One of the best time to travel to a city/town is during a festival or a regional celebration. It gives you an amazing opportunity to learn about the culture and lifestyle of that place more closely.
Again it’s that time of the year when the morning breeze of autumn echos with the sound of shankh, holy mantras, fragrance of shiuli flowers and incense. The evenings are adorned with spectacular Ramlila performances, yummilicious food stalls, pandal hopping, and dandiya nights. Comes autumn, and the heart of every Delhite is filled with joy and realization that the Goddess of supreme power — Durga, is coming to bless us all. The festive spirit comes alive in national capital Delhi with the onset of Navratri, Durga Puja and Ramlila events.
The 10 day long festivities in Delhi is celebrated by everyone, no matter their caste, or social background. Every year I eagerly wait for the month of September/October, even more than my birthday!
Dates for Navratri 2017: 21st September to 29th September
Dates for Dussehra 2017: 30th September
Here’re some amazing places in Delhi where you can visit to celebrate Navratri & Dussehra like never before.
Best Ramlila Organizers In Delhi
Ramlila is a dramatic presentation showcasing the episodes from the iconic epic Ramayana. This vibrant costume drama is held for 11 days at different parts of national capital. The 10th day of Ramlila is known as Dussehra (Vijayadashami) when huge effigies of Ravana, Meghnad, and Kumbhakaran are burned; symbolizing the victory of good over evil.
It is a perfect blend of art, culture and entertainment. Every year grand stages are designed around a particular theme. I still remember those childhood days when my father used to take me and my cousins to famous Ramlilas in Delhi during Dussehra breaks.
Here are some of the best places to watch Ramlila and Ravan Dahan in Delhi during Dussehra.
- Luv Kush Ramlila ( Lal Qila Maidan)
- Ramlila Committee PU Block Pitampura (Pitampura)
- Shri Ram Bhartiya Kala Kendra (1, Copernicus Marg)
- Shri Ramlila Committee (Ramlila Maidan, Asaf Ali Road)
- Shri Dharmik Lila Committee (Chandni Chowk)
- Ram Lakhan Dharmik Sabha (Near TV Tower, Pitampura)
- Shri Ramlila Committee (Sector-13, Rohini)
- Shri Keshav Ramlila (NSP, Pitampura)
Apart from watching fabulous Ramlila performances, you can also enjoy rides and treat your stomach with yummilicious local delicacies of Delhi. The Ramlila venues are loaded with huge food courts or stalls mainly from Chandni Chowk. When visiting Ramlilas in Delhi don’t forget to eat Delhi’s street food like kathi kababs, chole bhature, bedmi aloo, tilla kulfi, chaat-papdi, kaanji-vada, hot badam milk and much more. Sounds delicious! Isn’t it?
So give a break to those monotonous cafes and restaurants of Gurgaon and Hauz Khas. Head towards these food stalls in Ramlila during Navratri to experience the authentic taste of Delhi’s street food culture. Take your beloved ones to these Ramlila melas and enjoy the festive season with delectable food.
Durga Puja Pandal Hopping In Delhi
Navratri symbolizes the worship of ‘Shakti’ in the form of universal mother Durga. It is believed that Devi Durga descends on earth during these nine-days and heal all our problems. The festive galore of Navratri can be seen best at various Durga Puja pandals in Delhi. Going for pandal hopping is an amazing way to enjoy the nightlife and culture of Delhi.
Head towards Chittaranjan Park to see the magnificent art work at popular Durga Puja pandals, seek blessings from the Goddess and also to enjoy authentic Bengali food. With this Delhi is not far from being a mini version of Kolkata by itself. Here are some of the best Durga Puja pandals in Delhi during Navratri.
- B-Block Durga Puja Samity
- Cooperative K-Block Durga Puja
- Mela Ground Durga Puja
- Navapalli Puja Samity
- D-Block Durga Puja
- Chittaranjan Park Kali Mandir Society
Other options for Durga Puja pandal hopping in Delhi:
Arambagh Puja Pandal, Matri Mandir Samity (Safdarjung Enclave), Milani Puja Commitee (Mayur Vihar-1), Timarpur Durga Puja, Kashmiri Gate Puja (oldest Durga Puja in Delhi), New Delhi Kali Bari & Durga Puja Rohini (Sector-13).
Every puja pandal is different from one another in terms of theme, styling of Durga’s pratima, and much more. The food stalls during Anandamela, fragrance of dhunuchi, energetic beats of dhaak and divinity during pushpanjali. The Goddess is given farewell on the 10th day of Navratri known as Vijayadashami or Dussehra, by dancing and playing with sindoor (vermilion). Durga Puja is not just about worshiping the deity but also a celebration of culture and life.
Dandiya Dance Nights In Delhi
Dancing on the exuberant beats of Dandiya & Garba is another best way to spend some great time with your friends or someone special during Navratri in Delhi. The capital holds various dandiya nights events where you can enjoy captivating performances, celebrity visits, art & handicraft exhibitions and obviously Gujrati or Navratri delicacies. After all any celebration is incomplete without tasty food.
Here’s a quick list of few best dandiya nights events in Delhi.
- Delhi Haat (Pitampura)
- Bollywood Dandiya Raas (Kingdom Of Dreams, Gurgaon)
- Disco Dandiya (Adventure Island, Rohini)
- Dandiya Raas & Exhibition (Community Centre, DLF Phase 2)
- Garba Dandiya Raas (Zorba, The Buddha)
The best thing about Durga Puja and Dussehra celebrations in Delhi is that you get to experience vibrant culture of different communities, rituals and delightful food. But the spirit to enjoy this festivity is same in the heart of every Delhite. For continuous 10 days it’s like a party time!
So step out of your homes & offices, take a break from monotonous schedule and explore the city for the best experience of Navratri and Dussehra in Delhi.
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