Diwali, the festival of lights, is one of the most awaited and celebrated occasions in India. It marks the victory of good over evil, light over darkness, and knowledge over ignorance.
If you are looking for a unique and memorable way to celebrate Diwali this year, why not visit Uttar Pradesh, the land of culture and heritage? Uttar Pradesh is home to some of the most famous and historic places in India, Varanasi, and Ayodhya. Both of these places have their own charm and significance and offer a variety of events and attractions to make your Diwali special.
Here are some of the events that you can enjoy in Uttar Pradesh during Diwali:
Deepotsav in Ayodhya
Ayodhya hosts a grand festival called Deepotsav, or the festival of lamps, which attracts lakhs of pilgrims and tourists every year.
Deepotsav in Ayodhya is a spectacle of light and faith. The city is decorated with colorful lights, rangolis, and flowers, and the banks of the river Saryu are illuminated with more than 12 lakh diyas, creating a world record.
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The highlight of the festival is the re-enactment of the arrival of Lord Rama, along with his wife Sita and brother Lakshmana, in a helicopter, followed by a procession of chariots, elephants, horses, and cultural troupes. The festival also features a laser show, a cultural program, and a firework display.
Celebrate Diwali in the birthplace of Lord Rama, the hero of the epic Ramayana, and the site of the Ram Janmabhoomi temple.
Trains to Ayodhya
Dev Deepawali in Varanasi
On the occasion of Diwali, Varanasi celebrates a special festival called Dev Deepawali, or the Diwali of the Gods, which falls on the full moon day of the Hindu month of Kartik, 15 days after Diwali. According to legend, on this day, the gods descend to earth and bathe in the Ganga, and the city welcomes them by lighting millions of earthen lamps, or diyas, along the ghats and temples. The sight of the glittering lamps reflecting on the water is truly mesmerizing and divine.
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Dev Deepawali in Varanasi is not just a visual feast, but also a cultural extravaganza. The city hosts a five-day festival called Ganga Mahotsav, which showcases the rich heritage and diversity of India through various art forms, such as music, dance, drama, and literature. You can enjoy the performances of renowned artists and celebrities, as well as local talent, at various venues across the city. You can also indulge in the delicious cuisine and shopping of Varanasi, which is famous for its silk sarees, brassware, carpets, and handicrafts.
Experience the spiritual and mystical atmosphere of Varanasi, the oldest living city in the world, on the banks of the holy Ganga River. You can witness the spectacular Ganga Aarti, the ritual of offering prayers and lamps to the river, at the Dashashwamedh Ghat.
Trains to Varanasi
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