Festivals

    India's diverse and exciting festivals bring out the various facets of celebration from across India. While the festivities go on throughout the year, September to January is the period when the nation can be seen at its vibrant best. It is easy to get a keyhole and look into the incredible world of Indian festivals as there is an event running on every other month. From festivals of colors to the Thaipusam festival where people pierce their skin as a veneration to the god, Travelyaari bloggers are discovering and shedding light to some of these unusual festivals of the country.

    From the much-loved Diwali to Bihu, India showcases a plethora of festivals to rejoice, keeping the calendar colorful all through the year. This domain aims at taking you by surprise through the diverse cultures of India.

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    Rajasthan: A state of fairs, festivals & fun amidst the desert

    India is a home to diversified customs and traditions that travels from the age-old mythologies to the native tribes. It is a world in itself, where strange rituals and festivals are celebrated with great zeal. India has something that baffles every scientific theory and cannot be explained to the world in words. The aura of the festivals in India is only meant to be experienced. And thus, it acts as a magnetic force pulling in travellers from different corners of the world who seek to live in the grandeur of the entire hubbub.

    Rajasthan is one such land of India that is weaved with eccentric traditions. As one stumbles upon the state's name, a display of affluent legacy, traditional local attires, catchy folk songs and dances, interesting handicrafts and lip smacking delicacies are flashed in mind instantly. Rajasthan has an electric atmosphere where people are generally seen in vibrant costumes which immediately casts a spell on its visitors.  The month of November is considered to be the most auspicious month of the year and so the most number of fairs and fests are held during this time. A travel experience in this state is always incomplete until you taste its myriad fairs and festivals. Make bus booking with Travelyaari and arrive in the land of million colours.

     

    Pushkar Festival: The great grand camel festival

    Curled around the holy Pushkar lake, Pushkar is said to have appeared on earth when Lord Brahma mistakenly dropped his lotus on this land. At one end of the city lies the holy Brahma Temple which is the only Brahma temple in India and thus drawing devotees from across the country. The Pushkar fair is held in November and is one of the most highly-rated experiences in India. The fair sees an extraordinary parade of about 30,000 camels who take part in beauty contests and are also made to race in other competitions. International Hot Air Balloon Festival is another excellent event during the fair.

     

     

    Hot air balloons during the Pushkar Fair
    Hot air balloons during the Pushkar Fair

     

     

    Chandra Bhaga Fair: A dreamy affair

    The fair takes place in Jhalawar district which was one the princely states of Rajasthan until the day of Indian independence. This little town is thousand years old and until today retains its old-world charm. The building, the tombs and every other structure standing on this land have numerous stories of pride describing the wild yet gentle sides of the Rajput clans then. The Chandra Bhaga festival is considered to be holy and carries a lot of religious importance in Jhalawar. The one occasion that is of great importance here during the fair is the Shobha Yatra, where people walk long distances with the worshipped God’s procession and the grand cattle fair. So what are you waiting for? Book your bus tickets with Bullet Bus now.

     

    Cattle display during Chandra Bhaga Fair
    Cattle display during Chandra Bhaga Fair

     

     

    Bundi Utsav: Culmination of traditions and art

    Bundi is a small district with picturesque landscapes located in the south-east region of Rajasthan. The town is dotted with forts and palaces that give it a fairy-tale like ambience. The place admirably showcases one its splendid colours and quality of local lifestyle. Bundi Utsav is held during mid-November and portrays a spectacular mix of traditional art, Rajasthani royalty, handicrafts, attires, and home decors. Tourists coming in from outside Rajasthan are left surprised with the town’s extreme enthusiasm in participating in various cultural programs like music, dance, sports, and other competitions held here.

