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The Ultimate Guide to Experiencing the Upcoming Vibrant Festivities of India Hassle-Free!

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Being a country of many colours, ethnicities and vibrant festivities, India has so much to offer to all those who truly seek to explore the real essence of the country. Some such festivals attract tourists from all over the world. Whether it’s the mystical Dasara of Mysore or the magnificent Onam of Kerala, Indian festivals will never fail to dazzle you with their vigor.

Driving down to these hubs during the festivities could be a tedious task. But then again you wouldn’t want to miss out the scenic journey. So we suggest Ola Outstation. Choose your destination and favourite ride. Just sit back and enjoy every minute of your journey!


1. Lose yourself in the frenzy of Ganesh Chaturthi in Pune:

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Being the cultural capital of Maharashtra, Pune hosts one of the best Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations in India. The festival goes on for ten days and commences with the installation of Lord Ganesha idols on the first day and culminates with their immersion on the tenth day.

Date of celebration: 25 August 2017

It doesn’t hurt to make your travel plans with some time on your hands.  Ola Outstation allows you to book your ride well in advance. If you want to be a part of this festival, book your choice of car from Mumbai to Pune now!

HolidayIQ travel tip: Don’t miss out the 2000 year old Sinhagad, a hill fortress located at around 25 km southwest to the city of Pune and of course, Malshej Ghat.

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HolidayIQ reviewer Shalini Tiwari shares, “The best time to visit Pune is undoubtedly during Ganesh Chaturthi. A perfect Pune visit will start from visiting the famous Ganpati temple, Dagdu Sheth. It is in Budhwar Peth, the oldest area of the city. The temple is small but with grand demeanour. The best part is low rush while getting entry inside. After this short visit you pay to Ganesh Ji, just walk a few steps to find the very famous sweet shop, chitale. Do not forget to buy Bhakarwadi from this shop to tickle your taste buds.

2. Feel the adrenaline rush at the Onam boat race in Aranmula:

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Situated about 128 km from Trivandrum, Aranmula hosts an enchanting facet of the festival of Onam. Thousands of people gather on the banks of the river Pampa to watch Aranmula’s unique snake boats which devotees hold in reverence, considering it the divine vessel of the presiding deity in Sri Parthasarathy temple.

Date of celebration: 08 September 2017

By the time you drive down to Aranmula, you will be sapped of all energy. Why waste your energy on the way when you can opt for a trusting and experienced Ola Outstation driver to chauffer you around. And you need not worry at all, as these drivers are the best rated on Ola Outstation.

HolidayIQ travel tip: Aranmula Parthasarathy Temple is one of the rare vishnu temples of the country that you cannot miss. And, if you are fond of the backwaters, experience the peaceful stay on a houseboat in Alleppey.

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HolidayIQ traveller Jish Mith says, “The city comes to life during the festival season of Onam in August and September. The state government conducts the tourism week celebrations every year during Onam with cultural events taking place at various centres in the city.

3. Play dandiya this Navratri in Ahmedabad:

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Celebrating world-class Garba each year, the Mirchi Rock N’ Dhol in Ahmedabad is one of the most distinct garba and dandiya events. It attracts about 50,000 people every year. This event also  boasts of an excellent lineup of many artists that come from all over India to perform each day in this nine day long dance festival.

Date of celebration: 21 - 29 September 2017

Among all festivities, you’d always want to look your best. So why try and reduce your luggage? With Ola Outstation, you can now carry your complete wardrobe in the ride of your choice.

HolidayIQ travel tip: The most popular attraction in the city, Sabarmati Ashram was the headquarters of Gandhi from 1917 to 1930 during India’s long freedom struggle. You cannot miss it. And if you are looking for some cultural exposure, Akshardham Temple is an architectural masterpiece.

