Diwali

Why To Go

Diwali also called Deepawali is a festival of lights which signifies the victory of light over darkness, knowledge over ignorance, good over evil and hope over despair. It is an important festival for Hindus and celebrated throughout the country. Diwali is celebrated all over India especially in New Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and northern states of India. In many parts of India festival starts with “Dhanteras” followed by “Narka Chaturdasi” on 2nd day (chhoti diwali) & Diwali (bari diwali) on 3rd day. Similarly in eastern part of India most people worship “Kalimata Goddess “and starts the festival. Additionally, Diwali is the holy time in which people offer their prayers to Goddess Laxmi, Goddess of wealth & prosperity, bestowing these abundantly upon her devotees. Generally, Diwali is celebrated in India within October and mid November.

As per Hindu myth before Diwali night people start decorating their homes by lighting candles or lamps. On the day of Diwali, people wear new clothes, exchange gifts & sweets and wish family members and close friends. People celebrate this festival by lighting fire, crackers, fireworks which symbolize the removal of demon from their society. People visit Kali Mata temple or pandals to pray to Goddess.

On the same night the Hindus celebrates Diwali, Jains celebrates festival of lights to mark the attainment of “Moksha” by Mahavira and Sikhs similarly celebrate “Bondi Choor Divas”.

Travel Tips

As Diwali is celebrated in Northern parts of India, so book your tickets during this time to these places. Diwali is all about beautiful candles and diyas spreading their light and happiness. However, keeping lighted candles and diyas at home can cost you dearly at times. One must make sure that there are not any curtains or inflammable materials close to them. Remember to wear cotton clothes while lighting and firing crackers. Avoid children from lighting fireworks. As it is a festival time try to book tickets & hotels well in advance. One must purchase firecrackers from legal manufactures and ensure that the instructions before actually bursting them. Do not buy crackers that produce sounds greater than 60DB. Before taking the children out in the open to burst crackers, it is highly important for you to instruct them about the usage of firecrackers and educate them about the appropriate ways to do so. It is critical to note that never burst firecrackers in a closed area. It is important to celebrate festivals with utmost sensitivity and care. Too much noise pollution can be harmful for everyone, especially senior citizens. Spread happiness in Diwali and celebrate this beautiful festival joyously with loved ones and keep them and yourself safe. Gift sweets to your near and dear ones.

Things To Do

The predominant folklore about Diwali comes from the well-known Indian epic, Ramayana. Rama, the king of Ayodhya, returned to his kingdom, along with his wife Sita and brother Lakshmana after 14 years of exile, during which he vanquished Ravana, the king of Lanka. In order to celebrate his return, his subjects illuminated the path he took with lamps. In many regions in India, the festival of Diwali extends over five days, centering on the new moon at the end of the Hindu lunar month of Ashwin and the beginning of the month of Kartika. Normally falling at the end of October or the first half of November every year, this darkest night of autumn is light up with diyas, candles, lanterns and fairy lights, creating a magical spectacle. However, the preparations for Diwali begin days or weeks in advance in some communities. The first day in the run up to Diwali is Dhanteras, marking the birth of Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth and prosperity, as well as the birth of Dhanvantari, the god of health and healing. On this day family members get together to make rangolis at their front doors or verandahs and set up the lighting arrangements that go in hand in hand. It is also a day of shopping for gold and silver items. Shops stock up well in advance for this festival. The second day is Chaturdasi, a popularly known as Chhoti Diwali. Hindu scriptures narrate a tale of the demon that was killed on this day by Krishna, Satyabhama and Kali. The day is marked by early morning rituals and puja. The day of Diwali is primarily known for Lakshmi puja. As revelers step out adorned in the best of clothing for the evening, diyas are lit and prayers are offered to Lakshmi, along with other deities depending on what region you come from. Ganesha, Saraswati and Kubera are also offered prayers along with Lakhmi, also harbingers of wealth, knowledge and prosperity. Fireworks are an important element in this dynamic festival. Crackers such as ground chakras, Vishnu chakras, anaars, sutli bombs, rockets and bigger fireworks are very common.

Getting Around

Delhi metro is quickest and one of the best ways to getting around in Delhi. AC and non-AC, DTC buses are the biggest public transport operator of Delhi. A number of private cab operators or cab sharing service providers, including Uber, Ola and Easy Cabs have also started operating in Delhi.

How To Reach

FLIGHT

Indira Gandhi International Airport which handles both domestic and international flights is connected to all destinations in India directly or through one connecting stop. The airport is linked to the city centre by the Delhi metros Airport Express line.

TRAIN

The capital is a convenient hub for connecting to any part of India with the Indian Railways. The four main stations are New Delhi, Old Delhi, Hazrat Nizammuddin adn Sarai Rohilla.

ROAD

Delhi is well - connected to Jaipur, Ahmedabad and Mumbai by NH8, to Amritsar by NH1, to Rishikesh, Devprayag and Joshimath by NH58, and Agra, Kanpur and Varanasi by NH2. The main interstate bus terminus is ISBT is at Kashmir Gate.

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Surrounding Attractions

Delhi is well – connected to Jaipur, Ahmedabad and Mumbai by NH8, to Amritsar by NH1, to Rishikesh, Devprayag and Joshimath by NH58, and Agra, Kanpur and Varanasi by NH2. The main interstate bus terminus is ISBT is at Kashmir Gate.
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