     

     

    Rajasthani Dolls during the Bundi Utsav
    Rajasthani Dolls during the Bundi Utsav

     

     

     

    Kolayat Fair: A sacred event on the Ghats of Kolayat Lake

    Also, popularly known by the name Kapil Muni Fair, this event is the most important fair of Bikaner and is organized with great pomp and show. It holds a great religious significance as it opens its gate to devotees coming from different states to take a holy dip in the sacred waters of Kolayat Lake.  There are several temples built around the lake and the most prominent one is devoted to the sage Kapil Muni. As per the local beliefs, a day’s stay at Kolayat is equivalent to spending ten years at any other sacred place. The devotees assemble at a common point and leave oil lamps afloat in the lake. Around fifty-two Ghats are lit up with lamps and Diyas during this time. The mesmerizing view of hundreds of lighted lamps floating in the water is a vision to behold.

     

     

    A typical sight of Rajasthan
    A typical sight of Rajasthan

     

     

     

    Matsya Festival: The foremost of all fairs

    Witness the spirit of Rajasthan coming alive during this little-known festival in Alwar. The Matsya festival stands testament to the two-day long festival which is all about cultural performances, sports events and art exhibitions, including water sports at the Siliserh Lake. The major attraction of the festival is its colorful processions and the display of its various arts and crafts fair.

     

     

    Rajasthani Women dressed in local tradtional dress for dance performance
    Rajasthani Women dressed in local traditional dress for a dance performance

     

     

    The enthusiasm of these events is at its best every year during this period. It is a spell bounding experience to watch local people dressed in exotic traditional attires who are constantly involved in performing various rites and rituals. The best thing to do is to just to board a bus to Jaipur and wholly participate in this event to feel the vibes of India’s magical cultural diversity. Make bus booking with Travelyaari and get to choose from numerous options of bus routes and bus operators. Get Bikaner to Jaipur bus, Udaipur to Jaipur bus, Ahmedabad to Jaipur bus, Jaipur to Ahmedabad bus and more. Select Ashok Travels and quickly make your way to these royalties of Rajasthan.

     

    Dev Deepawali: When God descended upon earth to celebrate Diwali

    Dev Deepawali: When God descended upon earth to celebrate Diwali

    Varanasi has a hidden depth to it, which is rarely observed by its visitors. During the days, it is bustling with the pious pilgrims hoping to earn a merit in the other world, little businesses that surround them and travellers who seek to witness all that comes their way. As the day dims into darkness, people in hundreds swell to more than a lakh, all making their way to the Ganga Ghats which is bordering this ancient town of Varanasi. Behind all these rush, there is a belief and energy that serves as the foundation of the city, a belief that ties the society in one knot. One such festival in Varanasi that witnesses the town drowning in immense devotion is during the Dev Deepawali, that holds an ensemble of rituals and customs to observe.

    Two weeks after celebrating Deepawali, the aura of Dev Deepawali takes over the spirit in Varanasi on the Kartik Purnima. The full moon of Kartik month gradually descends with the mankind over the calm waters of Ganga.

     

    Offering-prayers-alongside-the-Ganga-River

     

    It is believed that Lord Shiva killed the demon Tripurasur on this day. To celebrate this occasion of victory over evil, the God and Goddesses descended upon the earth to take a dip in the holy waters of the Ganges. And so, the festival gets its name Dev Deepawali, meaning the Diwali of Gods.

     

     

    The-festival-of-Mahadev

     

    Before the Dev Deepawali begins, it is the Ganga Mahotsav that withhold the attention of its visitors. This Mahotsav ends on the day when Dev Deepawali begins. No wonder why Varanasi is also known as the land of fairs and festivals.

     

     

     

    Dev Deepawali is an elaborate set of traditional events that are practised every year. The prayers commence right from worshipping Lord Ganesha followed by offering earthen lamps to 21 Brahmins and 41 young girls. This is also known as Deep Daan. Thousands of pilgrims and devotees come together to take a dip in the Ganges. This is called the Kartik Snan. It is believed to be extremely pious, ridding the person of all his or her sins.  

