The festival of light is around the corner and the travel laws have laxed a bit but that can only mean one thing; a long Diwali weekend getaway. India is the land of diversity and has hundreds of places to travel. Travelling is fun and since this Diwali comes on the 4th of November which is a Thursday. You can plan a long weekend getaway from November till 6th November which is a Sunday giving you Monday to get back at work. 

We have curated a list of 5 amazing cities you an travel off to in India for this long Diwali weekend. 

Varanasi 

Varanasi

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The sacred city of Varanasi is a beautiful city with a rich religious heritage. The Diwali celebration in the city is a delight to watch as it takes place on the banks of the holy Ganga which reflects the beautiful burst of firecrackers and is illuminated by countless diyas and candles. Also don't forget to attend the special Aarti at the banks and the whole procession. 

Varanasi takes diwali very seriously so you won't find a single place not lit up. Don't you worry because even after Diwali there are countless places for you to explore in Varanasi from its beautiful ghats to the fun local shopping areas. You are sure to find everything you want in the City of Lights. 

Amritsar 

Amritsar

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The city of the Golden Temple is another big contender on our list. Diwali in Amritsar is celebrated with grandiose and vigour. The Golden Temple is a sight to see during Diwali given how beautifully lit up it looks. The temple quite literally looks like the God's abode and the lights are reflected in the lake with all the oil lamps also being reflected by the water making it a sight to behold. 

Even after Diwali there is a lot happiness and energy coursing through the city. There is much to see, eat and enjoy in Amritsar from its decedent lassis, chole bhature to its historic monuments like the Jalianwala Bagh, The Partation Museum, Gobindgarh Fort etc. Even the people in the city are so sweet and jolly that it will make you never want to leave the city. 

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Kolkata 

kolkata during diwali

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Diwali in Kolkata does not have the same origin story as the one in North where it is a celebration of Lord Ram returning to Ayodhya but is the celebration of Krishna's win over Narakasur and the celebration of Goddess Kali and her victory over many demons and evil. Nevertheless, you must visit Kolkata during Diwali as it is a sight to behold. 

From a religious standpoint you will see big and beautiful Pandals for Goddess Kali decorated with lights, red hibiscus flowers, yummy sweets and food. Kolkata quite a lot like Varanasi knows how to make festivals grand attracting tourists from across the globe. You must not miss the Kali and Durga Puja as it is a sin to miss a puja like this which happens of such a large scale. After the celebration you can go visit the ghats, the local market and try the local delicacies from the famous market areas like the Hogg Market and Elgin Street.  

Ayodhya 

Ayodhya

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The holy city of Ayodhya can never be left out from a list of places to go during Diwali vactions. This city lights up during Diwali given the strong connection this city has with the Ramayana. This city even has a name in the Guinness Book of World Records for lighting more than 300,000 earthen lamps by the banks of the Saryu River. You should visit Ayodhya at least once during Diwali as this city is sure to transport you to a sacred realm making you feel so much closer to the Hindu religion and God. 

Once you are done with the celebration you can spend the rest of your days travelling this city of God. You can go to Ramkot, the place which attracts devotees from across India or you can travel to Ram Janmbhoomi; the supposed birthplace of Lord Ram. There are so many historical places to visit in Ayodhya which will make your weekend fully packed. 

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Mumbai 

Mumbai during diwali

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Last but not the least is the City of Wonders and Bollywood; Mumbai. Mumbai celebrates Diwali with its own unique flamboyant style. You will never be bored in Mumbai because the city has so much to explore. You will find a Diwali party all around Mumbai with colourful crackers, music and the whole city lit up with lights. 

In Mumbai you can shop by the fashion streets or sit by the Marine Drive with an ice cream admiring the reflection of lights in the water. Mumbai has really great hotels you can book for your getaway and have a spa day after Diwali to get all the Diwali clean up stress out from your body and they you can always hit the beach and Chowpatty for some delicious street food. 

 

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