5 Indian Cities to Best Enjoy Shopping and Eating During Diwali

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When the streets are all lit-up, shops are all decked-up and some magical festive spirit is in the air, you know Diwali is round the corner. I’m sure most of you are all ready to hit the popular street markets and mela’s happening in your city. So we thought it would be a good idea to bring to you the top 5 cities- Delhi, Jaipur, Goa, Mumbai and Varanasi, where  you could best enjoy shopping and eating during Diwali. Take a look!

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Diwali in Delhi

Diwali fever in Delhi creeps-in well before time to allow locals to shop and bargain to the fullest. Unarguably the festival is one of its grandest here.

Where to Shop?

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Store Selling Namkeens and Dry Fruits During Diwali

Dilli Haat, Chandni Chowk, Lajpat Nagar, Sarojini Nagar and Palika Bazaar witness an ocean of heads swaying and swinging from one shop to the other. While silver artefacts could be best bought from Dariba Kalan, for home-decor items, you should definitely try-out Kinari Bazaar. Both are located in  Chandni Chowk.

What to Look-out for?

Delhi is all-ready to amaze you with its pre-Diwali events. Blind School Diwali Mela, Dilli Haat Diwali Mela, Sunder Nagar Diwali Mela, South Delhi Diwali Mela and Festival of Lights at Dastkar have already been scheduled. If you have missed out on any, don’t worry, you can catch-up with the others.

P.S. – Whether you are a local or happen to be in the city during Diwali, do not miss out on the International Trade Fair between 14th and 17th of November.

Don’t Mind the Calories

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Famous Jalebis of Chandni Chowk

There is definitely no dearth to sweetmeat options to satiate your sweet cravings here. Jalebis of Old Famous Jalebiwala (Chandni Chowk), Gulab Jamun of Shyam Sweets (Chawri Bazaar), Shankarpale, Kheer, Gajar ka Halwa of Chaina Ram (Chandni Chowk), Kaju Barfi, Suji ka Halwa or Besan ke Laddoo, you name it, you have it.

Diwali in Jaipur

The royal city of Jaipur is slowly but steadily preparing for the D-day. All heritage buildings, ancient monuments and opulent palaces are getting decked-up in their dazzling finery. Lights, flowers and decorative items are seen embellished all around the city. A sure-shot hotspot for foreign tourists, Jaipur has always been successful in reinvigorating Indian traditions to the core.

Where to Shop?

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Johri Bazaar Jaipur

Even markets in Jaipur get all shimmering during Diwali. For lehengas and sarees, try Johri Bazaar; well-crafted jewellery and handicrafts can be bought from Mirza Ismail Road; mojris and furniture from Badi Chaupar and apparels from Bapu Bazaar. Finally, after all the running, shopping, hopping and bargaining, regain your lost energy at Cafe Coffee Day, Mocha or Barista, while exploring few branded outlets in Gaurav Tower, Malviyanagar.

What to Look-out for?

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Famous Pushkar Mela in Rajasthan

If you wish to appreciate the cultural beauty of the state of Rajasthan, then Pushkar Mela, scheduled to be held between 18th and 25th of November should definitely not be missed.

Don’t Mind the Calories

If new to Jaipur, then do try the famous Kachoris of Raavat Sweets in Johri Bazaar or Kalakand and Motipaak of Kanji Sweets in Gopalbari.

Diwali in Goa

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Burning of Narakasura’s Effigy During Diwali

Yes! Goa is not just about partying, Sunburn and rock festivals. Goa celebrates Diwali too with equal vigour. In fact, Diwali celebrations in Goa are incomplete without being a part of two activities. First, the burning of the demon Narakasura’s effigy, and secondly, trying your luck at some of the top most casinos in Goa, since gambling makes for an important ritual of the festival. From dawn to dusk, people remain busy with activities galore.

Where to Shop?

Shopping, in Goa, is an experience in itself. Be it any time of the year, locals and tourists simply love  hopping and shopping in Simona Bassi Jewellery, Anjuna Beach Flea Market and Arpora Saturday Night Market where utility as well as unique items can be easily purchased.