     

     

    The-lamps-of-devotion

     

    Since Lord Shiva is the presiding deity of this event, “Har Har Mahadev” and “Bhole Nath Ki Jai,” are the slogans of love for the god that dominates the ambience as the evening turns darker. Tourists visiting the city are in awe of the crowds and their power of faith. The picturesque sight of tiny earthen lamps, twinkling like stars in the river, looks beautiful. Soon it would be time for the Ganga Aarti and the flames of the sacred fire leap into the air. Visitors riding boats on the Ganga during this time receive a unique dimension of this panoramic view of the celebrations.

     

     

    Witnessing-the-glory-of-Varanasi-from-Ganga

     

    The Ganga Mahotsav and the three-day cultural festival of Dev Deepavali is the heart of Varanasi.

     

     

    The-Ganga-Ghat

     

    A grand dance program called the Nritya Ganga Program marks the end of the hubbub of the entire celebration. Some popular faces from the entertainment world find their way to this huge open stage where they mesmerize the audience with their astounding performances. Dance styles like, Kathak, Bharatnatyam and Odissi can be experienced in all their splendour during this program. All the acts and concerts performed, make the whole ambience vibrant and more vivid.

     

     

    Rituals-during-evening-Aarti

     

    Where there is a celebration, there is food, a lot of it. From Masala Chai in clay pots to Idli, Pakora, stuffed Kachori, and Jalebi, the inventors of Chaat, Varanasi flaunt it all over the town.

    Tip: Avoid the rush of the peak tourist season. Get online bus service from Delhi to Varanasi, or return from Varanasi to Delhi with Travelyaari.

     

    Foodie Delights-of-Varanasi

     

    Plan and book your bus tickets way in advance if you wish to witness the clamour of devotion in the most ancient city of India. This is the time when people come here in huge numbers making it hard to travel, find rooms or hostels at the last moment. Hence, get all your reservations done right away. And for accommodation, if you are looking for budget options, there are several backpackers’ hostels available.

    If you are not the seeker of the sacred, then escape to the serenity of Himachal. Make bus booking to Manali and enjoy the chilly pleasure of the winters. Plan your visit now on bus routes Delhi to Manali and Chandigarh to Manali to get the best out of this season. Get bus booking offers online with India’s leading bus operators like the RS Yadav Travels, PUNBUS, and Shatabdi Travels for a pleasant journey.

     

    Diwali Melas: An integral part of Diwali celebrations

    It is that time in the calendar again when the fume of the gunpowder is meandering in the air tickling all our senses. It is that time yet again when little kids step out on the streets carrying huge boxes of crackers and finding happiness in bursting tiny sparklers. The giggles on the faces of these kids after blasting every sound cracker are like they have been on a serious mission to explode the nation with joy.

     

    Diwali brings along the delight of sharing gifts and happiness too. Unless you are looking for a reason to re-gift that fancy lantern you got last Diwali, it is time to go beyond the mundane to the memorable. With Delhi being culturally diverse, the brightest and the biggest celebration of India is best experienced here. Its markets are flooded with beautiful lighting, crackers, sweets, and savouries.

     

    Amongst all these, Diwali Melas are the most exciting part of this Festival, where you can totally take pride in literally living by the phrase “shop till you drop.” Here we bring you some of the oldest and the best Diwali fairs held in Delhi that you would not want to miss.

    1.    Select City Walk

    If you are worried about what to gift your friends, then look no further. Head straight to Select City Walk in Saket where it organizes a twelve-day carnival-cum-exhibition in the courtyard. You will find interesting and offbeat accessories on display from across India. The best part? You can later continue your shopping haul in the mall. Find world-class luxury brands, high street brands, perfume shops and International clothing & footwear shops in the mall. Also, check out the high-end fashion boutiques here that have some unique and classy collection of designer outfits, handmade for the Fashionista in you.

