Hisham Barbhuiya Aug 28 2014

Sneak a Short Holiday this Vinayaka Chaturthi

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Here comes Ganesh Chaturthi again! In South India, the festival is popularly referred to as Vinayaka Chaturthi and is celebrated to mark lord Ganesha’s birthday. Almost all Indians are bound to know about this festival as it has featured in many Bollywood movies, with the likes of Salman Khan and Govinda dancing to the tunes.

Celebrated Where?

While celebrated in the whole of India, the place which takes centre stage for Ganesh Chaturthi is Mumbai. True, that the festival has sort of exerted a trademark influence over the city, but this does not mean that other cities take a back-seat. The South Indian hubs of Bangalore, Chennai, Visakhapatnam and Hyderabad too are not far behind when it comes to the occasion.

The best place to travel and be in this Ganesh Chaturthi (also called Vinayaka ChaturthiPillayar Chaturthi) if you are in South India is Chennai. It starts off on the fourth day after the sighting of the new moon during Aavani. Here, you will come across a lot of pandals  featuring Ganesha statues of various sizes and statures in various parts of the city. Laddoos are offered as to food to the idols. The worship goes on for a couple of days before idols are finally immersed at the beaches of the city.

Vaahana of Ganesh

Vaahana of Ganesh

Travel and Witness

So, why would you travel to Chennai from a city such as Bangalore on this occasion? Isn’t it the same after all? Hyderabad and Visakhapatnam too are good options; but with Chennai, the mixed feelings of joy and sadness go hand-in-hand as Ganesha idols are immersed in the beach waters. The crowds and the occasion give rise to joy; while the feeling of departing from the lord brings in a moment of disappointment. The ambience of the occasion with the beach, can only match up to the great metropolis of Mumbai.

Journey Woes Solved

Lord Ganesha’s vaahan or vehicle is the rat, which travels a lot. This suggests that Ganesha himself travels a lot. So, it wouldn’t be wrong to consider travelling ‘unholy’ this time. Yet, it is not usual for any business to not expect and see a spike during festive occasions. Having said this, the travel and tourism industry is no exception. You may already be experiencing non-availability of train tickets, brokers asking for exorbitant amounts, flights either not an option or fares sky-rocketing. Bus counters too are not far behind in this arena. You may be asked to pay double or triple the amount you pay on normal days.

So, is your only option left is a cab? Well, not necessarily. No matter what the occasion is, TicketGoose.com will always offer you tickets at reasonable prices. Download the mobile application and you can avail discounts, coupon code, too. Besides a 24/7 customer support service, the site is the only one in the online bus ticketing arena to have details of most of the major boarding points in major South Indian cities to assist travelers. Happy journey and happy Vinayaka Chaturthi!

Vinayaka Chaturthi Special 2014

Photo Courtesy – Deccan Chronicle

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