There’s much ado about Karva Chauth but not for nothing! After all, on the one hand, you have the adorable Raj in the evergreen Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge becoming a trendsetter for sensitive and caring men to partake in the fasting along with their beloveds. On the other hand, many fiery Indian feminists dub the festival as yet another patriarchal diktat that is laced with gender inequality. Well, to each his own, or shall we say ‘her’ own!
Whether you are a wife fasting for your husband’s wellness and longevity or a couple fasting together for the love of each other or someone doing neither, iTraveller has something for each one of you! No Karva Chauth is complete without the sighting of moon and that’s exactly why we bring you a list of locations that have the most panoramic views of the vast sky, with daylight melting into twilight. Also remember, now is the best time of the year to visit these places to cherish the nature’s splendour.
1. Vembanad Lake, Kerala – In the lull of houseboats
Add a romantic edge to your Karva Chauth by exploring the longest lake in India, the Vembanad Lake. You can opt for one of the umpteen resorts at its shores or choose a houseboat only to be enchanted by the beauty of green-scape around. With a number of rivers flowing into the lake, Vembanad is well known for its mesmerizing night-time aura.
In proximity: Kumarakom village and a bird sanctuary
2.Bhandardara, Maharashtra – Nestled in Western Ghats
Check out the resort village of Bhandardara nestled in the Western Ghats for a serene Karva Chauth. Situated in the Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra, Bhandardara is a complete package of natural beauty with waterfalls, mountains and plenty of greenery. Mount Kalsubai, the highest peak in Maharashtra, and Wilson Dam are must visits.
In proximity: Ratangad and Harishchandragad fort
3. Jaisalmer, Rajasthan – Exciting desert safari
Pleasant weather at this time of the year makes the Golden City Jaisalmer the best location for Karva Chauth. Need more reasons? Well, Rajasthan is one of the states where the vrath and its festivities are traditionally observed. With a host of desert camps offering you a comfortable stay, treat yourself to the Rajasthani hospitality with camp fires, music & dance, food and starry sky.
In proximity: Jaisalmer Fort, Bada Bagh and windmill farms
4. Mehtab Bagh, Uttar Pradesh – the Moonlight Garden
It’s almost sacrilegious to ask an Indian if he/she has heard of the Taj Mahal. How about Mahtab Bagh (Moonlight Garden)? Not many tourists from other parts of India and abroad know of this picturesque charbagh complex in Agra, situated north of the Taj Mahal complex on the banks of Yamuna River. The garden is so well aligned with Taj Mahal that you can get an awesome view of the monument from here.
In proximity: Taj Mahal and Agra Fort
5. Pangong Tso, Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir – One of the most filmed lakes!
What’s common among the Hindi films Dil Se, 3 Idiots, Tashan and Jab Tak Hai Jaan? It’s Pangong Tso Lake, which features in all these movies for varied durations. Situated at a height of about 14,270 ft, the lake extends from India to Tibet! The breath-taking view of the enchanting lake is something that you cannot afford to miss in your lifetime.
In proximity: Thikse Monastery and Shey Palace
6. Darjeeling, West Bengal
Picturesque tea plantations, refreshing mountain breeze and mystical night sky… Can you think of a better way to treat your life partner who’s fasting for your well-being? If nature is one good reason for you to visit the hill station, its interesting historical association with Sikkim, Nepal, British India and Bhutan is the other.
In proximity: Kanchenjunga Mountain and Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park