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.
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.