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Diwali Wanderlust: Unveiling The 10 Best Places To Visit In Diwali Vacation In India!

By Meeta Shah on Jun 13, 2023
Themes:  Festival  | Category: Places To Visit | Country:  India

Diwali, the festival of lights, is when India, the land of festivals, shines the brightest. Immerse yourself in the rich cultural tapestry of India during this auspicious time, filled with festivities, colors, and aromas. It symbolizes the victory of right over wrong and light over darkness. The entire nation gets into the holiday spirit during this time, with rituals, sweets, new clothes, gifts, and, of course, crackers.

Do you wish to experience the joy with which other cities celebrate Diwali? We have compiled a list of the 10 Best Places To Visit In Diwali Vacation In India to assist you in planning your Diwali vacation.

These places provide a mesmerizing blend of history, spirituality, and vibrant festivity. So, opt for our India tour packages and prepare to set out on a magical journey across these places in India to see them during the Diwali holiday.

Best Places To Visit In Diwali Vacation In India

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1. Varanasi


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If you wish to avail yourself of a spiritual connection during Diwali, then you should definitely visit Varanasi. It is one of the best places to visit on a Diwali vacation in India. Diwali or Dev Diwali in Varanasi is a truly special experience. During the Festival of Lights, this historic city perched on the banks of the sacred River Ganga becomes a mesmerizing display. The ghats along the Ganga are lit with countless flickering diyas creating a magical sight. Attending the aarti at the Ghats offers a soul-stirring experience. Take a boat ride along the Ganga to watch the grandeur of the Dev Diwali festivities and immerse in the captivating vibe of Diwali in Varanasi.

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Places to visit in Varanasi during Diwali

  • Varanasi Ghats
  • Tulsi Manas Temple
  • Dashashwamedh Ghat
  • Sankat Mochan Hanuman Temple
  • Kashi Vishwanath Temple

Hotel/Resorts in Varanasi

  • Radisson Hotel Varanasi
  • The Gateway Hotel Ganges
  • Tree of Life Resort & Spa, Varanasi
  • BrijRama Palace
  • Hotel Surya

Attractions during Diwali in Varanasi

  • Ganga Mahotsav Festival
  • Boat Ride on the Ganges
  • Dev Deepavali Festival
  • Kashi Vishwanath Temple
  • Ramnagar Ramlila

2. Amritsar


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Spending Diwali in Amritsar, the heart of Punjab, is an incredible experience. The Sikh community celebrates the famous Bandi Chhor Divas during Diwali. Amritsar is one of the best places to celebrate Diwali in India, for a unique experience. It is a big festival for Sikhs honoring the return of Guru Hargobind Ji. All across the city, special kirtans or prayers are offered, and when illuminated, the Golden Temple is a sight to behold. The sound of devotional chants and the aroma of delicious langar fills the air. With our Short Breaks around Amritsar Tour Package, immerse yourself in the divine festivities, indulge in local cuisine, and create memories in this vibrant city of Punjab.

Places to visit in Amritsar during Diwali

  • Golden Temple
  • Hall Bazaar
  • Ram Tirath Temple
  • Pul Kanjari
  • Durgiana Temple

Hotel / Resorts in Amritsar

  • Taj Swarna
  • Ramada by Wyndham Amritsar
  • Hotel HKJ Residency
  • Radisson Blu Hotel Amritsar
  • Best Western Merrion

Attractions During Diwali in Amritsar

  • Heritage Street
  • Wagah Border
  • Ram Bagh Gardens
  • Gobindgarh Fort
  • Partition Museum

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3. Ayodhya


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 There are many ways to celebrate Diwali in India, but Diwali in Ayodhya is a unique one. As the city where Lord Rama returned after his exile, it is of utmost significance. With the help of colorful processions, aartis, and rituals, you may experience the grandeur of the Ramayana tale. Diwali celebrations in Ayodhya on the shores of River Sharayu, are lit with countless diyas, a grand aarti is performed following which the diyas are set afloat on the river. Beautiful and colorful rangolis adorn the ghats and temples in Ayodhya. Consider our Uttar Pradesh Tour Packages to make the most of your Diwali vacation in Ayodhya.

