DIWALI LIGHTING IN JAIPUR PINK CITY
Diwali is the light festival and I visited the Pink City Jaipur to witness the celebration. Jaipur is the capital city of the colorful state of Rajasthan, India.
Read my post: Colorful Rajasthan to know more about this state.
One can reach Jaipur easily via train car or by air in few hours, map as below
It is always a good idea to visit India during the festival time. One of the most famous festivals being Diwali and its a bonus to see Diwali lighting in Jaipur the pink city. Here each house and office and city gets lit up in vibrant lightings.
Diwali or Deepawali signifies victory of light over dark or good over evil.
If you are planning a travel during Diwali, you must plan your destination basis where you can witness maximum lightings.
Though each city is lit up beautifully my preferred destination to see Diwali Lighting is Jaipur Pink city. Jaipur is the capital city of the state of Rajasthan. I just visited this city to celebrate the festival of light Diwali and now I know why it is called so!
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Interestingly Diwali is the Amavasya or no moon night. Hence, the lights on this festival take away all the darkness around making it the festival of light. It is celebrated in the Kartika month of the Hindu Lunisolar month in old Bikram Sambat calendar. This festival falls between Mid-Octobers to Mid-November.
This is a five-day festival celebration and is as grand as Navaratri Nine Nights Festival. The five festivals are named as below –
CHOTI DIWALI NARAKA CHATURDASHI
One need to shop in advance to prepare for this festival. Candles new dresses new utensils are a must to purchase. Since it embarks welcoming of Goddess Laxmi the Goddess of wealth one need to get their houses cleaned as well. People usually paint their house again. Buying new jewelry is preferred since this is the festival of wealth. Rangoli designs are made in the houses. Once this is done then sweet shopping is next step.
The puja (prayer) is done by placing the diyas (lamps) in the circular plate, offering various sweets to the goddess and praying for her blessing. The ritual is intense and rule-bound. One must attend this ritual if possible. In the end, all ask the blessing of the wealth goddess and ask for more wealth paying gratitude for the blessings shared so far.
MY VISIT TO JAIPUR DURING DIWALI
Jaipur is famous for its Diwali Lighting. One needs to visit the old Jaipur to see how beautifully the shops are lit up
This Diwali I walked through the bazaars of Jaipur to capture the glimpses of Diwali
I have never seen any market lit up so beautifully as in this pink city
Best way to explore the lighting in the city is by visiting various parts of the city. Places to see the lighting are shared below in the form of pictures.
Here are pictures describing the Diwali Walk
Chaura raasta, Hawa Mahal, Bapu Bazar, Nehru Bazar, Indra Bazar, Badi Chopar, Tripolia, Johri Bazar are a famous bazaar of the old part of the city. The lighting there needs to be seen for sure.
Visit the forts on Diwali night to see extraordinary lightings. Nahargarh Fort, Jal Mahal, Amer Fort can be visited as well
DRIVE AT MI ROAD
MI Road is the main road in Jaipur with various shopping complexes and restaurants. One can see all the shopping malls and famous stores lit up beautifully for Diwali. My favorite being Ganapati Plaza.
Visit new buildings like World trade Park to see lighting with a difference.
DRIVE AT TONK ROAD
Since Jaipur is famous for Jewels as well and has many famous jewelry shops. These jewelry shops are lit up beautifully. One cannot miss Motisons Jewelers building which is though daily lit up so well but Diwali lighting has an added zing to it!
Must visit the gardens like Ram Nivas Bagh lit up in a beauty, one of the best
HAVELIS AND OFFICES
Check out other monuments like this Tricolor light in saffron white and green signifying the colors of Indian Flag.
Visit the haveli and offices like Kesargarh and other offices to see the beauty, yes even the offices are lit up!
Preferred time of walk – Lighting starts a few days in advance, to avoid crowd one can visit it before the main Diwali day. Also, go late night as the area gets crowded at the peak time.
So add this destination to your bucket list and that too during the Diwali to see one of the most spectacular lightings ever. HAPPY DIWALI!!
In case you wonder how Jaipur looks otherwise watch this video below and the welcome song Padharo Mhare Des
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