2023 was blessed with so many long weekends that you could not have missed an opportunity to make some travel plans. If you haven’t planned an India holiday or International trip yet, the Diwali long weekend is your best bet to do so. Schools have ideally long Diwali holidays in India. Diwali – the Festival of Lights is just around the corner. This time it brings along a long weekend too. So you can make full use of it to rejuvenate in the Diwali break. 

Diwali Long Weekend

  • 11th November 2023: Saturday
  • 12th November 2023: Diwali (Sunday)
  • 13th November 2023: Monday (Take Leave)
  • 14th November 2023: Govardhan Puja (Holiday)
Diwali vacation in India- Mumbai
Fireworks at Mumbai’s Marine Drive for Diwali
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Diwali is a festival full of lights and fervour, with the whole country decked up in the festive spirit. There are so many amazing cities in India that celebrate Diwali in their own traditional style. However, if you are simply looking for a vacation to enjoy your Diwali break then this is the best time to visit India. Winter months have just set in all over India and the weather is just right for an ideal vacation. 

Tempted for a Diwali weekend getaway? No need to go scouring all over the internet. Here are 8 exciting Indian holiday destinations for your Diwali Break 2023. 

1. Immerse yourself in the tranquil whiteness of the Rann

Diwali Break in Gujarat
The white expanse of Rann of Kutch
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Looking for family holiday ideas for your Diwali Break in India? Gujarat’s Rann of Kutch is an ideal spot for a family getaway. Enjoy the Rann Utsav that starts in November and goes on till February, with a breathtaking view of the expanse of Kutch’s white desert as far as your eyes can go. Stay in luxury tents in the middle of the desert while enjoying cultural performances of Kutchi folk dances and music. Do not miss out on a bonfire dinner under the stars and camel rides under the moonlight. The Rann Utsav also has a class-apart display of Kutchi handicrafts and artefacts. 

You can’t miss a chance to paraglide over the pristine white sands of Kutch with our Gujarat Tour Packages. Book your cheap flight tickets online as the Bhuj Airport is just 70 kms away. 

2. Glide over Himachal’s Bir Billing

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Paragliding over Bir Billing’s mountains
Image Credit: Vansh Tiwari

If you are going to spend your Diwali holidays with someone who loves adventure then you should definitely visit this special hamlet located in Himachal Pradesh. Bir Billing is known as the paragliding capital of India as it has the perfect conditions for this adventure activity. Even trekking, hang gliding and biking in the hills are quite famous here. With views of the stunning landscapes of the Dhauladhar ranges, you would wish to fly high for a while longer.  

Other than being a paragliding heaven, Bir Billing also has several monasteries and hidden waterfalls for you to explore. Let alone Bir, you will be mesmerised as you explore the glorious state of Himachal with our all-inclusive Himachal Pradesh Tour Packages

3. Explore the French vibe of Pondicherry

Diwali break in Pondicherry
Vintage tricycle carts on a French-style street in Pondicherry
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While Pondicherry is pretty throughout the year, the November month brings a serene calmness to the beaches of Pondicherry. This little former French settlement exudes the most surreal vibes dotted with pretty cafes, French colonial structures, seaside promenades, pristine beaches and a tranquil vibe in the air. Pondicherry is also a special romantic escape along with being one of the best Diwali weekend getaways

Visit Pondicherry to admire tourist attractions that are a mix of a French vibe along with a South Indian accent. Spend a day or stay overnight at Auroville or watch the sunset at Rock Beach or Serenity Beach with our affordable Pondicherry Tour Packages. Fulfil your French dream by staying at one of the fancy boutique hotels. Make sure to book your accommodation in advance. 

4. Paint the town pink at Shillong’s Cherry Blossom Festival

Diwali break in Shillong
Shillong covered in cherry blossom
Image Credit: X @CMO_Meghalaya/ Nomads Shillong

A rather underrated hill station nicknamed the ‘Scotland of the East’, Meghalaya’s capital city Shillong is a beautiful place for your Diwali Break 2023. Shillong has more to offer other than crisp weather, picturesque locations for your vacation Instagram dump and abundant traditions. In November, the cherry blossoms are in full bloom, compelling you to stop and stare as the city is blanketed with pink flowers. 

