The colour of diversified cultures customs and diversity of India are all set for the festive season with smiling faces and devoted souls – from September to October. The season of festivals starts with the famous Dussehra, from Karnataka to Himachal, the entire nation gleams its cultural beauty during this festival season. Dussehra means various things to various people. For some, it marks the end of fasting and for others, it means enjoying a brilliant show of fireworks at the local mela. And then there are those who celebrate this festival traveling around India.
In India, Dussehra is celebrated with great energy by the Hindus. The festival marks the victory of good over evil. “Nadahabba” or the state festival of Karnataka, Mysore Dussehra has been there for more than 400 years. The lighting of the Mysore palace and participation of the royal family are prominent attractions during Dussehra in Mysore. The bright Mysore palace is a delight to the eye while the cultural programs inside the palace are fairly cherishing at Mysore Dussehra. The grand procession, tableaus, march pasts, dances and martial arts performances are once in a lifetime experience. Similarly, Kullu Dussehra celebrations make it one of the most attractive Dussehra in India. Historical phool yatra, international folk festival, Nainadevi fair, and Kullu Fair in October are some of the well-known events to look out for. The Folk performances of Gaddi Shepherds and of course, the famous parade are something that can never be missed.
Every year September 27th is observed as the United Nation’s World Tourism Day. Introduced in the year 1980, the day aims to create awareness about how tourism affects social, cultural, political and economic values worldwide. When we promote tourism we not only talk about tours, we indirectly promote the culture, heritage and historical values of our own country encouraging world citizens to visit the places. This adds to the income of our nation and contributes in making way for our culture and values to reach the international arena. In India, we have different cultures, places, and people to visit.
Let us add some entertainment to Diwali celebrations this year by taking a vacation during the festive season. We have interesting destinations for a long weekend getaway handpicked just for you. There are many historic and divine places –
Places that can be visited this holiday season are:
What makes it special: Lal Bagh, Bannerghatta National Park, Wonderla, Bangalore Palace, Innovative Film City, Tipu Sultan’s Summer Palace, Vidhana Soudha, Bull Temple, Snow City etc.
What makes it special: Mysore Palace, Chamundeshwari Hills, Brindavan Gardens, Jagmohan Palace, Karanji Lake, Bandipur National Park, Sriganapatna and Ranganthittu Bird Sanctuary, Melkote, Somnathpur Temple
What makes it special: Kapaleeshwarar Temple, Kodaikanal, Ooty, Pondicherry, Mahabalipuram, Madurai, Periyar National Park, Thanjavur, Mudumalai National Park, Rameshwaram, Tiruvanamalai, Auroville, Velankanni,Palani, Kutralam, Dhanushkodi, Masinagudi etc.
What makes it special: Marine Drive, Gilbert Hill, Bandra’s Fashion Street, Hasnabad Dargah, Banganga Tank, Jogeshwari Caves, Sewri Flamingo Viewpoint, Chota Kashmir, Global Vipassana Pagoda, Alibag, Gateway of India, Essel World, Worli Sea Face, Elephanta Caves etc.
What makes it special: Red Fort, Humayun's Tomb, Mehrauli, Qutub Minar, Swaminarayan Akshardham Temple, India Gate, National Zoological Park, Lotus temple, Hauz Khas Village, Jantar Mantar, Rashtrapati Bhavan, Jama Masjid, Nehru House, Lodhi Garden etc.
What makes it special: Sundarbans, Victoria Memorial, Dakshineswar Kali Temple, Howrah Bridge, Eden Gardens, Marble Palace, Birla Planetarium, St. Paul's Cathedral, Birla Mandir, Raj Bhavan
Other places to visit include: Taj Mahal, Hampi, Hawa Mahal, Kota, Alleppey, Jaipur Fort, Coorg, Goa, Manali, Jaisalmer, Kochi, Varnasi, Munnar, Haridwar, Khajuraho, Dharamshala, Ellora Caves.