Female and male dancers in traditional colourful Indian costume dancing and playing Garba on the floor among crowd during Navratri in Ahmedabad, Gujarat
Navratri is probably the one time in the year that the normally conservative Gujarat opens up, celebrating and dancing wildly to the wee hours of night. And it’s not just the young folks either; mustached men and ghagra-clad women of all ages come together for a community-wide, nine-day celebration. Navratri 2017, which will start from September 21 and run up to September 29, celebrates Gujarat’s traditions and customs and also gives the community a chance to let loose and dance, dance and keep on dancing. And if you’re wondering where to head to for the best experience, here’s a list of places in Gujarat to catch Navratri celebrations and spend Dandiya nights. ALSO READ: Navratri: Nine days of fun, dance and festivities Also Read - Coronavirus in Gujarat: 14-month-old Toddler Dies of COVID-19 in Jamnagar
GMDC Grounds, Ahmedabad
We start with what could be called the official Navratri celebration and Dandiya night of Gujarat. The state tourism department holds popular Dandiya and Garna nights at the GMDC ground in Ahmedabad. Dance the night away at the Garba or take your kids to enjoy the children’s activities on offer. There’s a shopping area too, where you can find handicrafts on sale. Plus, a state-level Garba competition is held with some of the most skilled dancers participating. Also Read - Statue of Unity Put up ‘For Sale’ For Rs 30,000 Crore on OLX to Fight COVID-19, Case Registered
Bhuj Traditional Accessories Market, Gujarat
Maa Shakti Garba, Vadodara
This is one of the biggest Navratri and Dandiya events in the state. In fact, it even got into the Limca book of records for its sheer scale. Taking place in Vadodara, the event earned its record by once bringing in 40,000 dancers performing together. It is often called the biggest Garba event in the world. With these credentials, who can argue against adding the Maa Shakti Garba to your events list? Also Read - Coronavirus in Gujarat: 45-Year-Old COVID-19 Patient Dies, State's Death Toll Reaches 5
Vadodara Navaratri Festival
One of the youngest Garba and Navratri events in this list, the Vadodara Navaratri Festival started just two years ago. It ropes in big-name singers from the state to croon the tunes for thousands to dance to. Some of the names that have come here include Seema Deepak, Gautam Dabir and Shyam Ghediya. With big singers, expect big crowds and lots of energy.
Dancers playing Garba during Navratri in Ahmedabad
United Way Garba, Vadodara
We have another entry from Vadodara, Gujarat’s cultural capital, and this time it’s the extremely popular United Way Garba. It is said to bring in the biggest crowds every year, with numbers as high as 30,000 every night. That’s quite a crowd, and you’ll find the who’s who of the Gujarati community and singers here. If you want to know the sheer scale of Navratri and Dandiya, head to the United Way Garba. CHECK OUT: Navratri 2017: Best Places To Visit During Navratri and Durga Puja
Mirchi Rock n Dhol, Ahmedabad
Finally, we have the Mirchi Rock n Dhol event in Ahmedabad. Thousands come to attend this event, including several of India’s artists. Couple that with Dandiya and Garba dance nights to some awesome beats, and you are all set for a good time.