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HolidayIQ reviewer Monica Rai says, “Hub of the textile industry, the city, known to be one of the major business centres of the country, springs to a different life with the famous Dandiya Masti during Navratri, a festive period during October. Ahmedabad serves you with its delectable Gujarati food, few of the most colourful textile prints and designs and Dandiya, which is one of the most extravagant dance festivals in the country.”

4. Be charmed by the magnificence of Durgapuja in Mandarmani:

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Preserving the countryside gaiety, Mandarmani celebrates Durga Puja in its true essence. Imagine waking up to the rhythms of dhak and the chantings of puja mantras. Go pandal hopping and explore the exquisite cuisine of Bengal. What’s better, it comes with its share of beachside fun!

Date of celebration: 26 - 30 September 2017

Driving down during the festival time could be quite tedious, especially manoeuvring through the crowded areas. Not to mention parking issues! Book an Ola Outstation from Kolkata to Mandarmani and experience a more comfortable trip.

HolidayIQ travel tip: If you are looking for a quiet time, away from the celebrations, visit the Digha Beach and the Mandarmani Beach.

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HolidayIQ reviewer Moumita says, “During Durga Puja, my son and I we enjoyed a lot. It was an unforgettable memory.” HolidayIQ reviewer Swakhar Pachal says, Durga Puja, the greatest festival of West Bengal is held in the month of October every year. Feel the excitement of it all and enjoy the artistry of pandals and ‘durga pratimas’, experience the Bengali culture and taste various Bengali delicacies.

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5. Witness the splendour of Ravana Dahan in Mysore:

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Celebrated with great fervour and pomp, Mysore Dasara is a royal festival that commemorates  the victory of good over evil. Legend has it that Goddess Durga slew the demon Mahishasura on Vijayadashami.

Date of celebration: 30 September 2017

During this time, a huge procession moves through the city and thousands of people throng the streets to catch a glimpse of it all. You will not be able to get in with your own vehicle. But then again, the journey from Bangalore to Mysore is extremely scenic with various worthy pit stops such as Tipu’s Summer palace and Shivanasamudra. You possibly cannot miss out on those. So we suggest, you choose your ride through Ola Outstation and leave your worries behind!

HolidayIQ travel tip: You will obviously witness the splendour of the Mysore palace. But don't forget to drop in at Brindavan Gardens which has been the pretty backdrop for many Bollywood movies.

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HolidayIQ reviewer Kunal Kumar says, “During Dasara, the city comes alive with pomp and revelry. Known for its magnificent palaces, majestic buildings and gardens, it is a must-visit destination. You can witness the Dasara puja and procession at Maharaja Palace after 11am.

6. Enjoy the ‘Global fiesta of Lights’ - Diwali in Amritsar:

Enjoy the ‘Global fiesta of Lights’ - Diwali in Amritsar: Share source: Flickr - Golden Temple Amritsar | by gags9999

Diwali in Amritsar is nothing less than surreal. The Golden Temple is cloaked in pretty little diyas on Diwali evening, creating a magical experience.

Date of celebration: 18 October 2017

To experience this magical moment conveniently, opt for a pre-booked Ola cab from Delhi to Amritsar. As you might know, carrying too much cash could be risky in all the festival rush, but fret not for Ola Outstation gives you the choice to go cashless!

HolidayIQ travel tip: Feel the surge of patriotism as you visit the Jallianwala Bagh and the Wagah Border. The experience in both the places are beyond what words can express.


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HolidayIQ reviewer Udai Verma shares, “Amritsar is a brilliant place to see during Diwali. The city is lit up with lights and celebration. You have access to the best variety of sweets and food a person can ever crave. The golden temple during this time is a must-visit due to the beauty of the fireworks and lights.

So what are you waiting for? These festivals are just around the corner and you need to plan for them now! Just a couple of clicks and your Ola Outstation ride is booked! And if you are looking to travel on discounts, use Ola travel codes.

Click here to book your Ola outstation now! 

The views above are collated from opinions expressed by travellers on www.holidayiq.com

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