Worlds Best Festivals are Celebrated in Different Style

All over the world, people love to celebrate. We are all the same. When there is something to celebrate we love to do it in style. This article reviews 3 of the best festivals and the best places to eat, drink, sleep and visit in order to attend them.

India

Indians take celebrating very seriously and have many festivals throughout the year covering all ethnicities and religions. They have festivals to celebrate holidays so culturally different from Christmas to Diwali to Eid-ul-Fitr. Remember if you want to attend one you must get an India e-visa, click here to find out more.

Diwali at Varanasi 

Diwali at Varanasi

This is India’s biggest celebration of the year. Diwali, meaning “a row of lights” takes place over a period of 5 days. It celebrates the triumph of good over evil, no wonder it is celebrated so passionately! Varanasi, in the state of Uttar Pradesh, offers an amazing experience. The city is on the Ganges and all night long firecrackers are let off over the river by different groups of people. You will not be able to sleep!

Places to Eat and Drink

The Vishnu Tea Emporium is ranked no 1 in TripAdvisor out of all the restaurants in Varanasi. It is basically a tea shop but the tea is made exactly to your liking, nothing is too much trouble. The chai and masala are given great reviews. For a traditional Indian experience, the Tadka at the Hotel Ramada on The Mall is the 2nd best restaurant according to TripAdvisor. This serves Indian cuisine as well as vegetarian and vegan.

Things to Do

Attending the festival should be the first thing on the traveler’s list! When this has finished the banks of the Ganges River is a place to wander along and look at life in all its color and splendor. The ghats are worth visiting too, as they are so majestic and colorful. The Banaras Ghat and Dasaswamedh Ghat are two of the most popular but there are many more to choose from.

Where to Stay

There are many beautiful places to stay in Varanasi. The best are the riverside hotels alongside the ghats of the Ganges. Brijrama Palace is an expensive and luxurious hotel built by a Maratha minister. It celebrates its heritage by housing artworks and antiques. It has a lift which may be a good reason to stay if you are not very mobile. You can also dine out on a boat and listen to classical music in the mornings from a live, local band.

The Suryauday Haveli is also another hotel which is a heritage property in this area originally built for the elderly by the Royal Family of Nepal. From here there are evening boat trips to see the aarti at some of the nearby ghats.

Italy

The Italians love to celebrate. Their history and cultural heritage are rich and vibrant and they love to show these off. The Venice Carnival is one of the best and biggest in the world and this showcases their culture. 

Carnival of Venice

Carnival of Venice

This is celebrated every year and is well-known worldwide as people dress up elaborately in masks and capes and walk around town. It ends with the celebration of Lent, 40 days before Easter on Shrove Tuesday or Mardi Gras as it is also known. There is a competition for the most beautiful mask so people put a lot of effort into their costumes.

Things to Do

Go to the Doges’ Palace. The rooms are decorated from top to bottom with murals and amazing decor. The doges used to rule Venice in the middle ages and if you get a guided tour, this will be explained to you. The visitor can then cross over the Bridge of Sighs which joins the palace to the New Prison complex.

The one thing that you have to do is go on a gondola. There are plenty around and you will have an enjoyable experience.

Places to Eat and Drink

Suso Galatoteca is ranked no 1 in TripAdvisor as the best dessert restaurant in Venice. The gelato of any flavor has been given great reviews. It is situated near the Rialto Bridge.

The Ristorante Alle Corone comes in at 4th out of the whole of Venice and is a fine dining restaurant with a Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor.

Where to Stay

Hotel Moresco is ranked no 1 in Trip Advisor out of all Venetian hotels. TripAdvisor has awarded it a Certificate of Excellence, a Travellers Choice 2018 Winner, and a GreenLeaders Silver Level. It is close to the Peggy Guggenheim Collection and near the Rialto Bridge.

Brazil

Who could forget Brazil? The carnival in Rio de Janiero is one of the world’s highlights and must be seen to be believed.

Rio de Janeiro – Carnival

Rio de Janeiro - Carnival

Like the Venetian carnival, this is also a pre-Lent event. Around 2 million people hit the streets every single day during the carnival. Unlike the Venetian festival, this has floats driving down the streets adorned with flowers and local people from samba schools. There are also parades with people dressing up in exquisite costumes including feather boas.

Things to Do

Obviously, the first thing you will do is attend the carnival. You could also go to the Sambodromo for a samba lesson to heighten your experience. Finding a street party is also another thing to do and you can just turn up. Anyone is welcome.

You can join with a samba school and dress up in a costume and join them on parade. Costumes can be expensive, but hey, you only live once.

if there is enough time, a visit to the statue “Christ the Redeemer” is a must. This is on the top of the Corcovado Mountain.

Places to Eat and Drink

Coming in at no1 in the TripAdvisor rankings, the seafood restaurant, Marius Degustare, serves seafood, sushi, and gluten-free options. The lobster is a treat and has been given fabulous reviews.

Where to Stay

The Discovery Hotel in Rio is ranked no 1 in TripAdvisor and has been rated at 5.0 by travelers. It is mainly used by backpackers and is a budget hotel but obviously hits the spot. It is comfortable and includes a breakfast and welcomes solo travelers.

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