Navratri — your ticket to going out dancing every night — is here. But picking a venue to do the garba, the traditional Gujarati dance, can quickly become an overwhelming task. You need to factor in the area that’s closest to you, figure out if it’s worth all that money, who will be busting out those chart-topping numbers and most importantly, will the Queen of Dandiya (Falguni Pathak for the uninitiated) be performing. To help you pick out the one according to your needs, we have rounded-up the best places for your gang and you to play dandiya this year. Consider this your ultimate cheat sheet.
1. Navratri Utsav with Falguni Pathak 2018, Mumbai
If you’re doing the dandiya, do it right. Which is to say go where Falguni Pathak is. This one’s organized by Showbizz and is being held in Borivali.
Address: Late Shri Pramod Mahajan Sports Complex, Mumbai, Next to Vasant Complex, New Link Rd, Mahavir Nagar, Borivali West
2. Korakendra Navratri 2018, Borivali, Mumbai
Highlights include a 1,00,000 sq feet wooden platform for you to comfortable dance and a final round with a cash prize of 1 crore that attracts 24,000 to 30,000 people per day.
Address: Kora Kendra Ground, Borivali (West), Mumbai
Tickets: ₹360 to ₹3,600
3. Raas Rang Thane 2018, Thane
This one’s great if you are looking for a space with a considerably smaller crowd. We are talking 8,000 to 10,000 people per day and performances to keep you dancing all night ie till 10:30 pm after which loud music in public spaces is banned.
Address: Modella Mill compound, Near Mulund Check Naka, Lal Bahadur Shastri Marg, Thane West, Thane, Maharashtra 400080
Tickets: ₹354 to ₹1,770
4. Raas Rangeelo Dandiya, Pune
Apart from a live band, you get to witness epic performances by renowned dance troupes. Perfect for picking up some moves that’ll help you win the grand prize.
Address: Shubharambh lawns, Golden Leaf, 100 D P Road, Mhatre Bridge, Erandwane, Pune, Maharashtra 411030
5. Dome Dandiya Nites, Mumbai
If you prefer air conditioned spaces to open grounds, then pick the Dome at NSCI, which is India’s largest indoor stadium. Performances here include music by Ramzat along with Dileish, Tejas Kaushal, Aarohi and Ekta.
Address: Dome at NSCI, National Sports Club of India, Lala Lajpatrai Marg, Lotus Colony, Worli, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400018, India
Tickets: ₹499 onwards
6. Navratri 2018 Radiance Dandiya, Mumbai
Head to Hotel Sahar Star for a venue that’s centrally air conditioned with VIP enclosure, valet parking, everyday prizes and street style food. What else do you need, really?
Address: Near Domestic Airport, Airport Road, Vile Parle (East), Mumbai, Maharashtra 400099, India
Tickets: ₹800 onwards
7. Jai Ho & Meeras Navratri with Preeti and Pinky, Mumbai
The duo that’s popular on the Navratri scene has been singing for 25 years now. After performing live shows all over India and internationally, the two are all set to perform at the Kutchi ground in Mumbai.
Address: Kutchi ground, Near Aura Hotel, Link Road, Borivali West, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400092, India
Tickets: ₹300 onwards
8. Navratri – Rangilo Re 2018, Mumbai
You may not be able to go to Gujarat, but you can definitely bring Gujarat to you. This one promises to bring the best practices of the best Navratri mandals of Gujarat to Mumbai. For a showcase of varied dances from various parts of Gujarat and the best of the local cuisines, make a dash to this venue.
Address: Nesco Complex, Western Express Highway, Goregaon East, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400063, India
Tickets: ₹500 onwards
9. Garba Night at Pawna Lake
If you prefer to do your dandiya with a view, then drive to the campsite that is located at the backwaters of Pawna lake. The stunning location is surrounded by four forts and you have the view of the water in front. There is BBQ and clean lake water to take a quick swim before you start playing.
Address: Pawna Lake Camping, Mumbai
10. Friends Elite Garba 2018, Ahmedabad
A 50,000 watt blazing sound system is in place to help you show off your best dance moves. In its 33th year now, these guys obviously are pros at doing Navratri the right way.
Address: Nirvana Party plot, 6, Anil Starch Road Opp YMCA Ahmedabad Gujarat
Tickets: ₹700 to ₹1,200
11. Rajpath Club, Ahmedabad
A lot of corporate and commercial sponsors put their money on the dandiya fest over here. Which means grand prizes and an impressive line-up of artists.
Address: S G Road, Ahmedabad. 380059. Gujarat, India.
12. Sanedo 2k18, Pune
If you can’t picture Navratri without the presence of a Bollywood celebrity or two, then book your tickets for this one. On October 14, Kartik Aaryan is scheduled to make an appearance.
Address: Sr.No.573, Hilltop, Behind Mahavir Furniture & Electronics, Bibvewadi Road, Pune, Maharashtra 411037