Top 8 international Diwali Holiday destinations to visit

Lan Na Ramayana dance at Khantoke restaurant - one of the key things to do in Chiang Mai
Lan Na Ramayana dance performed in Thailand

One of the nation’s most popular holidays, Diwali, is coming soon! Diwali is a really festive occasion that is characterized by wealth and happiness for everybody. Diwali is a holiday with many different aspects, even though honoring the gods is a crucial component of the celebration. You may celebrate this event in many other countries throughout the world if you aren’t in India at this time of year.

Here are a few amazing international Diwali holiday destinations where the festival is celebrated in all its glory.

1. Bangkok

Take advantage of your midweek break to tour this vibrant city. Given that there is a sizable Hindu and Indian community here, this shopping paradise is only a 4-hour flight away and makes for a fantastic Diwali getaway. The abundance of Hindu temples in Bangkok adds to the festival of lights’ striking aesthetic appeal. Additionally, you may travel to Bangkok and then fly off for a beach holiday in some of the best places to stay in Krabi or Phuket.

Things you can do include – Shop at the MBK Mall, check out the Buddha in the Reclining Buddha Temple or take a class to improve your Thai culinary abilities.

2. Singapore

Singapore – the perfect Diwali destination

Singapore’s Diwali festivities are among the greatest in the entire globe. All of the Hindu families living in this nation have brightly lit houses, greet one another, exchange presents, and give prayers. When in Singapore on our Singapore tour packages, make your way to Little India to experience the event in its truest form. With gorgeous lights and vibrant rangolis, the streets of this market are turned into a tropical paradise. Don’t forget to ride the metro train decorated in a Diwali motif that the Singaporean government began this holiday season.

3. Dubai – a fun Diwali destination

Yes, the City of Sheikhs also observes Diwali with great enthusiasm and splendor. During Diwali, there is a skylight display of fireworks and holiday fanfare. Dubai is a cosmopolitan haven for travelers, offering an all-encompassing experience in terms of sightseeing and cuisine. The celebration of Diwali is marked by a wide variety of activities. Additionally, Dubai is the ideal location for your Dhanteras Eve shopping expeditions. And if you have the time, don’t miss a day trip to Abu Dhabi too.

4. Malaysia

Batu Caves, Kuala Lumpur
Batu Caves, Kuala Lumpur

Malaysia is one of the most sought-after foreign locations to visit during Diwali because of its charming islands, growing beaches, and fashionable resorts. Make your Diwali merry and bright by visiting Langkawi and Kuala Lumpur. You may unwind on the beach, engage in adventure activities, go on a walk in the rainforest, enter a casino or simply ascend to the top of the Petronas Twin Towers to take in the breathtaking views of the city. The primary places to see include Batu Caves, Cameron Highlands, Genting Highlands, and Twin Towers.

It might also be a good idea to consider Penang during Diwali for its festive temples, beaches and even a rainforest. Check out all the things to do in Penang to get an idea of what this offbeat Malaysian destination will have in store for you.

5. Turkey

Turkish beaches, historical monuments, palaces, museums, and mosques are all available to satiate your desire. You won’t want to return on the various Turkey tour packages when combined with the stunning view of the Bosphorus Strait. This Eurasian nation is a terrific option for a Diwali weekend travel, especially if you’re seeking for an interesting holiday overseas. It is located between Asia and Europe.

6. Sri Lanka – one of the versatile Diwali holiday destinations

Keerimalai Naguleswaram Kovil in Jaffna
Keerimalai Naguleswaram Kovil in Jaffna

If you’re familiar with the Ramayana epic, you’ll know that Diwali commemorates King Rama’s triumphant homecoming after slaying the great Ravana. Ravana’s dominion, according to legend, was Lanka, which is now Sri Lanka!

This island nation, known as the “pearl of the Indian Ocean,” has Diwali profoundly interwoven in its culture, as does India. The event is celebrated with pomp and praise across the land, from its cities to its highland settlements. A trip to Sri Lanka for Diwali is a wonderful choice since you may experience the event in a similar fashion to India while also enjoying a tropical vacation throughout the long holiday.

7. Bali – a popular Diwali getaway from India

Sita waiting for Rama
Sita waiting for Rama

You might be shocked to find that Diwali is also celebrated in Bali. Bali shines in honor of the holiday, following rites similar to those seen in India. Diwali has always held a role of great significance in Balinese tradition and culture. This is why you should consider as one of your choices of the Diwali holiday destinations . Celebrating it here is almost like home away from home.

Begin your holiday on this beautiful island by visiting Ubud, where you can see the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary, Tegenungan Waterfall, Ubud Art Market, Ubud Palace, Ceking Rice Terrace, and Pura Taman Kemuda Saraswati. Hiking to the top of Mount Batur, an active volcano, is an option for those seeking excitement. Relax on famous beaches like Seminyak Beach, Kuta Beach, and Blue Point Beach.

8. Nepal

Nyatapol Deval - the tallest Temple in Nepal at Bhaktapur Durbar Square
Nyatapol Deval – the tallest Temple in Nepal at Bhaktapur Durbar Square

Nepal, one of India’s subcontinental neighbors, is just a short flight away, nestled in the mighty Himalayas! The average flight time from New Delhi to Kathmandu is one and a half hours, making it one of India’s shortest foreign trips. Nepal’s magnificent scenery and rich culture are its main charms; it is home to the world’s tallest peak, Mt Everest, and a welcoming Nepalese community. Furthermore, Diwali is often celebrated here.

When in Kathmandu, don’t miss the epic Pashupatinath temple and the three durbar squares – Patan, Kathmandu and Bhaktapur, all of which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. And while here, remember to seek the blessings of the Living Goddess of Nepal.

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This post has been contributed by my guest author – Priyanka Doshi. Priyanka is an avid traveller and loves to explore new experiences. She is the go-to person to get insider tips on travel destinations across the globe

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