     

     

    Shopping-at-Select-City-Mall-during-Diwali

     

     

    Tip: Do not overlook the beautiful offerings of Diyas, candles, and jewellery in the Melas held at different locations in Delhi. Luxuriate in a royal affair of lights this season with Travelyaari. Make bus booking from Delhi to Jalandhar, Jalandhar to Delhi, Chandigarh to Delhi bus and Kanpur to Delhi using our coupon codes.

     

    1. Defence colony - Diwali Bazar

    Held in the posh locality of the Defence Colony in Gumbad, this Mela is touted as one of the most exclusive Diwali Melas of Delhi. In a very compact circular area, the market is set up with colourful decorations and perfectly laid out stalls that cannot escape the attention of anyone entering for the Mela. Find innumerable food and shopping kiosks inside. Some of the segments of stalls include Garments, Diwali gifts, Toys, Beauty, Chocolates, Paintings, Hosiery, Cakes, Utensils, Lights, Electrical items, Handicrafts and much more.

     

     

    The-grand-Diwali-Mela

     

    Tip: Bring in a twist to your Diwali celebration this season while we ride you to your destination with memories to cherish forever. Right from booking your bus ticket to reaching your destination, Travelyaari ensures a safe and happy journey for all its customers. Choose your bus from our library of bus operators that also consist of top bus service providers like the RS Yadav Travels, PUNBUS - Jalandhar Depot 1, Shatabdi Travels, Himachal Road Transport, Kalpana Travels, etc.

     

    1. Sunder Nagar Diwali Mela

    The Sunder Nagar Diwali Mela in Colony Park has made the Delhiites crazy for more than 52 years now. This fair has every component added to it to attract visitors from all walkways of life. Apart from the obvious shopping kiosk that sells a wide variety of unusual items that make for popular buys, this Mela offers fun in the form of giant wheel rides, magic shows, and countless food stalls. The prime attraction of this Mela is the several food items found in every food stall. Find out the tantalizing flavours of India offered to you with a twist. From traditional chole Puri to Chole Phuchke, the place is every food lover’s dream come true.

     

     

    Grand-feast-during-the-occasion-of-Diwali

     

     

    1. Meri Dilli Utsav 2017

    The annually held ‘Meri Dilli Utsav’ event is the real family extravaganza. This fair will have various stalls displaying lifestyle products and services that promote a fancy lifestyle. Stalls exhibits wide range of games, clothing, home decor, handicrafts, jewellery, and food! Meri Dilli Utsav held in Pitampura, hosts musical and cultural events too by renowned celebrities on all three days of Diwali. There are also special programs performed by schools and colleges thus, giving everyone a platform to showcase their talents.

     

     

    Lanterns-seen-during-Diwali-Mela

     

     

    1. Blind School Diwali Mela

    Out of all Diwali events, Blind School Diwali Mela in Lodhi Road is always featured as the most sought-after festival shopping option in Delhi. This bazaar is an annual love affair of all Delhiites! The Blind Relief Association is constantly striving to ensure that people with physical inability, particularly the blind, are not marginalized due to physical impairment. And what best can serve the purpose with a Fair that adds value to their lives? The display of unique products by a variety of artists from this association make sure that it never fails to surprise its visitors. From colourful Diyas, candles to beautifully cut lanterns and bright lights, you get it all here at best price.

     

     

    Colourful-fairs-of-Diwali

     

     

    1. Deep Utsav - Noida

    Deep Utsav is a legacy that envisions to celebrate the Indian art and culture. This Mela in Noida is a one-stop extravaganza for all things fashion, accessories, footwear, gifts, handicrafts, handmade jewellery, food, beverages, and a lot more. Of course, there are a plethora of food stalls to indulge in a range of street food, including rolls, momos, and chat. Come and be a part of this most prominent and exclusive shopping event, which brings along everything under one roof.

     


    Lamps-of-Happiness---Diwali

     

     

    1. Festive Soiree- The Style Souk, Gurgaon

    This is one of the best fashion & lifestyle exhibition in Gurgaon during Diwali. All the leading and established brands come together to celebrate the vibrancies & glitter of the fete. Feel the festive vibes at this Bazaar with an exclusive range of apparels, jewellery, home decor, cosmetics, bags and many other lifestyle stalls. Pamper yourself with a mouth-watering spread of food like kebabs, rolls, freshly baked pizzas, Indian street food, desserts, chocolates, ice-creams and much more.

