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Did You Know About These 9 Unique Ways Navratri Is Celebrated Across India?

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The festival comes with a promise of nine days filled with fun, frolic, dance and festivities all around. HolidayIQ Travellers suggest things you must do!

Did You Know About These 9 Unique Ways Navratri Is Celebrated Across India?:

  1. Surat (Gujarat)
  2. Kolkata (West Bengal)
  3. Chhattisgarh
  4. Vaishno Devi (Jammu & Kashmir)
  5. Varanasi (Uttar Pradesh)
  6. Mysore (Karnataka)
  7. New Delhi (Delhi)
  8. Kullu (Himachal Pradesh)
  9. Mumbai (Maharashtra)

1. Dance The Night Out In Surat

Dance The Night Out In Suratsource: st1.travel.india.com

Dance to the folk tunes with the lamps and sticks in your hand. Women in lehenga cholis and men in traditional kedias look their best on festive evenings when they gather to perform garba and dandiya raas. Celebrated across cities like Ahmedabad, Surat, Baroda, Gandhinagar and even the smallest villages, the entire State comes alive during this festival. HolidayIQ Traveller Mohua Das shares, “Nothing beats the any city’s mood in Gujarat during Navratri.”

2. Pandal Hopping in Kolkata

Pandal Hopping in Kolkatasource: 4.bp.blogspot.com

Experience the 5-day long cultural extravaganza of Durga Puja. Get soaked in festivities and visit innumerable small pandals based on different themes all over the city. 
HolidayIQ Traveller Pankaj Gupta shares, “If you want to see the greatest and festival of India where full city is celebrate this with lots of joy and happiness then you have to come to kolkata in season of durga puja. In this festival the full city is decorated like a carnival and you can see thousands of murti/pratima in whole city. So please come to kolkata at least one time to experience it.”HolidayIQ Traveller Binit Diwakar shares, “The best place to visit kolkata is at time of durga puja. The awesome ambiance and the religious aura, all can take you to a divine world of the real bengal. Besides there are many places to visit in kolkata including the puja pandals.”

3. Participate In The Virat Mela In Chattisgarh

Participate In The Virat Mela In Chattisgarhsource: bastar.gov.in

This is where you get to feel the pulse of Navratri. Witness a unique celebration of the festival in Bastar. Spread over a span of 75 days, Bastar celebrates the festive season by worshiping Devi Maoli, a local Goddess and her sisters during Navratri. Join the priests and devotees who gather to bring the local deities to Danteshwari Temple in Jagdalpur. The idols are bought using chariots in a holy procession. The chariot is prepared by the local artisan’s using traditional tools. The procession is held between Bastar and Jagdalpur.

4. Visit Vaishno Devi In Jammu

Visit Vaishno Devi In Jammusource: dmcitarsi.com

Are you looking for a spiritual experience? The oldest and one of the most visited shrines in the country, Vaishno Devi is located at Katra in Jammu. Listen to the chants of Jai Mata Di filling the air. HolidayIQ Traveller Sumit Bhattachajee shares, “The best time to visit Vashno Devi is during Navratri because each day of the festival feels like a new day of life owing to the cultural activities by locals.”


5. Watch Ramlila in Varanasi

Watch Ramlila in Varanasisource: mybanaras.com

Varanasi comes alive during Navratri. Watching traditional Ramlilas is always a great experience. Taking this experience to a whole new level is the Ramlila at Ramnagar, Varanasi. Hear the recital of Ramcharitamanas for nine days during the festival. The episode of Ram’s reunion with Bharat on his return to Ayodhya is commemorated with Bharat Milaap event on the day after Dussehra.

6. Witness the Jumbo Savari In Mysore

Witness the Jumbo Savari In Mysoresource: mangaloretoday.com

Be a part of a visual and gastronomical extravaganza during Dusshera. Nothing can match the celebrations in Mysore. The famous Mysore Palace is decorated with more than 1 lakh lights on Dussehra, giving you a chance to witness a rare visual treat that no other city offers. HolidayIQ Traveller Shivam says, “The whole of Mysore is lit up. It’s a sight to behold.”

7. Burning Ravan Effigies In Delhi

Burning Ravan Effigies In Delhisource: hangouts.co.in

Feel the vibe of Navratri in Delhi with religious music and the recital of Ramayana.  Watch Ramlila held at maidaans across the city in the evening. The burning of the effigies of Ravana, Kumbhakaran and Meghnad on the last day of the festival is the mainstay of Dussehra celebrations in Delhi. This ceremony is followed by an amazing display of fireworks.

8. Kullu Dussehra in Himachal Pradesh

Kullu Dussehra in Himachal Pradeshsource: himachalresorts.com

Kullu Valley is the epicentre of the celebrations for 7 days following Dussehra. In Kullu, the festivity centresaround the worship of Lord Raghunath on the fairground of Dhalpur Maidan. The idols of local gods and goddesses are brought to the fairground through a holy procession. The celebration comes to an end when a heap of wood and grass is set afire on the banks of River Beas, symbolising the burning of Lanka. HolidayIQ Traveller MK Anand says, “Kullu Dusshera is different from other Navratri celebrations and one should atleast spent 2 days experience the festival in Kullu.”


9. Dandiya Raas in Mumbai

Dandiya Raas in Mumbaisource: timescitycontent.com

Rejoice the nine musical nights in Mumbai. Grounds are filled with people in colourful dresses and the streets come alive with music.

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