Come October 30 and you will see millions of lamps lighting up the night all across India. Diwali is undoubtedly Indias biggest festival. Celebrated to commemorate Rama’s return to Ayodhya after defeating Ravana, Diwali holds great significance for Hindus all over the world. People prepare for the occasion by cleaning their homes, buying new clothes and exchanging gifts and sweets with family members and friends. It is one festival which gets everyone excited. Almost all across the nation, streets and homes are decorated with beautiful lanterns and lamps. From villages to major cities, every place springs to life during this festive season. However, it is also a time when kids and elders get holidays which they can use for pleasant vacations. (ALSO SEE Why do we celebrate Diwali?) So, if you wish to spend some quality time with your family this Diwali, here are the best Diwali destinations for you to consider. Also Read - BFI Nominates 5 Boxers And three coaches For The National Sports Awards 2020
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Located in the beautiful south Indian state of Kerala, Munnar is an excellent choice for a Diwali vacation amidst greenery. With its sprawling tea plantations and pleasant October-November weather, Munnar is ideal for families and kids. It is also a bit hit with honeymooners. At a height of around 5,200 ft, Munnar is one of the best hill stations in south India. The scenic valleys, forests and waterfalls in this region are all you need to witness to forget the humid urban weather and hectic life in the city. Also Read - Style Tips to Wear Mom Jeans: How to Look Cool Wearing 'Unhip' Denim at Any Occasion
Formerly a part of Bhutan, Kalimpong is an excellent getaway from Kolkata and other cities in east India. The hill station is a major Buddhist center and home to several ancient monasteries. Located close another spectacular hill station Darjeeling, Kalimpong is a great combination of natural beauty and spiritual delight. It is great for budget travelers and food and accommodation in this region can be quite inexpensive. If you want your family to have a calm, peaceful and rejuvenating experience, Kalimpong is a good choice for you.
Himachal Pradesh is one of the finest places to visit in India any time of the year. And one of the best destinations to visit with your family in Himachal is Manali. Offering magnificent views as well as great options for adventure activities like paragliding, Manali is one of India’s most popular holiday spots. Most tourists visit Manali during summer to escape the heat. This means October-November sees fewer tourists making it ideal for your family. You can enjoy views of snow-clad peaks, shop in the popular market and also visit the famous Solang valley, all without too many people around you. If you are an adventure lover, options of skiing and snowboarding are also available.
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Kanha National Park
If your kids are wildlife enthusiasts, Kanha National Park in Madhya Pradesh is a great choice for you. The states biggest national park, Kanha is renowned as the only place in India that serves as a home to the barasingha or swamp deer. It is also home to several Royal Bengal tigers, sloth bears, leopards, and the Indian wild dog. There are several gates to the park and a safari here can be a great way to enjoy nature and wildlife in its raw form.
And then there is Goa, India’s biggest party destination. Peak season in Goa begins around mid-November and goes on till end of January. This means that the best time to avoid the crowds and still make the best of Goa is just before the season. Towards the end of October, the rains stop completely and shacks start opening up. It is a great time to hit the beaches and amazing restaurants of Goa without having to face the large number of tourists which arrive later in November. It is also a good time to bargain for discounts at resorts and hotels as there would be no room to do so in the peak season.
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