Top 10 Best Destinations to Celebrate Holi in India, “Festival Of Colors and Love” – The Travel Star
Remember that evergreen and popular bollywood song “Rang Barse” Of Amitabh Bachhan ? So which scene comes to your mind first? Holi, right? Yes, in today’s blog we present you with this one-roller coaster ride of a list of some best destinations to celebrate holi in India, that will surely ignite your wanderlust with the fire of delight and enjoyment.
India goes colourful in the season of spring and entire country switches to song, dance and party mood. From the lanes of Mathura and Vrindavana, the colors of Holi Festival, A.K.A. an all-out paint war, have spread all over the country.
The Festival of Colors, has a long tradition which lies deeply in the Hinduism (a religion which was born in India). During this festival, all 1.32 billion Indian people play outside and splatter each other with vibrant and dazzling paint colors. If you have travel on your mind and still searching where to go in Holi, we are here to end your curiosity in an instant. Here are our top 10 best destinations to celebrate Holi in India to celebrate the famous Holi festival.
01- The Traditional Holi of Mathura and Vrindavan, Uttar Pradesh:
Mathura and Vrindavan are listed in top among the best destinations to celebrate holi the country. Legends say that Lord Krishna was jealous of Radha’s fairness and used to complain about his dusky face to his mother.
As per Yasoda’s advice the Holi celebration was only to balance the skin tones of each other. From his village Nandgaon, Krishna and his friends used to come to Barsana (Radha’s village) to throw colors at Radha and other Gopis to paint their faces with different colors.
The Gopis used to beat Krishna and other Gopal guys with sticks in a playful manner. This tradition continued over the years and is still celebrated in the temple towns of Mathura and Vrindavan from the day of Vasant Panchami (end of winter), 40 days before the main Holi day.
02 – The Lathmar Holi of Barsana, Uttar Pradesh:
Holi is a time for Indian women to rule the roost. Holi at Barsana, the birthplace of Radha, a village, 42 kms away from Mathura, is of certain interest. Here, men from Nandgaon, the land of Krishna come to play Holi with the girls of Barsana and hope of raising their flag over Shri Radhikaji’s temple. But, instead of colours they are greeted with sticks by the gopis. Hence, the Holi get its new name here-Lathmaar Holi.
03 – The Cultural holi of Shantiniketan, West Bengal:
The holi celebration in Shantiniketan known as Vasant Utsav was reckoned by famous Bengali poet and Nobel Laurete Sri Ravindranath Tagore. He announced the occasion as an annual event in his Vishva Bharati University present there by inspired with the spring and the colors of Holi.
Everyone is seen attired in colorful spring dresses and there are arrangements of songs, music,dance and several cultural programs. You’ll find splash of colors with yellow taking the main attention. Women get dressed in traditional get up i.e., Yellow saree, palash phool having broad smiles on their face. The serenity of this place will further give you a chance to meet, greet and interact with the artsy community who consider this spot as home.
04 – The Royal Holi of Udaipur, Rajasthan:
This Rajasthani Holi is quite different from other holis what people mostly celebrate Holi in Uttarpradesh, Delhi and Bihar in North India. The colourful state Rajasthan plays holi with great warmth and high spirit.
A night before the full moon, the crowd of local people gather together and light bonfires by burning the residual dried leaves and twigs of winter. This is popularly known as Holika Dahan. On this day there will be a spectacular palace procession by Udaipur’s Mewar royal family from the royal residence to Manek Chowk at the city palace which includes decorated horses and royal bands. Singing, dancing and the traditional beats of the Dhol add more exuberance to the occasion.
05 – The Warrior Holi of Anandpur Sahib, Punjab:
The state Punjab celebrates its Holi with loads of fun and cheer. The Sikhs celebrate Holi in their own style which is commonly known as “ Hola-Mohalla”. It is celebrated a day after holi in Punjab especially by the Nihang Sikhs.
The main attraction of Punjabi’s holi are Mouthwatering halwas, puris, parathas, gujias and a preparation of raw jack fruit and malpuas. Soldierly arts like Archery, sword fencing, tent-pegging,wrestling, turban tying, acrobatic military exercises, horse-ridding etc are performed by the Sikhs. Overally, Holi in Punjab is observed by throwing colors as well as exhibiting a demonstration of physical agility.
06 – The Folk Holi of Purulia, West Bengal:
Holi in Purulia is celebrated as Basant Utsav Folk Festival which helds for three days. It actually runs in the lead up to Holi and the actual day. The best part of this festival is You’ll get a chance to sing and play holi with the locals.
You’ll also enjoy the wide varieties of unique folk art like the famous Chau dance, the Natua dance, the Darbari Jhumur and songs of West Bengal’s wandering Baul musicians. This festival is organized by the villagers as a way of helping support themselves. This place is located around 5 to 6 hours by train from Kolkata. If you want you can arrange private vehicles too as per your convenience. They provides tents for accommodation as well as compact toilets.
07 – The Musical holi of Delhi:
Holi events in Delhi are among the most awaited celebrations for the whole city. The good thing about holi at Delhi is, you can find an epic mixture of music, dance, games, colors, food & drinks and social interaction.
Events like Holi India color festival, Balam Pichkari, Rang Leela, Holi Moo festival, Unite holi music festival, Holi Sangria etc are organize at different places of Delhi which attract not only the our citizens but also the foreigners. Therefore, Delhi is considered one of the best destinations to celebrate Holi in India.
08 – The Community Holi Of Mumbai:
Since entire part of our sub continent has its own unique way of celebrating the Holi festival, the film city Mumbai is always ready to reveal the happy colors of the festive season in a swaggy Marathi Style.
Mumbai’s largest slum, Dharavi celebrates community Holi with the locals in a safe and environment friendly way with colors and music. List of some of the interesting holi parties are: Holi-sunrise to sunset, Holi pool party, Holi camping festival, Rang barse holi festival, Color by the bay at Marine drive etc.
09 – The South Indian holi of Hampi, Karnatak:
Holi in South India is generally best to avoid as Holi is primarily a north Indian festival. Nevertheless, Hampi in Karnatak is a remarkable exception. Hampi is listed among the top destinations in India to witness and experience the frenzy and merrymaking of Holi festival. The entire town turns out to play holi in the morning with amid drumming, dancing and the reminiscent ruins of the magnificent Vijaynagar empire. Later, the crowd of locals slowly moves towards the river to wash the color off.
10 – The Elephants Holi festival of Jaipur, Rajasthan:
Every year the Elephant festival is held on the day of holi festival during the month of March in Jaipur city of Rajasthan. By featuring Elephant Polo and elephant dance this festival begins with an elegant procession of bedecked elephants, camels, horses and folk dancers which adds extra fun to the Holi festival. So while in Jaipur for holi never miss this great opportunity to experience the well built symbol of Rajasthan royality, the elephants, at their best.
Color is ecstasy! The festival of colors comes only once in a year. So visit one of these above places of India on this upcoming holi and get colored with the hues of happiness and contentment. Let’s celebrate a safe and eco-friendly holi. Have a great day to all!
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