Where to Spend Diwali 2017

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Where to Spend Diwali 2017

Diwali, or Deepavali as it is otherwise known, is one of the largest festival in India. Diwali is known as the festival of lights, signaling the start of the Hindu New Year and is celebrated across the country with fervor. Diwali celebrates the victory of good over evil. It is a 5-day celebration, which is marked with different rituals for each day and the lighting of diyas (oil lamps) and plenty of firecrackers. Read this article to find out some of the best cities in India to celebrate Diwali. ... read more »

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Any suggestions for where to spend Diwali, India Mikers?
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kolkata and watch the sky on diwali day.
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An important warning is for people who have respiratory distress issues like Asthama etc. It gets really bad with all the cracker smoke in any medium to large city. Burn and Breathing difficulty are the major issues on Diwali night. Gets worse in places where the night temps are on the lower side.
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So far, I am loving Diwali celebrations in my home town - Jaipur. But this time I will be in Hyderabad. Lets see how it goes. By the way, I am curuious to know if there are any celebrations in Goa on Diwali eve.
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Narendra,

The article has been updated with your word of caution about the smoke and potential respiratory issues. Good thinking.
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Pune is tops. But, I am very biased. Try to experience it with a family. Avoid being too close to the large "Atom Bombs" when they go off and sparklers can burn. Best of all have fun!!
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I've had three in Varanasi (and I come with bias as well ) . . . just about anything in Varanasi is a good time . . . I remember thousands of floating candles on the Ganga at night . . . indelible.
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Have any pics of it Darmabum? A visual would be amazing!!!
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of the candles . . . no . . . but I do have . . . somewhere . . . some audio I got during a night time Diwali river trip . . . I'm shooting video, really intent in the viewfinder when I noticed that boat was rocking . . . people squealing . . . about to take my eye off the viewfinder, the boatman reassures me: "Don't worry, Sir. It's just a small cobra." We had one in the boat, the boatman was able to get it over the side . . .
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Question Escaping the noise of Diwali

I'm looking to escape the noise and firecrackers, and head out of Mumbai for somewhere peaceful and retreat-y for Diwali. Any suggestions? Not looking for a package resort type of hotel; more a peaceful retreat. Happy to quietly celebrate the festival of light, but not the festival of firecrackers
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That is the first time I have heard Mumbaii described as quiet. In fact, there is a noise control regulator. Makes all of our jobs look like they have value and potential in comparison. But, she is motivated..
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Originally Posted by MartinW View Post head out of Mumbai for somewhere peaceful and retreat-y for Diwali. Any suggestions?
I have limited experience of Mumbai but Matheran and Neral could be options. Here's some info from a previous thread: Matheran during Diwali.

Bear in mind that plenty of yuppies will have thoughts exactly like yours - we were shocked a couple years ago with the number of Delhi-ites coming to Jaipur and further inlands into Rajasthan. Plenty of people head to the hills as well. They're treating Diwali as a much needed break and for them, being at home on Diwali day (the traditional way to celebrate) is not as important as being able to use the vacation time. Hence, a smaller place would be better.
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Originally Posted by edwardseco View Post That is the first time I have heard Mumbaii described as quiet. In fact, there is a noise control regulator. Makes all of our jobs look like they have value and potential in comparison. But, she is motivated..
Thanks - actually I am looking to ESCAPE Mumbai, in the belief that it will be anything but quiet...! Any suggestions much appreciated...
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Staying put in Mumbai,as anywhere close getaways are a sure place to bang into neighbours
with stricter pollution controls it tolerable
people with breathing problems need to be careful

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