An Open-Top Bus Tour Around Little India To Celebrate Deepavali? Yes, Please!

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If you've always wanted to get up close to the splendour of the Deepavali lights in Little India, you can now!
If you've always wanted to get up close to the splendour of the Deepavali lights in Little India, you can now!
If you've always wanted to get up close to the splendour of the Deepavali lights in Little India, you can now! | Photos: Indian Heritage Centre

What better way to take in the Festival of Lights this year than by experiencing the brightly coloured archways at Serangoon Road from a whole new perspective?

For the first time, we can ride an open-top bus and get up close to the annual Little India Deepavali street light-up decorations – perfect for a #wefie with friends. This is just one of the many programmes organised by the Indian Heritage Centre (IHC) for their Deepavali Open House this year, which kicks off on 1 October.

The open-top bus is scheduled to depart from IHC on 1, 8, 15, and 22 Oct. Tickets cost $10 each. Click here to book your seat.

But wait – that's not all! Other programmes include:

Photo: Indian Heritage Centre

Little India Trishaw Trails
Dates: 30 Sep, 7, 14, and 21 Oct
Time: 6-8pm
Price: $10
Click here to register.

Here’s a Friday date night idea: dinner at Komala Villas, then take in the sights and sounds of Little India with bae in this evening trishaw ride. Back again for another year, this programme sells out very quickly. So, fastest fingers first!

Photo: Indian Heritage Centre

Little India Heritage Trail Tour
Dates: 1, 8, 15, and 22 Oct
Time: 10:30am-12pm
Price: $10
Click here to register.

Rediscover the epic stories of Little India in this guided tour, which highlights the heritage businesses that have plied their trade in this area for years. First- and second-generation owners will tell their story and paint a picture of how this vibrant cultural precinct came to be.

Photo: Indian Heritage Centre

Festive Deepavali Dishes
Dates: 16 and 23 Oct
Time: 10:30am-12pm
Price: $10
Click here to register.

Celebrity chefs the Spice Queen Devagi Sanmugam and Masterchef Singapore S2 contestant Vasunthara Ramasamy show you how to make festive Deepavali meals, including tasty brekkie and lunch dishes. Psst: can also get to taste the food after the session!

Fun for the whole family

Photo: Nicholas Yong
Photo: Nicholas Yong

Give your kids a break from their devices with hands-on and on-site activites including a clay oil lamp mandala painting workshop, and a "live" play called “Deepavali in Animal Land” – the perfect way for little ones to learn about the traditions and values behind the Festival of Lights. Registration for both events can be found here.

Photo: Nicholas Yong
Photo: Nicholas Yong

Take your time to explore the IHC lobby. For instance, try your hand at making your own Ramayana shadow puppet or contribute to the rangoli-inspired Community Lego Mural designed in collaboration with Lego artist Jeffrey Kong, founder of Artisan Bricks.

Photo: Nicholas Yong

And while you’re here, don’t forget to take a photo and tag #IHCDeepavali to redeem free Deepavali money packets!

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