Top 5 places to visit in India on Holi
Holi is one of the famous and most loved Indian festival which is celebrated across the India with great pump and joy. This festival falls in the spring festival and is also known as the festival of colours and people celebrate this festival by playing it with their friends and family members. Holi is festival of celebrating the victory of good over bad and have many mythological stories linked to it.
The festival is the end of winter season and it celebrated throughout the country, still there are some places in India which are definitely a worth to watch and play the famous Holi festival.
Mathura & Vrindavan
Celebrating Holi in Mathura and Vrindavan is a life time experience and one should definitely spare some time to visit Mathura especially at the time of Holi. Actually, Mathura is the birth place of Lord Krishna and Vrindavan is the place where he spent his childhood and as per many stories, it is said that the tradition of playing with colors on Holi actually started in Mathura only, and hence people start celebrating Holi 15 days ahead to show their respect towards Lord Krishna.
So pack your bags and head towards Mathura and Vrindavan to celebrate Holi there with colors and happiness all around. Also the Banke-Bihari Temple in Vrindavan also hosts a week long Holi celebrations.
There is another state near Delhi where you can go this year with your loved ones to play Holi and it is Barsana, a state in Uttar Pradesh that is famous for Lath mar Holi. Barsana was the home town of Radha where Lord Krishna went to tease Radha and to take the offense, the women of Barsana chased him away. This Lath mar Holi is definitely an unique experience which you will not witness somewhere else, and this two day celebrations of Lath mar Holi is something you can afford to miss.
During the first day of Lath mar Holi, men from Krishna’s village, Nandgaon travel to Barsana to tease the women over there and then get beaten by them with sticks and they can protect themselves with shields. And the next day, women from Barsana go to Nandgaon to play Holi with men of Nandgaon.
Jaipur and Udaipur
Holi is one of the most important celebrated in Rajasthan in a royal way, here the day before the Holi is celebrated as Holika Dahan in a traditional way and on the day of Holi, people start celebrating Holi on the streets of Jaipur & Udaipur. Each year Holi festival starts with a massive parade by decorated elephants, camels, horses, along with folk dancing by the dancers on the streets, also many a times, a friendly competition held between the neighbouring states as to know who decorated their animal in a more lavish way. Also you can get a chance to see elephant races and tug of war among them at the time of this colourful festival.
Very few of us are aware with the fact that Holi is a popular and famous festival celebrated in Goa and this festival is known as Shigmostav in Goa. The festival stats a week ahead of Holi and people worship their gods and goddesses to show their respect towards them, it is one of the biggest festival for Hindus and is spread over a fortnight. During Shigmostav, you can see performances of troupes in the form of parades and cultural dramas on the streets and use of gulal in a way to share love and happiness with others. Majority of the festivities are celebrated at Panjim, Vasco and Margao that are the major tourist attractions in the state and the beaches turn colorful on the day of Holi. Large number of locals and tourists gather near the beaches to play with colors.
Hampi is another place where you can go to experience something different this time during Holi festival. Here the festival holds significance as the end of winter season and the arrival of summer season and the entire city get involved in this 2 days celebration at the time of Holi. You will see people gathering on the streets to play with colors & water and dancing on the drum beats followed by a nice dip in the river. Hampi is one of the famous tourist attraction in Karnataka and lot of national as well as foreign tourists participate in this Holi celebrations by celebrating it with the locals in a peaceful yet entertaining way.
Holi is just a week ahead and if you are still wondering where you should go this time, then consider going to these places so that you can have a rejuvenating experience. So hurry up and start making your plans to celebrate this colourful festival in a colourful way.