Delhi for diwali?

#1 Dec 10th, 2012, 05:05
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We'll be wrapping up our Fall 2012 India trip right around Diwali, and it looks like we'll be flying out of Delhi. We'll be arriving there from the Kangra valley and are currently deciding between flying into India through Delhi and doing most of our sightseeing then, spending just Diwali before flying out, or flying into Mumbai and seeing Delhi at the end of the trip during the whole of the Diwali week. We're wondering if Delhi is:
1) a good place to experience Diwali (and if so, where are the best locations)
2) if trying to sight see Delhi during Diwali week is a good idea
3) if we should get out of town, where would be a relatively nearby area that would be better?

Thanks.
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Sorry, I meant Diwali 2013.
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Hmm...I did not cast my forum search wide enough. It appears that Diwali is not a particularly interesting event for foreigners, outside of being frightened by fireworks, overcome by pollution and smoke, and running for the highest vantage point to escape the odorous cacophany. Really?
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Umm, it isn't that bad for locals. But I guess sound of random firecrackers going on can startle people who are not used to it. This Diwali, the air haze and smoke was so thick that people started getting dust allergies. Things would have been better if it had rained or some winds were blowing, but sadly nothing like that happened.
It isn't as bad as some people say, but it's not that special either. Try for some holy place like Varanasi, Kashi, Rishikesh etc if you want a different and better experience. Just stay away from fakes sadhus and pandits. Rajsthan can be a good choice too, but I've only heard about it, never seen it.
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I posted a few photos from my Deepawalis in Jaipur, my hometown : Where are you this Deepawali? where some of the celebrations are done in public spaces.

You may have a look.
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How about just hanging around Dharamsala for another day? And by Rajsthan, do you mean anywhere in Rajasthan, or someplace like Jaipur? Thanks.
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Dharmshala wouldn't be bad, but a large part of population is Buddhist. So there will not be much Diwali festivities compared to other places. Most of the tourist spots in Rajsthan, Udaipur, Jaipur, Jaisalmer etc. should be fine, better than Delhi at least. I can ask and confirm with local friends if you want.
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Jaipur has the most widespread, colorful, well lit diwali celebrations out of all the major cities. Udaipur has some (thanks to the bylanes and the water front the effect may look good but havent been there on Diwali). I've been to Jaisalmer on Diwali and its very very quiet over there.
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Thanks for those pictures. Jaipur does seem very spectacular.
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Originally Posted by oregano View Post It appears that Diwali is not a particularly interesting event for foreigners, outside of being frightened by fireworks, overcome by pollution and smoke, and running for the highest vantage point to escape the odorous cacophany. Really?
I just celebrated Diwali in Pushkar, and it is yes, very loud. Very, VERY loud. But I had a wonderful experience as a foreigner staying at a guest house that was run by a wonderful family.

So what I did was buy some cheap Diwali decorations for my door, buy some fireworks for the guesthouse owner's kids (with his permission), and bought some Indian sweets for everyone. Before the sun set, I just enjoyed watching all the fireworks from the rooftop terrace of the guest house. Other guests that went into town that night regretted it.

Celebrate it with a family at a guest house is my advice, you'll really experience the holiday as it is meant to be enjoyed.
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Originally Posted by dbwright22 View Post Celebrate it with a family at a guest house is my advice, you'll really experience the holiday as it is meant to be enjoyed.
You got it. !!!

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