That time of the year is back when the entire country dazzles with unique cultures and traditions. The 10-day long festivity of Dussehra is celebrated differently in different parts of the country. Here’re 3 must-visit cities to witness the grand festivities of Dussehra:
1. Mysore, Karnataka
Mysore Dasara is a royal 10-day extravaganza started by the Vijayanagara kings over 400 years ago. During this festival, thousands of tourists flock to this city from across the globe.
Highlight– The highlight of the festival is the Jamboo Savari, which includes an elaborately dressed elephant carrying a 750 kg idol of ’ Goddess Chamundeshwari.
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2. Almora, Uttarakhand
Almora, a pristine hill station in Uttarakhand, gets all lively and vibrant during the 10-day celebration of Dussehra. Almora’s Kumaoni style Ramlila has also been recognized by UNESCO as one of the most representative Ramlilas in the country.
Highlight — The city parades the figurines of all the rakshasas featured in the epic Ramayana across the town with dance troupes and burn them on the main ground.
3. Kullu, Himachal Pradesh
Giving a unique twist to the entire festival, Kullu Dussehra is one of its kind. On the first day, i.e., on Dussehra, a statue of Goddess Hadimba comes down to Kullu. The idol of Raghunathji is taken around Hadimba in a beautifully decorated Rath.
Highlight– Over 200 deities are brought to the town of Kullu in their own palanquins and possessions. The rath yatra is accompanied with local dance and music.