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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Originally Posted by MartinW View Post Thanks - actually I am looking to ESCAPE Mumbai, in the belief that it will be anything but quiet...! Any suggestions much appreciated...
You could try the coastal towns in Konkan. Possible places Anjarle, Dive Agar, Guhagar, Dapoli etc.
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Dates updated!

Wonderful to see the dates updated in the article!

It would be great if the name of this thread is also revised accordingly.
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What about Diwali in Amritsar? At the Golden Temple? I bet it would be twice as magical as it already is.
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Make Diwali in Varansi

According to my experience, Diwali is one of the festivals which is celebrated with alot of zeal.
And the best place to enjoy this festival is Varanasi.

Ghats of Ganga with Diyas and Aartis all around make this place a worth watch
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I have spent Diwali in Pushkar, Delhi, Mumbai, Calcutta, Jaipur, Varanasi, and Haridwar. I think Varanasi is the best. You have other festivals near it, especially Chhath which is incredibly spectacular in Varanasi. For sheer spectacle Diwali in Calcutta is unbelievable. 3-4 days of non-stop fireworks. Get on the roof of a tall building and the whole city is alight.
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Jaipur

Jaipur :)
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Jaipur

You must go to Jaipur this Diwali because in Jaipur streets are covered with beautiful lighting and here you can be view famous buildings with beautiful decorations whole night, Famous sweet shop for delicious sweets for you, your family and friends/loved ones.
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Our Pushkar Diwali

For those who don't like to be in a city for Diwali Pushkar is the place to be.
We will do family celebration in very quiet place. I love Diwali in Pushkar
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Smile Diwali in Kolkata

In Kolkata, Dilwali is celebrated with Big Idols of Kali Thakur (specially in Barasat), Various types of lights, Crackers etc. Kolkata is lightening up in Diwali :
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dipawali in kolkata
Bong families traditionally decorate their houses with earthen lamps (dia) or small candles all over the balconies, windows, parapet, boundary walls. When we were kids, used mustard oil and cotton wicks in earthen lamps. Then came the small 4" sized rickety candles in teenages. By the time we entered college, it was the chinese lamps (not the LED), with some logic circuity to blink the lamps in various sequences. Ezra street area used to have big business during dipawali. Nowadays nobody uses those messy earthen lamps- those dia's used to give most charming soft light. It's modern era of psychedelic lights creating disc ambience, multicolored moving patterns in hanging chains of bright LEDs.
Coming to firecrakers, we used to have small toy pistols and caps cartridge when we were kids. And I could remember various types of crackers-the tara batti, electric wires (a sparking wire like cracker), rong mashal (colorful torch type cracker), charki (rotates on floor) and a snake shaped soot forming pellet (saap-baji), and there were tubdi's- bason tubdi (the sitting type cracker), udan tubdi (the flying cracker), and the infamous rockets (nowadays rocket trajectories are much better, just like ISRO rockets. In our times those rockets used to invade into homes), the famous chocolate bombs and dodoma's (blasting twice). And the most famous-kali potka and lanka potka (chain of crackers). These were traditional bong crackers. Adventurous guys used to make these tubdi and bombs at home, and there were few incidents of losing limbs due to freak accidents!!
Gradually we embraced dipawali culture in kolkata, traditional north indian rituals were followed on the next day of kalipuja. And the lighting type spectacular fireworks were all over the kolkata skies.
I try to visit kolkata during dipalwali, mainly for my sisters for the bhaiduj rituals. And for couple of years, visited the food courts of shopping malls like city center in saltlake. They have an open terrace and one can enjoy the fireworks light up the dark sky.

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