The festive season is in full swing and Diwali is just around the corner – for those who haven’t planned a getaway yet, our Editorial Team has picked out their favourite retreats for a spectacularly jubilant getaway.
Hamira is a Lutyens-style palatial home built in the 1950s. This 80 year old homestay in the hamlet of Hamira has a zero-pollution philosophy so you can expect minimal fireworks here. Away from hustle and bustle of the city, get ready to celebrate an extraordinary Diwali amidst splendid Mughal gardens with a dazzling Bhangra night followed by a feast fit for kings.
The Ganga Kund at the Tree of Life is special. It is blessed with sacred water from the Ganga and is home to the statue of Goddess Vindhyavasini, a manifestation of Durga. On Diwali, the Ganga Kund is decorated with oil lamps and with fairy lights. A few locals from the surrounding village come and sing a traditional Diwali song which has been passed on from generation to generation. A special prayer ceremony is then done by the in-house priest.The evening ends with an amazing Banarasi Thali for dinner.
Diwali is celebrated at Khasbagh in a very personalised way. The Rathore family who run the homestay performs a puja along with the guests. Prasad and aarti are offered by the guests which is followed by a dazzling show of firecrackers. The night ends with a lavish feast and you are left with a feeling of wonderment and true joy of Diwali.
Aahana Corbett Wilderness is an eco-friendly luxury retreat spread across 13 acres, stretched along the wall of Corbett National Park. Aahana prides itself in being a zero-waste eco-resort so for a quiet and cracker-free Diwali you can head on over to this wilderness hideaway. Far from the frenzied crowd, celebrate Diwali by taking a safari in the jungle, playing a round of golf or simply taking a walk along the forests or the river bed of the Kosi River- a true festive celebration for all nature lovers.
So where are you celebrating Diwali?