There is a sublime joy in spending festive season with your family. I am particularly happy this time of the year, all broad smiles and generous hugs. And despite my very limited ability to be creative, I do try my hand and placing flowers in an aesthetically pleasing way and lighting lamps, refilling the oil in the others and then doing this again because these go off at the slightest suggestion of a wind. Of course, I love the fact the entire family gets together to celebrate. Then there are some of us who enjoy taking off, whole family in tow to a place where you can truly spend time together- without the din of every day life taking over. For you guys, we have picks from all over the country. Properties with activities planned, meals taken care of-everything!
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The property is offering only for a limited time curated experiences that are bound to put you into the festive spirit. The Diwali package includes experiences highlighting the traditional excellence of the region such as a spellbinding Manganiyar performance, Diwali pujan at the Bawdi, dinner with cocktails and much more. We bookmarked this one in our festive getaways.
Narendra Bhawan, Bikaner
This Diwali, head over to Narendra Bhawan Bikaner to elevate the celebrations. Guests can partake in the festivities with a Dipawali Pujan at the grand Diwali chowk followed by a gala dinner and poolside cocktails with Manganiyar performance. Sounds like the kind of vacation we could all use.
Sasan Gir Forest, Gujarat
For a festive getaway that’s going to leave an impact , Sasan Gir Forest has “The Woods Night Out”, the first ever immersive night-time experience within the Sasan Gir Forest. Among other things, the experience includes hour-long gypsy ride, a unique opportunity to explore the forest life after dark and a rare opportunity to spot elusive nocturnal animals with night-vision binoculars while the naturalists share deep stories of the forest.
This festive season, experience the five star splendour, relax by the pool while admiring the view of the Aravalli, rejuvenate after a day of sightseeing in the city at The Trident Spa- an escapade we would appreciate any time of the year but are particularly during festive season.
Guests can tuck into authentic dishes at Aravalli, the main restaurant at Trident, Udaipur, which also serves a variety of dishes from Western, Asian and regional Indian cuisines. For barbeques and grills, head to The Terrace and enjoy an al fresco dining experience. For a nightcap, Amrit Mahal bar has a choice of premium spirits for you to enjoy, before you call it a day. This is just the right festive getaway itinerary we were seeking.
LUX* South Ari Atoll, Maldives
The resort’s Diwali morning kick-starts with a rejuvenating Yoga session facing the serene beach and the ocean. Guests will carry the post-workout glow from the invigorating DIY Illuminate facial workshop to master the techniques of facial massage from the resort’s LUX* ME Spa with an expert trainer. There are latte art workshops in the island’s coffee roasting room to learn how to make cups of coffee more enticing with a special Diwali touch. Definitely recommended is that you head for the Tree Of Wishes to make the coming year absolutely spectacular.
Food is always the highlight of Indian festivals, especially Diwali. Guests can enjoy a culinary afternoon whipping up holiday specials alongside LUX* South Ari Atoll’s chefs at Veli Bar.
The evening presents the colorful Rangoli competition, which allows an artistic showcase of creating colourful sand patterns. In the evening, guests can enjoy a curated menu of specialty drinks and Indian delectable delights.
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