Diwali has also become a time to travel and experiment. That’s why, though it is a chance to spend some much-needed time with family, it has also become a time for fresh new experiences. From outdoor adventures like a camel safari in Rajasthan or snorkeling in Malaysia to leisurely gondola rides in Macau to authentic local village stays and culinary-cuisine tours with chefs in Greece, travelling has become more about the experiences than just ticking countries off the bucket list.
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Few popular International Destinations
With almost 900 islands, Malaysia has plenty of offshore attractions to compete with the best. West coast isles like Penang and Langkawi offer a compelling blend of cuisine, culture and luxury, while east coast ones are more rugged and remote, with diving, hiking and edge-of-the-map relaxation spots. While in Malaysia, you can also opt to explore the well-known tea plantations of the Cameron Highlands, the exquisite beaches of Langkawi or the unique street art of George Town. Definitely a destination that has something special for every traveller.
Famous as the ‘Vegas of China’, Macau makes for a perfect Diwali vacation. Get started with your Diwali gambling with the world’s largest casino, the Venetian Macau. With over 3000 slot machines and more than 500,000 sq. ft. of gaming floor, you will never get stuck for options here. If gambling isn’t your thing, then go ahead and explore the magnificent Macau Towers and the historic Taipa village, ride the beautiful gondolas, visit the ancient Chinese temples or enjoy the amazing cuisine, a mix of Chinese and Portuguese flavours. Start off with Chinese congee for breakfast, enjoy a Portuguese lunch of caldo verde soup and bacalhau (cod) fritters, and dine on hybrid Macanese fare such as minchi.
While famous for its breathtaking islands, Greece is also a cultural and historical treasure chest. Explore the ancient Acropolis. Step into the ring where Olympians first competed. Climb stone-hewed steps to Meteora’s monasteries. Contemplate the Oracle’s insights from the grandeur of Delphi. Take in a starlit drama at an ancient outdoor theater and be stunned by massive marble sculptures dredged up from the Aegean. Greece is a fascinating collection of experiences that will make any Diwali vacation super special.
Few popular Domestic Destinations
While an extremely popular tourist destination, Rajasthan is still very much in demand, especially when you feel like celebrating Diwali in India. Explore the unending desert with unique camel and jeep safaris, roam the magnificent monuments, from the Hawa Mahal to the Jantar Mantar to the City Palace and the Mandore Gardens and finally stuff yourself with the amazingly delicious and rich cuisine. Rajasthan is definitely an experience to treasure for a lifetime.
While much has been said and written about Kashmir, it’s still one of the most popular destinations in India. Starting off with Srinagar, this awe-inspiring city is best known for its lush gardens and serene lakes, where you can relish a shikhara ride on Dal Lake, or go exploring the Mughal Gardens and Old City monuments. At Gulmarg, the ski capital of India, tourists can get their adrenaline kick skiing down the snow-capped hills or admiring the beautiful vistas from the Gondolas (cable car system). The ambience of Leh, on the other hand, is completely different. Nestled in a fertile, green oasis and surrounded by miles of parched landscape, Leh is a colourfully refreshing burst of colours, cultures and natural beauty. Often dubbed as Little Tibet, it offers many opportunities to tick off some major travel goals like camping at the picturesque Pangong-Tso lak, visiting the numerous monasteries to find inner peace, and so much more!
Andaman & Nicobar
Think clear turquoise waters, unspoilt beaches, stunning rain forests, gorgeous corals, ancient tribes, and you’ll think of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. A tropical paradise in the truest sense of the term, this archipelago of islands is sure to blow your mind with all the amazing activities available and things to experience. So whether you would like to jet- ski across the beautiful blue ocean, go diving or snorkelling, watch the turtles nesting or take in some local history, this is definitely an amazing way of spending the Diwali vacation.
“Diwali is increasingly becoming a time to experience the world, especially since the rituals are such that they don’t have to be done at home,” says Viren Batra, co-founder of Nirvana Excursions. “At the same time, the rituals are an essential part of the festival, and therefore, we make it a point to customise itineraries according to our clients’ requirements and specifications, ensuring that they truly enjoy both the vacation as well as the festival.”