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Diwali, known as The Festival of Lights, is an important Hindu festival celebrating the triumph of good over evil and light over darkness. Lasting for five days alongside the new moon, homes are lit with diyas, small oil lamps that are meant to guide deceased spirits back home. With streets adorned with twinkling light displays and garlands, this magical festival is a must-see for any traveller to India as it is a truly special time across the whole country.
BY Emma Hookway
Luxtripper Travel Editor

Find out the best places to celebrate Diwali this year in India! 

The Venice of the East, Udaipur

Let's begin with one of the most loved destinations in all of India. On a honeymoon in India? There's nothing more romantic than Diwali in Udaipur. Picture lakes shimmering with the reflection of bright palace lights and the sky illuminated with a kaleidoscope of blazing fireworks. A time for celebration, you can enjoy a range of delicious Rajasthani dishes whilst wandering through street markets selling authentic souvenirs. There's no better way to end the evening with your loved one than on a boat ride on the lake, taking in the beautiful scenery and watching the oil candles twinkle. 

To feel like royalty in Udaipur on your India holiday, you should stay at the The Oberoi Udaivilas. Located on the edge of Lake Pichola, the hotel embodies a traditional palace style, with interconnecting domes and corridors. If you really want to feel like a VIP, then you can enjoy signature massage treatments before gliding through the tranquil water of the hotel's swimming pool.

The Pink City, Jaipur

Seeking traditional India? Jaipur is the place for you to visit and explore this Diwali on your luxury India holiday. Known as India's 'pink city', this destination is brimming with history. Looking for lavish and unique purchases? Head straight to Jaipur's Shopping Festival where you can buy a wide-range of locally made goods, from wooden handicrafts to beautiful Indian jewellery. A festival inaugurated by Bollywood celebrities, you'll have the opportunity to spot some of the stars from your favourite Bollywood movies if you're lucky! After shopping, you can watch lively cultural shows and performances, all part of the Diwali celebrations. 

For pure luxury on your Jaipur visit, stay at the Rambagh Palace. Built in 1835, the hotel was once the residence for the Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II and his queen. One of Rajasthan's most spectacular palaces, you will feel like royalty as you wander through the Mughal Gardens and enjoy ancient Indian wellness therapies. 

Narakasura Ablaze, Goa

For Diwali, Goa in the south does things differently, creating larger-than-life firecracker-filled effigies of the demon Narakasura which are burned on Narakasura Chaturdashi, the day before the main Diwali celebrations. You'll wander through streets adorned with twinkling lanterns before entering the lively atmosphere of the 9km procession; think bright colours and lots of smoke! Surprisingly, gambling is also a part of the Diwali celebrations in Goa, so you can test your luck on your India holiday one of the many floating casinos that are popular at this time of year! 

After the raucous celebrations, you're going to want to unwind and relax - you will love the Alila Diwa Goa? Nestled between lush, tropical forests and endless rural landscapes, you can cool off from the heat in the luxurious infinity pool or unwind in the open-air jacuzzi.  

The Golden Temple, Amritsar

The Golden Temple in Amritsar is not only the most important temple in Sikhism, but it's also perhaps the most beautiful setting for India's Diwali and Bandi Chhor Divas (a coinciding Sikh festival) celebrations. Bathed in light, the temple stands ablaze as it juts forward into the lake, illuminating the water with its magical orange glow. Surrounding the lake are shimmering oil lamps and candles, placed there by devotees. As you listen to the soothing sounds of special prayers, the sky will soon be lit by an array of fireworks above The Golden Temple, truly spectacular on your India holiday

Unsure of where to stay? For 5-star luxury in Amritsar, the Taj Swarna offers just that. With a healing spa, yoga deck and incredible views, you can experience true tranquillity and luxury before enjoying the spectacular Diwali celebrations! 

The Ganges River, Varanasi

For a truly authentic Diwali experience on your India holiday, you must celebrate the festival in the city of Varanasi, regarded as India's spiritual capital. Located on the sacred Ganges River, the Diwali celebrations are just magical: thousands of diya's float on the river, worshippers bathe in the Ganges, and fireworks fill the sky. With the constant sound of firecrackers as a backdrop, it's best to take in the scene from a boat on the river, listening to the sounds of holy chants and recitals whilst watching the lights twinkling all around. 

When in Varanasi, you can experience ultimate luxury at the BrijRama Palace. One of the oldest landmarks in the city, the hotel is conveniently located on the riverfront, offering unrivalled views across the Ganges. Whilst staying at the hotel, you'll be treated like true royalty, experiencing riverboat dining and elegant suites! 

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Alila Diwa Goa
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