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2018 Dussehra Holidays – Plan a Perfect Dussehra Vacation

9 days of festivities, dance and paying obeisance to the Goddess Durga culminates with Dussehra on Friday the 19th of October 2018. For some it’s the time to relax and take a holiday. To get your started Skyscanner looked at a few domestic and international destinations that are trending on Indian travel calendars in October 2018. Get inspired and plan your vacation. Happy Dussehra and happy travelling!

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Top trending domestic destinations for Dussehra 

Destinations 2017Destinations 2018
MumbaiNew Delhi
New DelhiKolkata
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1. New Delhi

Dussehra in New Delhi is easily one of its most spectacular and entertaining forms. If you find yourself in the capital in the end of September, catch a Ramlila show in the days preceding Dussehra; and don’t miss the huge, iconic, cracker-filled effigies of Ravana and his brothers explode into flames on D-day. 

2. Kolkata

Why would one head to Kolkata for the Dussehra holidays? Well, in case you haven’t experienced Dussehra in Kolkata, you are missing out. Durga Puja, as the festival is known in Kolkata, is a phenomenon in itself. The city transforms into this noisy, colourful, traditional musical mix tinted with a religious fervour that is unique to these few days. Dig into the delicious cuisine, participate in the dramatic Sindoor Khela or rock at Dhaak and Dhanuchi shows.

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3. Mumbai

Heading to Mumbai for Dussehra holidays? You will be treated to dance and music all-nighters in the days leading to Dussehra. Navratri time in Mumbai transforms the multi-cultural city into its Gujarati avatar with garba performances, dandiya sticks and traditional outfits ruling the streets.

4. Bengaluru and Mysore

Bengaluru bound for your Dussehra vacation? Once you are done with exploring the city of gardens, you could hop across the nearby Mysore and experience its extravagant Dussehra celebration at Mysore Palace. Don’t miss the elephant decked up and parading from the royal palace to the Dussehra grounds.

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5. Kullu

Another Dussehra celebration with a royal twist, this seven-day festival in the hills is dedicated to Lord Raghunath, the local deity. There is a lot of fanfare, a procession, giant flutes, and it concludes with the burning of a pile of wood, symbolic of Ravana’s Lanka. So move aside hill station for a break from the summer; it’s time Kullu is experienced as a Dussehra destination as well!

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Top trending international destinations for Dussehra  

Destinations 2017Destinations 2018
SingaporeBali (Denpasar)
Bali (Denpasar)Dubai
Kuala LumpurParis
Hong KongParo
TorontoPort Blair
FrankfurtKuala Lumpur
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Thinking of skipping the country and heading to foreign lands this Dussehra? We crunched the numbers and figured out the international destinations that a majority of Indians intend to go to for their Dussehra break in 2018.

South East Asia, with easy accessibility, is a forever favourite with Indian travellers. For Dussehra break this year, it seems that Bangkok, Singapore, Bali, are leading the short flight away vacation list. So, if it’s affordable shopping, a culinary break or exciting nights out that you are looking for, Bangkok has you covered. For the beach bums, it is the pretty island of Bali that beckons; and off to Singapore if you are in the mood for a wholesome family vacation with lots of entertainment!

Europe is also on the cards for many travellers wanting to skip these ten days of road clogging festivities in India. London, and Paris – perennial European vacation hotspots – figure on the long haul flights list this year. Looks like the lot that missed exploring The Continent this summer, (or the smarter ones looking for better deals and lesser crowds), have booked their spots in these European capital cities during the Dussehra break.

Now that you know where the rest of the country is headed to this Dussehra vacation, get cracking – it’s not too late to book your berth!

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