Udaipur Lantern Festival - The Eccentric Diwali Festivity!
The regal city of Udaipur attracts thousands of tourists, owing to its enchanting scenery entailing of majestic palaces, pretty lakes and picture-perfect mountains. Each year, Udaipur observes a high footfall of travellers from all across the country nearby the festive period of Diwali. The city looks exceptionally beautiful during the festive period with its historic structures decked up with glittering lights and celebratory atmosphere all around. One glorious event that takes place during this period is the Udaipur Lantern Festival.
Conceptualised by UdaipurBlog in 2012, the Udaipur Lantern Festival is a unique concept of celebrating the festival of lights, where thousands of people gather together to celebrate Diwali at a commonplace with utmost delight and enthusiasm. Together they release thousands of lanterns in the sky, turning the night sky into a beautiful hue of gold. The festival also witnesses live performances by various famous artists, bustling bazaars, scrumptious food, incredible art collections and a plethora of fun activities.
Date and Location of Udaipur Lantern Festival
In 2018, the Udaipur Lantern Festival was held on November 4, Sunday at Shouryagarh Resort and Spa. The date and location of Udaipur Lantern Festival 2019 is yet to be released.
Timings of Udaipur Lantern Festival
In 2018, the festival commenced at 3:00 PM and continued till late night 11:00 PM.
Udaipur Lantern Festival Entry Ticket
The tickets for the festival come at a price of INR 800 for general entry and INR 1500 for comfort entry.
Highlights of Udaipur Lantern Festival
Many fun games and activities keep you engrossed in the magical fest. In 2018, musical performances by Sufi band Swaarag began post 6:00 PM and mesmerised everyone with the soothing harmonies of classical instruments like Sitar, Tabla and Harmonium. Post the Sufi performance; the famed Bollywood Singer Papon enthralled the audience with his melodious voice. Finally, DJ Kavish made the people groove with his peppy collection of Bollywood, Punjabi, Retro and Commercial Pop songs.
The festival also housed various food stalls served a wide assortment of local and international cuisines.
Lighting the Lanterns
Post 10:00 PM, the festival concluded with the lighting of lanterns by all the guests and releasing them towards the sky, sending a message of a green and safe Diwali to the world.
Udaipur Lantern Festival is a commendable event that celebrates the spirit of Diwali in an eco-friendly and joyous manner. It is one of the best times for travellers looking forward to visiting the splendid city of Udaipur and explore its local food, culture and art. As far as lanterns are concerned, it is rightly said, "when you light a lantern for someone else, it automatically lights up your path too".