     

     

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    1. Chandigarh

    The Diwali vibe engulfs the city well ahead of the actual Diwali date. A four-day long trade fair, introduced by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), is held at the Parade Ground in Sector 17. You will see here everything from Silver Enamel Jhumkas inspired by the motifs of traditional sarees to hand painted earrings. If you are looking for shimmery, traditional accessories, you can’t afford to miss this Diwali Mela.

     

     

    The-colours-of-Diwali-in-Diwali-Bazaar

     

    Tip: The shopping stalls here put on quite a show with everything from unique handicrafts to fashionable clothing choices. Celebrate Diwali by shopping happiness that will last longer. Experience the ultimate joy of shopping in Chandigarh. Hurry! Before the festive season ends. Book your bus tickets from Delhi to Chandigarh bus and board your bus to discover the true joy of Diwali.

     

     

    Delhi is high on energy with tons of shopping and food options during Diwali, there’s no reason that one can think to not visit this state for its exclusive Melas. As you wonder about which one to head to, here are some Diwali offers from Travelyaari for your journey ahead!  

    Chhath Puja: Pleasing the Sun God with devotion

    Chhath Puja: Pleasing the Sun God with devotion

    Chhath is that long-awaited festival when the ladies in the house gear up to worship the Sun god for the well being of their husbands and children, making this festival one of the most gruelling and yet vibrant festivals of India. Chhath is celebrated on the sixth day of the month of Kartik of the Hindu calendar, thus getting its name Chhath for that matter.

     

    Mostly driven by the women of the families, this festival makes us witness devotees in multitude, dressed in traditional turmeric-yellow sarees walking barefoot towards a nearby water body in unison. This picturesque sight of entire town soaked in the devotion of the sun god and the earthen aroma of the prasads cooked in mud chulhas create a sense of humility and pure love.

     

    The women in the house make the best of this festival by going without food and water during the chhath days. The rules are strict and the women let nothing come in the way of completing their entire journey with pure passion and perfection. This is the time when they need the full support and love of their family and friends, without which this ritual on empty stomach becomes quite tough for the ladies. However, these moments, bring loved ones together, making this festival the most awaited festival for families to come together and seek blessings of the Sun God.  

     

     

    Praying to the rising sun during Chhath Puja

     Picture credits: Abhishek Chandra

     

    When Bihar is immersed in an intense devotion  

    The first day marks the onset of this four-day festival by performing the rituals for ‘Nahan Khan’, which means to bathe and eat. On this day, the worshippers gather on the banks of river Ganga for a dip before the sunrise and prepare food with the water of the river for the sun god. Another amusing sight is of the older women who dedicatedly follow the entire procedure of this prayer and come out absolutely fine even after plunging waist deep in the chilly river. They carry water from here and head back home to prepare holy offerings for the Sun God.

     

     

    Chhath Puja rituals

     Picture credits: Cpjha13

     

    Tip: Indore soaks in the spirit of four-day-long Chhath puja every year.  The small-sized ponds are cleaned and repaired by the followers of this tradition here during this time. Baneshwar kund in Indore witnesses a huge influx of devotees from all over the city. Make bus booking with Travelyaari from Mumbai to Indore, Pune to Indore and more to witness a joyous and colourful form of this festival. People dress up in their best clothes and gather by the rivers and other water bodies to celebrate Chhath. Our top bus operators such as Kanker Roadways, Saini Travels Pvt. Ltd. RTS Royal Star etc. will help you reach Indore comfortably.

     

    On the second day, devotees observe a fast for the entire day and end it only after offering prayers to the Sun during the sunset. It is called the ‘Lohanda’ when the worshipper cooks the prasad on her own which includes kheer and chapattis. She ends her fast with this prasad, and the leftovers are distributed as the holy prasad of Chhathi Maiyya.

