When you think of Diwali, the first thing that comes to mind is beautiful lamps lit all across India. The Festival of Lights is one of the most heart-warming things to witness not just in this country, but wherever Diwali celebrations are held on the planet. Hindus, Sikhs and Jains celebrate Diwali with great devotion and pomp. In fact, in India, Diwali is a festival that breaks all religious barriers. People of all religions wish, meet and greet each other during this festive season. People clean their houses, buy new clothes and exchange sweets and presents during Diwali. However, those struck by wanderlust also use this time to spend some quality time with family and lobed ones by taking a vacation. Diwali is a 5-day celebration with the third day (Lakshmi Puja) and fourth day (Govardhan puja) declared as public holidays. Diwali 2017 is from October 17 to October 21. This means Thursday, October 19 and Friday, October 20 are holidays giving you the perfect long weekend for a quick trip. If you live in Ahmedabad, there are a number of destinations you can consider for a vacation during this time. We give you some of the best places to visit near Ahmedabad on Diwali 2017 long weekend.

Udaipur

Udapiur

Udapiur

Known as one of the most romantic cities in the country, Udaipur is famous for the stunning Lake Pichola and the magnificent Lake Palace. It provides a fine blend of luxury and natural beauty. Located at the base of the Aravali mountain range, Udaipur offers fine mountain views. The weather during October is pretty good making it perfect for a family visit.

Ahmedabad to Udaipur distance: 260 km – approximately 4 hours 40 minutes by road

Champaner

Champaner

Champaner

Champaner is for those who like a slice of history. The Champaner-Pavagadh archaeological park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is home to historic architectures that show glimpses of both Hindu and Islamic styles. Since it is located amidst the Pavagadh hills, there are spectacular views all around. ALSO SEE Best Places to Visit near Mumbai on Diwali 2017 Long Weekend

Ahmedabad to Champaner distance: 147 km – approximately 2 hours 25 minutes

Chittorgarh

Chittorgarh Fort

Chittorgarh Fort

If you have seen the recent new Padmavati trailer, then you are already in love with the humongous Chittorgarh fort which was the seat of Ratan Sen, the Rajput played by Shahid Kapoor. Chittorgarh fort is one of the largest forts in India and worth a visit at least once in a lifetime. Chittorgarh is also close to other nice attractions like Kumbhalgarh and Mount Abu which can be part of your 4-day circuit.

Ahmedabad to Chittorgarh distance: 373 km – approximately 6 hours 40 minutes by road

Jalore wildlife sanctuary

Jalore wildlife sanctuary in Rajasthan

Jalore wildlife sanctuary in Rajasthan

If you have kids who like wildlife and nature, then jalore wildlife sanctuary is an excellent getaway for the Diwali weekend. It is India’s only privately owned sanctuary and is home to several amazing species like the Indian gazelle, desert fox, leopard and antelope. There are two safaris daily that you can embark upon and the evenings can be used to just soak in the amazing natural ambiance. DO SEE Best International destinations for Diwali 2017 Long Weekend

Ahmedabad to Jalore wildlife distance: 286 km – approximately 6 hours by road

Saputara

Saputara

Saputara

If you are looking for a hill station to get away from the hectic urban life of Ahmedabad, then Saputara is an excellent choice for you. Located at 1000m above sea level, Saputara provides beautiful views of the surrounding hills and forests. The climate is pleasant during the end of October making it a great time to enjoy its trekking trails and parks with your family. NOW SEE Best places Near Bangalore for Diwali 2017 Long Weekend

Ahmedabad to Saputara distance: 400 km – approximately 6 hours 50 minutes by road

So, this Diwali, give your family the gift of a memorable long weekend by taking a trip to one of these most amazing places near Ahmedabad.