India is Dyed in Colors during the Holi festival

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.

Holi is a major festival observed throughout India, a variety of activities are held during it. In general terms, Holi's festive air in Northern India, especially in the Tour of the Golden Triangle Tourist (Delhi, Jaipur, Agra) is more alive and radiant with joy than in the southern part of India. Here it is completely solemn and more concentrated on the rituals in the temple.

The Holi festival is widely celebrated throughout India with different customs and celebrations in each region. So where is the best place for Holi in India? It depends on what you want to experience. You will find Holi festivities that occur in most areas of India. However, they are more euphoric in some places than others. Here are 11 places to celebrate the Holi festival in India.

1. Holi in Barsana

Barsana, about 50 km from Mathura celebrates Holi in a very interesting way. The women of Barsana hit Nandgaon's men with sticks, in what is known as Lathmar Holi. It is a wacky dance that consists of beating the men of the village with sticks, who are protected by a shield. Barsana was the home of Radha where Krishna mocks the ladies who reacts angrily. Arrive at the Ladli Ji temple dedicated to Sri Radha Rani to witness the strange and super fun tradition. Sweets, Thandai, spiritual songs related to Radha and Krishna and color reproduction make it a fun place to enjoy the festival. They arrive in the city, a week before the festival as the celebrations begin very early.

2. Holi in Mathura and Vrindavan

The Holi of Mathura and Vrindavan is very famous throughout the country. It attracts tourists and pilgrims from all over the world. Mathura is the birthplace of Krishna and Vrindavan is the place where he spent his childhood. These are the popular places of pilgrimage in India and also famous places to visit near Delhi .

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.

According to legend, the tradition of playing colors in Holi originated from the Leela of Radha and Krishna. Mathura has a renowned show in the week before Holi. A colorful and musical procession takes place from the temples to the river and then to the Holi gate, where the festival is marked. In Holi, the best place to catch the color cast in Mathura is Dwarkadheesh Temple.

The Banke-Bihari Temple in Vrindavan hosts a long week Holi celebrations. The event will be held just one day before the Holi festival . The temple opens its doors to all visitors to come and play Holi.

3. Holi in Shantiniketan

The poet and Nobel Prize winner Rabindranath Tagore established the tradition of celebrating Holi as Basant Utsav or Spring Festival in Santiniketan . Basant Utsav is observed as an annual event at the Vishwa Bharati University of Tagore. Students present wonderful folkloric dances and cultural programs for visitors followed by the launch of colors. In Bengal, the people call this festival Dol Purnima or Dol Yatra. It is celebrated with a calmness full of dignity.

Basant Utsav has become a valued tradition in Shantiniketan. Everyone is dressed in spring colors. There is a song in each heart and a jump in each step. Basant Utsav takes place a day before Holi and is now considered an important part of the Bengali heritage.

A large number of tourists come every year to Shantiniketan to witness and participate in the celebrations, which unlike the rest of the country are elegant and dignified. Young boys and girls welcome Basant, the season of hope, with a euphoria expressed by not only throwing colors but with beautiful songs, dances and songs of hymns in the serene Shantiniketan atmosphere. Bengal has a unique and elegant way of celebrating Holi.

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.

4. Holi in Purulia

Purulia is the most popular destination in West Bengal for the celebration of the Holi Festival in India. The district of Purulia celebrates Holi in a traditional way. The city is only 246 km from Calcutta and it takes approximately 5 hours to reach the destination. The villagers in the district arrange the special dance of Chau, Darbari Jhumur, dance of natua and many other activities for three days.

You can spend three days of celebrations with the inhabitants of this rural town. You can enjoy ancient and precious dance-theater performances such as those of Baul mystics. Citizens welcome tourists and visitors with a spartan tent set up especially for the event.

5. Holi in Varanasi

The oldest continuously inhabited city on the planet, located on the banks of the Ganges River, Varanasi is easily one of the most emblematic places to celebrate the Holi Festival. On the night before the Holi Festival, a giant bonfire is lit on the banks of the Ganges to signify new beginnings and freedom from illness and disease. Many people will rub the ashes all over their body to get rid of these same ailments and diseases for next year.

The next day consists of colors, colors and more colors! Women and children, adults and grandparents, all flood the streets in a chaotically colorful celebrationwhere powders of all colors are splendidly thrown without consideration for who or what might be in their vicinity. Many people will also run around with pale water or aquatic weapons filled with colored water to add to the festivities!

6. Holi in Udaipur

Holi is of special importance to the people of Udaipur because of the special interest that the members of the royal family take in bringing the Festival of color to its people.

The first day of Holika Dahan is observed every year in the City Palace in the presence of the royal family of Mewar. Lighting customs Holi's pyre is traditionally performed by the current guardian of the Mewar dynasty. An elaborate function then takes place in the City Palace.

7. Holi in Mumbai

The house of Bollywood and one of the largest cities in India , Mumbai is another place that puts on a show about Holi with Rowdy parties and street celebrations. But if you are looking for a more philanthropic way to enjoy Holi then consider joining a guided tour of the Dharavi slums where you can learn all about life in this huge shantytown and celebrate this colorful Festival with the residents. The best part is that 80% of the income goes back to the community.

8. Holi in Delhi

Holi tends to be a scandalous affair in Delhi. Being a metropolitan city, you can witness an amalgam of cultures and traditions. Virtually every aspect of Holi as seen in several states are notorious in the numerous pockets of Delhi. Water balloons are an important part of Holi celebrations in Delhi, and preparations for it begin well in advance. Little children and even adults stock cubes filled with water balloons and LOB balloons right above the passers-by.

Delhi also organizes meetings and parties of Holi where the Festival can be celebrated with organic colors and within a controlled atmosphere. Festivities, music, dances and blasting are celebrated throughout the city to commemorate the Festival of colors.

The Holi Festival is a festival of music and madness and takes place in the vicinity of the city. Here you can be sure to use only non-toxic colors. People drink Bhang, an intoxicating drink made of cannabis, which is typical of this festival. The music is brought by DJs and bands that play here. This festival of color, music and madness has Indian and international performers spread over many stages.

9. Holi in Jaipur

Jaipur is one of the famous city of the desert state of Rajasthan . On the eve of Holi, an elephant festival is organized making the city a unique place to celebrate Holi in India. Holi celebrations in Jaipur are comprised of elephant parades, beauty contests of elephants, various folk dances and many other festivities. Both locals and foreigners participate equally in Holi in 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.

10. Tribal Holi in 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.

11. Holi in Hampi

The ancient Hindu capital of Hampi is one of the few places in southern India where Holi is celebrated with the same level of vigor found in the north of the country. As a popular tourist destination, when Holi arrives the stalls of Hampi Main Bazaar sell mound on multicolored powder mound ready for the main event as the locals and travelers head to play among the crumbling ruins of the once mighty Vijayanagar Empire.

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