There is no other festival like Holi. And, if travelling to India is still on your mind and wondering about top places to celebrate Holi in India and where exactly to head to, then, we are here to end your concerns.
Holi is definitely one of the most widely celebrated festivals in India. So, let us celebrate the festival of colours away from home. Travel to one or two or maybe all of the top places to celebrate Holi in India. Believe us, there are crazy celebrations in India.
Banke Bihari Temple
Vrindavan is one of the top places to celebrate Holi – in great gusto and fervour. Holi marks the grand celebration Spring with huge processions of people smeared in different colours dancing to the tunes of the musicians. A day before Holi, the city celebrates the most famous – Phoolon wali Holi (Holi with flowers, especially marigold). The priests of the Banke Bihari Temple throw flowers at the devotees by the temple priests.
Barsana in UP follows bizarre Holi tradition that has been followed through ages. Here, women beat up men with sticks – called Lathmaar Holi. Its quite a sight to catch women giggling taking pleasure in beating up men. It’s a sight that you would not want to miss when you are in India.
Holi in the capital city is a chaotic affair. The streets are full of with adults, children, shopkeepers alike covered in colours. We suggest head to some of the best Holi music festivals like Holi Moo or Rang Barse where there is colour, music, and madness. The environment is safe, use non-toxic colours, provide street food and a lot of ex-pats coming from all over the country and abroad to celebrate this festival.
South India is the part of India that people might not want to consider when they are looking for top places to celebrate Holi in India. But Hampi is an exception. The whole town of Hampi comes out around the ruins of grand Vijayanagar Empire amid intensive drumming and dancing!
Jaipur celebrates Holi like no other festival. There is an elephant festival that kicks off Holi celebrations in Jaipur every year on Holi eve. There are elephant parades, elephant beauty contests, folk dances, and the tug-of-war between elephants.
In Punjab, Anandpur Sahib Holi is celebrated as Hola Mohalla that is an annual fair. The roots of the festival date all the way back to 1701. It was first organized by Sikh Guru Gobind Singh to celebrate Holi. Here, you might not see the throwing of colours but a demonstration of physical agility. There’s wrestling, martial arts, mock sword fights, acrobatic military exercises, and turban tying – rural Olympics if we might put it straight.