Colourful attires, festive ambience, traditional delicacies and divinity all around – Navratri certainly infuses an unmatched fervour & enthusiasm in the air!
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While the entire country celebrates this 9-day long festival in their own unique style, there are a few places where festivities take place on another magnitude.
Here’s a list of destinations where you must visit at least once in your lifetime to enjoy the celebration:
1. Kolkata, West Bengal
Durga Puja is one of those festivals for which the whole Bengali community waits with bated breath. On the arrival of Maa Durga, the entire city becomes alive with stunning pandals and lightings at every corner.
2. Vadodara, Gujarat
Music, dance, lights, food and much more – Vadodara’s vibrance doesn’t go down even for a second during Navratri. Locals as well as tourists, participate in the splendid Dandiya Raas programs which take place all around the city.
3. Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh
During Navratri, the entire Banaras turns into a stage for storytelling of Ramcharitmanas by performers. Famously known as ‘Ramnagar ki Ramlila’, this 2-centuries-old tradition takes place for more than a month and culminates on Dussehra.
4. Katra, Jammu & Kashmir
Want to experience divinity in its full form? Then, there’s no better place than Katra in J&K. Devotees from across the country flock to visit Maa Vaishno Devi during these 9 days.
5. Bastar, Chhattisgarh
Dussehra is celebrated for 75 days in honour of Maa Danteshwari in this tribal land of Chhattisgarh. Several unique rituals are performed and folk performances take place on the auspicious occasion of Navratri.
So, this Navratri, head out to any of these blessed places and immerse yourself in the sheer bliss of the festival.