Holi is the festival of triumphing good over evil and painting the town with all the possible colors available . It is the festival that brings our hearts closer to our loved ones , meeting and greeting, forgiving and thanking . It is that time of the year when colours are in the air and we all must have already started making our plans to how to celebrate it .
If you’re bored of smearing colours all over each other’s face, throwing water, dancing with water sprinklers under the influence of Bhang, and you want to spend the day with a difference , explore other places to know how people celebrate Holi, here’s a list you can choose from. Be the adventurous kind and visit any of these 10 places Across India to Celebrate the Festival of Colours get ready to celebrate the Holi in its true grandeur and madness.
1. Mathura & Vrindavan
Holi Celebration in Braj is especially famous, a historic region covering the areas of Mathura, Vrindavan and nearby places. An attraction for tourists and pilgrims from all over the world, the special customs and traditions mark the birthplace of Lord Krishna. Get ready for the colorful experience of celebrating Holi with the localities in their own ways, the dramatisation of Raas Leela played by people followed by buckets full of flowers and dry colours while chanting!
The celebration of Holi in Shantiniketan, West Bengal is legendary in itself. They celebrate the Basanta Utsav, every year the students wear colourful clothes preferably yellow. Rabindranath Tagore started Dol Utsav in his institution which coincides with Holi. A number of cultural programs including group choreography, dance performances, instruments, singing competitions etc. have become a neat and learned way of celebrating the festival of colours.
3. Jaipur and Udaipur
The vibrant festival is celebrated in the pink city in a majestic way, which does not come to us as a shock! It is a huge attraction for tourists, elephants parade through the city engaging in entertaining festive activities. After the parade, elephant races, elephant polo, and matches of tug of war are held, followed by the play of colours and fireworks. Holi celebration in Jaipur and Udaipur are considered to be the most royal version of the festival.
It is impossible that the country’s party hub will celebrate Holi quietly. With food, drinks, music and energetic people all around, it marks as the perfect way of celebrating a vibrant festival. Colorland Goa, Holi Tandav, the Holi Festival of Color with Live Rock Music for straight 4 to 5 hours are some of the ways the people of Goa wish to celebrate. Wear the quirkiest clothes and your dancing shoes this Holi and partyyy. Use the Holi Offers to grab the first flight and reach the party hub.
5. Hampi : Holi in South
Holi is celebrated as the spring season arrives, although it feels like summer already in Hampi. Yet the people of Hampi greet each other with bright smiles, literally smeared in colours, a time when a stranger becomes a friend and enjoys with you. With bright dry and liquid colours or gulal in the air, everyone feels like a child again. Hampi Holi includes traditional Kannadigas dance, drama, fireworks, puppet shows, parades, and musical instruments to renew the brilliance of yesteryears.
6. Mumbai: Holi Party & Dharavi Tour
Dharavi is the largest slum but not how you expected the Holi celebration to be. The kids, there, are very welcoming and friendly. You might enjoy it more than the last year. This is just the beginning of celebrations. Mumbai is the financial and political capital of Maharashtra, people celebrate In traditional as well as modern ways.
It is one of the 20 districts of West Bengal state in Eastern India. It has a rich culture heritage, a mixture of Bengal, Jharkhand, and Odisha. People of Purulia play with colors and watch the traditional Chauu dance and a couple of other dance forms to make it more festive.
The capital of India celebrates Holi in the most conventional way. It is basically a mixture of all the ways of celebrating the festival. From white clothes, DJ or a dance floor being set up, colors and eggs, being dragged into the mud, and water fights. Delhi celebrates the most musical holi of all times. People go from house to house exchanging Holi Gifts. Saddle up, now! Ready to celebrate Holi based on physical agility? It is a bit out of the box, be a part of it or at least view it once, be a sport!
9. Barsana in Uttar Pradesh
Lath Maar Holi is what they call it. Barsana is a small town about 50km north of Mathura. They have a traditional way of celebration where the men run towards the ladies of the town with colour or water and the ladies wait with a Lath or bamboo sticks to hit them back. It is fun to watch them teasing each other and also be a part of it.
10. Anandpur Sahib, Punjab
A tradition was set by Guru Gobind Singh, to hold a fair every year celebrating the festival of Holi, to understand the true meaning and significance of the day. The main purpose of the fair is to physically strengthen the Sikh community by holding intense military exercises and mock battles.
So, how many have you covered so far and how many are yet to be seen? Book your tickets soon and have an exciting and amazing new experience.