We will be in Northern India in November 2023. We will travel by train/bus and don't plan to book hotels ahead as we like to be very flexible with our travels.
The Diwali holiday is on November 12th in 2023, and festivities may last several days.
Do a lot of locals travel during this period? Will it be more difficult to find hotels and seats on transport?
If so, should we stay away from certain places where big crowds are gathering for special festivities?