Holi Food and Travel Ideas

Food plays an important role during any festivity. During the festival of Holi, one cannot miss delicious dishes that are served everywhere. Indians prepare exotic recipes including some strong drinks that are a joy for the eyes and palate. You will be welcomed with sweet and salty Indian desserts and you will also be offered a glass of almond milk with cardamom.

Here the fun is in sharing, chatting, conviviality and of course the battle of colors by all the members of the family. Even among neighbors, it is customary to exchange typical boxes of local sweets to indicate the intention to create or maintain good neighborly relations.

Bhang is a special drink made from fresh leaves and flowers of marijuana, with milk, almonds, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, rose water, honey, and butter, which is served during the Holi festival. It is said that the effects of this mixture are felt within a few minutes. Here are some Holi recipes:

Thandai - https://goo.gl/8UTjnV

Kesar Malai Kulfi - https://goo.gl/A2Dyvz

Malpua - https://goo.gl/cvd9HJ

Gujiya - https://goo.gl/qjQr91

Gol Gappe / Panipuri - https://goo.gl/6df1MC

Dahi Vada - https://goo.gl/jtWEc2

Seviyan Kheer - https://goo.gl/FwYCh1

Sooji Halwa - https://goo.gl/k2TB57

Gulab Jamun - https://goo.gl/iXZjUH

Who hasn't dreamed of participating in Holi, the festival of colors in India? The country is already in full effervescence all year round, and even more on the day before and the day of Holi. Holi is one of the best time to travel for the tourists.

This festival is normally celebrated throughout the country but if you want to fully experience Holi and enjoy the festivities to the maximum, we recommend you go to the northern and eastern India, especially in the region of Rajasthan. There are celebrations mainly in big cities like Jaipur and Udaipur. If you want to enjoy the traditional Holi, take the road to Mathura and Vrindavan. If you want a more clean Holi amidst traditional songs and dances, with only the colors but without water, head to Shanti Niketan in West Bengal.

Religious Holi - Mathura and Vrindavan, Uttar Pradesh

In Mathura and Vrindavan, the cities most closely linked to the memory of Krishna, the celebrations begin 40 days before the date. Artists and devotees from across the nation begin to come together to perform the representations of the adventures and love of Krishna with the Gopi's, the cheerful shepherdesses and Radha. The Shri Banke Bihari temple celebrations precede the festivities by five days.

It is said that it was King Indradyumna who established this festival in Vrindavana which lasts from 3 to 5 days and starts at the Sukla Chaturdasi of Phalguna. The main highlights of the festival are the celebration in honor of Agni and the adoration of Govinda, where a portrait of Krishna is placed on a swing. People push this swing 21 times at the end of the puja. The fire that is lit on the first day must burn until the last day. In Bengal, the people call this festival Dol Purnima or Dol Yatra. It is celebrated with a calmness full of dignity.

While at Barsana, about 50 km from Mathura, it is celebrated according to the curious tradition of Lathmar Holi. It is celebrated by the women of the town, who perform the dance of sticks. It is a wacky dance that consists of beating the men of the village with sticks, who are protected by a shield. Here is a real battle of colors with true religious celebrations! It is the most cultural and authentic place I had been to!

Folk Holi - Purulia, West Bengal

You can spend three days of celebrations with the inhabitants of this rural town. It is about six hours by train from Kolkata. You can enjoy ancient and precious dance-theater performances such as Chhau dance or those of Baul mystics. Citizens welcome tourists and visitors with a spartan tent set up especially for the event.

Cultural Holi - Shantiniketan, West Bengal

The otherwise quiet city always welcomes the feast of Vasanta Utsav or Spring festival with particular enthusiasm, according to the tradition inaugurated by the Nobel laureate poet Rabindranath Tagore. Students and teachers of the university here dress for the occasion in yellow adorned with garlands of flowers.

Arranged in addition to the usual chromatic exchange of colors is also the lively cultural programs based on dances, folk music and public readings of the work the poet, that involves welcoming foreign visitors and in the activities and celebrations. Here colors are not applied to outsiders, who are unwilling.

Royal Holi - Jaipur

The hugely popular Festival of the elephants, which traditionally accompanies the celebrations of Holi in the Rajasthani capital, takes place the day before the real party, with dances, parades along the old town and competitions culminating at the Chaugan Stadium.

Tribal Holi - Banswara

If you already know the royal version of Holi, also in Rajasthan but in Banswara, about 170 Km south of Udaipur, you may participate instead in the tribal Holi, and find it surrounded by the locals, mainly Bhils fully armed, and celebrate the event with typical seasonal customs, such as for example with the Gair dance. Bhang lassi is served in abundance, accompanied by famous and varied snacks.