india’s festival of lights

mysore palace indiaDiwali falls on the 15th day of the Indian lunar month of Kartika. The Festival of Lights is a time for positivity and joy and as Intrepid Express reader Carli Darbyshire discovered, it’s a wonderful time to be in India…

“Arriving in Delhi during Diwali festival I felt like I had entered another world. Despite the constant problems with electricity, every house was lit up like crazy with each house trying to out do their neighbours efforts. The sky was illuminated every split second with flares, Chinese fire crackers and fireworks until late in the night. The sounds ricocheted off buildings and if you closed your eyes you could believe you were right in the middle of a war zone, but open your eyes and it looks like a fairy tale!

I awoke the following morning to sounds of silence, except for the street sweepers cleaning up the debris. My heart skipped a beat several times during the next 48 hours as people sporadically let of the leftover firecrackers that they had found lying around. For anyone thinking of travelling to India during Diwali – ear plugs and protective eyewear are recommended! Diwali was great start to an encounter with an eclectic, exciting city which was never short of surprises!”

Tour India with Intrepid on trips like these great small group adventures:
Classic Rajasthan – 15 days
Slowly Down the Ganges – 15 days

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Sue Elliot - Like many of us, Sue contracted a serious travel bug at an early age. She's visited over 90 countries in search of a cure, but her wanderlust just seems to get worse. Thankfully at Intrepid Travel she's amongst people who understand the affliction and since 1998 Sue has enjoyed being our blog and newsletter editor. Here you'll find helpful travel advice and inspiring tales from Sue and other Intrepid travellers.

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