Whether you’re traveling solo or with kids, looking for a foodie haunt or hoping to get your pulse racing, we’ve picked the destinations that are sure to add some sparkle to your festive break:

ARUNACHAL PRADESH

ARUNACHAL PRADESH

Best for: Adrenaline junkies
October—April is the best season for sports lovers to visit this beautiful state. You can trek around Tawang Chu, kayak or raft along the Subansiri River amid Grade IV-plus rapids, or fish for golden mahseer in the upper Brahmaputra and Siang. RiverIndia offers these experiences for small groups.

BALI

BALI

Best for: Adrenaline junkies
Skip lazing on the beach and add action to your holiday this Diwali. Go paragliding off the southern coast of the Bukit Peninsula. The bird’s-eye views of craggy cliffs, pristine blue-green seas and powder-like beaches will make your heart race, as you soar above them. Book your paragliding experience through Fly Bali or Temple Pilots.

THAILAND

THAILAND

Best for: Adrenaline junkies
If you’re looking for adventure that’s closer home, there’s a range of river-rafting festivals to choose from here during Diwali. Both, the Kaeng Hin Phoeng Whitewater Rafting Festival and the Kek River Rafting Festival are on until 31 October.
Getting there: Fly to Bangkok with Japan Airlines or Bangkok Airways from most major Indian cities. From there, it’s a three-hour drive to Kaeng Hin Phoeng. For the Kek River Rafting Festival, fly to Phitsanulok from Bangkok with Thai AirAsia.

HIMACHAL PRADESH

HIMACHAL PRADESH

Best for: Adrenaline junkies
Take a break from the regular and go camping this Diwali. Pitch a tent and fall asleep trying to identify constellations under the open skies. The days can be reserved for more adventurous activities—rock climbing, rappelling, river rafting and trekking—in places such as Manali, Shoja, Beas Kund or Solang Valley. Another great destination is Mashobra, where you can sign up for camping holidays, organised by Great Escape Routes.

LONDON

Best for: Kids
Apart from the perennially fun London Eye, the city offers a riot of attractions for children. First, there’s Horrible Histories: Spies, which brings to life the secret world of World War II spies. Kids can even set out on their own spy mission. This exhibition is on till 4 January 2015 at the Imperial War Museum. You could also take your young ones to the Sherlock Holmes exhibition, which starts on 17 October at the Museum of London. If your kids prefer fast cars to solving mysteries, there’s the Bond in Motion exhibition at the London Film Museum. And Harry Potter fans should not miss the Warner Bros Studio Tour London, which takes you through displays of the sets, props and costumes used in the popular movie series.

HONG KONG

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