India has its very own special place in hearts of its visitors as it provides an introduction to not only its rich culture and traditions but it also welcomes all to celebrate its festivals. The festivals are said to be the mirror of the rich culture of any place. And Holi is that festival, which is renowned for its rich vibrant colors, joyous celebration and lots of fun. It is during this festival that thousands of travelers from around the world flock towards India and enjoy their India tours.
Though the festival is celebrated with all zeal and enthusiasm throughout the country but there are some places that are especially known for its unique Celebration of Holi Festival. Today we will give a brief about all best places to Celebrate Holi Festival in India.
- Holi Celebration in Vrindavan
- Holi Celebration in Mathura
- Holi Celebration in Shantiniketan
- Holi Celebration in Anandpur Sahib
- Holi Celebration in Udaipur
1. Holi Celebration in Vrindavan
The colorful festival of Holi is most famous for its celebration in this land where Lord Krishna spent his childhood. Thousands of local and international travellers visit this place to be a part of the most amazing festival celebrations.
How Vrindavan Celebrates Holi
The Holi festival has a legend according to which when Lord Krishna used to spend his leisure time with Goddess Radha, he did played Holi with her and all Gopis that later becomes ritual and still followed. Celebration in Vrindavan starts a week before the main Holi festival. Temples in Vrindavan starts musical processions with colors and traditional songs that are based on the Leelas of Krishna with Gopis and Goddess Radha. You can spots many widowed and estranged women flocking towards this place to celebrate the festival. You can see widows here celebrating Holi with flowers, sandalwood powder and sweets.
Famous Vrindavan Holi
The joy and enthusiasm of Holi festival can be seen in the Banke-Bihari Temple in Vrindavan that host a week long Holi celebration ceremonies. Just before a day of main Holi festival, gate of the temples are opened for all devotees to celebrate their time with their deity.
Best Places to Stay in Vrindavan
Here the some of the best hotels that you can stay while tour to Vrindavan during India Tourism –
- The Brijwasi Roya
- Nidhivan Sarovar
- Krishna Residency
- Hotel Krishna Vrindavan
2. Holi Celebration in Mathura
When it comes to celebration, Mathura holds an important place in mind of its visitor. A small town in the state of Uttar Pradesh which is also known as the birthplace of Lord Krishna, Mathura is the place where you can experience the Holi festivals like you will never experience anywhere. Being the birthplace of Krishna, Holi is celebrated with utmost enthusiasm here.
How Mathura Celebrates Holi
Thousands and lakhs of travellers Travel to India just to experience Holi Celebrations of Mathura and Vrindavan. All local and international travellers lose themselves in the fun and thrill of the festivals. The most amazing part of this place is that, Holi celebrations runs here not for 5 days, or a week or 15 days, but a whole month is dedicated to Holi Celebration in Mathura. Mathura engaged itself in the celebration of Holi festival 40 days before the main day of the Holi festival. Have you hear that Bhajan ‘Yashomati Maiyya Se Bole Nand Lala, Radha Kyun Gori Main Kyu Kala’. Well this very bhajan is the brief of the legend that start with the holi festival, according to which, Lord Krishna ever since from his birth used to asked his mother about his dark complexion and Goddess Radha’s fair one. So one day out of playing pranks, he throws color on Radha Ji to equal the equation and rest is the history.
Famous Mathura Holi
If you really wish to get charm of the festival in Mathura then you must visit the Dwarkadheesh Temple, the most famous and sacred temple dedicated to Lord Krishna. Not only the locals but people from neighboring areas also visit this temple to celebrate the Holi Festival. During this time, temple adorned with vivid colors, flowers and some unforgettable memories.
Best Places to Stay in Mathura
These are some accommodation options that will enhance your Festival Tour Package experience.
- Shubham Hotels and Resorts
- Vrinda Palace Seva Dham
- Anand Krishna Van
- MVT Bhaktivedanta Ashram is just to name a few accommodation options that will make your stay with comfort and relaxation.
