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Travel ideas for Diwali 2023

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For those seeking adventure, we have an extensive list of recommendations.

Consider visiting Mulki, located in Karnataka, if you’re seeking an exciting adventure. Enroll in a 5-day surfing course or combine it with other thrilling activities such as kayaking, stand-up paddling, canoeing, and go-cycling.

After a day of surfing, explore the attractions of Mulki, including Bappanadu Temple, Shree Venkataramana Temple, and Panamburu and Kapu Beach. To ensure a smooth trip, partner with experienced clubs like KayakBoy and Mantra Surf Club before your Diwali vacation.

How to reach:

By air: Mangaluru International Airport is the nearest airport, 25.4 km away.

By train: Mulki Railway Station is the nearest railway station, 3 km away.

In Sikkim, one can also embark on an adventurous journey. Experience the thrill of bungee jumping by crossing the Singshore Bridge, which stands at a staggering height of 198 m, providing an extraordinary and gravity-defying encounter.

Witness the exhilarating experience of hang gliding, as you soar through the breathtaking mountainscape. Alternatively, embark on a thrilling caving expedition through the Himalayan mountains at Lha-RI-Nying Phu.

The demanding terrain and steep slopes, combined with the cave’s fearless appearance, guarantee an extraordinary adventure. Exploring the majestic hills is an essential part of any visit to Sikkim. We suggest undertaking the Dzongri trek, which provides a mesmerizing glimpse into the region’s picturesque scenery.

How to reach:

By air: Bagdogra International Airport is the nearest airport, 141.7 km away.
By train: New Jalpaiguri Railway Station is the nearest railway station, 7 km from Siliguri and 130 km from Gangtok

Consider the untamed beauty of Bir-Billing in Himachal Pradesh for an exhilarating holiday experience. From paragliding to mountain biking and camping, there are numerous activities to satisfy the adventurous spirit.

After engaging in a day of physically demanding adventures, relax at the AryaMarg, a yoga retreat and spa. Furthermore, explore the area by taking a ride on the toy train or visiting various cafes such as Nyingma Kitchen Restaurant and Garden Cafe. To complete your getaway, we suggest immersing yourself in the serene surroundings of Chokling Monastery and Sherab Ling Monastery.

How to reach:

By air: Kangra Airport is the nearest airport, 67.5 km away.
By train: Ahju Railway Station is the nearest railway station, 3 km away.

For family vacations

Kutch, Gujarat is the perfect destination for unforgettable family vacations. Experience the unparalleled joy of vacationing with your loved ones in this splendid location. During your visit, make sure to include Kutch Bustard Sanctuary, Aaina Mahal, and Kutch Museum in your itinerary. Additionally, the annual Rann Utsav, which takes place from November to February, will add even more excitement to your trip. Immerse yourself in the cultural extravaganza, enjoy shopping, and stay in comfortable AC tents for a truly memorable experience.

How to reach:

By air: Bhuj Airport is the nearest airport, 69.5 km away.
By train: Bhuj railway station is the nearest railway station, 68.5 km away.

Jaipur, Rajasthan

We suggest a visit to the Pink City, Jaipur, which is adorned with forts, palaces, and a captivating old-world ambiance. 

To begin your day, explore the forts including Nahargarh Fort, Amer Fort, Jaigarh Fort, and the City Palace. Afterwards, take a leisurely stroll through the renowned shopping destinations of Bapu Bazaar and Johari Bazaar. Finally, indulge in delightful family dinners at esteemed eateries such as Bar Palladio, Shikaar Bagh, LMB, and Steam at Rambagh Palace, among others. 

With its rich heritage, culinary delights, and abundant shopping opportunities, Jaipur is unquestionably one of the finest destinations to experience the festivities of Diwali.

How to reach:

By air: Jaipur International Airport is the busiest airport.
By train: Jaipur Railway Station is within the city.

Ooty, Tamil Nadu

Ooty is the ideal destination for those who prefer colder temperatures. Experience the beauty of nature by having a delightful family picnic at the botanical garden, exploring the mesmerizing Pykara Waterfall, and gaining insights into the art of tea-making at the Tea Factory. For families traveling with children, the Nilgiri Toy Train is a must-see attraction. Furthermore, take a moment to pay homage at the St. Stephens Church and indulge in the delectable homemade chocolates available throughout the city.

How to reach:

By air: Coimbatore International Airport is the nearest airport, 87.6 km away.
By train: Mettupalyam Railway Station is the nearest railway station, 51.6 km away.

Wayanad, Kerala

For a refreshing touch of nature, consider exploring Wayanad. Choose from a selection of tree house accommodations that overlook sprawling tea and coffee plantations. For those seeking outdoor thrills, embark on a bamboo rafting adventure at Kuruva Islands or explore the fascinating Edakkal caves. If you’re feeling daring, take a plunge into the invigorating Soochipara Falls or immerse yourself in the crystal-clear waters of the Kabini River. Additionally, partake in exhilarating jungle treks, observe the diverse bird species, and browse for unique souvenirs to complete your well-rounded vacation. With its wide range of exciting activities, Wayanad is an ideal destination to celebrate Diwali in 2023.

