Diwali Festival - India

One of the most significant festivals in Indian culture, Diwali, the festival of lights, sees millions attend firework displays, prayers and celebratory events across the world every autumn.

The festival is celebrated by Hindus, Sikhs and Jains for a variety of reasons, although the main theme which runs throughout is the triumph of light over darkness and good over evil.

To celebrate, houses are decorated with candles and colourful lights and huge firework displays are held while families feast and share gifts.

Diwali is the five-day festival of lights, celebrated by millions of Hindus, Sikhs and Jains across the world. The festival, which coincides with the Hindu New Year, celebrates new beginnings and the triumph of good over evil and light over darkness. The actual day of Diwali is traditionally celebrated on the festival’s third day, which this year falls on Thursday, October 23. The festival usually falls between the middle of October and the middle of November, although this is decided upon by the Hindu lunar calendar. While each faith has its own reason to celebrate the festival, one of the most popular stories told is the legend of Lord Rama and his wife Sita returning to their kingdom in northern India from exile after defeating the demon king Ravanna in the 15th century BC.

 


“Kartik Purnima – 067” by Rajesh Pamnani. CC2

Accommodation

Dusit Devarana

The 50-room Dusit Devarana is a contemporary interpretation of Indian and Thai sensibilities, with a 330-foot-long pool as the centerpiece. Located on the outskirts of New Delhi, just 10 minutes from the airport, the city center and historic sights such...

Taj Mahal

Delhi's Taj Mahal Hotel is the flagship hotel of the Taj Group; Prince Charles' preferred hotel in Delhi. Located in Luytens’ Delhi, towards the southwest of India Gate, set amidst resplendent gardens - truly an oasis of calm in this...

Oberoi

Set 1 mile (1.6 km) from Humayun's Tomb, this superb hotel is also 1.5 miles (2.3 km) from India Gate and 6 miles (9 km) from the Red Fort. The modern rooms have flat-screen TVs, DVD players, minibars and paid...

Taj Palace

Set in the Chanakyapuri diplomatic enclave, this luxury hotel is 4.2 miles (6.3 km) from the airport. The elegant rooms have flat-screen TVs, minibars, and tea and coffeemaking facilities. The lavish suites add lounges, while the expansive upgraded suites have...

Maidens

Over a hundred years old, this quirky Heritage-listed Georgian property is located near Old Delhi. Colonial columns frame stained glass windows and the swimming pool looks like a period antique. Charming gardens surround the building and even the standard rooms...

Leela Palace

This palatial luxury hotel is 4.3 miles (6.8 km) from the Qutb complex and 5.2 miles (7.9 km) from Humayun's Tomb. Elegant city- or courtyard-view rooms feature flat-screen TVs, and tea and coffee making facilities. Lavish suites add separate living...

The Manor

With just 8 rooms, this modern boutique hotel in leafy New Friends Colony surrounded by gardens is 2.8 miles (4.4 km) from the iconic Lotus Temple. Deluxe, contemporary rooms with stylish wood panelling feature free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs with DVD...

The Imperial

Built in 1931, The Imperial tastefully harkens back to the colonial era, with suite-sized entry-level rooms and ornately-fashioned ceilings. Of the 5 gourmet restaurants and 2 chic bars, the 1911 bar and the colonnaded veranda stand out, and the breakfast...

The Claridges

This elegant 1952 hotel, fronted by a resplendent lawn that immediately calms you upon arrival, is 1.5 miles (2.1 km) from the India Gate war memorial. It is 5.5 miles (9 km) from the vast, imposing 17th-century Red Fort Mughal...

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