Where and why to visit India for Holi celebration

Are you planning to celebrate Holi in India? And wondering when to go and where to start? Stress no more, you'll have all the answers here. It is time to use that long weekend of yours to travel and enjoy India's second most celebrated festival after Diwali. Holi is a festival of colors celebrated in the month Purnima according to the Hindu calendar which occurs around March each year.

  • 13-Nov-2019
  • Written By: Naila Arif
History

History

The legends have it that the naughty Lord Krishna was envious of his beloved Radha's fair complexion, so he threw colors on her to even the score. They say that this cheerful festival is the testament of the immortal love of Radha and Krishna. A night before Holi, there's a Holika Dahan ritual- a colossal bonfire lit to celebrate the killing of Hindu demoness Holika, sister of King Hiranyakashipu. The ceremony considered the victory of good over evil. 

The Holi season is good for traveling because you get to experience the pleasant weather of spring, vibrant colors all around the streets, and the happy people. During the festival, thousands of tourists flock towards India to experience the spirit of integrity in the country. Northern India is a hub of Holi celebration with delicious food, sweets, and an exciting chase to put  (color) on the other person. Also, the exuberant festival in the northern region pretty much sum-up the question of why should you travel to India to celebrate Holi. 

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Where to travel for Holi?

Celebrating Holi in India depends on how you want to celebrate it, and what kind of experience you would like to have here. Are you into traditional-styled Holi or a modern one? To help you out,  you want to celebrate your next Holi.

Mathura and Vrindavan-

Hands down to both Mathura and Vrindavan for playing Holi in Uttar Pradesh. Here in Mathura and Vrindavan, you'll experience all different Holi celebrations, which longs for a month! The variety of events will be enough for you to spend all your holidays to celebrate the endless Holi-days here.

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Places you cannot miss while visiting Uttar Pradesh for Holi-

Lathmar Holi, Barsana and Nandgaon-

This peculiar style Holi event held in the small town of Uttar Pradesh- Barsana and Nandgaon. Barsana is the birthplace of Radha, and Nandgaon is Lord Krishna's birthplace.  comprises women chasing their men to beat them up with a huge stick. Well, the story behind it is when Krishna used to tease Radha and her friends, they used to teach him a lesson by beating him with sticks. 

So basically, the men from Nandgaon (Krishna's Village) visit Barsana (Radha's Village) to get chased and beaten by the ladies of Barsana. The event is rather funny than painful. This event takes place 7-days before Holi, and you can easily reach Barsana from either Delhi or Mathura.

Laddoo Ki Holi, Mathura-

Holi is the celebration held distinctively in the temple dedicated to Radha. round-shaped sweets get distributed among the devotees for the significant arrival of Lord Krishna from Nandgaon to meet his beloved Radha in Barsana. People celebrate the  ceremony a day before  Holi. 

Phoolon ki Holi, Vrindavan & Pushkar-

Vrindavan is a place where Lord Krishna spent most of his youth, and now it is worldwide famous for celebrating Holi with flowers! Here, you'll not see any dry or wet colors, but only flowers thrown by the priests of the Banke Bihari Temple on the devotees. So if you are likely to visit this place in Holi, you must get here on Ekadashi before Holi, and be on time. Unlike any other events held in India,   Holi wrap-up in just 15-20 minutes.

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Musical Holi, Delhi-

Holi in Delhi tents to get a lot louder and energetic. Being a metro city, Delhi offers a blend of traditional and modern culture to celebrate Holi. Before you visit to enjoy Holi in Delhi,  gatherings and parties where you can rejoice the festival with organic colors. The 'Holi cow' festival is one event where you can enjoy good music and madness. The festival usually held on the outskirts of the city, and the 'Bhang' drink made from Cannabis is the must-have in the festival.

The Hola Mohalla, Punjab-

The Hola Mohalla is an annual fair organized by 10th Sikh Guru Gobind Singh back in 1701 to celebrate Holi. The word 'Hola' is a masculine name for 'Holi,' which people of Punjab celebrate a day after the calendar Holi festival. Punjabis celebrate Hola Mohalla differently than usual Holi celebration. They show their martial skills, display their weapons, and hold mock battles instead of playing with colors. 

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Holi in Goa, Shigmostav-

Holi celebrated in Goa as which is a 14-days long festival. The festival in Goa honors the homecoming of the brave warriors who left their families and home to fight the invaders at the end of Also, you'll get to witness the folk dances on the road comprising the length of a parade. And especially the beaches of Goa filled with both colors and tourists seen enjoying the Holi festival.