Places to visit in Ayodhya during Diwali

  • Ram Janmabhoomi
  • Kala Ram Temple
  • Guptar Ghat
  • Tulsi Smarak Bhawan
  • Ram Ki Paidi

Hotel / Resorts in Ayodhya

  • Anaya Resort
  • The Sarayu Hotel
  • Ramada Plaza by Wyndham Ayodhya
  • Royal Heritage Hotel & Resort

Attractions during Diwali in Ayodhya

  • Deepotsav Celebrations
  • Ram Ki Paidi
  • Dashrath Bhavan
  • Sarayu Arti
  • Ramkatha Park

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4. Udaipur


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This year, celebrate Diwali differently at the unique Light Festival in Udaipur. Any time of year is a lovely time to visit the royal city of Udaipur. But during the festival of Diwali, the city comes alive with festivities all over the place and ancient buildings decked in sparkling lights. If you are fortunate enough to be in Udaipur during this time, you will witness the best Diwali festival in India. Watch the city come alive during the Udaipur Light Festival as fireworks, lights, and cultural events fill the air. Udaipur Tourism offers a perfect blend of tradition and festivities, topped with the Udaipur Light Festival.

Places to visit in Udaipur during Diwali

  • Bapu Bazar
  • Hathipole
  • Lake Pichola
  • City Palace
  • Chetak Circle

Hotel / Resorts in Udaipur

  • Taj Lake Palace
  • The Ananta Udaipur
  • Fateh Prakash Palace
  • Trident Udaipur
  • Udai Kothi

Attractions during Diwali in Udaipur

  • Udaipur Light Festival
  • City Palace Illumination
  • Gangaur Ghat Celebrations
  • Doodh Talai Musical Garden
  • Bada Bazaar
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5. Delhi


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In Delhi, the Festival of Lights can be much more than other places to celebrate Diwali in India. The city transforms into a shopping and festive hotspot in the days leading up to the major Diwali night. Delhi comes alive during Diwali with its magnificent fireworks, beautifully lit streets, and bustling markets. From fab discounts that lure Dhanteras shopping to card games that bring a competitive touch to otherwise cheerful celebrations, the capital is brimming with Diwali experiences for everyone. Explore iconic markets like Chandni Chowk and Lajpat Nagar to indulge in Diwali shopping and savor delicious festive treats. Immerse yourself in the vibrant festivities and feel the true essence of Diwali with our Delhi tour packages.

Places to visit in Delhi during Diwali

  • Gurudwara Bangla Sahib
  • Preet Vihar Diwali Mela
  • Grand Diwali Mela by Adaah
  • Chandni Chowk
  • Old Delhi

Hotel / Resorts in Delhi

  • The Leela Palace New Delhi
  • The Imperial
  • The Lodhi
  • ITC Maurya
  • The Lalit New Delhi

Attractions During Diwali in Delhi

  • Blind School Diwali Mela
  • Dastkar Nature Bazaar’s Festival of Lights
  • Dilli Haat
  • Select City Walk Diwali Bazaar
  • New Moti Bagh Grand Diwali Mela

6. Mumbai


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Spend Diwali in Mumbai – Trade some stocks, feast on Faral, and watch the Queen’s Necklace twinkle all night. During this special occasion, the city is transformed into a display of lights, colors, and festivities. Explore iconic markets like Crawford Market and Linking Road to shop for beautiful decorations, clothes, and sweets. Experience the splendor of Marine Drive and the Gateway of India, which are decked out in dazzling lights and are among the best places to visit in India during Diwali. With our Maharashtra Tour Packages, you can enjoy the street processions and Maharashtrian cuisine and immerse yourself in the exciting Diwali celebrations.

