Post To tell you the truth, smaller town India is a better bet to observe Diwali, and that's because the rampant urbanization that has taken over most metros in India and reduced the camraderie that makes most of our festivals what they are, hasn't taken over the smaller places as much. So, If you are able to get to say Rishikesh or Agra, it'd probably feel festive right through till the end of the week. Jaipur certainly will have lights, and no ban on anything. It's not a drinking fest - quite the opposite infact.
I will hit Rishikesh a few days after, perhaps there is a little bit of festivities in the air still


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Originally Posted by RahulDeva View Post On second thought, won't hurt to buy a face mask.
Yeah, I guess I will know when I get there on how bad the smoke will be. At least I don't have any respiratory problems, so I guess I should survive a few days of pollution.
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Just reporting that the smoke levels are not at all as bad as I thought. The air is breathable, not having other problems than a little bit stuffed nose.
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Originally Posted by LaraHastings View Post Just reporting that the smoke levels are not at all as bad as I thought. The air is breathable, not having other problems than a little bit stuffed nose.
Thankfully the weather is favorable that's why we didn't get the deadly smogtail of last year. The cracker ban also helped a bit.
Were you able to see the decorations? Or partake a bit of the festive spirit
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Originally Posted by RahulDeva View Post Thankfully the weather is favorable that's why we didn't get the deadly smogtail of last year. The cracker ban also helped a bit.
Were you able to see the decorations? Or partake a bit of the festive spirit
Ok.
A little bit, there was quite a lot going on in the evening. I was able to watch from a rooftop.
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Originally Posted by LaraHastings View Post Ok.
A little bit, there was quite a lot going on in the evening. I was able to watch from a rooftop.
Great
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Originally Posted by LaraHastings View Post Just reporting that the smoke levels are not at all as bad as I thought. The air is breathable, not having other problems than a little bit stuffed nose.
Great to know this. I figure that very low relative humidity may also be a reason. I had a bad throat (though I was far away in Madhya Pradesh state). Crackers lead to some pollution though the % is small. The biggest culprits are vehicular pollution and construction dust that are not going anywhere. At least, not this time of the year.

Please continue to watch out for smogs and high particulate matter because of seasonal temperature, humidity, and wind conditions this time of the year. Stay safe and have fun. Do keep us posted about your adventures.

For a basic sore throat (without much cough or cold), see if home remedies help. As simple as steam inhalation, basic decongesting nebulization as advised by any local doctor, honey, ginger syrup, hot water gargles, etc help. I wasn't getting much relief after consulting 3 doctors but some home remedies did the trick (I visited my parents during the festival who helped with the age-old remedies).

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