Where to head this Diwali…

Diwali, known as the ‘Festival of Lights’, is the biggest & most widely celebrated festival in India. Diwali commemorates the victory of good over evil and is an occasion of prosperity & family gatherings. If you are wondering where to head this Diwali, worry not! We have picked an array of wonderful getaways for you, which are sure to make your Diwali an unforgettable experience.

The whole of Rajasthan is a kaleidoscope of vibrant colours and contrasts; be it art, culture, cuisine, people or places. These stunning contrasts can even be seen in the beautiful cities of this state- Blue City Jodhpur, Golden City Jaisalmer, White City Udaipur & Pink City Jaipur flaunt colours of Rajasthan. From the lively bustle of its colour-charged cities to the luminous splendour of its sun-kissed desert, Rajasthan is romantic India wrapped in colorful royal robes. Here the fearsome Rajput warrior clans ruled with gilt-edged swords, accumulated wealth and chivalrous codes. A vast and wonder-laced state with treasures more sublime than those of fable, the Land of the Kings paints a bold image. Compiling a must-see list in Rajasthan can be quite interesting for a fussy traveller: Meherangarh looming over bright blue Jodhpur, the giant gold sandcastle at Jaisalmer, the palaces and pageantry of Udaipur, Pushkar’s reverent yet carnival charm, the storybook whimsy of Bundi and the havelis sprinkled through Shekhawati – see them all and you’ll see a month fly by faster than the Rajdhani express. Like a miniature of Mother India, there’s also abundant wildlife and warm people, glitz and camels, soulful music, glittering saris, tottering turbans and a surprisingly rich cuisine. Plan your stay in a luxurious palace hotel and you would have a taste of living life king size.

Kerala, aptly known as God’s Own Country, totally charms you by its sights, sounds & thousand shades of green! As heady as Goa, Kerala beckons with its sun and sand, blue backwater lagoons, Syrian Christian churches, tea & coffee plantations, spice gardens and lust forests. This small Indian state lies along the western coast in the southernmost part of the peninsula, wedged between the sea and the rocky Western Ghats and boasts of a culturally alive society. You are promised a great time in Kerala. There is not end to the number of massage houses that employ herbal / Ayurvedic oils to drain away the stress and strain of your desk job, urban life or hectic travel itinerary. They promise to leave you refreshed, rejuvenated and raring to go!

Nainital Mussoorie
Nestled in the Uttarakhand Himalayas, Nainital is a sparkling gem in the Himalayan stretch which is gifted with fascinating natural splendour and a variety of natural resources. One of the oldest and the most popular hill stations of the country – Nainital is a perfect getaway from the plains of northern India and has been named after the legendary Naini Lake which is in the shape of an eye.

Perched on a 15 kms long horseshoe shaped ridge with the grand Himalayas as a backdrop is the colonial hill station of Mussoorie. At heights of over 2,000 metres, Mussoorie has superb views of peaks in the western Garhwal hills, including Banderpunch Massif at 6,316 metres and Swargarohini at 6,252 metres. 34 kms from Dehradun, this popular hill resort overlooks the Doon valley to its south. One of the most easily accessed hill stations in northern India, the suburban area of Landour, about 300 metres away from the main town, is quieter and has managed to retain some of its old colonial charm. Surrounded by lush wooded expanses and winding lanes, it offers good opportunities for quiet walks away from the crowds.

Couple it with Corbett National Park where the magnificent tiger reigns supreme and you have got yourself a perfect mix. Located in the foothills of the Kumaon Himalayas, close to Ramnagar Corbett National Park was the first Reserve forest of its kind, established in 1936 through the efforts of Jim Corbett, the conservationist. Stretching over 520 sq km with a core area of 330 sq km, the Corbett National Park consists of mixed deciduous and sal forests and stretches of Savannah grasslands where antelope, chital, hog deer and sambar graze.

You can also plan an international retreat this Diwali. South East Asia is a perfect choice for you. South East Asian countries are full of amazing & unique experiences. These countries offer fabulous beaches, gorgeous islands, stunning temples, unique sights, world-class cultural events, manmade wonders, ultramodern amusement parks, ultimate shopping and much more. Modern yet traditional, the South East Asian countries have their own distinct identity. Sojourn to these wonderful countries, which have something to offer to every family and everyone in the family.

So get planning your Diwali vacations and have a blast on one of these alluring destinations!

Team Veena world