TRAVEL & LIFESTYLE

7 Best Places to Celebrate Holi in India

Konark Bansal, Travel Writer, India

12 JANUARY 2018

Holi is an ancient and popular Hindu religious festival celebrated throughout India. It is a spring festival, also known as the festival of colors. The colorful festival of Holi is celebrated on Phal gun Purnima which occurs around the month of March. It is the second most widely celebrated festival of India after Diwali.

Holi festival has an ancient origin and celebrates the victory of good over bad. There are several mythological stories behind the origin of the festival. According to one belief, the festival celebrates the killing Holika, the sister of Hrinya kashyapu. Holi festival is also widely associated with the immortal love of Krishna and Radha. The festival also holds significance with respect to end of winter season and the onset of summer season.

Its always a great feel and pleasure to be part of Holi. The most important and the popular faith in Holi is “You get forgot about everything and get hangover of “Bhang”. Check out the below list to get a hangover of Holi.

Mathura & Vrindavan

The Holi of Mathura and Vrindavan is extremely famous throughout the world. It attracts tourists and pilgrims from all over the world.

Mathura is the birth-place of Lord Krishna and Vrindavan is the place where he spent his childhood. These are the popular places of pilgrimage in India and also famous Places to visit near Delhi.

According to legend, the tradition of playing colors on Holi originated from the Leela of Radha and Krishna. Mathura holds a renowned show in the week before Holi. A colorful and musical procession takes place from the temples to river then to the Holi Gate, where the festival is marked. On Holi, the best place to catch the throwing of colors in Mathura is Dwarkadheesh Temple.

The Banke-Bihari Temple in Vrindavan is hosts a week-long Holi celebration. The event here takes place just a day before the main Holi festival. The temple opens up its doors to all visitors to come and play Holi. Let the flow of spirituality be the essence of your calm and comfortable retreat. Only then will you cherish the sights and sounds of Vrindavan, the homeland of Lord Krishna.

Nidhivan Sarovar Portico, Vrindavan

There are lots hotel near by temple to visit, but the most beautiful and luxurious hotel is Nidhivan Sarovar Portico, Vrindavan. Nidhivan Sarovar Portico is a perfect luxurious base to discover Vrindavan, the spellbinding land of Lord Krishna. Relax, unwind, spend a good weekend away from the city, as you are not in a hotel but a home-stay.

Nidhivan Sarovar Portico, Vrindavan

There are lots hotel near by temple to visit, but the most beautiful and luxurious hotel is Nidhivan Sarovar Portico, Vrindavan. Nidhivan Sarovar Portico is a perfect luxurious base to discover Vrindavan, the spellbinding land of Lord Krishna. Relax, unwind, spend a good weekend away from the city, as you are not in a hotel but a home-stay.

Barsana

Barsana in Uttar Pradesh is famous for Lath mar Holi. Barsana was the home of Radha where Krishna went to tease her and her friends.

Taking offence at this, the women of Barsana chased him away. The main celebrations at Barsana, take place at the Ladliji temple, dedicated to Sri Radha Rani.

The two-day celebrations of Lath mar Holi are a unique experience. In the first day men from Krishna’s village, Nandgaon travel to Barsana to tease the women there. The women chase men and hitting them with sticks, hence the name Lathmar Holi. Men are allowed to protect themselves with shields. The second day women from Barsana go to Nandgaon to play Holi with men of Nandgaon.

Shri Radha Brij Vasundhara Resort and Spa idyllically located at the basis of the pious Govardhan Parikrama, this spectacular resort brings you closer to the God. Amongst the exhilarating view of the panoramic Govardhan hill and echoes of chants and hymns in the air, these luxury cottages provide a heavenly experience taking you away from the world once you step in. The quality of service and the aura of the hotel promise an unparalleled stay while the tastefully landscaped green areas will definitely soothe your senses.

Shri Radha Brij Vasundhara Resort and Spa

The most famous and popular hotel in Barsana is Shri Radha Brij Vasundhara Resort and Spa. Brij Vasundhara spread at the feet of the sacred Govardhan Par vat (Hill) redefines luxury in this divine land.

Shri Radha Brij Vasundhara Resort and Spa

The most famous and popular hotel in Barsana is Shri Radha Brij Vasundhara Resort and Spa. Brij Vasundhara spread at the feet of the sacred Govardhan Par vat (Hill) redefines luxury in this divine land.

