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5 Places With a Unique Mahashivratri Experience

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Mahashivratri plays a significant role in our country. The meaning of Maha Shivratri is 'the great night of Lord Shiva'. The festival is celebrated with great devotion and eagerness across all of India. If you want to partake in it and experience the best, these are the places you should visit.


1. Varanasi: The abode of Lord Vishwanath

Varanasi: The abode of Lord Vishwanath
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source: HolidayIQ reviewer Jagjeet Sidhu from Sangrur shot this in Varanasi

Regarded as one of the oldest cities in the world, Varanasi is the house of lord Vishwanath. HolidayIQ reviewer Sanjay says, “A web of narrow streets, which is pretty much confusing will lead you to the various ghats- Dashashwamedh, Manikarnika, Pandey and Kedar are my personal favorites. A boat ride is the best way to experience the ghats and river Ganga.

The city is vibrant, electrifying and photogenic in its own beautiful way. HolidayIQ reviewer Sandeep says, “If you are in Varanasi for a flying visit then a visit to Kashivishwanath Temple in the morning is a must, followed by eating at the famous outlets in Chowk area like Ram Bhandar for famous Kachoris which are available till 10. 30am.”

Must-see: Kashi Vishwanath Temple, Dasaswamedh Ghat, Ramnagar Fort among others.

How to reach:

By Air: Varanasi airport is well-linked to some of the major cities in India like Delhi and Mumbai.

By Bus: It is connected to major cities of Uttar Pradesh and neighbouring states by state-run buses.

By Train: The Varanasi railway station is connected to major cities of India.


2. Haridwar: The door to God

source: HolidayIQ reviewer Abinav Kumar from Delhi shot this video review in Haridwar

Haridwar is considered as one among the ‘sapta-puris’, seven sacred cities and is an important pilgrim destination. HolidayIQ reviewer Darshan says, “Haridwar is famous for its Har ki Pauri and its Ganga aarti. Ganga aarti means worship of Ganga. The priest and 1000s of devotees hold large fire bowls in their hands, the bells in the temples at the Ghat start ringing and the chants of mantras flowing out in the air. People float diyas, with flowers on Ganga. The shadow reflects on the river and lit diyas on flowing Ganga looks so beautiful that cannot be expressed in words.”

Must-see: Chilla Wildlife SanctuaryMoti BazaarBhuma Niketan TempleBirla Ghat, Har Ki Pauri, Vaishno Devi Temple, Udan Khatola among others.

How to reach:

By Air: The nearest domestic airport is Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun which is a located 35 km from Haridwar. Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi is the nearest International Airport.

By Rail: The Haridwar Railway Station located in Haridwar is under the control of the Northern Railway zone of the Indian Railways.


3. Mandi: Heaven on earth

Mandi: Heaven on earth
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source: HolidayIQ reviewer Rahul Verma from Jammu shot this video review in Mandi

There are about 300 temples here dedicated to Lord Shiva and Kali, out of which, around 81 temples are the oldest ones made of stone with intricate carvings. HolidayIQ reviewer Dinesh says, “Absolutely Mandi is truly called the bhoomi of devtas as after each and every turn alongside the road one can see a new temple.”

All the monuments that are present inside the temples are under the authority of the Archaeological Survey of India. HolidayIQ reviewer Durga says, “It is must visit town of Himachal, if you like less rush places. You can reach here only by bus. Buses are available from all leading town such as Chandigarh, Haridwar, Delhi Shimla etc.”

Must-see: Rewalsar LakeChindiMahunag TempleKamaksha Devi TempleMamleshwar Temple, Prashar Lake, Barot among others.

How to reach:

By Air: Bhuntar Airport at Kullu is the nearest airport, 60 km away. Cities like Delhi, Chandigarh, Shimla, Dharamsala and Pathankot are well connected to Kullu by air.

By Train: Joginder Nagar is the nearest railway station at a distance of 50 km.

By Road: Mandi has excellent road connectivity.


4. Guwahati: Gateway to the North-East

source: HolidayIQ reviewer Arvind Kumar from Noida shot this video review in Guwahati

Guwahati has its first mention in the great epic Mahabharata as the capital of the demon king Narakasura of Pragjyotishpur. HolidayIQ reviewer Durga says, “A major riverine port city and one of the fastest growing cities in India, an authentic Assamese meal begins with KHAAR Followed by the main course such as meat Masor tenga green leafy and Aaloo Pitika.

Must-see: Kamakhaya Temple, Ferry Ghat, Botanical Garden, Saraighat Bridge among others.

How to reach:

By Air: Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport, also known as Guwahati International Airport, is the major airport in all of North East India.

By Bus: Guwahati is very well connected with the adjoining cities and states through bus service.


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5. Khajuraho: A UNESCO world heritage site

Khajuraho: A UNESCO world heritage site
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source: HolidayIQ reviewer Satyajit Neogi from Kolkata shot this in Khajuraho

Khajuraho initially had around 80 temples but hardly 25 remain in good condition now. HolidayIQ reviewer Mahesh says, “Khajuraho may be promoted as the land of Kamasutra but there's a lot more to Khajuraho than what the internet can tell you. You have to visit the place in person to experience and know the history and significance of what the 10th century temples have to offer.”

What is interesting is the fact that these erotic sculptures are only on the periphery of the temple and are not present inside the temples or near the deities. HolidayIQ reviewer Neelima says, “Eastern and Western group of temples are a must visit. Equally important to hire a guide as well, otherwise there is little that you could grasp on your own. There are a lot of interesting stories to be told.


Must-see: Adinath Temple, Chitragupta Temple, Devi Jagdambi Temple, Dulhadev Temple, Kandariya Mahadev Temple, Dhubela Museum, Jain Museum, Ajaigarh Fort, Beni Sagar Dam among others.

How to reach:

By Air: Khajuraho Airport is the nearest airport. One can get taxi or a jeep to reach the destination.

By Train: Khajuraho has a railway station, but only a few trains halt there. Mahoba is the nearest major railhead, 63 km away.

By Road: Roads of Khajuraho offer a smooth driving experience.


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