Best Places During Holi @ Reward Me

5 Interesting places to visit this Holi

Every year, you spend Holi with friends and family. This year, why not try something different? Pick up your pichkaris and head to the lands of gulal, bhang and other Holi goodies.

1. Varanasi

The land of Shiva and the breathtakingly beautiful Ganges, Varanasi is easily one of the most iconic places to celebrate Holi.  It is far more boisterous and colourful than any other city.  Be prepared for an unexpected douse of coloured water from somebody’s terrace.  The mania usually ends around noon, after which people head towards the ghats turning it into an unimaginable multi-coloured canvass.  Be sure to sample traditional delicacies like Gujjia and other sweets from the old sweet shops in Kachauri Gali.  One of the main attractions is the giant bonfire lit on the banks of the Ganges, on the night prior to the festival, to signify new beginnings and freedom from ailments and diseases.

2. Jaipur

If you want to experience another truly unique Holi, head to the Elephant Festival in Jaipur. Every year, the festival begins with a massive parade including elaborately decorated elephants, camels, horses, and folk dancers dancing through the streets.  Ever seen an elephant beauty contest or a tug-of-war between them? Find it all here.

3. Mathura and Vrindavan

Mathura is the birth-place of Lord Krishna and Vrindavan is where he spent his childhood. In some parts, the celebrations last for a whopping 16 days.

The Banke-Bihari Temple in Vrindavan hosts a week long Holi celebration. During these days, Bihariji (Krishna’s another name) is dressed up in white coloured clothes and brought closer to his devotees to play Holi.  The temple priests, not one to be left behind. join the revelry by spraying colour using buckets and pichkaris.  The atmosphere grows livelier with music and bhajans and people dancing.

Apart from Banke Bihari Temple, every other major Krishna Temple in Mathura and Vrindavan has some special celebrations going on for the entire week.

4. Lath Mar Holi of Barsana, Uttar Pradesh

Women will love this one!  Lath Mar Holi is played in Barsana, a 2 hour drive from Delhi.  Here, women beat men with long bamboo sticks.  These men are not allowed to fight back or get angry but try to keep them away by sprinkling colour on them.


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Lathmar Holi is held a week before the official Holi Festival and lasts a week long.

5. Holi Cow Festival

Held in Delhi, Holi Cow is a modern music festival with traditional multi-coloured power throwing,  live  bands, street food  and madness.  The environment is safe, and non-toxic colours are provided.  One has to purchase tickets for this.

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