With the dawn of the festive season, most of you would be looking for what would be the great places to visit during Eid holidays. To help you find the best countries to spend Ramadan and Eid, HalalTrip has put together a list of top Eid escapes that will give you plenty of options to choose from. We have also focused on the best places to visit during Eid with your family and top Eid destinations that won't break the bank so that you will be able to celebrate this wonderful Eid 2023 season in the most enjoyable way possible.
1. Istanbul, Turkey
Istanbul, the largest city in Turkey is definitely a place you would want to be in for Eid 2023. The Sultan Ahmed Mosque also known as the amazingly beautiful Blue Mosque is one of the major attractions among Muslim travelers making this one of the top travel destinations for this Eid Al Fitr. Since the country comprises a large Muslim population, you would not need to worry about Halal food and prayer facilities as well.
Home to the Grand Bazaar - one of the largest and oldest markets in the world - you can definitely enjoy one of the most lavish shopping experiences to find what you need for the festive season. That includes new clothes, home decorations, and souvenirs and of course, you can shop while feasting on a wide range of Turkish delicacies such as kebab and baklava.
Malaysia - whose official religion is Islam - is one of the best countries to spend Ramadan and Eid. During this festive period of Eid, travelers will get to enjoy Eid festivities which are celebrated by the Muslims in the country. One of the best things to do while you're there is to savor their wonderful array of Eid dishes like rendang and satay, and you cannot miss out on their kueh (desserts) such as dodol and the infamous pineapple tarts. Surely, you will be able to enjoy one of the very best Halal Malaysian cuisines during this period.
Malaysia displays the perfect blend of modern-day luxuries and natural wonders. You can witness some of nature’s finest works of art by visiting amazing sites like the Batu caves, Gunung Mulu National Park, and Mount Kinabalu. Malaysia is also home to some extravagant shopping malls giving you the opportunity to enjoy a world-class shopping experience.
Another unique Eid holiday spot is India. Since Ramadan is one of the major festivals celebrated in this part of the world, it is one of the best countries to spend Eid. India is a land that displays much diversity. Owing to this, there is much to see in relation to ancient history, natural landscapes, modern architectural wonders, and cultural displays. It is also known to be one of the top Eid destinations that won't break the bank because most of these amazing attractions are offered at very reasonable prices.
If you can't decide on which city to visit, we would recommend Mumbai - which celebrates Eid with much joy. Witness beautiful mosques and streets lit up with vibrant colors and decorations, and indulge in their delicious Eid treats such as Sheer Khurma (vermicelli pudding specially prepared during Eid) and Haleem (a slow-cooked mutton stew enriched with flavors of Indian spices).
If you are searching for where to visit during Eid to enjoy a holiday packed with adventure and new experiences, Egypt would be the right place to travel to. Known for its proud history and beautiful beaches, this is an ideal destination to spend your Eid holidays. From witnessing the great Pyramids of Giza and the Valley of the Kings to enjoying the beauty of pristine quality beaches, you will be able to enjoy the ultimate adventure this holiday season.
The capital city Cairo is also a good place to find family-oriented hotels and great Halal food options so you can enjoy the perfect Muslim-friendly holiday. During the second two days of Eid, the streets will be filled with decorations, festivals, and carnivals, which are popular among locals. While you're there, look out for kahk - traditional crumbly Eid cookies usually filled with nuts and dusted with powdered sugar.
5. Sri Lanka
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Sri Lanka is full of amazing wonders and fun-filled activities that will keep you entertained all the way through. Eid is a busy day for every Muslim here and is celebrated by visiting relatives, wearing festive clothes and of course, the food! Watalappam is a staple that is usually found in every household, amongst a variety of other sweets and finger food. No matter how you choose to spend Eid this year, you can look forward to enjoying a wide array of activities in Sri Lanka. These include relaxing on golden sandy beaches, going on a thrilling wildlife safari, tantalizing your taste buds with authentic Sri Lankan cuisine, enjoying a unique shopping experience and so much more. The weather is also sunny and perfect to get out and about and enjoy the best family vacation you could hope for.