Navra­tri the Gu­jarati way

No state can claim to live and breathe the nine nights as this west­ern state when ev­ery street trans­forms into a bustling car­ni­val venue.

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The fes­ti­val of Navra­tri is well-known and celebrated all over In­dia. But there’s a rea­son why the men­tion of ‘Navra­tri’ in­vari­ably draws one’s mind to­wards the state of Gu­jarat. Nowhere else does one get to wit­ness the trans­for­ma­tion of ev­ery street in a state into a bustling car­ni­val and a vivid aes­thetic mas­ter­piece en­com­pass­ing var­i­ous art forms from music to dance to vi­brant tex­tile de­signs put­ting even the most hap­pen­ing dis­cothe­ques of the coun­try to shame.

The en­ergy and the vibe that the state ra­di­ates dur­ing th­ese nine days or rather nine night-long fi­esta is ab­so­lutely utopic.

Ev­ery year, thou­sands of tourists flock to Gu­jarat dur­ing the event to soak in the fes­tive spirit. The Depart­ment of Tourism, Gov­ern­ment of Gu­jarat makes special ar­range­ments to fur­ther en­hance the ex­pe­ri­ence that they take back. The ma­jor cen­ters for this are Ahmed­abad, Vado­dara, Su­rat and other large cities of the state apart from the vil­lage level cel­e­bra­tions. This year the state of Gu­jarat, un­der the su­per­vi­sion of the Depart­ment of Tourism will be host­ing the much awaited Navra­tri Fes­ti­val from Oc­to­ber 1-9. The high­light of the Navra­tri cel­e­bra­tions in Gu­jarat is the tra­di­tional dance form ‘garba’ which flows in ev­ery Gu­jarati’s blood. Peo­ple come out in large num­bers with their ‘dan­dia sticks’ at night to par­tic­i­pate in this de­light­ful ac­tiv­ity dressed in the most ra­di­ant and colour­ful tra­di­tional out­fits. The au­then­tic Gu­jarati food is also is rel­ished by all at the var­i­ous food stalls that spring up all over the state.

The Depart­ment of Tourism, Gov­ern­ment of Gu­jarat, has part­nered with a num­ber of trusted travel agen­cies to of­fer tourists ex­tremely at­trac­tive travel pack­ages and to pro­vide a wider range of of­fer­ings to the vis­i­tors in ad­di­tion to the schemes of­fered by the depart­ment it­self. The depart­ment along with the agen­cies of­fers a va­ri­ety of tour plans to suit the need of ev­ery type of trav­eller. From a two day trip to a 10 day hol­i­day, from 2 star to 5 star ho­tel stays they have it all.

Other than giv­ing vis­i­tors a taste of the Navra­tri cel­e­bra­tions, th­ese tours also en­com­pass vis­its to ma­jor tourist sites and lo­cal sight­see­ing.

The depart­ment, in or­der to fa­cil­i­tate easy ac­cess to th­ese pack­ages has pro­vided all the rel­e­vant de­tails on its web­site www.gu­jarat­tourism.com.

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