How to reach:

By air: Kozhikode International Airport is the nearest airport, 94.2 km away.
By train: Kozhikode Railway Station is the nearest railway station, 85.9 km away.

Sunderban National Park, West Bengal

Sunderban National Park is a favored spot for nature enthusiasts, offering a plethora of attractions such as a lighthouse, mangrove garden, and bird sanctuary. Delve into the beauty of the mangrove forest by embarking on a morning boat ride through its narrow canals. Witness the playful dolphins at the Sundarbans Mangrove Forest and relax at the serene Jamtola Beach.

How to reach:

By air: Netaji Subhash International Airport in Kolkata is the nearest airport, 110 km away.
By train: Canning Railway Station Link is the nearest railway station, 48 km away.


Consider Meghalaya for a serene encounter with the wonders of nature. Unwind with invigorating hikes along the renowned David Scott trail, indulge in retail therapy at the vibrant Bara Bazaar Shillong, and embark on a captivating journey to the enchanting Mawphanlur Village. Immerse yourself in the flavors of the region by savoring delectable dishes such as Jadoh, Doh-Khlieh, Nakham Bitchi, Doh-Neiiong, Tungrymbai, and Pudoh. And above all, let the mesmerizing cherry blossoms captivate you with their ethereal charm, as Meghalaya adorns itself with delicate pink flowers during the month of November.

How to reach:

By air: Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport in Guwahati is the nearest airport, 155.7 km away.
By train: Guwahati Railway Station is the nearest railway station, 173.8 km away.

Andaman and Nicobar Islands

Discover new beach destinations this festive season by venturing beyond Goa. Experience an exhilarating vacation by visiting the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Participate in scuba diving, sea walking, or snorkelling to witness the captivating marine life. Enhance your beach holiday by taking a seaplane and sailing to the Barren Island Volcano. Moreover, bask in the sun at the pristine white sand beaches of Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Conclude your trip with a canoeing (or strolling) adventure along the bioluminescent Havelock Beach.

How to reach:

By air: Veer Savarkar International Airport is the nearest airport, 31 km away.
By train: Chennai Central Station is the nearest station, 1377 km away.

Alleppey, Kerala

Alleppey, a tropical haven that deserves your attention, offers a plethora of attractions. Stroll along the picturesque Alappuzha and Marari Beach, where you can explore charming seaside markets brimming with delectable coastal delicacies and souvenir shops. For a truly immersive experience, embark on a backwater cruise to discover the local way of life, and pamper yourself with rejuvenating Ayurvedic massages. With its sun-kissed shores, enchanting houseboats, and vibrant atmosphere, Alleppey stands as an unparalleled destination for your upcoming Diwali vacation in 2023.

How to reach:

By air: Cochin International Airport is the nearest airport, 75 km away.
By train: Alleppey Railway Station is within the city.

Alibaug, Maharashtra

For a relaxing getaway by the sandy coast, consider Alibaug in Maharashtra. Enhance your days with trips to the Kulaba Fort, Murud Janjira Fort, and Hirakat Old Fort. Spend the rest of your time discovering the different beaches such as Awas, Mandwa, Varsoli, and, naturally, the Alibaug beach. Engage in activities like beach cycling, jet-skiing, water sports, and Bandcamp to enhance your waterfront adventures.

How to reach:

By air: Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport in Mumbai is the nearest airport, 140 km away.
By train: Pen Railway Station in Raigad is the nearest railway station, 29 km away.

Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh

Our top suggestion for a vacation to immerse yourself in the festive atmosphere is Varanasi. Begin your sacred retreat by immersing yourself in the holy Ganges. Afterwards, embark on a boat journey and glide through the shimmering diyas. The Diwali festivities along the banks of the Ganga River offer breathtaking views of twinkling lights, diyas, and religious processions of Hindu gods and goddesses.

How to reach:

By air: Lal Bahadur Shastri Airport in Varanasi is the busiest airport.
By train: Kashi Railway Station is within the city.

Amritsar, Punjab

Amritsar is a great destination to consider during Diwali, as it holds a special significance for the Sikh community. The day marks the release of Guru Hargobind Singh Ji from prison in 1619, making it a double celebration. The Harmandir Sahib is the center of the festivities, where devotees gather to celebrate with grandeur and devotion. The streets of Amritsar come alive with colorful parades and fireworks, adding to the festive spirit. To make the most of your visit, indulge in the city’s culinary delights, including Amritsari kulchhe and kulhad lassi.

How to reach:

By air: Sri Guru Ram Dass Jee International Airport in Amritsar is the busiest airport.
By train: Amritsar Railway Station is within the city.

Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh

Lastly, what better place to commemorate Diwali than Ayodhya? For those who may not be familiar, Diwali is celebrated in honor of Lord Rama’s return to Ayodhya after a period of 14 years. In Ayodhya, you can witness the magnificent aarti and Deepotsva, where numerous diyas are illuminated and released into the Saryu river. The city displayed its pride and joy last year by lighting 15.76 lakh diyas, and this year, the authorities are determined to light 21 lakh diyas. Join in the extravagant celebration, which also includes processions, performances, music, dance, and the sharing of unforgettable experiences.

How to reach:

By air: Chaudhary Charan Singh International Airport in Lucknow is the nearest airport, 150 km away.
By train: Ayodhya Railway Station is within the city.