It is becoming more popular to spend your Diwali break abroad. Skyscanner takes a look at the Top Diwali vacation destinations, both short haul and long haul.
Top International Diwali Vacation Destinations
Use your mid-week break to explore this action-packed city. A short 4-hour flight away, this shopping haven makes for a great Diwali break, given that there is a sizeable Hindu and Indian population here. There are lots of Hindu temples in Bangkok, adding to the visual delight of the festival of lights. You can also combine your Bangkok trip with a short beach break close by.
Top things to do in Bangkok
- Shop at MBK Mall
- Visit the Temple of the Reclining Buddha
- Brush up your Thai cooking skills by joining a class
Just a short flight away, the shiny city of Dubai has emerged as the top choice to spend the Diwali break. Additionally, a mid-week chunk of the population in Dubai is Indian, which makes it a great place for an action-packed celebration!
Top things to do in Dubai
- Get a view of the city from Burj Khalifa
- Mall crawl – choose from Dubai Mall and Mall of the Emirates amongst many more
- Spend an evening at the Dubai Fountains – it’s free!
Another city which celebrates Diwali in a big way is Singapore. A visible presence of Hindu culture gives Diwali celebrations in Singapore an Indian feel. Plan a trip to Little India and have a delightful experience in the little red dot country.
Top things to do in Singapore
- Shop (or window shop) at Orchard Road
- Visit the Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple
- Check out Singapore Botanic Gardens
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Bali, a favourite holiday destination for beach bums, makes for a great holiday around Diwali. November is, in fact, the best time of the year to plan a tropical beach vacation if you want to escape the season hordes and get yourself a quiet vacation.
Top things to do in Bali
- Surfers head to Balian beach
- Catch a Bali theatre performance
- Visit the Uluwatu Temple
The largest Diwali celebration outside of India is said to be in the United Kingdom. Spectacular celebrations are held in Leicester; but with the Indian population in the UK at nearly one and a half million and counting, London’s Trafalgar Square is also beautifully lit up.
Top things to do in London
- View the city from the London Eye
- Plan a trip to the Tower of London
- Get your art fix at the National Gallery
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A trip to Paris may not be so much about Diwali celebrations per se, but more about spending time with the family, museum hopping and sightseeing. Since it is a long-haul flight, extend your mid-week break to make it a longer trip.
Top things to do in Paris
- Visit the Eiffel Tower
- Go museum hopping
- Check out the Notre Dame Cathedral
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7. Kuala Lumpur
Diwali in KL is celebrated with a South Indian twist because a majority of Indians in Malaysia are from South India. Kuala Lumpur is also a shopper’s haven, so use this small mid-week break to fill up those closets!
Top things to do in Kuala Lumpur
- Check out the Petronas Towers
- Visit the Sri Mahamariamman Temple
- Go to the KL Bird Park
Colombo is another good destination for an October or November visit. It may not be the perfect weather for a trip to Sri Lanka, but Diwali celebrations more than make up for it.
Top things to do in Colombo
- Visit the Gangaramaya Buddhist Temple
- Spend time at the National Museum
- Spend an evening at the Galle Face Green
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9. Hong Kong
Check out Hong Kong this Diwali break! It is not entirely a short flight, but the holiday is definitely refreshing. Travelling with kids? Head to Hong Kong Disneyland or to Ocean Park Hong Kong.
Top things to do in Hong Kong
- Visit Lantau Island and the Tian Tan Buddha
- Spend an evening at Temple Street Night Market
- Check out Hong Kong from Victoria Peak
10. New York
With Indians being the third largest Asian community in the United States, it is no wonder that New York emerges as a favoured holiday destination during the Diwali break. Additionally, Diwali in early November means you get to visit the Big Apple during the best weather.
Top things to do in New York
- Visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art
- Plan a day trip to the Statue of Liberty
- Take a bike tour of Central Park