Holi is just 11 days away and if you can manage to take a day off after the Holi then you have a long weekend in that case. Have you been planning to travel since long, we would say now is the time. We bring you some popular places you should travel to, for celebrating the festival of colors:
Barsana, a small village near Mathura were Lathmar Holi is celebrated. It is surely the weirdest way of celebrating a festival where the men are beaten up by women with sticks while playing Holi. It is one of the most popular places to celebrate Holi and every year thousands of foreign tourist visit Barsana during this time to experience it.
If you wish to have a royal experience then head to Udaipur this Holi. The Maharaja of Mewar dressed up in traditional attire welcomes the guest of honor, foreign tourists to the Royal City Palace for the celebration. Bonfire is lit inside the palace in an open area which signifies the good over evil. Without a folk song and dance, the celebration is incomplete in Royal City Palace which is followed by drinks, gala dinner, and fireworks.
Holi marks as an end of winters and advent of spring. It is celebrated with great enthusiasm in Vrindavan with colors while dancing to the tunes of folk music. The city celebrates Phoolon Wali Holi at Bankar Bihari Temple where flowers are thrown on the devotees by the temple priests. Another way of celebrating Holi in Vrindavan which attract tourist is the Widow’s Holi which began a few years ago breaking the stereotype thinking that doesn’t allow widow’s from playing with colors.
Though Holi is more popular in North India and it is rarely celebrated in South India. But Hampi is one such city in the South where Holi is highly popular due to a large number of foreign tourists. The celebration of Holi is done with loud music and people dancing on the tunes while playing with colors.
The celebration of Holi is quite different in Punjab as compared to other parts of the country. In Punjab “Holla Mohalla Festival” is celebrated at Anandpur Sahib during Holi where a large number of devotees come to seek the blessings at Keshgarh Sahib Gurdwara. On the other hand ‘Nihans’ are dressed in their brightly colored clothes and exhibit their ‘GATKA’(Martial Arts) and jaw-dropping stunts on horse-back followed by having fun with colors in the evening. Food like Puri, Halwa is served among people on Holi.
Delhiites love festive season and it is definitely the most happening place to be on Holi. From Kids to adults all are pumped up for its celebration. Fun with herbal colors, rain dance, live music, delicious food all this will take your experiences to a whole new level. The city organizes various Holi events which give the tourist an opportunity to enjoy the festival of colors in the craziest way possible.
Hope this helps you to decide where to go this Holi for a great celebration.