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10 Unique Destinations in India to Experience Diwali

Also called the ‘festival of lights’, Diwali is one of the main festivals in India that is more or less celebrated in every part of the country. This is a time of the year when people from all the communities come together and light earthen lamps, burst crackers, exchange sweets, and gifts, and enjoy the festivities.  Diwali celebration 2020 is going to be different due to the COVID-19 pandemic, as we may not be able to celebrate it with our friends, but that need not stop us from enjoying the festival. We can choose some places to visit in the Diwali vacation in India, which are worth visiting. Here are some of them listed:

10 Best places to visit in India during Diwali 2021 

  1. Varanasi
  2. Amritsar
  3. Udaipur
  4. Kolkata
  5. Goa
  6. Delhi
  7. Ahmedabad
  8. Madurai
  9. Agra
  10. Jammu

1. Varanasi


One of the best places to celebrate Diwali in India is Varanasi. Varanasi Diwali is known for the purifying ritual of taking a dip in the holy Ganges and exploring the market where you can find ethnic clothes as well as a wide variety of sweets. You can take a boat ride during the sunset time and watch the lights glittering by the river. These are also supported by religious chants and recitals. You can also witness the one of a kind display of firecrackers. If you can spare some more days, you can also witness the Dev Deepavali (Diwali of Gods), which is a part of the Ganga Mahotsav Festival.

Tourist attractions: Dasaswamedh Ghat, Assi Ghat, Manikarnika Ghat, Dhamek Stupa, Shri Kashi Vishwanath Temple, etc.

2. Amritsar

diwali celebration in Amritsar

One of the places to visit in India during Diwali is Amritsar. Diwali is the time when the Sikh community celebrates Bandi Chhor Divas. The entire city along with the popular Golden temple looks stunning as well as illuminated. You can also explore the mustard fields and pleasant weather at this time of the year in Amritsar. Do not forget to try some of the best sweets here, which are made especially during Diwali and Bandi Chhor Divas.

Tourist attractions: The Golden Temple, Wagah Border, Partition Museum, Jallianwala Bagh, etc.

3. Udaipur

diwali celebration in Udaipur

If you want to see the best Diwali celebration in India, then you must visit Udaipur. The celebration starts right from Dhanteras. You will find many local musicians playing fold music at the market, which lights up with fairy lights. You will also find several options for gift items being sold in the market. While you are in Udaipur, you must try to Marwari cuisines, which are totally finger-licking.

Tourist attractions in Udaipur: Lake Pichola, City Palace, Lake Palace, etc.

4. Kolkata


While the entire country is busy celebrating Diwali, you can visit Kolkata to see how the Bengali community celebrates Kali Puja. Kali Puja is one of the most important festivals of Bengalis, which coincides with Diwali. Kolkata looks different during the festival season. The city comes alive with Diyas, lamps, candles, and fairy lights. People hop from one pandal to another to witness Kali Puja.

Tourist attractions: Dakshineshwar Temple, Victoria Memorial, Indian Museum, etc.

5. Goa

diwali celebration in Goa

Another famous city for Diwali is Goa, where the Diwali celebration commences from Naraka Chaturdashi. You will find people in Goa decorating their windows and doors with lamps and lanterns. The locals make giant-sized Narakasura effigies and then burn it in the early hours of the next morning. The party capital of India looks completely different during the festival of Diwali.

Tourist attractions: Aguada Fort, Calangute Beach, Dudhsagar Falls, etc.

6. Delhi


Delhi is one of the cities in India where you will not only see the city illuminated with various types of lights and lamps, but you can also feel the vibrancy in the atmosphere. People perform Lakshmi puja at their home, and offer gifts to their family and friends, and get together to celebrate the festival with lots of fun.

Tourist attractions:  Lotus Temple, Red Fort, India Gate, Qutab Minar, etc.

7. Ahmedabad

diwali celebration in Ahmedabad

The Diwali celebration in Ahmedabad starts with Dhanteras. People buy a lot of things, especially expensive goods as they consider the day to be auspicious. This city looks even more beautiful on the day of Diwali. You can also witness lots of fireworks and the whole city bathed in light during this period.

Tourist attractions: Sabarmati Ashram, Auto World Vintage Car Museum, Kankaria Lake, etc.

8. Madurai

diwali celebration in Madurai

Diwali in South India is celebrated one day before Diwali in North India. The entire city is decorated during this time. The locals make a wide variety of cuisines during this time and fireworks are also conducted throughout the city. 

Tourist attractions: Meenakshi Amman Temple, Gandhi Memorial Museum, etc.

9. Agra

diwali celebration in Agra

Agra is another city where you can visit during Diwali. The colorful lamps and lights make the city even more beautiful during this festival. The houses are decked up with flowers and lights. In the parks and colonies, you can see statues of Ram, Sita, and Lakshman coming back to Ayodhya.

Tourist attractions: The Taj Mahal, Agra Fort, etc.

10. Jammu

diwali celebration in Jammu

Diwali is one of the main festivals of the Kashmiri Pandits. The elders in the house fast for the entire day, which is then followed by worshiping Goddess Lakshmi. People wear new clothes and give cash as gifts on this day. Jammu lights up on the evening of Diwali.

Tourist attractions: Bahu Fort, Amar Mahal Museum and Library, etc.

Now, all that you need to know is the Diwali date in 2020 and take car rental services by Revv. With car rental services, you can visit any of these cities and uniquely enjoy Diwali.

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