Places to visit in Mumbai during Diwali

  • Marine Drive
  • Worli Sea Link
  • Shivaji Park
  • Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus
  • Juhu Beach

Hotel / Resorts in Mumbai

  • Trident Nariman Point
  • JW Marriott Mumbai Juhu
  • ITC Maratha
  • Hotel Bawa Regency
  • Hotel Kemps Corner

Attractions During Diwali in Mumbai

  • Fireworks over Saifee Hospital, Charni Road
  • The Diwali muhurat-trade hour at the Bombay Stock Exchange
  • Gateway of India
  • Colaba Causeway
  • Malls in Mumbai

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7. Jaipur


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Have you ever wondered about the best places to visit in India on Diwali? Amongst all the other Indian cities, Diwali in Jaipur, the Pink City of India, is a truly magical experience. Throughout the Festival of Lights, Jaipur is dressed to the nines. On the festival of Diwali, visitors come here to admire the splendor of the pink city. Explore the Diwali decorations in Jaipur. The Hawa Mahal and City Palace are lit in a stunning show. Witness the majesty of Amber Fort, where a mesmerizing light and sound show takes place during Diwali. Our Rajasthan tour packages allow you to experience the royal charm and cultural festivities in Jaipur.

Places to visit in Jaipur during Diwali

  • Jal Mahal
  • Johri Bazar
  • Nahargarh Fort
  • Tonk Road
  • World Trade Park

Hotel / Resorts in Jaipur

  • Fairmont Jaipur
  • Samode Palace
  • The Lalit Jaipur
  • Park Inn By Radisson Jaipur
  • Holiday Inn Jaipur City Center

Attractions During Diwali in Jaipur

  • Nehru and Bapu Bazar
  • I. Road
  • Gaurav Tower
  • Albert Hall Museum
  • Chokhi Dhani

8. Kolkata


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The city of joy celebrates Diwali in a unique way that sets it apart from other parts of the nation. Diwali in Kolkata is a little different from the rest of the states, adding to its exclusivity. For instance, the third day of Diwali, which is the main day, is known as Kali Puja. The Bengalis worship Kali Mata rather than Lakshmi Ji, as most other states do. On Diwali, lights are lit in homes and temples as a tribute to Goddess Kali and her ability to defeat all evil. Discover the iconic locations that come to life during this period, such as Park Street, New Market, and the Howrah Bridge. Kolkata offers everything from delicious Bengali food to riding through the city, which makes it one of the best places to visit during a Diwali trip in India.

Places to visit in Kolkata during Diwali

  • Park Street
  • Dakshineswar Kali Temple
  • Howrah Bridge
  • Bara Bazar Market
  • Belur Math

Hotel / Resorts in Kolkata

  • ITC Sonar, Kolkata
  • The Lalit Great Eastern Kolkata
  • Hyatt Regency Kolkata
  • The Peerless Inn Kolkata
  • Swissotel Kolkata

Attractions During Diwali in Kolkata

  • River cruise
  • Kalighat Temple
  • New Market
  • Rabindra Sarobar
  • Ganga Aarti

9. Goa


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Diwali celebration in Goa is a unique and vibrant experience that combines the joyous festival of lights with the beach vibes. Goa is known for its stunning shores and exciting nightlife, but the vibrant Diwali in Goa gives a touch of cultural charm. The Diwali festivities start from Naraka Chaturdashi when people hang lanterns on their doors and windows. Locals construct many larger-than-life Narakasura effigies out of firecrackers and grass, which they then burn the next day. This offers a memorable celebration, and you can also have a good time. Soak in the light of fireworks, admire the gorgeously lit-up streets, and join the locals in exchanging sweets and good wishes with our Goa tour packages.