What to Look-out for?

Jatras or special processions of Hindu deities from Mangueshi, Nagueshi, Ramnathi, Shantadurga and Shirgao Temples are held all-throughout-the-city and are worth a watch.

Don’t Mind the Calories

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Diwali Special Chakli

During Diwali, special lip-smacking snacks like Chakli, Sweet Shankarpale and Vatana Usal, are deliciously prepared. Binge on different varieties of cashew-nuts that Goa is famous for. And since the cashew fruit is grown extensively in Goa, Goan cashews are considered the most fresh. You may pick some from Royal Kajuwala in Panaji.

This Diwali, Try Your Luck in Goa’s Casinos

If you’re in Goa during Diwali, try your luck at some of its popular casinos. Deltin Royale, Casino Pride, Casino Paradise and Chances Casino and Resort to name a few.

Diwali in Varanasi

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Ganga Arti During Evenings

To savour the beauty of the festival on a totally different level, with thousands of lit earthen lamps and flowers along with the aroma of incense sticks to revitalise your soul, one must surely be in the city of Varanasi during Diwali. Prefer one of the riverside hotels to enjoy a complete view of fabulous firework shows and the special Ganga aarti in the evenings.

Where to Shop?

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Popular Silk Sarees of Varanasi

Famous for silk sarees, heavy gold jewellery and related items, Handloom House and Urban Haat in Varanasi can be trusted for some great purchases during Diwali.

What to Look-out for?

Dev Diwali or the festival of Kartik Poornima is celebrated here on the full moon of the Kartik month and is usually solemnised on the 15th day post Diwali. It is an equally grand affair with millions of diyas seen lit on the steps of all the ghats of Varanasi, followed by aarti and related rituals.

Don’t Mind the Calories

To taste the uniqueness of Varanasi, do drop-in at Baati Chokha in Chaukaghat,  Deena Chaat in Sidhgiribagh, Kachori Gali and Vishwanath Gali in Lahori Tola.

 Diwali in Mumbai

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Diwali Celebrations in Marine Drive

Mumbai does not boast of being one of the most traditional venues for a Diwali celebration but it certainly is one of the most spectacular. Amazing firework visuals can be seen in the glittering waters of the bay with the Marine Drive at the backdrop.

Where to Shop?

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Jewellery Shop in Zaveri Bazaar, Mumbai

Diwali is surely the time when people let a little loose on their pockets. If in Mumbai, do drop-in at Chira Bazaar, Zaveri Bazaar and Ghatkopar for jewellery shopping and Crawford Market for purchasing household items

What to Look-out for?

The promos of the famous ‘Sunburn Festival of Goa’ will be held in Mumbai on 13th November, 2015 at Mahalaxmi Race Course that will showcase some of the hottest names in dance music viz DJ Snake, R3hab, Chuckle, DJ SA and DJ Shaan.

Don’t Mind the Calories

During Diwali, one should definitely be unapologetic for feasting and trying out new dishes. Mumbai’s kitty takes pride in its cartload of Indian restaurants namely Peshawri in Andheri East for its specially made Daal Bukhara and kebab platters, Neel in Andheri West for its Haleem, Nalli Niharis and Taar Korma, Copper Chimney in Worli, Trishna in Andheri East for some of the best coastal fish curries, Masala Library in Bandra East and Maya, The Trident in Bandra-Kurla complex for its amazing bhaapa (steamed) fish preparations of Bengal.

While I have my Diwali shopping list ready, why don’t you head out for a shopping spree too! Do let me know of your favourite places where you enjoyed shopping and eating during Diwali in the comments section. Till then, Shubh Deepawali.


One thought on “5 Indian Cities to Best Enjoy Shopping and Eating During Diwali

    Bhawna said:
    November 9, 2015 at 12:05 pm

    I went to the Blind School Diwali Mela on your recommendation. It was superb! Thanks for the info.


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