The mesmerising confluence of three waterfalls into one at the famous Elephant Falls, breathtaking panoramic views of the city from Shillong Peak, stunning sunset views while boating and water sports at the man-made Umiam Lake, an array of shopping options for handicrafts, traditional artefacts, etc., and a showcase of indigenous cultures. With our Meghalaya Tour Packages, you can also visit Shillong’s Mawlynnong village- Asia’s cleanest village. 

5. Cosy up in Coorg

Surreal views of Coorg
The land meets the sky in Coorg
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Escape the everyday monotony for a Diwali vacation in India with a trip down south. The quaint hill station of Coorg awaits tourists to come and enjoy its chill weather, rolling hills and expansive coffee estates. When in Coorg, start your mornings with a walk amidst the green heaven followed by a delicious cup of coffee overlooking the beautiful valleys. The laid-back experience of Coorg is all you need to make your festival even better. 

For hotel bookings in Coorg, opt for either cosy cottage stays or high-end resorts overlooking the green estates. Start planning your Coorg trip by booking cheap flights to Mysore, just 120 kms away from Coorg. 

6. Light up the festive mood in Jaipur

Diwali vacation in Jaipur
Beautiful panoramic view of Amber Fort and Maota Lake at sunset
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Want to enjoy your Diwali break with a vacation but don’t want to break away from the Diwali festivities? Plan a trip to Jaipur and experience the Pink City turn all yellow and glamorous for Diwali celebrations. The capital city of Rajasthan fully immerses itself in the Diwali celebrations with the city decked up with lights all around which adds to Jaipur’s already exciting old-world charm. 

Visit Jaipur’s top attractions like Amer Fort, City Palace, Hawa Mahal, Albert Hall Museum, etc. Spend your afternoons shopping for traditional stuff at the renowned Bapu Bazaar and Johri Bazaar. Head for an alfresco dinner at one of the many culinary marvels across Jaipur. 

The city is well-connected to all over India so book your flights to Jaipur online. 

7. Sway to Goa’s beach waves

Diwali holidays in Goa
Sunset at one of Goa’s many beaches
Image Credit: Rossana Gatti

The sunshine state of Goa is welcoming for tourists all year long. Goa is one of the best family holiday ideas for your Diwali break in India as it is also the best time to visit. The pleasant weather, exciting water activities, scrumptious Goan cuisine, picturesque beaches and Goan culture are enough reasons to convince you for a Goa trip with our special Diwali Vacation Tour Packages

While beaches in the North Goa like Candolim and Anjuna are known for appeasing the party animals, South Goa beaches like Cabo De Rama and Palolem are for the ones looking for solitude. For the food lover, Goa offers a wide range of soul-filling Goan cuisine. Hit up the casinos with some Diwali luck and who knows you might hit a jackpot.

Book your flight tickets to Goa and reach by the morning of 10th November, so you can fully enjoy the next 4 days. From boutique hotels to private beach villas, there is an array of accommodation options in Goa. 

8. Go camping in Maharashtra

Camping at Pawna Lake
Camping at Pawna Lake

Away from the concrete jungles, Maharashtra serves quite an extensive green spread. Many such river banks and lakesides have been transformed as camping spots in between the wilderness. Popular camping spots in Maharashtra are Palghar, Karjat, Kolad, Matheran, Tikona, etc. With many adventure activities and some serene time off the grid, you will be all ready to go back to your everyday life after this short Diwali break. 

Rather than just camping, you can also go trekking or try out an elevated glamping experience with our Maharashtra Tour Packages. If you are not the one cut out for nature, there are several luxury hotels in Maharashtra where you can plan a staycation for the Diwali holidays. 

Indian holiday destinations are not limited to just these 8 amazing destinations. There are also abundant offbeat Indian destinations that you can explore with our all-inclusive India Tour Packages

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