Top places for holi celebration in India will give you a new version of the festival you celebrate. Holi the festival of color and joy is celebrated all across Northern India and for many of us, colour and water are what it takes to celebrate.
This colorful festival marks the welcoming of farming season spring.
Generally, now in cities, Holi celebration is becoming like playing loud music, dancing and visiting friends and relatives. Which is off way from how traditional Holi is celebrated throughout the India.
Travel is required to reach these top Holi Celebration destinations and believe me you won’t regret once you become part of these amazing celebrations.
Mathura and Vrindavan – Uttar Pradesh
Mathura-the birth place of Lord Krishna and ancient past Vrindavan is our top pick for holi celebration locations. If you haven’t seen it yet, you have not seen the real Holi in your life and festival celebration in these destinations lasts for sixteen days.
The start of Holi celebrations start from “phool wall holi” and ends with tradition color. The crowd at Mathura’s Dwarkadheesh Temple will drive you crazy but worth watching.
Color throwing ceremony starts a day prior at Vrindavan’s Banke Bihari temple if you want to catch up the glimpse of the traditional celebration.
Shantiniketan – West Bengal
Though not a traditional festival of Bengal, legendary poet Rabindranath Tagore started the celebration of Basant Utsav at Vishwa Bharti University at Shantiniketan.
This university town is 160 km from West Bengal capital Kolkata and was established by the father of Rabindranath Tagore.
The cultural program and throwing of color is part of Basanta Utsav.
Anandpur Sahib – Punjab
A three-day festival is held every year in this city of Anandpur Sahib and Known as Hola Mohalla. You can visit and watch traditional sports, martial arts, sword fighting and throwing of colors.
Guru Govind Singh who was tenth Sikh Guru founded this festival way back in 1701. The motive behind the celebration of the festival was to channelizing the energy of folks towards useful activities.
Udaipur – Rajasthan
This royal city of Rajasthan celebrates holi in the royal tradition. This is although a private holi celebration by the royal family of Mewar, entry through passes is possible.
The majestic tones of the royal band and local dances and with the ceremony of Holika Dahan. Indeed a great place to watch the royal Holi celebration with the Royals themselves.
Hampi – Karnataka
This place at south India got everything for a perfect holi. Hot weather, a lot of water in the form of Tungabhadra river.
Originally Holi is celebrated in the north part of India still one of the rarest places to celebrate is Hampi. The music and dance with a lot of colors make it place to be for a the celebration.
A lot of foreign tourists who comes to see the ancient Vijayanagara also takes part in the festival which starts from morning.
Barsana – Uttar Pradesh
This place is awesome to celebrate the festival of color and their unique style celebration made it world renowned.
Here apart from color and water throwing, women hit any male who approaches them for color throwing. Where men carry a shield to protect themselves from the women.
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