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Posted by Royal Sundaram on 11 Oct 2010
It commences with Navaratri, as different parts of the country gears up to rejoice it, adhering to their own unique traditions. For South Indians, it is Golu time. In northern part of the country Navaratri is celebrated as Dussehra. In the Eastern side Navaratri is dedicated to Goddess Durga. The West is famous for its Garba dance all through the night during this auspicious festival.
Wouldn’t it be a great experience to explore few unique travel destinations and cultures, around this time, within India? You can make it an exciting festive holiday, instead of being confined to the city. Here’s a snippet about Navaratri customs followed across India.
Dussehra is celebrated with lots of fanfare and pompous shows are organised with extravagance. Kullu in Himachal observes this 9 day festival with colourful procession of their local deities filled with joyous music across the town. In Delhi, Varanasi and other parts of north India, the scenes are spectacular with a pictorial presentation of Ramayana. The end of Dussehra is marked by burning a huge effigy of Ravana.
Down South, women and children would be busy adorning their homes, with toys, idols of Gods and Goddesses, creating their own little doll museum. Chennai is another destination to be explored – for its music and other cultural programmes that are of great attraction to spiritual Indians. Travellers can feel devotional bliss with visits to the temples such as the Kapaaleshwar in Mylapore. In Karnataka, the palace of Mysore is lit up, making it a feast for the eyes.
Kolkata and other parts of West Bengal would be filled with fairs, music and entertainment, during Durga Puja which commemorates the killing of Mahishasura – the buffalo demon by goddess Durga, worshipped by all Bengalis in this period. With all those chaat items and Bengali sweets to be savoured – one must look at visiting it during this time for holidays.
In Gujarat and neighbouring states, one can enjoy the fascinating garba dance. Kids, youth and elders take part in it with equal enthusiasm and sometimes, you may find over 100 people dancing in sequence, making it a vibrant sight!
So what are you waiting for? Pack your bags and celebrate in home away from home. Don’t forget to get a nice camera to capture the colourful images of incredible India! However…if you have already planned for a vacation away from India – don’t forget to buy your overseas travel insurance – click here to know more
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