India, the potpourri of rich and exotic cultures and traditions, has never missed a chance to leave the world amazed by its richness. Festivals are just a way to enhance the diversity of the country and one such underrated festival is Dev Deepawali.
Dev Deepawali, “the Diwali of the Gods” or “Festival of Lights of the Gods”, is the festival that is observed on the day of Kartik Purnima in November or December, in the holy city of Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India.
The festival is celebrated fifteen days after Diwali, the festival of lights, with great pomp and show, to mark Lord Shiva’s victory over Tripurasur.
Varanasi, the city well known for its Ghats are marvelously dazzled up by earthen lamps, which leaves us an enticing view to bask our eyes on. The devotees gather on this auspicious day to take a dip in the holy Ganges to seek the blessings of the goddess. They offer lit-up lamps and flowers and offer their prayers to the goddess.
Dev Deepawali is a festival that everybody should witness at least once in their lifetime. During this celestial manifestation, the entire city jives up with glittery lamps and beaming happiness. Its an experience, too cherishable to miss out!
Varanasi, one of the oldest continuously inhabited and one of the seven sacred cities of Hinduism, is situated in South-eastern Uttar Pradesh in Northern India. Getting there is not a big deal at all. Here’s how you are going to set foot in Varanasi.
Varanasi airport is well linked to some of the major cities in India like Delhi, Mumbai, and Kolkata. International tourists can board connecting flights from Delhi airport which is well connected to all the major cities of the world. Spicejet, Indigo, Air India, Jet Airways, and Vistara are the flights that you can avail to reach Varanasi. The nearest airport is The Lal Bahadur Shastri Airport. You can look up for the flights from the IRCTC AIR website.
The Varanasi railway station is well connected to major cities of India by rail. From the railway station, tourists can avail of a cab or an auto-rickshaw or an electric rickshaw, popularly known as Toto. The various trains going to and fro Varanasi are the Delhi-Kashi Vishwanath Express or The Neelachal Express. The nearest railway station to Varanasi is Varanasi Junction Railway Station. You can check out for the trains available from the IRCTC website.
Varanasi is connected to major cities of Uttar Pradesh and neighboring states by state-run buses. Private air-conditioned buses are also available from nearby cities to Varanasi.
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Your entire trip is going to go in vain if you miss out on the famous Banarasi Paan! Here are some shops for you to savor some juicy paans.
Accommodation in Varanasi is not a big deal. Several hotels are available depending on your budget. However, as Dev Deepawali is a festival celebrated in the ghats of Varanasi, we suggest marvelous that you stay near the ghats to enjoy the glittery glow of the ghats and soothe your ears to the continuous chanting of the mantras. Here’s a list of hotels for you to check out depending on your budget.
Shanti Guest House
Standard double room with a shared bathroom. Charges of a night for two adults happen to be Rs. 383. Additional charges may be added later. Facilitates reservations without a credit card. No prepayment is required. Also, it facilitates free cancellation of the booking. Has an average rating of 6 out of 10.
Stay Inn Haveli
Double or twin room with bathroom and double bed. Charges of a night for two adults happen to be Rs. 420. Additional charges may be added later. No prepayment is required. Also, it facilitates free cancellation of the booking. Has an 8 rating out of 10.
₹500 to ₹2000
Standard double room with shared bathroom and includes Ganga Aarti and darshan assistance to Kashi Vishwanath Temple. Charges of a night for two adults happen to be Rs. 720. Additional charges may be added later.No prepayment is required. Also, it facilitates free cancellation of the booking. Has an average rating of 7.3 out of 10.
The Neela by Bankedup
Standard double rooms are available. Charges of a night for two adults happen to be Rs. 999. Additional charges may be added later. Facilitates reservations without a credit card. No prepayment is required. Also, it facilitates free cancellation of the booking. Has an average rating of 8.1 out of 10.
International Traveller’s Hostel
Tents available for two adults with facilities like free wifi, additional bathroom, kitchen, refrigerator, outdoor dining etcetera. Charges for two adults happen to be Rs. 1599 plus additional charges. Breakfast included and confirmation is immediate, no registration required and no booking or credit card fees. Facilitates free cancellation and no prepayment is required.
Palace on Ganges Varanasi
A 3-star hotel located near the Assi Ghats charges Rs. 2120 per night for two adults. Free parking is available along with free wifi, airport transport facilities, sauna, and hot tub. Also, it has an impressive rating of 7.3/10.
Sugar Stars Inn
Another excellent hotel located in the cantonment area with an exceptional rating of 9.1/10 charges Rs.2525 per day for 2 adults. It provides amazing facilities like free wifi, free breakfast, and daily housekeeping. A must-try according to us!
Radisson Hotel Varanasi
Needless to say about the brand name Radisson, it is one amazing hotel to spend your days of the festival in Varanasi. A double bedded room for two charges Rs. 4320 per night. The rooms have the facility of free wifi, hairdryer, air conditioners, and breakfast too is included. It has various other facilities like doctor on call, facilities for differently-abled guests, currency exchange, swimming pool, parking lot etcetera. With breakfast included and free cancellation, the hotel has an amazing rating of 4/5.
Taj Ganges, Varanasi
Yes, the famous Taj hotel chains have its hotel in Varanasi too. A double bedded room with various luxurious facilities like free wifi, mini bar, ironing facilities and breakfast facilities for two and three are available at charges of Rs. 5920 and Rs. 7120 respectively. The hotel has a marvelous rating of 8.6/10. To taste the treatment of Taj, this hotel has to be your go-to.
There are several beautiful places to visit during your stay in Varanasi. Below here is the list of the top 16 places that you cannot afford to miss when in Varanasi.
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Nearest Railway Stations:Varanasi railway station.