Top Locations In India To Celebrate Dussehra
Dussehra is a well known Hindu festival celebrated across India. Dussehra is also known by various names viz; Maha Navami, Vijaya Dashami, Dasara, or Dashain. It is a celebration of victory of good over evil. Lord Rama’s victory over the ten-headed demon king Ravana, which is a main cause to celebrate the festival. The term “Dussehra” derived from Sanskrit word called “Dasha-hara” means Dashanan ravan (Dasha – name of devil & Hara means – defeat).
Kullu, Mysore, Kota, Varanasi, Madikeri, West Bengal are the locations where the festival is celebrated to the fullest. In some parts of the India, Dussehra festival is celebrated of the victory of Goddess Durga over the demon Mahishasur.
Read on to get an idea of how these top locations around India celebrate Dussehra.
1. Kullu Dussehra Celebration | Himachal Pradesh
Kullu Dussehra celebration is the most renowned International Mega festival observed in the month of October in the state of Himachal Pradesh in northern India. Kullu is very famous among international tourists as they signifies the place to ‘Tourist Spot’ and every year more than 4-5 Lac tourists from all over the world visits the Dussehra fair.
Festivities carried on for seven days in Kullu and the whole place is decorated with lighting, shop at the local fair stock up on authentic handicraft items, people performs lots of dance and sings ritual songs and much more. On the last day of Dussehra celebration Kullu, procession is led to the River Beas where a pile of wood is set on fire. Without any doubt, a must visit place to see the glimpse of Kullu Dussehra festival 2015. So, what are you waiting for.
- By Air - The nearest airport is at Bhuntar, located approximately 50 kilometres away from Manali.
- By Bus - Kullu is very well-connected to important tourist destinations like Leh, Shimla, Kullu, Dharamshala and New Delhi by means of a network of state-run as well as private buses.
- Road/Self Drive – Tourists prefer a self-drive up to Kullu but it is advisable to hire cab or taxi if not comfortable with driving in mountainous regions.
- Dussehra Celebration in Mysore 2015
Mysore Dussehra festival is a state festival of Karnataka celebrated with utmost pomp and gaiety in the city of Mysore. There is a long and rich history of Dussehra in Mysore. Festivities were first started by a King called ‘Raja Wodeyar I’ in the year 1610 and the Mysore Palace is lit up on all the 10 days of Dussehra. Tradition was started by the king and decorated a special Durbar (court of an Indian ruler) in the Mysore Palace on the occasion of Dussehra, which was attended by members of the royal family, special invitees, officials and the masses.
Mysore Dussehra festival is a major tourist attraction and every year lakhs of people visit the festival. Dussehra exhibition held every year in the exhibition ground opposite to Mysore Palace. The exhibition starts on Dussehra occasion and goes on till December where Tourists look more excited on this occasion. They attend the event and buy handicraft items, plastic items, cosmetics, cloths, kitchenware and eatables available on various stalls at the exhibition. Various Governmental agencies also setup stalls to signify the achievements and projects that they have undertaken. This is the best time to visit and see Mysore Dussehra festival.
- By Air – Great option to travel to Mysore. There are regular flights from major cities of the country to Mysore. Mysore Airport, also known as Mandakalli Airport is an airport serving the city of Mysore.
- By Train – There are regular trains to Mysore from other major cities of India.
- By Bus – Bus service is well connected from other major cities of India.
- Varanasi (UP) Dussehra Celebration
Varanasi is a spiritual capital (holy place) of India. The place is also known as Banaras/Kashi situated on the banks of river Ganga in Uttar Pradesh (India). It has been ranked among the best places to experience Dussehra festival in India and at the time of Dussehra celebration in Varanasi, people gathered in one place for common purpose and makes the festival a successful event. Many International tourists come here to see Varanasi style Ramlila shows as well as Durga Puja in true spirit and fall in love with a beautiful holy place known as Varanasi.
Ramlila (a theater based on the life and times of Rama) is held for a month in Ramnagar, the old city across the river from Varanasi. The recital of Ramcharitamanas took place for nine days and the festival is considered a virtue. In India Varanasi is one of the most urban communities to celebrate Dussehra with extraordinary intensity.
Festival of Dussehra Varanasi 2015, a must watch festival. So, don’t miss the chance to see its glimpse.
- Flight Connectivity – There are regular flights for Varanasi from other major cities. Lal Bahadur Shastri International Airport or Varanasi International Airport is a public airport located at Babatpur 26 km northwest of Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India.
- Train Connectivity - The place is well connected to other major cities through regular trains.
- Bus Connectivity - Bus services is well connected with Varanasi from other major cities of the country.
