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5 Best Places to Celebrate Holi

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The festival of colours is a favourite with many, young and old alike. As much as it is celebrated in India, it is also celebrated abroad with great enthusiasm. The pichkaris filled with coloured water and water balloons start making an appearance way before the festival, to the vexation of a few people who don’t particularly care for all the ickiness. Be that as it may, the spirit and gusto with which the festival is celebrated all over India only keeps on growing! Also known as the Spring Festival, Holi is all about spreading love, happiness and colour all around. This year, Holi will be celebrated on the 23rd and 24th of March, with 23rd being Holika Dahan (Holi bonfire) and 24th being Rangwali Holi. If celebrating Holi in different places in India fascinates you, check out Travelguru’s Holi hotel deals to get flat Rs.2000 off on a hotel booking of Rs.5000 and above. Here are the 5 best places to celebrate Holi in India!


If you have heard of the exuberant Lathmar Holi, this is where it is played. Barsana in Uttar Pradesh is the destination to visit if you want to watch women from Barsana beating up the men from neighbouring Nandgaon with sticks. This kind of Holi takes place about a week before the actual Holi day, so you might want to plan a trip here accordingly.

New Delhi

Holi in Delhi can be quite a spectacle. Passions run high in Delhi anyway, but when it’s Holi, you better go prepared! It’s the time for bhaang, loud music and greasy street food. There is a festival within this festival, called Holi Cow, that you can try and get tickets to, and join in the Holi madness with your friends!


Holi in Mumbai is all about getting drenched in water and getting creative with colours. It’s not a surprising sight to see people rubbing colour on each other’s teeth and hair (forcibly, of course!), and simply sprinkling it inside clothes. Another thing Holi in Mumbai is popular for are the sweets, especially the puranpoli, which is binged on by many.


If culture and tradition are what you are interested in, then the Basanta Utsav folk festival in the Purulia district of West Bengal is perfect for you. It’s a 3-day fest in which you will be able to mingle with the locals and experience a new culture. You will get a glimpse of the fascinating Chau Dance, Natua Dance and Darbari Jhumur, all forms of the folk culture of Purulia.


The birthplace of Lord Krishna, Mathura enjoys Holi celebrations with great zeal. 40 days before the actual Holi, special Holi celebrations also take place here. Lord Krishna’s folk tales are told and songs are sung praising the love and devotion between Radha and Krishna.

Will you be celebrating Holi this year? How about you celebrate it some place new in India? Check out Travelguru’s Holi hotel deals and start planning your Holi-day right away!

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