Diwali in Varanasi

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I've read that Diwali is on 1 November this year, and plan to arrive in Varanasi on November the 3rd and stay until the 6th. Can anyone tell me if Diwali is celebrated for longer that just the 1st of November in Varanasi? How many extra people will be there? Is there another festival on the 5th of November specific to Varanasi? And one final question, would I be silly not to book accommodation ahead at this time?

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I spent six months in Varanasi about five years ago, and was there during Divali. There is a buildup of momentum for some time before the actual day; and then some decompression afterwards. The day itself - the night actually - was amazing. A sparkling ribbon of floating candles on the Ganges about 1/2 mile long. I was on the river for a few hours that night . . . Ahmazing. Divali is celebrated in all of India, not just Varanasi, so while there may have been visitors coming from out of town for it, there were definitely more local people present and visible. I imagine there will still be rooms available, depending on what level of accomodation you want. Have fun!
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how many days u r having for varanasi, if u r not on diwali days naver mind if possible become here on DEV DIWALI we people celibrate in our way and belive me all gods come to see that events marvles DEV DIWALI after 21 days from diwali but exact date i will confirm u later happy journy dear and their is no prob for boarding if u prefer o live in indian style i can manage
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Originally Posted by Pappadumelf I've read that Diwali is on 1 November this year, and plan to arrive in Varanasi on November the 3rd and stay until the 6th. Can anyone tell me if Diwali is celebrated for longer that just the 1st of November in Varanasi? How many extra people will be there? Is there another festival on the 5th of November specific to Varanasi? And one final question, would I be silly not to book accommodation ahead at this time?

Thanks in advance.
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Originally Posted by Pappadumelf I've read that Diwali is on 1 November this year, and plan to arrive in Varanasi on November the 3rd and stay until the 6th. Can anyone tell me if Diwali is celebrated for longer that just the 1st of November in Varanasi? How many extra people will be there? Is there another festival on the 5th of November specific to Varanasi? And one final question, would I be silly not to book accommodation ahead at this time?

Thanks in advance.
if Diwali is o 1st Nov then thats THE day you gotta be there. next day is nowhere near that. So if you can get yourself to Varanasi on 31st Oct. or do not travel on 31st Oct till 2nd Nov to enjot Diwali.
Don't know about the festival(if any) on 5th Nov.
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Funnily enough I also plan to arrive into Varanasi on the 1st November. Anyone gonna be there I can meet up with?
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Ah thank you for all your comments. Shailesh Vns you've cleared up my confusion between Diwala and Dev Diwali. I'd read that during Dev Diwali about 100 000 people visit Varanasi.

I'll see what happens closer to Diwali to decide where to spend it. The lights on the Ganges sound beautiful.
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Don't miss the day itself! It's magic....
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to give you an idea...

... have a look here, I posted a photo of Divali just now.

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I'm planning on arriving 28th/29th Oct and leaving approx 2nd Nov to make sure I don't miss anything.... does anyone have suggestions about where to stay?
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Spent Diwali in Varanasi last year and it was amazing. The fireworks seemed to go on for a couple of nights though the night of Diwali was the best. Stood on the rooftop of my guesthouse and circled for hours watching lights on the Ganges and fireworks. Like nothing I had ever seen before! i was told by many that the best celebration was a couple of weeks later ( Dev Diwali? ) but I did not stay long enough to check it out. Hope to be in Varanasi again this year for Diwali.
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try once olya guest house near mansarovar ghat, very familier guest house and u can save your dollar also( not so costly), run by mr shiva, very good and co-oprative guy. complete address is Olya guest house B 14/83 mansarovar ghat
and phone no is 09415225065

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Originally Posted by imhere0905 I'm planning on arriving 28th/29th Oct and leaving approx 2nd Nov to make sure I don't miss anything.... does anyone have suggestions about where to stay?
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Originally Posted by Pappadumelf Ah thank you for all your comments. Shailesh Vns you've cleared up my confusion between Diwala and Dev Diwali.
Just a clarification, though this is not relevant here. Your simple typo "Diwala"- ie. an "a" instead of an "i" at the end- changes the meaning drastically. "Diwala" means bankruptcy !
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This thread has been very helpful, and perhaps i have made a mistake in my travel plans. I too have been planning to spend this Diwali in Varanasi, arriving on October 29th. I am booked to fly out on November 1st at 6pm thinking that the evening of October 31st was the "big night". Am I now correct in understanding that's actually the evening of November 1st?

Thanks for the help, very glad to have found this place!

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