- West Bengal Dussehra Celebration
Vijayadashami festival 2015 Kolkata (capital of West Bengal) is a must watch festival which comes every year between the months of September and October. The festival is also known as Durga Puja or Dussehra in West Bengal. The capital city ‘Kolkata’ is decorated with beautiful lightnings from twilight till wee hours and dotted with different theme based pandals where Durga idols worshiped for five days.
On the last day of worshiped, people exchange warm greetings with near and dear ones and distribute sweets to each other. ‘Rasogolla’, the most famous and most distributed sweet in West Bengal which is distributed on the occasion of Durga Puja.
The festival is celebrated in Kolkata with utmost pomp and gaiety. So, if you are in Kolkata city, then its the best time & opportunity to experience Dussehra festival in Kolkata 2015. So, don’t miss the chance.
- By Air – Airport name “Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport” located in Kolkata, West Bengal.
- By Train – Kolkata city has an efficient network of railways. It is well linked to cities across within India. Rajdhani Express and Shatabdi Express trains that are well connected with the Kolkata city from Delhi and nearby places. Two major railway stations in Kolkata. 1st is located in Howrah and 2nd is located at Sealdah.
- By Road - National Highway 2 and 6 that connects the Kolkata city and other states in India. Bus services is also available or you can have a self drive to the city.
- Madikeri Dussehra 2015 |Karnataka
Dussehra festival in Madikeri city of Karnataka is celebrated with high spirits, cheer and happiness. The festival has a history of over 100 years. The festival took place for ten days and the preparation starts three months before the festival occurs and money arrangement for celebration is done by the Kodagu people.
Madikeri Dasara is beautified by 4 Karagas & 10 Mantapas depicting killing of Asuras (demons) by Suras (God/Goddess). There are 4 Mariamma Temples in the town – Dandina Mariamma, Kanchi Kamakshamma, Kundurumotte Sri Chowti Mariamma and Kote Mariamma. Each of these Temples has Karaga, which starts on the first day of Navaratri.
Dussehra committee of Madikeri city organizes cultural programme for 10 days.
The origin and development of Madikeri Dasara celebration is closely linked with Bheem Singh, a Rajasthani, who came to Madikeri and settled down there. Whole Night Lakhs of people are away from their houses to watch this procession.
The place is a hill station in Karnataka and is popular as a tourist destination. So, increase you pique, plan your trip and grab the opportunity to experience Dussehra mela Kota 2015 in Madikeri. If you are in Rajasthan, then Dussehra Festival in Kota is a must watch event.
- By Flight: Mysore Airport is the nearest airport. Mangalore International Airport at Manglore (140 km) is another alternative with flights from Mumbai, Bengaluru, New Delhi, Hyderabad, Chennai, Pune and Gulf countries.
- By Train: Madikeri does not have a railway station. The nearest railheads are Hassan, Kasaragod, Kanhangad, Kannur and Thalassery (each of which are almost equidistant at 115 km away). Mysore at 120 km and Mangalore at 140 km away are good alternatives to reach Madike` `ri from within Karnataka.
- By Bus: Bus connectivity is great from Bangalore to Madikeri. The most preferred boarding points for Bangalore to Madikeri are Gandhinagar, Majestic, Satellite Bus Stand, Railway Station, Rajarajeshwari Nagar with 4, 3, 3, 2, 2 buses departing daily. The average ticket price between Rs. 330 and Rs. 450 depending on bus type and operator.
- Kota (Rajasthan) Dussehra Celebration
Kota itself has a great historical importance. There is a religious significance to celebrate the Dussehra festival, when Lord Rama defeated demon ruler of Lanka (Ravana) in the battle fought for consecutive ten days.
If you are planning for a tour to Rajasthan, then you are certainly on the right track to enjoy a great holiday. This is best time to witness fairs and festivals in Rajasthan. These fairs and festivals will take you close to the rich culture and tradition of the place.
Visiting Kota will help tourists to get a vivid knowledge about the rich history of the place. The Dussehra Festival Kota adds to the attraction further more. The Kota Dussehra festival is a religious festival, celebrated every year in the month of September to October. The festival lets you get a close look at the rich culture & tradition of Kota (Rajasthan). The picture perfect beauty of the town also adds to Kota’s attraction as a tourist destination. Please go through the following travel option if you are willing to travel Kota Rajasthan to explore the Dussehra event 2015.
- By Flight: Kota Airport has had no scheduled services operating since 1999. Nearest airport is Sanganeer Airport.
- By Road: Kota is well connected by road from other major cities outside the state. There are 3 bus stations in Kota:-
- Ramchandrapura Kota.
- Inter-state bus terminal at DCM road.
- Rawatbhata Bus Stand at Ghode Wale Baba Crossing.
- By Train: The place is well connected from other cities of India. Kota Junction is one of the divisions in West Central Railway.
Kota attracts, holds the interest and attention of the International tourists to visit the city for holidays.