3. Holi Celebration in Shantiniketan
Bengal, the land of joy and land of culture is that place where people of different culture are coming together and celebrate each day and makes this place a perfect melting pot of different culture. Famous poet Thakur Rabindranath Tagore, has introduced a festival as Basant Utsavto welcome the spring season in Shantiniketan. Now this festival has become an integral part of Shaniniketan that celebrate this event with utmost joy and fun.
How Shantiniketan Celebrates Holi
During this Basant Utsav/ holi students here in Shantiniketan dressed up in different spring colors and organize a huge cultural and musical program along with traditional dances on Tagore’s poems.
The celebration of Basant Utsav or Holi starts a day earlier than Holi and is now taken as an integral part of Bengali culture. Students, teachers and everyone greet each other by applying the colors to each other and welcome the season of hope with all open arms and heart. Thousands of travellers visit Shantiniketan to be a part of this beautiful place.
Best Places to Stay in Shantiniketan
Shantiniketan is the beautiful town in Kolkata and being most visited city Kolkata is compact with many accommodation place that will easy your Shantiniketan tour. Here are the best Kolkata Hotels near Shantiniketan-
- Anandamela Holiday Resort
- The Garden Bungalow
- Hotel Utsav
- Green Chilliand
4. Holi Celebration in Anandpur Sahib
If you wish to experience the festival in different way, you must visit the small town of Anandpur Saahib which celebrates Holi in its own significant way. The festival here is known as Hola Mohalla that is celebrated in March every year. The festival was started by the 10th Sikh Guru – Guru Govind Singh Ji in order to fight against the Mughals and their catastrophe, he gather Sikhs for military after Holi.
How Anandpur Sahib Celebrates Holi
The festival of Hola Mohalla is celebrated with all zeal and enthusiasm through the state of Punjab but its Anandpur Sahib that enhance the fun and excitement of the festival. The festival here is celebrated with demonstration of the martial skills Mock battles, exhibitions and displays of various weapons and many more exciting acts.
All these acts are then followed by the bhajans and kirtan, music and poetry competition. You can people here participate in different daring acts such as Gatka (mock fighting) where a person encounter with real weapon along with the pegging, bareback horse riding and many more. The history of this festival dated back to 1701 AD.
Best Places to Stay
- Hotel Heritage Lodge
- Grand Hotel
- Hotel Paramount Residency
- Woody Vu Anand
5. Holi Celebration in Udaipur
There is no other place better than Rajasthan when it comes to rich culture and celebrations. Nourished with amazing cultural and traditions fills the life of people with different colors. But it is the festival of Holi, the festival of colors and joy that enhance your Rajasthan Tourism. In the state, Udaipur is keeping an important place in Holi celebrations.
How Udaipur Celebrates Holi
Udaipur, the city of lakes celebrates Holi in its own royal style. A day before Holi People in night lights the bonfires and mark the occasion as a day of winning the good over evil. According to the legends there was a demon king name Hiranyakashapu who want to kill his son who was a great Vishnu devotee. In this process demon king asked his sister to kill his son Prahlad. Holika his sister has a boon to not to burn from fire. Holika took Prahlad in her lap and set on pyre, but in this process, Prahlad was protected by Lord Vishnu and Holika burn to ashes.
Ever since the day is celebrated as the festival of holi to remember that good always wins over evil. People prepare a mock pyre and worship that for good luck. They greet each other with traditional sweet dishes.
Famous Udaipur Holi
Started with burning of Holika, the festival is famous for its celebration in Jagdish Temple in Udaipur. The celebration includes the music and dancing on traditional songs. Streets of the city are filled with people colored in different colors enjoying their time. People throws bucket full of colored water on each other and each and every one enjoy this time with great zeal.
Places to Stay in Udaipur
As the city has one of the famous tourist places, the city is compact with some of the best hotels which are ranging from pocket friendly to Budget Hotels in Udaipur.
- Ramada Udaipur Resort and Spa
- Lake Pichola Hotel
- Hotel Pichola Haveli
- Hotel Lakeland
- The Park Classic
Suggested Tour: 13 Nights 14 Days Cultural Rajasthan Tour