Diwali 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!”
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