     

    The third day is marked by elaborate evening prayers called the ‘Sandhya Arak’. Everyone in the house accompanies the woman at the Ganga Ghat to take a dip in the evening and offer prayer to the setting sun & Chhathi Maiyya.  While on the way to the Ghats, you will most likely get a chance to see devotees who do not walk on foot. There are some who roll on their backs all the way from their house to the Ghats. This entire course of this ritual is carried out with everyone singing folk songs in the background.

     

     

    Women covered in vermillion

     Picture credits: Biswarup Ganguly

     

    The fourth and the final day is considered to be the most auspicious day of the Puja as devotees gather around the river and offer prayer to the rising sun called the ‘Usha Arghya’. After this, the devotees break their fast by eating a preparation made using ginger and sugar. Everyone else in the family come together to have the prasad. It is indeed the time when the family bonds and feels rooted more than ever. But what steals the splendour of this entire celebration is the mouth-watering kheer and the Thekua that everyone enjoys the most.

     

    Tip: Given that Ahmedabad is home to a sizable number of North-Indians, preparations for Chhath Puja has already begun in the Ghats of Sabarmati. Get your bus tickets with Travelyaari and book your journey from Delhi to Ahmedabad, Ahmedabad to Delhi, Surat to Ahmedabad, Pune to Ahmedabad and more. Worshippers from all over Gujarat come together at Indira Bridge and the water body behind the Camp Hanuman temple, to offer their Arghya to Sun God. Gujarat Travels, Shree Hari Travels, M R Travels(Regd.) are some of the top bus operators who will get you to your destination.

     

    Most enthralling part of the Chhath Puja experience is watching the ambience that is created during these four days. The roads are adorned with stalls of food and toys on either side. Every woman with vermillion down till their nose never seems to stop chanting the Chhath Folk songs. Also, there are sights of children and men drowned in the spiritual fervour of the festivity.

     

    Pouncing over a great meal

    Food plays a very crucial role in this holy festival which involves the preparation of 'prasad' made in pious 'Ganga Jal' on traditional mud 'Chulhas.' The menu during this time in every house observing this festival includes Bottle Gourd Curry, Thekua, Rasiya or Rasia, Green Chana Masala, Puris, and Kasar. These dishes might be ordinary, but taste divine when cooked during this four-day celebration.

     

     

    Delicious Kheer

     

    Thekua - Chhath Puja

     

     

    For the people of Bihar, Chhath Puja isn't just a festival; it is life. This is the time that makes them head straight home no matter which region of the country they live in.    

     

    Sweet-tooth-treats with a culinary tour of India this Diwali

    Sweet-tooth-treats with a culinary tour of India this Diwali

    As Diwali dates are nearing, people are becoming more eager to try all kind of Mithais they can lay their hands on. For some, Diwali may be all about crackers and fireworks, but for those with a sweet tooth, Diwali is nothing but fireworks for your sweet craving taste buds. From tasty dry fruits to Ladoos, from Kesar Kheer to Jalebis prepared in Desi ghee, Diwali is all about satisfying the sweet tooth cravings.

     

    If you relate to this, then Diwali is certainly a delight for you. Listed here are most favoured dishes with recipes from different corners of India. Let's make this Diwali delectable and Sweet.

    1.    Nimish

    Sink your teeth in Lucknow's oh-so-soft Nimish as it melts in your mouth within seconds.

     

    Lucknow's delight - Nimish

    Recipe

    Ingredients

    •         Heavy whipped cream: 300 ml
    •         Powdered Sugar: 50gms
    •         Rose Water: 1 Tsp
    •         Saffron; a pinch
    •         Milk: 1/3 cup
    •         Pistachio & other nuts of your choice

     

    Method

    •         Warm the milk and add saffron. Keep it aside after the colour is infused into the liquid.
    •         Whip the heavy cream until stiff peaks form
    •         Pour in the saffron infused milk, sugar, and rose water
    •         Transfer it to your serving bowls and cover it. Next, refrigerate it for 3 hours.
    •         Chop Pistachios and sprinkle on top before serving.