Places to visit in Goa during Diwali

  • Calangute Beach
  • Anjuna Flea Market
  • Panjim City
  • Fort Aguada
  • Old Goa

Hotel / Resorts in Goa

  • The Leela Goa
  • Park Hyatt Goa Resort and Spa
  • Novotel Goa Dona Sylvia Resort
  • Taj Fort Aguada Resort & Spa, Goa
  • Alila Diwa Goa

Attractions during Diwali in Goa

  • Gandhi Market
  • Diwali Melas
  • Special Diwali services at churches in Goa
  • Casinos
  • Mahalaxmi Temple
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10. Gujarat


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Diwali in Gujarat is one of the most important festivals in the state. Diwali is celebrated for two to five days throughout the rest of the nation, but in Gujarat, it can last up to over a week. Known as the Festival of Lights, Diwali holds a special significance in Gujarat, making it one of the best places for a Diwali vacation in India. Beautifully decorated homes, vibrant rangolis, lit-up streets, and mesmerizing fireworks bring the state to life. For Gujaratis, Diwali signifies the end of the year, and the day following Diwali is celebrated as the Gujarati New Year. This Diwali, immerse in the cultural celebrations and make lifelong memories with Gujarat Tour Packages.

Places to visit in Gujarat during Diwali

  • Ahmedabad
  • Dwarka
  • Baroda
  • Surat
  • Junagadh

Hotel/Resorts in Gujarat

  • Dwarkadhish Lords Eco Inn, Dwarka
  • WelcomHotel Vadodara
  • The Fern, an Ecotel Hotel, Ahmedabad
  • Woods at Sasan
  • Rann Riders, Dasada

Attractions during Diwali in Gujarat

  • Somnath Temple-Somnath
  • Sabarmati Riverfront, Ahmedabad
  • Gir National Park, Junagadh
  • Akshardham Temple, Gandhinagar
  • Kankaria Lake, Ahmedabad
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So which of these, according to you, is the best place to celebrate Diwali in India? Here you have all the essentials to witness the grandest Diwali in India. Take your pick, get the best package deal from Flamingo Transworld, have fun, and experience the best Diwali celebration.

FAQs regarding places to visit on Diwali in India

Which place is best for a Diwali vacation in India?

Varanasi is one of the best places in India for a Diwali trip, where you can experience the massive Dev Diwali celebration on the banks of the River Ganga.

Where is the biggest Diwali celebration in India?

Varanasi hosts one of the biggest Diwali celebrations with its grand Dev Diwali festival. The ghats of the holy River Ganga come alive with thousands of diyas floating on the water, mesmerizing fireworks, and religious rituals.

Which state is famous for Diwali?

Gujarat is famous for Diwali, which is celebrated with great zeal and splendor in towns such as Ahmedabad and Surat.

What is the difference between Diwali and Dev Diwali?

Diwali is famous as the celebration of lights, Dev Diwali is known as the Diwali of Gods. It is usually celebrated about 15 days after Diwali in Varanasi. On the auspicious day of Kartik Purnima, devotees take a sacred dip in the River Ganga and light earthen lamps in the evening on Dev Diwali.

How do the Ayodhya people celebrate Diwali?

Diwali is celebrated with enthusiasm and devotion in Ayodhya, the city where Lord Rama was born. The huge illumination of diyas around the city, which is the main draw, makes the city look beautifully decked with lights. During Diwali, devotees gather for rituals, cultural performances, and celebrations, resulting in a joyful mood in Ayodhya.

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Meeta Shah
Meeta Shah

I graduated in commerce from Bombay University and run a family-owned business where we believe in transparency, trust, knowledge distribution and provide quality tours to our customers. According to me “Customers are our brand ambassadors and employees are our biggest Strength”. I also believe that “Travel brings knowledge, Knowledge brings opportunity and Opportunity brings prosperity”. With God’s grace was awarded the “Best Female Entrepreneur of India” by Tourism awards Gujarat. And currently, I am actively involved in key decisions and itinerary staff management in the travel industry. 

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