Best places for Holi and Diwali

#1 Jan 17th, 2016, 01:10
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Good evening everyone,
what are the best cities where to spend Holi and Diwali?
Any tips/personal experiences to share about this two celebrations?
Any other celebrations/festival that are really worth seeing (I'm thinking about Pushkar Camel Fair)?

Thank you!
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Holi is a blast in Mumbai - have always spent it at Juhu Beach. Here are some other suggestions - http://goindia.about.com/od/festival...l-In-India.htm.

Loved the Pushkar Camel Fair. Just a lot of fun and the lake and temples in Pushkar are beautiful.

We've always celebrated Diwali as a family so never have traveled during the holiday but looks like some good places here - http://goindia.about.com/od/festival...tion-Ideas.htm.
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Originally Posted by Pani Puri View Post Holi is a blast in Mumbai - have always spent it at Juhu Beach. Here are some other suggestions - http://goindia.about.com/od/festival...l-In-India.htm.

Loved the Pushkar Camel Fair. Just a lot of fun and the lake and temples in Pushkar are beautiful.

We've always celebrated Diwali as a family so never have traveled during the holiday but looks like some good places here - http://goindia.about.com/od/festival...tion-Ideas.htm.

Thank you Pani Puri, I will surely have a look!
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Calcutta for Diwali is great with Kali and Durga Puja's.
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sure ?
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I've recommended Jaipur earlier for Diwali - http://www.indiamike.com/india/spiri...awali-t182170/
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Originally Posted by dan bushell View Post Calcutta for Diwali is great with Kali and Durga Puja's.
Thank you Dan,
I've never been in Calcutta, but I've heard that is the noisiest and busiest in India and that the city growth rate is ridiculous! Would you suggest it anyway as a must see for an "India beginner"?
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Originally Posted by vaibhav_arora View Post I've recommended Jaipur earlier for Diwali - http://www.indiamike.com/india/spiri...awali-t182170/
Thank you Vaibhav_arora,
Jaipur is in our itinerary, so might decide to spend it here!
I've read somewhere that Varanasi is another good place to spend Diwali, because the candle lights reflect on the Ganges.
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Varanasi is better known for Dev Deepawali. That festival is held two weeks (15 days actually) after Deepawali. There's an article about festivals in India on the site.
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Originally Posted by blackmamba View Post Thank you Dan,
I've never been in Calcutta, but I've heard that is the noisiest and busiest in India and that the city growth rate is ridiculous! Would you suggest it anyway as a must see for an "India beginner"?
Kolkata is one of my favorite Indian cities. I really connected with it. It was easier than I thought it would be - if that makes sense. And OMG those Bengali sweets!! For a beginner? First-timer - maybe not. If you've at least been to India before then sure, why not? To me Varanasi was the toughest city.
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Originally Posted by Pani Puri View Post Kolkata is one of my favorite Indian cities. I really connected with it. It was easier than I thought it would be - if that makes sense. And OMG those Bengali sweets!! For a beginner? First-timer - maybe not. If you've at least been to India before then sure, why not? To me Varanasi was the toughest city.
We'll might have to go to Kolkata anyway, if our Indian friend will be there when we're in India. I know that Varanasi it's a tough city, but I can't wait to visit it!
Thank you for the tip!
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If you have an Indian friend you'll have a much easier go of it! Varanasi should be a whole lot better...apparently Modi pushed to clean it up.
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For Holi. The word is Mathura or Vrindivan. Had a blast in Pushkar for Holi once!
"Travel is fatal to prejudice,bigotry and narrow-mindedness" Mark Twain
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I've never been in Calcutta, but I've heard that is the noisiest and busiest in India and that the city growth rate is ridiculous! Would you suggest it anyway as a must see for an "India beginner"?

Any longish tour should include Calcutta .. less hustle than Delhi and cheaper than Bombay .. as to going during Durga Puja (which is during Navaratri leading to Dussehra) is another matter .. depends on one’s view of hysteric crowds, fun or not?
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Originally Posted by ananda2193 View Post For Holi. The word is Mathura or Vrindivan. Had a blast in Pushkar for Holi once!
Thanks Ananda2193,
I had a look at some pics after you told me and I've seen is AMAZING! We'll probably go there!
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