    Tip: Lucknow is best known for Kebabs and other appetizing non-veg dishes. Do not lose out on this delicious affair when we are by your side. Visit the Travelyaari website and choose from an array of Bus service providers like the PUNBUS, R S Yadav Travels, Shatabdi Travels, etc. 

     

    1.    Orange Barfi

    This scrumptious dessert is a traditional savoury of Nagpur. Its subtle flavour of orange and cardamoms gives it a distinct taste. 

     Relishing Nagpur's orange barfi

    Recipe

    Ingredients

    •         Refined flour – 1 Cup
    •         Ghee – 2 Tbsp
    •         Orange juice - 1 Cup
    •         Powdered Sugar - 1/2 cup
    •         Orange zest – 2 Tbsp
    •         Powdered cardamom: ¾ tsp
    •         Dry fruits: Almonds & Cashews

     

    Method

    •         Slice the almonds and cashews into thin bits and keep it aside.
    •         Extract the orange juice without any pulp in it and grate the orange peel. Keep it aside.
    •         Take a heavy-bottom pan and heat the ghee in it. Later, add the refined flour little by little, while continuously stirring it.
    •         Roast the flour for about 15 mins until it turns aromatic and golden in colour.
    •         Pour in the 1/4 cup of orange juice and stir continuously. Reserve the remaining liquid for further use.
    •         Add the dry fruits, orange zest, powdered sugar and the cardamom powder. Stir well and later, add the remaining ¾ cup of orange juice. Stir continuously till the batter forms a lump.
    •         Once the mixture turns into a dough, turn off the heat and keep the pan aside. Get a plate greased with ghee and transfer the dough to it.
    •         Spread it evenly on the plate and flatten the surface. Use a cutting knife to slice it into squares when it is warm. Keep it aside for 2 - 3 hours, and it is ready to serve.

     

    Tip: If cooking isn’t your cup of tea, get to the city right now. Make bus booking with Gujarat Travels, Shrinath Travel Agency, Eagle travels, etc. and enjoy a ride from Pune to Bangalore, Hyderabad to Pune, Mumbai to Pune and more.

     

    1.    Sheer Khurma

    This typical Hyderabadi dessert is that ultimate flavoursome punch your taste bud is longing for. This crumbly kheer decorated with dry fruits will always make you come back for more.

     

    From the kitchen of the Nizams

    Recipe

    Ingredients

    •         Milk: 2 litres
    •         Sugar: 1 teacup
    •         Crushed Vermicelli: 3/4th teacup
    •         Ghee: 3 ½ tablespoons
    •         Cashews: 20 grams
    •         Almonds: 20 grams
    •         Pistachios: 15 grams
    •         Dry dates: 5 whole
    •         Charoli/chiraunji: 15 grams

    Method

    •         Soak all the dry fruits overnight. Next morning, slice the cashews and the dates. Also, slice the almonds, Charoli, and pistachios after peeling them. Drain the water and put them aside.
    •         Boil the milk while continuously stirring it on medium flame. Wait until it reduces to 3/4th of its volume and keep it aside.
    •         Take a pan to heat the 3 Tbsp of ghee. Add all the sliced dry fruits, and semi fry them until they turn brown. Keep it aside.
    •         In the same wok, add the remaining ½ Tbsp of ghee along with the crushed vermicelli. Stir till they turn light brown.
    •         Next, immediately pour the boiled milk that we had kept aside.
    •         Continue stirring for about five mins until the vermicelli gets tender.
    •         Next, add the sugar to it and stir until it is completely dissolved.
    •         Garnish with the fried dry fruits along with few strands of saffron and it is ready to be served.

