The time of the year has come when everyone can experience the beautiful colors in the air. Yes, Holi is arriving with all its fervor and the festivities and the excitement is clearly visible among the kids. The colorful festival is celebrated in different ways at different cities of India. From indulging into the traditional rituals to enjoying latest fun opportunities with bhang and a range of Bollywood numbers, Holi in India is absolute delight. Read about the top places to celebrate Holi in India.
The most unique type of Holi is celebrated in Barsana. This village in Uttar Pradesh state of India witnesses a rarest style of Holi. In this Holi, women beat up men of the neighboring Nandgaon village with sticks and men save themselves from the same. So, it is commonly famous as the Lathmar Holi celebrations. Visiting Barsana on Holi is a great experience.
Shantiniketan also witnesses the most exclusive form of Holi that display the rich cultural legacy of the West Bengal state of India. Holi celebration begins here as Basanta Utsav. Students get attired beautifully in colors of spring and organize a grand cultural program. This even is concluded with throwing natural colors. This celebration takes place a day prior to the scheduled date of Holi at other places.
Both of these places have strong connection with Lord Krishna. One is his birthplace while other is the land, where he spent his childhood. Mathura and Vrindavan witness beautiful celebrations on the eve of Holi. The very famous Raas-leela of Lord Krishna becomes live at these places. There are several temples and localities in Mathura and Vrindavan, where throwing of colors start about a week before the actual date of Holi.
No other place in India is as splendid as Rajasthan. So, this beautiful city of Rajasthan celebrates a royal Holi too. People burn bonfires to get rid of all the evils in a ritual called Holika Dahan. Join the celebration of the royal Mewar family of Udaipur for an extraordinary royal experience. A royal procession begins from their royal residence to Manek Chowk of the City Palace. It includes splendidly decorated horses and royal band.
The vibrant land of Gujarat also celebrates a unique style of Holi. People hang a buttermilk filled pot at some height through a rope and challenge each other to break the pot by forming a human pyramid. Hundreds of people participate in this festivity and the winner is crowned as Holi King. A bonfire is also decorated on the eve of Holi in Gujarat.
Holi is an important affair of the Konkani Spring Festival, which is followed by religious traditions accompanying great fanfare. People perform on drumbeats along with applying vibrant colors. Cultural dramas are also organized on this occassion.
Holi becomes a loud celebration in Delhi as water filled balloons are thrown over people much prior to this festival. It tends to be a celebration of music and madness in the capital city with Bollywood numbers, dhol, colors and bhang. Another great appeal of Holi celebration in Delhi is the Thandai (a drink of milk & dry fruits).
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, different folk dances and many other festivities. Both the locals and foreigners participate equally in Holi in Jaipur. There are many other places in India where this colorful festival is planned & organized in a different way. So, get ready to explore any of these places on Holi and make it more special.