Holi In India

11 Best Places To Celebrate Holi In India


If India taught the world the serious wisdom of life and death, it has also given flavours of  playfulness and liveliness with the festival called Holi! And yes everyone does it in their own style!Let us explore some of the best places to explore this festival of colors and share it among peers! 1.Braj, Uttar Pradesh barsana_holi1 Talk of Holi and the first thing that comes to mind is Barsana’s Lath Maar Holi. What makes it fascinating is the story behind this weird tradition of beating men with sticks by their sister-in-laws. The legend says Lord Krishna would visit Radha’s village every Holi and played pranks on the local women. The ‘Lath Maar’ is a way to return offence which is enacted even today by all the men of the village.  2. Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh varanasi-holiThe holiest Holi in country, apart from the usual colors Varanasi likes to go all traditional and ritualistic with Pujas happening a night before. When the entire mood of the country is to go all dirty, Varanasi decides to go clean with a ripe mustard pack that is to be applied known to cure ailments for the coming year.  3. Shanti Niketan, West Bengal shantiniketan-holiStarted by Rabindra Nath Tagore himself, the festival of Holi(called Vasant Utsav in West Bengal) is complemented by cultural programs, children dressing up in all the spring colors marking the arrival of the lively spring.  4. Udaipur, Rajasthan holi-UdaipurHow can our Maharajas be left behind when the people did it in style. The Royalty of Udaipur takes out an entire procession from their royal palace located at Manek Chowk to the City Palace at Udaipur with all the horses and bands. The effigy of Holika is burnt to mark the festival of Holi.  5. Mathura and Vrindavan, Uttar Pradesh mathura-holiTalking of Holi and missing out on Mathura Vrindavan, the birthplace of Lord Krishna himself is a real sin. Prior to Holi, the festivities starts 40 days before the actual date and celebrated with as much enthusiasm every single day. 6. Dharavi, Maharashtra dharavi-holiDharavi, which is known to be Asia’s largest slum doesn’t seem like one on the day of Holi, when some generous hearts from around the globe come to share happiness and become a part of the festivities.  7. Jaipur, Rajasthan jaipur-holi-festivalIt’s more like Elephant’s Holi in Jaipur when the entire theme of the festival is dedicated to the happy animal. Elephant themed parades, beauty contests, elephant tug-of-wars, and folk dances mesmerize people from all across the globe.  8. Delhi Delhi-holiDelhi is kind of a hybrid place with people from all across the country celebrating in their own styles and rituals giving rise to more hybrid forms of playing and celebrating Holi with all the DJs, Dhol Nagade, playing across the streets. Delhi is known to play the wildest Holi while it is highly recommended to be cautious during the festivities.  9. Anandpur Sahib, Punjab anandpur-sahib-holiThe land of saint warriors does it in style where the festivities called Hola Mohalla adorn the lands. Instead of throwing colors on each other, people show physical agility by performing various daring acts.  10. Purulia, West Bengal purulia-holiWest Bengal shows its own folk culture by dancing to the tunes of the age old folk music. The famous Chau Dance, Darbari Jhumur, Natua dance, and songs of West Bengal's wandering Baul musicians are a sight to experience during the festivities.  11. Goa goa-holiPopularly known as Shigmo in Goa, the festivities and aura of this place never ceases to charm with all its bands, performances, parades and the musical night fares. Holi is indeed a festival that colors the entire nation not just with Gulal but with the colours of life, joy, freedom, enthusiasm, liveliness. Whichever state or part of world you are in, you should experience this festival away from home at least once to get lost in the Holi festivities.
I am Shahil Shah, a traveler and blogger! I bring stories from the places for you to cherish the experiences of my travel. Stay tuned!"

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