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Navratri is just around the corner and preparations are already in place to celebrate the nine nights with much fervor and pomp. While Navratri is celebrated in different parts of the country, the way it is done is pretty different. In the south, it is celebrated as Golu with a display of dolls that symbolize feminine power. You wouldn’t find dance to be a part of the celebrations. In the north, Navratri is often celebrated with Ramleela that depicts the tale of Ramayana and effigies of Ravana are burnt on Dushhera. However, in western part of India is where the real celebrations take place with all the music, dancing, garba and dandiya. The energy of the people during this time is infectious with everyone showing their amazing moves and putting their best foot forward and dancing the night away. Gujarat and even Mumbai have the largest garba and dandiya nights. For nine nights, young and old step out dressed in their finery, armed with two dandiya sticks and a whole lot of spunk. We bring you our pick of the eight places in India to have a blast during Navratri. Also Read - With 4281 Cases And 111 Deaths, India is Between Stage 2 And 3 of Coronavirus Pandemic, Says Govt

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1. Adventure Island, Delhi

Adventure Island is the place to be if you’re in Delhi and want to get your garba on. And for all you Cinderellas who have to be home before midnight but just can’t stop till it all winds down, don’t fret because the dance begins at 7.30 pm and ends by 10.30 pm, making it perfect for you to get back in bed before it’s too late. While at Adventure Island, take a break from the dancing and enjoy the food, rides, street magic and of course, the garba troupe.

Where: Adventure Island, Opposite Rithala Metro Station, Sector 10, Rohini, New Delhi

When: October 5-10, 7.30 onwards

Tickets: Rs 300 for singles and Rs 500 for couples

2. Surat International Exhibition Centre, Surat

Get set to dance the night away every day of Navratri and more from the land that gave us the garba and dandiya. Shanku’s Dandiya 2016 is all about dance and fun. The event will be at Surat International Exhibition Centre that has a capacity of 20,000 people and is air-conditioned as well. Artists like Chetan Rana, Sanai Rawani, Rajesh Modi, Zarna Kotecha and Priya Patidaar will enthral you with their performances.

Where: Surat International Exhibition And Convention Center, Samruddhi, Nanpura, Surat, Gujarat

When: October 1-10, 8.30 pm onwards

Tickets: Rs 500 to Rs 1200.

3. Navlakhi Garba Ground, Vadodara

If you want to truly experience the spirit of garba in its rustic form, visit Vadodara which is all set to host garba nights with live singers performing folk songs on all the nine nights. The traditional dance nights will be for all and singers like Gautam Dabir and Anupa Pota will perform live. If you do not want to dance, you can even be a viewer.

Where: Navlakhi Garba Ground, Jawaharlal Nehru Marg, Raj Mehal Rd, Anandpura, Vadodara, Gujarat

When: October 1-10

Tickets: Rs 100 to Rs 7500

4. SVP Stadium, Mumbai

Dance the evening away with LED dandiya sticks on beats that are Gujarati with a touch of Bollywood. Get your ghaghra-cholis ready as you join the party at SVP Stadium. Called the Dome Raas Garba, this event is the only indoor air-conditioned arena in Mumbai where dandiya will take place. Parthiv Gohil will perform live for you. The dance will go on until midnight.

Where: Sardar Vallabhbhai Stadium National Sports Club of India, Worli, Lala Lajpatrai Marg, Mumbai

When: October 7-9, 7 pm onwards

Tickets: Rs 750 to Rs 1800

5. Kutchi Ground, Mumbai

Borivali is the hub of Gujaratis in Mumbai and it goes without saying that Navratri is celebrated here with great pomp. Not just nine but 11 days of dandiya nights are being organized here to make you groove. Singers Pinky and Preeti will perform along with Rafiq Shaikh and other bands to make the event even more memorable. This is going to be an exciting Navratri Mahotsav.

Where: Kutchi Ground, Near Aura Hotel, Link Road, Borivali West, Mumbai

When: October 1-11, 7 pm onwards

Tickets: Rs 200 to Rs 800

6. Mahi Party Plot, Ahmedabad

Called the Red Raas, this garba night is currently in its seventh season to host this event in Ahmedabad. The festival of Navratri will take place with all new artists performing on each day. Names like Harshit Mehta, Nayan Pancholi, Darshana Gandhi and many others will enthral you with their performance.

Where: Mahi Party Plot, Behind Rajpath Club, Bodakdev, Ahmedabad, Gujarat

When: October 1-10, 8 pm onwards

Tickets: Rs 250 or Rs 1,000 for season pass

7. Aman Aakash Party Plot, Ahmedabad

The Mirchi Rock N Dhol party where Bollywood celebs also join in for some Navratri fun is back in Ahmedabad. The line-up includes several artists, a different one on each day. Amit Thakkar, Devang Patel, Bhumik Shah, Aditya Gadhvi are some of them to name a few. Not just music, also dance to dhol beats here.

Where: Aman Aakash Party Plot, Beside Trustnagar Society, Shreyas Crossing Road, Vasna, Ahmedabad, Gujarat

When: October 2-10, 9 pm onwards

Tickets: Rs 300 or Rs 3,000 for season pass

8. Vivenza by Gopi, Ahmedabad

Called the Folk Studio Garba, this party is a refreshing one with Bollywood music composers Sachin and Jigar. This is the first time such an event will take place in Ahmedabad. You can dance to Bollywood-inspired dandiya music at this event for two nights.

Where: Vivenza by Gopi, Besides Sopan Retreat, Near Science City, S.P. Ring Road, Ahmedabad, Gujarat

When: October 7-8, 8 pm onwards

Tickets: Rs 499

So put on your dancing shoes and your ghagra choli, grab your dandiya sticks and get grooving.


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