The Pink City of Jaipur is extensively known for its culture and beauty. It is considered to be one of the most touristy places in the country & was even labelled as ‘World Heritage Site’ by UNESCO in July 2019. The royal city of Jaipur is loaded with world-class architecture & monuments which is why it is a classic example of the Indian folklore.
But do you know, Diwali – The festival of lights also known as India’s biggest festival – is one of the best seasons to visit Jaipur is during the festivities of Diwali? Here’s why:
During Diwali, the city gets decked up in the most unique manner, resembling a bride, with the make up being warm glowing lights. The decorations look astonishingly ravishing because all the malls and markets compete to win the ‘Best Decoration’ prize. From the old market to new streets, literally every corner looks unimaginable! As soon as you’d step here, you’d feel the festive spirit and would want to become a part of this celebration. The glowing monuments offer countless photo opportunities.
Staying in Heritage Hotels
Heritage hotels of Jaipur arrange for exclusive Diwali celebration, with diya-lighting ceremonies, prayers and blessings. One can settle down to witness a vivid firework display blaze across the Jaipur skyline while immersing into the royal life and culture. The heritage hotels are not only lavishly decorated during the festival, but they organise events in which you can actively participate and feel like a member of the family– an experience that you will cherish forever.
Indulge in Traditional Delicacies
There is no celebration without the celebration of food and when its Diwali, it plays a major role. From the traditional Dal Batti to the exotic delicacies, there are hundreds of varieties to treat your taste buds during this time of the year. All you have to do is just walk into the sweet shops and there’s absolutely no way of escaping them. They are a must try!
Live like Locals
The Jaipurites celebrate every festival with full of zeal and vigour. The women love to adorn colorful outfits such as lehenga and odhani while the men love to adorn traditional outfits such as safas and pagdis. They also love to flaunt their elaborate jewellery. The exhibition of such a rich culture is a sight to behold. To dress like them, you can buy traditional outfits from the local markets quite easily. Not only that, you can get a picture clicked to flaunt it on the social media for the world to see.
Feels like Home
The first concern while travelling to a new city is safety. During the festival, all families in Jaipur go on tours for seeing the lighting in the walled city which is why you’d see people everywhere. There’s nothing shady about this city!
You’d get a very homely vibe here because we truly believe in ‘अतिथिदेवो भवः’ i.e., ‘The guest is God’.
Roadside Markets set up
For y’all shopaholics, roadside markets and stalls that are set up during the festival are the perfect places where you can spend some money on buying typical Rajasthani stuff. These markets not only sell items for Diwali Puja such as diyas and flowers, but also for home décor such as artefacts and potteries and traditional clothes. The best part about these markets is that even though the items are very cheap, they manage to maintain a relatively good quality standard. You will definitely love the warmth of the vendors.
Last but not least, Witness the spellbinding view from Nahargarh
This is probably one of the best reasons for you to visit Jaipur! The view from Nahargarh Fort, which stands out on the hills of Aravali, is out of this world (no exaggeration!). During Diwali, you can see the whole of Jaipur figuratively looking like it is made of gold. It is so beautiful that you cannot take your eyes off it. It is definitely a rare sight that is worth visiting for!