    Tips: It is during this time when Hyderabad lights up in its true form and become a paradise for food lovers. As Hyderabad gets peppered with eateries, bakeries and Biryani houses during Diwali, quickly book your bus tickets from Nagpur to Hyderabad to avoid the rush of tourist season.

     

    1.    Gujiya

    This crescent-shaped sweet is the favourite of every “Amdavadi.” It is prepared mostly during festivals and special occasions like Diwali.

     

    For the love of Gujiyas

    Recipe

    Ingredients

    • For the shell:
    • All-purpose flour - 1 ½ cups
    • Ghee – 5 Tsp
    • Baking powder – A pinch

     

    For the Filling:

    • Khoya - 1 cup
    • Green Cardamom Powder - 1/2 tsp
    • Finely chopped Almonds - 25 gms
    • Raisins – 25 gms
    • Dried Coconut (grated) - 25 gms
    • Powdered Sugar – 250 gms

     

    Method

    • How to make the dough:
    • Mix 5tsp of ghee with the all-purpose flour and knead it into a soft dough using water.
    • Set aside and cover it with a moist cloth for 20 mins.

     

    Making the filling:

    • Take a pan and heat the khoya in it. Stir constantly to avoid burning.
    • Add the dry fruits, sugar and cardamom powder and continue stirring.
    • Remove from the heat after it turns brown, allow it to cool.
    • Take the dough and split it into small balls. Roll each ball into a small round of about 4-inch diameter.

    Final Process:

    • Fill it half with the khoya mixture, fold it and seal it by twisting the edges inwards. Ensure that the filling doesn't ooze out.
    • Prepare all the gujiyas and lay them on a cloth. Heat ghee in a Wok and deep fry the gujiyas in batches on a medium flame.
    • As soon as the gujiyas turn golden brown in color, drain and remove it from the wok.
    • Instead of deep frying, it can be baked too, especially for the health-Conscious people.

     

    Tip: The desserts of Ahmedabad have such vast varieties that it is just impossible to talk about all. Celebrate this festival by relishing Gujju savories while we ensure your comfortable bus journey with Humsafar Travels.

     

    1.    Chana Jalebi

    The paneer jalebi often known as the “Chana Jalebi” in Bengal and Orissa, is made with pure fresh Chana or cheese. This dessert is very much indigenous to the Bengali cuisine and is something that is not found in other cities.

     

    Bengal's pride in Chana Jalebi

    Recipe

    Ingredients

    • Paneer: 150 gm
    • Milk: 2 Tsp
    • Saffron: few strands
    • Flour: 1 Tsp
    • Baking powder: a pinch
    • Sugar: 1 cup
    • Water: 1/2 cup
    • Cardamom powder: 1/4 tsp
    • Green cardamom: 3-4
    • Oil for deep frying

     

    Method

    • Take a pan, fill it with a ½ cup water and bring it to boil. Add the sugar and wait until it completely dissolves.
    • Add powdered cardamom and continue boiling on medium heat.
    • Knead the freshly prepared Chana/Cheese with milk, cardamom powder, baking powder and knead to make it a moist dough.
    • Roll the dough into a medium thick rope of around 13-14 cm.
    • Slowly coil the rope, make two and a half turn leaving small space between the turns.
    • In a pan heat the oil on medium flame.
    • Slowly put the rolled coils in the oil and fry till golden brown.
    • Transfer the paneer jalebis immediately in the warm syrup that was freshly prepared.
    • Cover and let it stand for few hours. Later, heat the syrup with the paneer jalebis until it boils.
    • Let it cool for few hours. You will observe that the Paneer jalebis are absorbing the syrup.
    • Serve the paneer jalebis warm or cold as per your preference.



    Tip: Diwali is a unique celebration in Odisha. It is not just limited to the customary bursting of crackers and exchange of lip-smacking sweets, but also accompanied by Kali Puja. If you want to get the taste of Chana jalebis from the experts themselves, you may want to book your bus tickets to Bhubaneshwar now.

     

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