Diwali and Dev Diwali – the festivals of light


Experience the biggest festival in India with us

Diwali Udaipur

Diwali is a Hindu festival celebrated each year in October/November. Signifying the victory of light over darkness, good over evil, knowledge over ignorance and hope over despair. Throughout India and the Hindu world, this 5 day festival, culminating in the main night (the no-moon night) sees millions of lights – candles, string lights and of course fireworks – lit, pujas (prayer ceremonies) to Lakshmi (the goddess of fertility and prosperity) held and the exchange of gifts between family and friends. Diwali is basically the biggest festival of the Hindu calendar and is a little like Christmas and New Years Eve rolled into one.

Diwali Lights

Two weeks later, on the night of the full moon, along the banks of the sacred Ganges in Varanasi is held another very special celebration, called Dev Diwali. Thousands of diyas (small earthernware oil lamps) are lit along the steps of the river at dusk, accompanied by the rising full moon and fireworks to welcome the gods and goddesses to Varanasi.

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The October 16, 2017 departure of our Women-only Essence of India tour will experience Diwali in Udaipur and Dev Diwali in Varanasi. Talk about making this sensational tour even better!

Unfortunately, this trip is now sold out, so if you’ve been considering taking this tour, do not miss your chance to experience these two festivals of light in November 2018

Details on this trip (5th to 27th November) will be on our website soon, so keep an eye on this page for all the details, or contact us.