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5 of the best places to celebrate Holi in India!

Written by Guncha Khanna

Holi, also known as the festival of colors, is a beautiful festival that is celebrated in most parts of India. Since India is a diverse country, every region has its own specialty of celebrating this extremely vibrant and joyous festival. This Holi why not do something different? Ditch the same old holi celebrations in your locality and visit these places to experience a whole new atmosphere.

  1. Lath Mar Holi, Barsana, Uttar Pradesh

Probably one of the most famous one’s. This celebration takes place days before the actual Holi and is celebrated in neighboring towns of Barsana and Nandgaon near Mathura. The story behind the use of sticks is that it is believed that Lord Krishna visited his beloved Radha’s village on this day and playfully teased her and her friends. Taking offense at this, the women of Barsana chased him away with sticks. The women take charge and this year it is supposed to take place on March 17, 2016.

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2. Mathura and Vrindavan

Mathura is the place where Lord Krishna was born and in Vrindavan he spent his childhood. 40 days before the actually festival the celebrations begin with full force. Various temples in Mathura have different traditions and different ways of celebrating this festival and it is in the most traditional way possible.

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3. Hampi, South India

Since Holi is primarily a north Indian festival, people generally avoid going to the south for the same. However, Hampi in Karnataka is definitely an exception. People from the whole town turn up to play Holi, with the drum beatings and dancing. Eventually, the crowd moves to the river to wash the color off.

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4. Udaipur

The festival of colors in India’s white city. On the eve of Holi, Holika Dehan takes place. There is a magnificent palace procession from the royal residence to Manek chowk at the city palace, including decked up horses and royal band. Visit Udaipur to experience Holi the royal way.

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5. The Dilli way (Delhi)

Holi in Delhi, is extremely musical, vibrant, full of excitement and colors. It is celebrated throughout Delhi. There are lavish parties being thrown, kids playing Holi in the streets and parks, the bhang, the street food and the sweets everything is worth experiencing. You can also book your tickets for the Holi cow! Festival that takes place in New Delhi every year. It is one of the biggest Holi parties.

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We hope you have an amazing, safe and colorful Holi!

 

About the author

Guncha Khanna

Currently studying English literature at KMC,University of Delhi. Reading, writing and painting give me immense pleasure. And I hope to make people think, laugh and enjoy with my writing skills. Happy reading!

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