India is a diverse country where several religious practices take place. It is a country of various festivals, and one among those is Bakrid. The history of this festival traces back to 4,000 years ago. For people who do not know the back story, it is said to have started when Prophet Abraham saw God in a dream and was asked to sacrifice what he loved the most. After pondering on it, the Prophet decided to sacrifice his son, Ismail.
The Prophet and his son left the next morning for the ritual, and it was on the verge of the sacrifice that an angel appeared and asked the Prophet to not do it. The angel told him that God was convinced of his love for Him. It was at that moment that a ram appeared from the bushes, and it was sacrificed instead of Ismail.
This is celebrated as Bakrid, now known as Id-uz-Zuha or Id-al-Adah. It also marks the completion of Hajj for Muslims. According to the Islamic Lunar calendar, the festival is observed on the 10th day of Dhu al-Hijjah. Bakrid 2021 will fall on 19th July and continue until the next day. But, the dates cannot be confirmed as it depends on the sighting of the moon.
To commemorate this day, people wear new clothes and feast on delectable dishes. They offer their prayers for peace, and after the namaz, a goat or sheep is sacrificed. In India, the major cities where Bakrid is celebrated are Lucknow, Ajmer, Srinagar, New Delhi, and Mumbai.
If you are planning to spend Bakrid 2021 by traveling around cities and witnessing all the festivities, we have the perfect plan for you to follow! If you want to cover these places, the best way to travel is by bus. Let’s talk about a few routes you could try during Bakrid 2021.
Delhi to Lucknow
This will probably be the easiest bus route for you if what you want is to witness Bakra Eid in both Delhi and Lucknow. Jama Masjid in Delhi is the main place to go to in Delhi during Bakrid but once there, you will see the Muslims offering their prayers even on the streets, petrol pumps, and wherever space is available.
This is surely a sight to behold and will give you the opportunity to capture incredible Bakrid images. You can visit Karim’s, Karol Bagh, Sadar Market, and Chandini Chowk to get a taste of authentic Bakra Eid food! After spending the whole day in Delhi, you can head over to Lucknow by taking an AC bus in the night. One look through the redBus website, and you will see that there are several buses for this route and also at almost every half-hour interval. It will take you around eight hours and will cost you around 500 rupees.
Once in Lucknow, the city of nawabs and kebabs will greet you with their warmth, love, and lip-smacking delicacies. Go to the famous dining spots after witnessing the namaz. Roam around the colorful streets and take some pretty Bakrid images for your memories.
Delhi to Mumbai
If you want to go straight to Mumbai after witnessing Bakra Eid in Delhi, then you can take a bus via redBus. It will cost you around 1300 rupees, but the journey will undoubtedly be beautiful. You can go to redBus and book your tickets online for this trip.
Upon reaching Mumbai, check in to your hotel and start looking for places to witness their Bakra Eid. You can head over to the Haji Ali Dargah and soak in the peace as Muslims offer their prayers during namaz. Jama Masjid and Mughal Masjid are also filled with devotees during this time. For food, head up to Bhendi bazaar or Bohri Mohalla. You can also go to Md. Ali road and try out the biryanis, kebabs, and more! We recommend you exploit the street food scene completely this Bakrid 2021 and visit shops like Altaf Bakery, Noorani Milk center, and Al Madina fast food.
Delhi to Srinagar
Srinagar is definitely the perfect place if you are looking to find out the true Bakrid meaning. Away from the city’s hustle-bustle and pollution, Srinagar sees people celebrate this occasion drenched in happiness as they visit mosques to offer prayers. You see this at the Hazratbal Mosque, Jamia Masjid, and Pathar Masjid. After the namaz, follow the mass and land up in one small or big restaurant to enjoy Efrat food with them! Do not forget to click some serene Bakrid images while you are there.
It is easy to reach Srinagar from Delhi by bus. The first bus leaves at 7 am, and the buses are operated by JKSRTC. The price goes up to 1500, and the journey takes around 25 hours.
Delhi to Ajmer
If you are interested in seeing Bakrid meaning in Ajmer, it is best to travel by bus from Delhi. Go to the Rebus website and check out the several buses traveling this route. Prices start from 250, and almost all are AC buses. It takes somewhere between 8-9 hours to reach Ajmer from Delhi, and several operators have buses at different timing according to your convenience.
If you want a different experience, visit the Adhai Din Ka Jhonpra mosque, which is situated on the outskirts of Ajmer. It is a Sanskrit college-turned-mosque. Surely you will get a lot of good Bakrid images here. You can then visit the famous places in Ajmer where Ifrat parties are held and try out the delectable kebabs there!
So, by now, you must have decided where you are going to celebrate this Bakrid. Eat a lot, click several Bakrid images, and find out the real Bakrid meaning behind their traditions and cuisines. Without wasting more time, login to redBus and book inter and intra-city bus tickets! You will surely get several deals and discounts on your journey.
NOTE: In light of the recent Coronavirus pandemic, we at redBus would like to urge you to take all necessary precautions when you travel and follow every instruction provided by your local government. If you're not planning on traveling, practice social distancing and stay indoors to help slow down the spread of COVID-19 or the Coronavirus disease and prevent it from spreading any further. Stay safe!