New Delhi: It's that time of the year again when the entire nation is submerged in happiness, love, gratitude and divinity. Diwali is a time to meet family and friends, to exchange gifts and to celebrate the homecoming of Lord Rama thousands of years ago.
If you are wondering what places you must visit this Diwali, here are a few suggestions:
The first and foremost place that comes to mind upon hearing about the festival Diwali is Lord Rama's birthplace- Ayodhya. It is here that the festival began centuries ago with people lighting up Diya's to celebrate Lord Rama's return after 14 years in exile. To experience the festival with all its authenticity, visit Ayodhya this Diwali and experience the magic of Lord Rama's birthplace.
The Taj Mahal is among the seven wonders of the world. What could be a better time to witness this marvelous creation? Gather your friends/family this Diwali and take a trip to magnificense- to Agra.
The entire Agra fort too, is beautifully lit up and becomes a visual treat!
You've known this city by the name of 'Pink City' ever since you were in school. But did you know how radiant the city looks when decorated with lights on Diwali? Do check out the spectacular earthen lamps in different shapes, colours and sizes. Also, you can shop for clothes and some gorgeous handicrafts at the markets during the festive season.
Kali Puja of Kolkata is famous, more so because it coincides with Diwali festival. While a number of offerings are made to Goddess Kali on this day, the city is also lit up with bulbs, candles and lamps. If you are a fan of fireworks, you're in for a treat as a dazzling fireworks show awaits you!
Also known as Banaras, the city is one of the holiest cities of the country. Visit the place to have a look at the beautifully decorated Ghats and indulge in the captivating view of the entire city. If you want to experience the pure joy of Diwali, try to rent a hotel near the riverside. The main attraction of the place is the special Ganga Arti that takes place on the brightly lit up ghats.
Just like everything else, Goa has a different culture when it comes to Diwali. The front doors and windows of the houses are decorated by lanterns but the main attraction is burning of effigies of the demon Narakasura. The effigy of the scary demon is filled with grass and firecrackers and is burnt at 4:00 AM on the next day after Diwali.