With Dussehra falling around the weekend, it’s time to plan your getaway. Travel to these destinations and witness the celebrations:
The heritage city of Mysore is at its vibrant best during Dussehra. The highlights of the festival are beautifully decorated elephants, camels, horses, and the procession led by the Maharaja of Mysore. The Palace is dramatically lit up and the royal city is transformed into a gigantic fairground. Tourists from across the world visit Mysore during this time to get a glimpse of this grand spectacle. On Vijayadashami, the celebrations are capped off with a dazzling torchlight procession.
Durga Puja in Kolkata
Durga Puja in Kolkata and across West Bengal, holds the reputation of the biggest social and theatrical event. The festival displays many ritual ceremonies that starts with an age-old custom of Pran Pratisthan, the ceremony of welcoming the goddess home. The gala festivities include singing, dancing and feasting on mouth-watering traditional Bengali sweets. The 10-days festival ends with Sindur Khela, an event, where married women pray to the Goddess by smearing vermilion on each other.
Navaratri in Gujarat
What’s celebration without some music and dance; Garba is Dussehra celebration at its best. In Gujarat, Navaratri exhibitions are also held for jewellery items, handicraft, and lip-smacking dishes. The capital city, Ahmedabad, is one of the best places to witness the celebrations. During this nine-day-long festivity, the city is beautifully decorated with colourful lights and flowers.
Ramlila in Delhi
In the capital city, Dusshera is celebrated with all pomp and show. The celebration in Delhi is marked by Ramlila – the enactment of scenes from Ramayan in the form of a play. Last day of the festival is observed by burning the effigies of Ravana, Meghnad, and Kumbhakaran at the local grounds. This has always been a mesmerising affair for the Dilliwallas – an event that marks the victory of good over evil. The temples of Lord Rama are decorated with flowers and lit with lamps, in every nook and corner of the capital.
Book your tickets to one of these destinations and celebrate the festival with much gaiety and grandeur.