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Not Just Navratri, October Has a Long List of Other Festivals Too! ✨
This Wednesday Post: It's all about the festivities & events happening in October - from Durga Puja in Kolkata to Music Fests in Delhi, Art Fests in Bengaluru to food hopping in Mumbai.
In a diverse and vibrant country like India, festivals abound in plenty. That reminds me of a delightful Bengali saying - 'Baro mashe, tero parbon' (literally meaning, there are more festivals than there are months in a calendar year!). I am always amused to see how India's cultural tapestry is woven with a plethora of celebrations.
Now, let's take a moment to revel in the sheer joy of festivals! They possess a unique kind of magic, capable of mending a broken heart or transforming a gloomy day into a radiant one. Festivals exude an infectious energy, akin to a shower of happiness confetti, which has an irresistible tendency to spread far and wide.
This is precisely why I feel staying informed about the incredible festivals happening around us is such a splendid idea. After all, when it comes to festivals, the more, the merrier!
In the Spotlight:
Get Ready to Embark on a Mesmerizing Spiritual Odyssey Deep into the Heart of Maharashtra
If you’re an intrepid traveler, you’ll surely fall in love with the rich tapestry of history, culture, and devotion effortlessly intertwining here. Explore the most divine pilgrimage spots in this region, where each one offers a distinctive fusion of mysticism and spirituality, that will surely captivate your soul. 🛕
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🎺Hello Delhiites! Khyati has curated an exciting list of must-attend events happening in Delhi NCR. With October on the horizon, the capital city is gearing up for a series of sensational shows - and this time, it's all about laughter and music!
✨ And this is for all my Kolkata friends! Can Durga Pujo ever be truly complete without indulging in some mouthwatering Moghlai Porotta and Chicken Roll? Of course not! So, Namrata has got a list of the best street food joints where you must go in the ‘City of Joy’ - and I’m already dreaming of Fish Cutlet!
🥳Listen Bangaloreans! Tanisha has your back, ensuring you won't miss out on a thing! October unfolds as a marvelous opportunity to dive into the city's vibrant cultural mosaic. There's a little something for everyone, be it traditional religious festivities or the allure of music, delectable cuisine, and captivating art festivals.
🍽️ If you happen to be in Mumbai and are contemplating a birthday dinner, a romantic rendezvous with your partner, or a relaxed weekend get-together with friends, you're in for a treat! Kadambari has compiled a list of 10 new, chic restaurants in the city that are well worth exploring!
Destination of the Week: Shantiniketan, West Bengal 🏡
Having been born and raised in Kolkata, Shantiniketan was more than just a weekend escape for me. I have fond memories of visiting this charming rural Bengal village countless times with my parents, and later, it became a destination for school excursions. While Shantiniketan is renowned as the former residence of Asia’s first Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore, it holds a unique place in my heart because it's where my best friend hails from.
(The word ‘Shantiniketan’ literally translates to ‘The abode of peace’)
Today, Shantiniketan isn't merely another UNESCO Heritage Site; it has evolved into a prominent hub for art, literature, culture, mindful living, and education. Its allure is further enhanced by the surrounding natural beauty—the rustic red soil that underlies the town, the lush woods that embrace the region, and the palpable serenity that permeates the air—all combine to make it truly special.
What to watch this weekend!
Curious about what to indulge in this weekend for some easygoing entertainment? I've got the perfect recommendation for you!
It’s ‘Love & Gelato’ - where a pre-med student embarks on a journey to fulfill a promise to her ailing mother. Set against the backdrop of Rome, she has the summer of a lifetime, guided by her mother's cherished journal. Along the way, she not only succumbs to the city's enchantment but also forms deep connections with its people and, of course, indulges in the irresistible gelato!
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Goodbye for now! I’ll catch you next week with a bunch of exciting travel tales from all corners of the world. Can't wait to share the fun with you!