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Your Guide to Celebrate Holi in India

Holi is India’s riot of colour and celebration, a festival that is very important to not only the Hindus but gradually been adopted by people from all over the world. A symbol of unity and harmony that celebrates the triumph of good and evil – the festival is best experienced first hand. Indiaologist, an India Holiday specialist tour operator organises special India Holi Tours from the UK for solo travellers, couples, families, and large leisure or corporate groups. 

History

It is believed to be as old as the 4th Century and originated from the word ‘Holika’. The legend says that Holika, sister of the demon King Hiranyakashyap tricked Prahlad into entering a burning pyre, knowing the fact that she is immune to fire. The demon King wanted everyone in his kingdom to worship him but his son Prahlad remained loyal to Lord Vishnu. During the incident, with Lord Vishnu’s blessing, the boy was saved and Holika was burnt alive. Later, Lord Vishnu himself appeared and killed Hiranyakashyap in an act of good over evil.

Since then, Holi begins with large bonfires where people gather to watch burn Holika effigies and later, gradually, the celebrations took a turn and people hit the streets to throw coloured powder at anyone they can across cities, towns and villages, in urban parks, pedestrian streets and local temples. One of the most interesting and fun parts about Holi is the delicacies – thandai, a creamy and delicately spiced milk drink, gujiya – sweet dumplings filled with dry fruits, and kachoris – round, puffed pastry filled with lentils and fragrant spices.

Dates of the Holi festival 2020-2021

Holi will be celebrated on the following dates over the next few years:

2020 – Tuesday 10th March 

2021 – Monday 29th March

Book your advance Holi Tour Package with Indiaologist here. 

Tips to Celebrate Holi Safely in India

It’s always best to be prepared and safe for a festival such as Holi: 

  • Wearing white is a great way to show off colours beautifully. So, if you are prepared to leave your clothes behind, then go for a pair of new whites or pick your old rags!
  • Remember to leave your valuables behind because you will be moving around a lot. 
  • Ditch the expensive DSLR or cover it with protective film because colours and water can seriously damage stuff. 
  • Wear sunglasses to keep your eyes protected. Apply coconut hair oil if you don’t want coloured streaks or damaged hair by the end of the festival. And, if you are worried about your teeth then, we suggest you wear a mouthguard. 
  • As a responsible tour operator, we advise you to use only natural and non-toxic colours so that you are not harming your skin. 

Best places to celebrate Holi in India

North India is the centre of attraction and the centre for Holi celebrations. So, if you are looking at booking India Holi Tour Package, we suggest you might consider going to the following places for authentic traditional celebrations: 

1. Barsana Holi Tour 

This is one of the most unique and extreme celebrations of Holi that takes place in the village of Barsana, close to Mathura. You willl be awestruck to know that men from the neighbouring village chase the local women and then the women, on the second day, beat men with sticks as a sign of displeasure. Known as Lathmar Holi, it is one of the most unique ways of celebrating Holi. 

2. Mathura and Vrindavan Holi Tour 

This is the birthplace and childhood home of Krishna. The legend says that Krishna turned blue after demon Putana fed him her poisonous milk. Later Krishna was hesitant of his colour and was worried if Radha, his lover would like it. Then, Krishna’s mother suggested colouring Radha’s face and this way you two would all be equal. Since then,  Holi celebrations in the neighbouring temple towns of Mathura and Vrindavan focus on the traditional rituals of the festival. Here, celebrations begin a good week in advance with the throwing of flowers, known as Phoolon Wali Holi, followed by a colourful procession in Mathura.

3. Udaipur Holi Tour 

The most romantic city – the city of lakes, the historic capital of the Rajput kingdom, and home to a rich heritage and gorgeous imperial architecture also becomes host to public celebrations during Holi with an extravagant procession through the city streets and a large celebration that is held at the City Palace.

4. Delhi Holi Tour

Welcome to the capital and perfect for the people who are big party buffs, you can join the biggest celebrations in the capital that is, Holi Moo Festival that has multiple stages with DJs and international music performers.

5. Shantiniketan Holi Tour

If you are a cultural nerd, then Indiaologist organises small group tours to the small town of Shantiniketan that celebrated Holi in a very particular cultural way. Introduced by the famous poet and Nobel Laureate, Rabindranath Tagore, Basanta Utsav, is a spring festival that recreates the joy of Holi with everyone dressing in yellow and prepared to get covered in additional colours.

6. Mumbai Holi Tour.

Mumbai is the home of Bollywood and one of India’s biggest cities. Apart from the usual, if you are looking for rowdier and street celebrations, head to Dharavi and join a guided holi celebration tour that takes you through the real Mumbai. 

7. Varanasi

A tour to Varanasi, the oldest inhabited holy city in India is home to Holi celebrations and it should be one of the must-go-to place at the time of Holi.

8. Goa

For an easy laid-back Holi part while you still living life on the beach, book your Goa Holi tour package. 

Book Holi Tour Packages with Indiaologist

At Indiaologist, we believe in providing customers an everlasting impression with a great customer support, starting at the time of booking till the end of your trip. Remember Indiaologist works everything around your India Holiday budget and we understand the importance of travelling more for less. Give us a call for exclusive India Holi tour packages 2019-2020. 

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