Holi Celebrations! Travel on your mind. But still, wondering where to go? We are here to solve your problem. Holi not only colors our skin but also our hearts. The first day is celebrated as Holika Dahan and the next day as the festival of colors. However, different regions of India celebrate this festival in different ways. Without wasting any time, let’s see the best places you can visit during this Holi.
5 Best Places To Celebrate Holi In India
- Holi in Mathura
- Holi in Vrindavan
- Holi in Jaipur
- Holi in Agra
- Holi in Udaipur
1. Holi in Mathura, Uttar Pradesh
Mathura is known as the birthplace of Lord Krishna and also it holds some evidence of his miracles. It is the place where the love life of Krishna and Radha grew. It is said that Krishna was jealous of Radha due to her fairness and always complain to his mother about his dusky face. To make a balance of each other skin tone he used to color her face with different colors. Krishna and his friends used to come to Radha’s village, Barsana to color her and her friends. The girls of Barsana used to beat the guys, playfully, with the sticks.
This became a tradition and there the people play colorful and Lathmar Holi. Also, Holi in Mathura starts a week in advance and continues till the last day of the celebration. Food also becomes a highlight when we come to the celebration of Holi in Mathura. One must try the bhaang which is legal and is served in the form of thandai. Also, one must try jalebis, lal peda, lassi, kachori and more!
2. Holi in Vrindavan, Uttar Pradesh
It is interesting to see the Holi which is celebrated with flowers. Right? To see this type of Holi you should visit Vrindavan. In Vrindavan, Holi is not only celebrated with dry colors, or gulals but also with flowers. It is known as Phollonwali Holi.
Phollonwali Holi is celebrated on Ekadashi before Holi at 4.00 p.m. at the Banke Bihari Temple. It is a short one taking place for about 15-25 minutes. The temple priests throw flowers at the people from the temple. Since it is for short period, you can easily miss it. If you have to take photographs, you should be present at the temple at 4.00 p.m.
3. Holi in Jaipur, Rajasthan
Jaipur is known as the pink city but on this day it transforms into a rainbow. The old Khasa Kothi organizes this with support from the local tourism office. Programs here include decent gulal play with Rajasthani folk dance and music.
A devotional atmosphere is created with bhajans in Govind Dev Ji Temple and the idols of Radha Krishna are offered marigold flowers.Also, Bollywood theme parties are organized at various resorts and hotels.
4. Holi in Agra, Uttar Pradesh
Among travelers, the Holi in Agra is the favorite. People consume many glasses of bhaang while dancing, partying, playing with gulals and water balloons.
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People of Agra, celebrate this festival in the same manner as the other destinations in the country. Especially, they like to celebrate this with the foreigners with joy.
5. Holi in Udaipur, Rajasthan
To celebrate Holi in Royal style, you must visit Udaipur. The Holika Dahan takes place on the ground of City Palace. The local Mahraj lights the ceremonial bonfire while the locals perform ‘Gair’ around the bonfire. This is known as Mewar Holika Dahan.
In Udaipur, Holika Dahan is followed by a large and vibrant accompanied by the royal family members. They are seated on ornated camels, elephants, and horses. The procession starts from the Shambhu Niwas Palace and concludes at Manek Chowk royal residence. Thereafter, the cocktail and dinner are served at the palace. Finally, the celebration ends with amazing fireworks.
There are more places to visit other than those mentioned above. So choose your favorite destination and celebrate this festival with joy that paints your skin and tint your soul with happiness. Wherever you go, a unique experience is waiting for you and make the festival a beautiful memory.