Diwali 2018: Top Destinations To Visit On This Grand Festival


Diwali is one of the holiest festivals of Hindus and is celebrated by everyone in India with much pomp and enthusiasm. While people burst crackers, exchange gifts and gorge on delicacies, going on a trip is also on the agenda for many. Exploring India on this grand festival is a delight as every part of the country celebrates Diwali in a different way. If you too are planning a getaway this Diwali, here are five top destinations which are a must to visit –

1. Amritsar
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Forget the lip-smacking Punjabi food to lure you to Amritsar for a visit, Diwali should be reason enough to visit Amritsar. Diwali is also the day when Guru Hargobind Singh returned from Mughal captivity. That is why the Sikhs of this city consider Diwali to be a very auspicious day. They decorate the Golden Temple with thousands of lamps just to commemorate their Guru’s return. Add to it the fireworks which light up the sky and you would find the entire city bathed in a golden aura.

2. Varanasi

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Varanasi shows you how festivals are celebrated and Diwali is one of the largest festivals celebrated in the city. The whole ghat is lit up with lamps and candles and a special festival called the Ganga Festival is hosted by the city during Diwali. Also, Dev Diwali is a very popular affair where it is believed that the deities visited Earth for a bath in the holy river of Ganga. As such, the day is spent with festivities and grand pujas.

3. Kolkata

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Kolkata, the land of the Bengalis, celebrates Kali Puja which coincides with Diwali. As such, both festivals are celebrated with enthusiasm. While Diwali pujas are performed at everyone’s homes, Kali puja is a public affair. Huge pandals are built in different areas of the city. Some of the best creativity can be seen in the building of these pandals. Also, there are carnivals and flea markets which dot the pandals making for a festive mood wherein you can eat out, shop and admire the beauty of the pandals. Moreover, since it is Diwali time, firecrackers add to the show.

4. Agra

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Though the Taj Mahal looks grand even in the day, adorned with a thousand lamps is another sight to look at. The whole monument is brought alive with the lighting of diyas and candles which is the quintessential sign of celebrating Diwali. Firework shows are also a crowd puller. Moreover, you can also visit the Agra Fort and the Tomb of Itimad-ud-Daulah for cultural sights and sounds which would please you to no end.

5. Mysore

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If touring South India is on your mind, you cannot go wrong with Mysore. The palaces of the city are lit up in golden lights and lamps on the eve of Diwali. Since the city is dotted with numerous palaces, you would be witness to a golden light which washes over the city during Diwali. Add to it the charm and culture with which South Indians celebrate the festival and you would be charmed with the city and the sights it offers during Diwali. The Somnathpur Temple, Brindavan Garden and the Krishnaraja Sagar Dam should feature in your itinerary when you visit Mysore.

All these places would give you such an unforgettable experience that you would want to go again and again. But what about the funds required for planning your trip? Have you saved enough to undertake a trip in the upcoming festival?

If you haven’t, personal loans are there to take care of your financial requirements. Lenders offer personal loans for travel. You can apply for a personal loan and avail funds instantly. You should just meet the eligibility criteria prescribed by the lender and the loan would be sanctioned. The benefits which personal loans provide include the following –

• They are multi-purpose loans. You can use the loans to book your tickets, make hotel reservations and also for sight-seeing

• The loans are issued at the shortest possible time. Minimal documentation is involved and you can access funds within minutes of applying for the loan

• No security or collateral is required for the loan. It is issued based on your eligibility qualifications

So, what are you waiting for? You now know the destinations and also the source of funds to pay for your trip. Diwali is only a few days away, have you planned your trip yet?