Diwali Celebrations in Jaipur, in Pictures

Diwali – A word that conjures up so many memories; when I let my mind wander. That last line also reminds me what a precious commodity time has become. In the quest of trying to do everything, humans seem to have lost the fine art of whiling away time.

Oh, lest I digress – Diwali, when I was growing up meant going to the nearest town in the newly bought Maruti 800 car and filling it with crackers to be burst for an entire week and realising that they were too much to even get done in a week’s time. They were distributed among the poor. I still remember the smiles that flashed on their faces when kids who weren’t privileged to celebrate the festival of lights were made happy.

I changed over the years, and diwali did too. It was quite a transformation phase as I studied all over the country – in Rajasthan, Pune & Bombay. After that Diwali meant something else to me as I handled the many factories of the family business. Diwali was more like a cleaning exercise and to distribute gifts among the workers to light up their homes and lives.

I had lost all penchant for bursting crackers and preferred seeing the staff happy and only bought crackers for them. Over the years I almost began dreading diwali and the entire week associated with it, like our dog at home. The air didn’t make things easier and I regularly had asthma attacks on these auspicious days. I used to scoop up in bed at home with our dog in the latter years of my 7 year stay at the business home.

In the last two-three years, diwali was celebrated on the road and has no special memories. Last year in Jaipur, I had a glimpse of ‘what could be’ as we drove through the markets of the 300 year old walled city while my dad relived his memories. I gasped and gawked and screamed like a kid who had never seen diwali as it was simply meant to be – ‘The festival of lights.’ I was quite sure Diwali in Jaipur was one of India’s best and keenly awaited when time would come around again.

This year I was ready – In the pink of health to fight the pollution and also very wisely I chose to wear a mask. Here you go :

12 Photographs of Diwali in Jaipur that will make you happy

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The 1887 Albert Hall Museum brightly lit up for Diwali. My first stop in the crowded one way streets of Jaipur – A special diwali arrangement for traffic resulted in me being here, and what good luck!

 

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A range of fancy lighting is seen everywhere in Jaipur – It is almost mandatory for houses, entire markets and monuments to be drowned in a sea of pretty lights. This is clicked on the M I Road in Jaipur.
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At the tourist favourite – Laxmi Misthan Bhandar fondly called LMB. Also – I do not recommend their food offerings. Remember to ask locals for the best options to eat when you are inside the walled city in Jaipur.
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A closer view of the Indo-Saracenic architecture style of Albert Hall Museum. It was pandemonium on this road; people queued up in a festive spirit and clicked pictures.
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Near Johari Bazaar in the 300 year old pink city of Jaipur; a copy of ‘Amber Fort’ made on the street. Diwali is a time for ostentatious lights when entire Jaipur transforms into a show of glitzy display.
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The bazaars of Jaipur – As clicked from inside the City Palace Compound where I also stumbled upon a walking ‘cracker market’; i.e. where people sold crackers at dirt cheap prices.
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Imagine my delight when an inadvertent left turn brought me to a lane line this! These look like Chinese lights, no? Decoration from Lalji Sand Ka Raasta, Jaipur.
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Lighting and decoration at the main gate of the royal residence – City Palace, in Jaipur.
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First sight of the Jal Mahal, literally ‘Fort of the water’ on the Amber Fort road in Jaipur.
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While there was quite a traffic jam in the street, I was happy clicking pictures while onlookers wondered what I was clicking. The locals of Jaipur do not know this is the best place in India to celebrate Diwali.
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A quiet moment away from it all – No pollution and absolute peace at Nahargarh Fort.
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Best of them all! Immaculate reflection of Jal Mahal.

More posts on Jaipur :

Being a tourist in my own city – Inside Jaipur’s Hawa Mahal

A sunrise in Jaipur on a stormy morning

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17 Comments Add yours

  1. arv! says:

    Lovely pictures Shubham! I skipped the walled city tour during Diwali this year due to the heavy rush! Next year….I guess! I too posted pictures of Diwali celebration in Jaipur on my blog. You rightly pointed out that Jaipur really knows how to celebrate Diwali!

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    1. Yay, glad you like them. I totally loved spending my best diwali ever. Jaipur is beautiful, and even more so during Diwali 🙂

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      1. arv! says:

        Well said Shubham! looks like your love for Himalayas is getting some competition!! 😉

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  2. Such vibrant pictures 🙂

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    1. Thanks for checking it out.

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  3. punampal says:

    Beautiful…such a resplendent city. I have been there a few times before but this puts it on my to do for Diwali time.

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    1. Aww, thanks for the appreciation. Jaipur is indeed very pretty. You must come for diwali someday 🙂 Cheers.

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  4. Poonam says:

    Wow. Such sharp and incredibly beautiful pictures of an equally beautiful city. Almost 10 years back, when I first visited Jaipur, I was in awe seeing such vibrant colors spread everywhere. I had bought dozens of different bangles from Manihariyon ka Rasta. Multiple shops were visited on the road where Hawa Mahal is situated. Forgot the name where all the shops are numbered chronologically and are pink in color, true to the name of this gorgeous pink city. Would love to visit it again.

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  5. Pooja Bhatt says:

    Loved the Pics of the Light and the Brightnes…of the Lamps and the Architecture for a Change 🙂 Happy Belated Diwali Wishes Shubham !

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