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Where to Celebrate Holi: Unique Places for an Exotic Holi Experience

by afiatajdar 1553 days ago

Holi is the most colourful festival in India and is celebrated all over the country with great pomp and show.

Held in the month of March, just a day after the full moon there are a lot of religious significance and spiritual tales associated with the celebration of this festival. Water colors, balloon fights, temple rituals, modern parties with plenty of colors and unlimited flow of bhang – a traditional drink, are the essence of this festival. 

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As far as the topic of ‘Where to Celebrate Holi’ is concerned, it is totally subjective and depends upon the interest of the tourist. You will find unique activities taking place almost all over India and each region has their own exclusive way of celebrating this grand festival.

Traditional Style:Mathura and Vrindavan

This style of Holi can be enjoyed best in Mathura and Vrindavan, where the festivities start 40 days prior to the festival. Take up Mathura tours to visit the places associated with the life of Lord Krishna and during this festival, dancers from various parts of India gather to put on shows depicting Krishna's flirtations with the village maidens. Folk songs and dances are also performed. If you are planning to visit these towns, make sure you reach at least a week prior to the Holi day, as the five day celebration held in the famous Shri Banke Bihari Temple here is legendary. The ‘Lath Mar Holi’ celebrated in the town of Barsana, near Mathura is a unique local celebration that one should enjoy.  

Folk Style: Purulia in West Bengal

West Bengal’s Purulia is extremely popular for celebrations of Holi festival in a very unique manner. The town holds a three day folk festival which includes playing holi with the locals along with enjoying the traditional folk dances like Chau dance, Darbari Jhumur, Natua dance, and songs of West Bengal's wandering Baul musicians. The festival is arranged by the villagers in a way as to sustain themselves. Tent accommodation along with a portable toilet is available for the tourists. Purulia is merely a weekend getaway from Kolkata and takes almost 6 hours by train and 4-5 hours by a private vehicle.

Cultural Style: Shantiniketan in West Bengal

The otherwise quaint town of Santiniketan in West Bengal dons a loud and colorful garb during the Holi festival. Celebrated as Vasanta Utsav (Spring Festival), the tradition of celebrating this festival was started by the famous poet and noble laureate, Rabindranath Tagore. This is an annual event where students dress up in spring colors and conduct cultural programs. Everyone, including the foreigners is welcome to enjoy this festival here. Please note that in West Bengal, Holi is celebrated a day before than the rest of the country.

Rowdy Style: Delhi 

The style of celebrating Holi in Delhi is ‘zara hatke’. You should be prepared to get colored smeared on your face by locals or get hit by a harmless water balloon thrown by the children. When it comes to Holi, people of Delhi don’t play by the rules. A frenzy of music, colour and madness can be enjoyed during this festival. Bhang lassis, street food, and sprinklers are synonyms with Holi in Delhi. Try to get the tickets of the Holi Cow Festival held in the Holi Cow Barn at Zorba in New Delhi.

Royal Style: Jaipur

In Jaipur, an elephant festival kick starts the celebration of Holi. The festivities start on the eve of Holi and many national as well as international tourists come here to enjoy the elephant parades, elephant beauty contests, folk dances, and tug-of-war between elephants – some of the main events at the festival. This is a unique event held at the Jaipur's Chaugan Stadium, usually in the early evening from 4 pm until 7 pm. This is an extremely popular event so make sure you arrive early at the venue to get a good seat in the shade on your Jaipur holiday tours.

Tribal Style: Banswara 

If you have already enjoyed the royal style Holi in Jaipur then you should go to Banswara in Rajasthan to enjoy a totally nonpareil Holi experience. Local villagers dressed in traditional attire and carrying a sword is a common sight. If you want to enjoy the traditional Gair dance, then this is the right time to go.

If you want an exciting, maddening and exuberant Holi experience, then skip celebrating this festival in Southern part of India. Holi, there this is more of a temple ritual and is celebrated in a very quiet and subtle way. 

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