Holi, the festival of colours, celebrated predominantly in India is around the corner. Now, we all want to have something different this Holi. So, in this article, you’ll read what are the best places to celebrate Holi in India.
What is Holi?
Holi is a festival of colours and one of the most awaited festivals in India. It involves Holika Dahan on the first night and playing with colours on the next day.
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Let’s celebrate Holi this year away from home in a different manner. Make travel plans to one of the destinations(listed below) and see how they celebrate Holi
List of Places to celebrate Holi in India
- Mathura and Vrindavan
- Anandpur Sahib
1. Mathura and Vrindavan (Uttar Pradesh)
Mathura is the birthplace of Lord Krishna while Vrindavan is where he spent his childhood. Here, Holi celebrations begin way before the actual festival. People start playing Phoolon wali Holi (Holi with flowers) before the festival.
In Mathura, Dwarkadhish Temple is the famous spot while in Vrindavan, Banke Bihari Temple is popular among the devotees. Also, a lot of foreign visitors come here to experience this craziness.
So, visit the land of Krishna this year and play Holi with the devotees and paint yourself in red. This is the reason Mathura and Vrindavan are the top places to celebrate Holi in India.
2. Barsana (Uttar Pradesh)
In this part of the country, people celebrate Holi in a completely different way. History is that Lord Krishna visited his beloved Radha‘s village on this day and playfully teased her and her friends. After this, the women of this village chased him away with sticks(lathis). That is where the name Lathmar Holi came from.
Following that tradition, people of this village still play Holi in this manner. The women run after their husbands with sticks and the men protect themselves with shields. This is all done in a fun manner with no intention of hurting anyone. How could this not be one the best places to celebrate Holi in India?
3. Shantiniketan (West Bengal)
Holi celebrations in Bengal are quite sober in comparison to other parts of the country. Here, people call it the Basant Utsav (Spring Festival). It was started by the famous Poet and Nobel Laureate, Rabindranath Tagore.
On this day, students of Vishwa Bharti University dress up in spring colours and perform for the visitors. The University students organise a cultural program following the tradition.
They dance on Rabindranath Tagore’s songs followed by usual throwing of colours. If you’re looking for some cultural music and dance celebrations, then visit Bengal.
4. Anandpur Sahib (Punjab)
Anandpur Sahib is famous for Hola Mohalla. This festival takes place on the second day of the lunar month of Chet. It usually falls in the month of March.
This festival was founded by Guru Gobind Singh in 1701 and since then this tradition is being followed by. On this day, the Sikhs of Anandpur demonstrate their Martial arts skills in a simulated battle. Not just that, they also perform stunts, wrestling, and other activities.
This could be a very fascinating experience to watch all them perform live. So, go and enjoy this celebration of Holi in Punjab.
5. Hampi (Karnataka)
Hampi is an exception in South India where Holi is celebrated exuberantly. Reason being, Hampi is a very famous tourist place which attracts a lot of foreign tourists. Hence, people here celebrate with full enthusiasm with them showing our culture.
You all must be wondering how Hampi has made to the list of best places to celebrate Holi in India. It’s because Hampi won Asia’s top emerging travel destination award for 2019. Therefore, you can play Holi and have a great travel experience too. So, if you are looking for a travel plan this Holi, Hampi is the perfect place.
Delhi people are crazy when it comes to Holi celebrations. People here are excited about this festival. Kids are out with their water guns and water-filled balloons in the streets.
Some people go out with friends to some music festivals happening in the town while others prefer staying at home with family and eat delicious food and sweets.
If you want to see some crazy Holi celebrations in India then Delhi is one
Also, if you want to plan a weekend trip on Holi somewhere close to Delhi then read this.
Get ready to paint the town in red for Holi 2019. This year pack your bags and leave for one of the cities named above and celebrate it in a different style and culture. If you have any suggestions
One more thing before you close this article. Please try to play a water-free Holi and try to save water. We really need to take this seriously right now.