Diwali
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Brief

Diwali also called Deepawali a festival of light which signifies the victory of light over darkness, knowledge over ignorance, good over evil and hope over despair. It is important festival for hindus and celebrated throughout the country. Diwali is celebrated in all over India specially in New Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and northern states of India. In many parts of India festival starts with “Dhanteras” followed by “Narka Chaturdasi” on 2nd day (chhoti diwali) & Diwali (bari diwali) on 3rd day. Similarly in eastern part of India most people worship “Kalimata Goddess “and starts with the festival. Additionally, Diwali is the holy time in which people offer their prayers to Goddess Laxmi, Goddess of wealth & properity,bestowing these abundantly upon her devotees. Dewali is celebrated in India within October and mid November.

As per Hindu myth before Diwali night people start decorating their homes by lighting candle or lamp. On the day of Diwali people wear new clothes, exchange gifts & sweets and wishes to family members and close friends. People celebrate this festival by lighting the fire, crackers, fire works which symbolize the removal of demon from their society. People visit Kali Mata temple or pandals to pray to Goddess.

On the same night the Hindus celebrates Diwali, Jains celebrates festival of lights to mark the attainment of “Moksha” by Mahavira and Sikhs similarly celebrate ”Bondi Choor Divas”.

Hindi is the official language, which is spoekn by the majority of the people. Urdu, Punjabi and English are the common languages spoken in Delhi. the business language is English, and one can get the city with the good knowledge of English.

 
Travel Tips

Diwali is all about beautiful candles and diyas spreading their light and hapiness. However, keeping lit candles and diyas at home can cost you dearly at tines, One must make sure that there arenot any curtains or inflammable materials close to them.

Remember to wear cotton clothes while lightingand firing crackers. Avoid children from lighting fire works.

As it is a festival time try to book tickets & hotels well in advance.

One must purchase firecrackers from legal manufactures and ensure that the insturctions before actually bursting them.

Before taking the children out in the open to burst cackers, it is highly important for you to instruct then about the usage of firecrackers and eduate them about the appropriate ways to do so.

It is critical to note that never burst firecrackers in a closed area.

It is important to celebrate festivals with utmost sensivity and care. Too much noise pollution can be harmful for everyone especially senior citizens.

Spread happiness in Diwali and celebrate this beautiful festival joyously with loved ones and keep them and yourself safe.



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The predominant folklore about Diwali comes from the well-known Indian epic, Ramayana. Rama, the king of Ayodhya, returned to his kingdom, along with his wife Sita and brother Lakshmana after 14 years of exile, during which he vanquished Ravana, the king of Lanka. In order to celebrate his return, his subjects illuminated the path he took with lamps. 

In many regions in India, the festival of Diwali extends over five  days, centering on the new moon  at the end of the Hindu lunar month of Ashvin and the beginning of the monh of Kartika. Normally falling at the end of October or the first half of November every year, this darkest night of auumn is llit up with diyas, candles, lanterns and fairy lights, creating a magical spectacle.

However, the preparations for Diwali beign days or weeks in advance in some communities. The first day in the run up to Diwali is Dhanteras, marking the birth of Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth and prosperity, as well as the birth of Dhanvantari, the god of health and healing. On this day family members get together to make rangolis at their front doors or verandahs and set up the lighting arrangements that go in hand in hand. It is also a day of shopping for gold and silver items. Shops stock up well in advance for this festival.

The seond day is Chaturdasi, a popularly known as chhoti Diwali. Hindu scriptures narrate a tale of the demon who was killed on this day by Krihsna, Satyabhama and Kali. The day is marked by early morning rituals and puja.

The day of Diwali is primarily known for Lakshmi puja. As revellers step out adorned in the best of clothing for the evening, diyas are lit and prayers are offered to Lakshmi, along with other deities depending on what region you come form. Ganesha, Saraswati and Kubera are also offered prayers along with Lakhmi, also harbingers of wealth, knowledge and prosperity. Fireworks are an important element in this dynamic festival. Crackers such as ground hakras, Vishnu chakras, anaars, sutli bombs, rockets and bigger fireworks ae very common. 

 
Getting Around

Delhi metro is quickest and one of the best ways to getting around in Delhi.

AC and non-AC, DTC buses are the biggest public transport operator of Delhi.

A number of private cab operators or cab sharing service providers, inluding Uber, Ola and Easy Cabs have also started operating in Delhi. Perfect for anyone eager for a more comfortable and private mode of transport.

 

 

 
Places to Stay

Nearly all luxury chains have a hotels in Delhi. Most of the hotels given here occupy space in local hearts too for nosalgic times spent in their coffee shops.

 
How to Reach

  • Indira Gandhi International Airport which handles both domestic and international flights, is connected to all destinations in India directly or through one connecting stop. The airport is linked to the city centre by the Delhi metros Airport Express line.
  • The capital is a convenient hub for connecting to any part of India with the Indian Railways. The four main stations are New Delhi, Old Delhi, Hazrat Nizammuddin adn Sarai Rohilla.
  • Delhi is connected to Jaipur, Ahmedabad and Mumbai by NH8, to Amritsar by NH1, to Rishikesh, Devprayag and Joshimath by NH58, and Agra, Kanpur and varanasi by NH2. The main interstate bus terminus is ISBT is at Kashmere Gate.

 
Surrounding Attractions

Delhi tourism and transportation development corporaiton promotes and develops the fabulous heritage and culture of one of the world most exciting capital as a tourist destination for domestic and international tourists. Seamlessly Delhis antiquity has merged with her contemporary avatar as a city state. Distilled from her fabulous thousand year hsitory. Delhis ancient social structure is comfortable with the ethos of the modern liberalized economy of a city-state.

Delhi is now a metropolis of more than 16 million poeple. It is a business, finance and higher education hub where so manyh migrants coming in every year. It is home to the Indian Parliament, the Supreme Court, and to homes and offices of central ministers and the bureaucratic elite. Most6 of the Delhis tourist sites are spread over three borad areas. Central Delhi itself is so large that its difficult to cover in a couple of days. Old Delhi, which has kept its unique past alive in the way it looks and lives, demands attention too. South Delhi is the ralm of posh colonies markets and malls.

Rashtrapati Bhavan are is the home of the President of India once housed the ?British Viceroy. It was designed by Raj architects and an entire town planning committee. 

Straihgt down the road from the Rashtrapati Bhavan gate, the road alled Rajpath ends in the All-Inida War Memorial Arch now called India Gate.

The 18th century observatory Jantar Mantar on Parliament Street was bulit by Maharaja Jai Singh II of Jaipur. It is built entirely of red brik and rubble, and is inscribed with scale markings in order to take readings.

A UNESCO world heritage site, Humayuns Tomb is the first of the famous garden tombs of the Mughals. Is onion shaped dome is a forerunner of the classic Mughal dome which got more shapely with time.

Jama Masjid rises above the splendour of Lal Quila is Shah Jahans Jama Masjid one the largest mosque in Asia. 

The Mughal city best preserved portions are the buildings in the Red Fort also known as Lal Quila named after the red sandstone from which it is built and the Jama Masjid.

 
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