The biggest dance festival, Navratri 2019 is just around the corner. For Gujarat and its residents, Navratri is not a mere festival – it’s an emotion of joy and celebration. Navratri is a festival devoted to Goddess Durga and the nine nights are dedicated to the nine forms of the Goddess. The traditional Gujarati celebrations are incomplete without the nine-day long dance festival – Garba dance.
If colorful dresses, folk music, and endless Garba dance is your thing, we at Trip Experience Blog bring you the best places to visit this Navratri.
Top Garba destinations:
Ahmedabad is situated on the banks of the Sabarmati River. The city displays a mix of ancient buildings and busy markets. It’s easy to see why this 600-year-old walled city represents so much cultural importance. Shops, shacks, and Havelis invoke living museums everywhere you look. A vegetarian’s dream, Ahmedabad serves up a tantalizing array of street food, complete with the Gujarati thali.
While in Ahmedabad, you can revel in traditional Gujarati Garba dance at Rajpath Club. Known for its Navratri celebrations, the impressive Garba songs, lavish ambiance, and thrilling competitions make Rajpath Club one of the best places to enjoy Gujarati Garba.
Places you can visit in Ahmedabad: Kankaria Lake, Sabarmati Riverfront, Hathee Singh Jain Temple
The Diamond City dazzles just like its name. Surat has a lot to offer in terms of cultural heritage and food, but it’s the Navratri Garba celebrations in the city that steals the show.
Shankus Dandiya is one of the best place you can visit to experience the grandeur of Navratri 2019 celebrations in Surat. Unlike any conventional, open-air Gujarati Garba festival, Shankus Dandiya is organized inside an air conditioned dome at the Surat Exhibition and Convention Centre. As much as 20,000 visitors participate in the celebrations each day during the 9-day Navratri festival.
Places you can visit in Surat: Sarthana National Park, Surat Fort, Dutch Gardens
Gujarat’s 3rd largest city, Vadodara is also considered to be the cultural capital of the state. Full of heritage sites and places of religious import, Vadodara shines bright during the Navratri festival. The city hosts some of the most vibrant Garba dance festivals, however, United Way of Garba is largely hailed as the best Garba pandal in the city.
The combination of mesmerizing ambiance, energetic music, and an amazing lineup of singers never fails to enchant the visitors. As many as 30,000 people attend the Garba festival each day during the Navratri celebrations. What’s more? The money raised at United Way of Garba is donated to 140 charities and organizations across the city. So, there is a morally good deed you can accomplish while having fun at the Dandiya Nights.
Places you can visit in Vadodara: Laxmi Vilas Palace, Sayaji Gardens, Champaner-Pavgadh Archaeological Park
You can take the Gujarati out of Gujarat, but you can’t take Gujarat out of a Gujarati. Mumbai is home to a large number of Gujjus, hence the bustling city celebrates Navratri Garba dance with great fervor. The humans of Mumbai dance their heart out for nine nights, celebrating the longest dance festival in the world.
Among the various places where you can hop in to experience the eccentricity of the Navratri celebrations, Kora Kendra Ground stands apart. Garba Queen Falguni Pathak often performs there, and the other artistes also cast a spell with their stellar performances.
Places you can visit in Mumbai: Marine Drive, Gateway of India, Elephanta Caves
Revel in the world’s longest dance festival with Garba dance. Celebrate Navratri 2019 the Gujju way!
Last modified: November 7, 2019