Its that time of the year where chants of ‘Bura na mano Holi hain’ rings around the streets. Yes, you heard it right – it is the time for the craziest and most awesome festival of the year, Holi. With the splashes of colour, the sweetness of gujiya, excitement of bhang and kick-ass party vibes the Holi festival is about to take your world by storm. Sounds way too exciting doesn’t it?
If you are still wondering how to make your Holi more fun-filled, let me tell you that your struggle ends here. We’ve got some spectacular ideas for you and your gang to make your Holi festival more vibrant and amazing. Planning a Holi getaway has literally never been this easy. All you have to do is to scroll down and pick one of these destinations to enjoy your Holi.
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Mathura and Vrindavan
We’ve all played Holi with colours and water guns – but what about playing with flower petals? In Vrindavan, the tradition is a bit different from the rest. Hundreds of devotees, travellers and well-wishers gather inside the temple premises to play the Holi festival….you guessed it.. With flowers. Known as ‘phoolon wali Holi’ this ritual involves practically being bathed in thousands and thousands of flower petals. Although you do have to be prepared for some pushing and shoving. But that doesn’t matter when the experience in itself is so unique!
Where to go: Banke Bihari Temple in Vrindavan.
Must try: Don’t forget to serve yourself a glass of Bhang prepared by the priests.
Looking for a Holi that is more parts crazy and fewer parts subtle? Then Pushkar is the place to be my friend. The infamous ‘kapda faad Holi’ is what draws visitors to Pushkar in the thousands during this time. Holi is when you will see the small pious town flooded with travellers from all corners of the world – all desperate to join in the festivities. The transformation of the town square is epic! From gulaal guns to confetti blasters to groovy electronic music blasting out the DJ set – this celebration has got it all!
Where to go: You can enjoy kapda faad Holi near the Pushkar lake
Must try: Try stealing one of the torn t-shirts from the array.
Now this one is a doozy! Welcome to the land of Lathmar Holi festival. Intrigued by the name? You will lose your mind when you find out the rituals here. Lathmar Holi festival is celebrated in Uttar Pradesh and is definitely one of the most offbeat ones we have ever come across. On this day women of Barsana dress up and get ready to beat the men of their town with sticks. Yup, that is right! They hurl sticks at them and it is the men’s job to escape them. This happens amidst chants, festivities and folk songs. Sounds wild, doesn’t it? Might be but it definitely is something a traveller shouldn’t wanna miss.
Where to go: Rangili Gali of Barsana.
Must Try: Mawa Gujiya of Barsana are to die for.
Jaipur and Udaipur
Jaipur and Udaipur did have grand processions that involved a parade of elephants, camels, and horses all decked up in jewels and beautiful fabrics – but that pretty much stopped in 2012 due to the increased pressure from animal rights groups. Now, these royal towns celebrate Holi in an equally grand way but with huge Holika pyres, large scale feasts, colour throwing parties, giant firework displays and a grand rally where the royal families also take part. In the evening people gather around to enjoy food, folk songs, and traditional music. One of the best places where you can enjoy the Holi festival in a royal way.
Where to go: You can watch the elephant festival in the lawns of Khasa Kothi hotels
Must try: Watch the ‘Gair’ dance – a traditional dance done around the bonfire.
If the party animal in you wants to break out of its shell, then your Holi festival must be headed toward Goa. The entire city becomes a cluster of drink bars, electronic dance parties, hordes of foreign travellers and of course – colours galore. In Goa, people do not care about age or sex or religion, they will treat you like an equal and play with everyone. There are several fairs that serve local cuisines, organic colours, handmade jewellery etc. One thing is for sure – if you spend your Holi festival in Goa, you are bound to have amazing memories.
Where to go: Panjim, Vasco, Margao.
Must try: Dive into a coloured pool.
Now that we have listed these amazing options for you – make sure you do not let this Holi festival go to waste. Plan a vacation with your near and dear ones and transform Holi 2019 into one of the best ones of your entire life. GET UP GO!