Do you love travelling? Does exploring new places, meeting new people and learning about different cultures excite you? If your answer is yes, then we have something exciting in the box for you! Have you ever thought of planning a Holi vacation and celebrating it with your friends and lots of strangers? Interesting, right?
Holi, the festival of colours, attracts thousands of tourists every year to India. People from all around the world come to celebrate this beautiful festival together. Applying colours to each other, eating delicious food and exploring Indian cultures are what excite tourists. If this idea excites the traveller inside you then you should plan your Holi differently this year. Here are some of the best places to celebrate Holi in India:
Mathura, Uttar Pradesh
You must have heard about the grand celebration of Holi at Mathura. Known as the birthplace of God Krishna, every year Mathura witnesses the most spectacular Holi celebration. People from around the world come to Mathura to take part in the festivities and experience one of the most beautiful moments of their life.
The colourful festival starts on the Holi morning and continues till the evening. Devotees from all around the world gather at Dwarkadheesh Temple. After taking the blessings of lord Krishna people start playing Holi with Gulal.
Celebrate this Holi in a royal way at Udaipur, Rajasthan. The festival starts with the royal Holika Dahan and a mythological story of Prahalad a night before the Holi. The huge bonfire is a symbolic religious affair. You can witness the most lavish celebrations with the streets of Udaipur packed with colours, people, food and many more things.
You can also join the Mewar Royal Family and celebrate this colourful festival with decorated horses, music, dancers and a royal band.
Holi celebration in the Southern part of India is not so common but Hampi in Karnataka is an exception. Being a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Hampi attracts lots of tourists from around the world who love to celebrate such a colourful festival just like a local person. That’s why Hampi is among one of the few places in South India where Holi is celebrated.
Mixing the ancient and modern culture beautifully, people gather at River Tungabhadra, apply colours on each other, eat delicious food and dance to the vibrant beats of drums.
Anandpur Sahib, Punjab
Showcasing the several hues of the Holi festival, Anandpur Sahib celebrates Holi with much enthusiasm. The festival of colours in Anandpur Sahib is known as Hola Mohalla. The colourful display of affection is an unforgettable experience for everyone who celebrates this festival in Punjab.
Sikh people also present their incredible martial art talent including sword fighting, horse riding, wrestling and many others during the festivals.
Holi is popularly known as the Basanta Utsav in Shantiniketan, Birbhum district of West Bengal. This festival was introduced in the University by the noble laureate and the famous poet Rabindranath Tagore. Celebrated in a unique style, the whole university gathers together in merry-making in yellow attires.
Happily dressed in traditional dresses, Students, teachers and even foreign tourists participate in the festival by singing and dancing to folk music and Tagore’s legendary poems.
What’s better than celebrating Holi in the Pink City of India? The enthusiasm and energy in the people of Jaipur make this festival even more special. You can find every kind of Holi celebration in Jaipur, from traditional celebrations to Bollywood-themed parties.
Rajasthan tourism organises special Holi events on the lawns of Khasa Kothi Hotel to attract tourists and make all the necessary arrangements for guests that come from all across the country and the world.
Try something different this Holi by celebrating it with people all around the world. These places add a whole new dimension to your festival. Unquestionably, you will have a lifetime experience to cherish.