Shanti Niketan

This festival was started as an annual event by famous Bengali poet and Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore in his Vishwa Bharati University at Shanti Niketan.

The Holi festival is celebrated as Basant Utsav or Spring Festival in Shanti Niketan, West Bengal. The students of Vishwa Bharati celebrate Basant Utsav in very special way. Students dress up in yellow color and present some wonderful folk dances and cultural programs followed by the throwing of colors. The celebrations start a day earlier than Holi and are now considered an important part of the Bengali heritage. A huge number of tourists arrive every year at Shanti Niketan to witness and participate in these celebrations.

Hotel Royal Bengal,  Spacious property overlooking the indoor stadium & greenery, at the heart of Shanti Niketan and offers guests the chance to get away from the noise and activity of city life, while still having easy, walkable access to the town. Discover the heritage of Bengal’s Renaissance, explore the tribal origins of culture or simply relax. Centrally located in the heart of the city but still away from the crowd, at Bhubandanga, Santi Niketan about 200 km from Kolkata Airport and 1.5 km from Santi Niketan Railway Station. The Hotel offers a wide range of contemporary and functional amenities with a touch of new dimension of traditional hospitality.

Hotel Royal Bengal

The best hotel visit in Kolkata is Hotel Royal Bengal, a boutique hotel offering leisure, luxury & peace of mind. Nestled in the serene and green environs of Tagore’s Shanti Niketan, the cultural hot spot of Bengal.

Hotel Royal Bengal

The best hotel visit in Kolkata is Hotel Royal Bengal, a boutique hotel offering leisure, luxury & peace of mind. Nestled in the serene and green environs of Tagore’s Shanti Niketan, the cultural hot spot of Bengal.

Anandpur Sahib

Sikhs celebrate Holi (called as Hola Mohalla) in their own style at Anandpur Sahib, Punjab. Hola Mohalla is an annual fair celebrated a day after the Hindu festival of Holi.

It was first organized by Sikh Guru Gobind Singh to celebrate Holi. Apparently, the name Hola is the masculine name of the feminine Holi. While the vibrant Holi festival boasts of sprinkling colors, Hola Mohalla takes the form of demonstrating martial skills in simulated battles. On this three-day grand festival, mock battles, exhibitions, display of weapons, etc., are held followed by kirtan, music and poetry competitions. The participants perform daring feats, such as Gatka (mock encounters with real weapons), tent pegging, bareback horse-riding, standing erect on two speeding horses and various other feats of bravery. You will find the taste of authentic Punjab in the hotel, The Crown which will challenge your taste buds. You will enjoy the spices of Punjab there.

Hotel, The Crown

The best hotel near by Anandpur sahib is Hotel, The Crown. The hotel has a beautiful view over the window. The most important benefit of this hotel is their food.

Hotel, The Crown

The best hotel near by Anandpur sahib is Hotel, The Crown. The hotel has a beautiful view over the window. The most important benefit of this hotel is their food.

Jaipur and Udaipur

Holi is one of the major festivals celebrated in Rajasthan with great patron from royal families of Rajasthan. The celebrations stretch for two days.

The first day of Holika Dahan is observed at the City Palace in Udaipur, among the most popular Tourist Places in Rajasthan. The customs of lighting the Holika Dahan is traditionally performed by the current custodian of the Mewari dynasty. The following morning, the celebrations of Holi are all out on the streets of Jaipur & Udaipur.

An elephant festival kicks off the celebrations in Jaipur. Every year the Holi festival begins with a massive parade including elaborately decorated elephants, camels, horses, and folk dancing through the streets. The owners of these animals take significant pride in how they dress up the elephants or camels, and it is often a friendly competition amongst neighbors to see who can create the most lavishly decorated animal. There is also elephant polo, elephant races and tug-of-war between elephants.

THE OBEROI UDAIVILAS, It stands on the 200-year-old hunting grounds of the Maharana of Mewar and is spread over fifty acres, which includes a twenty-acre wildlife sanctuary with deer and wild boar. The Oberoi Udaivilas, Udaipur also affords spectacular views across the hotel’s verdant gardens and sparkling Lake Pichola. It will lead you in the time of Maharana’s, which you will definitely going to enjoy.

THE OBEROI UDAIVILAS, UDAIPUR

There you will find the Rajputana texture in the celebrations. The best hotel to visit in Jaipur or Udaipur is THE OBEROI UDAIVILAS, UDAIPUR.  The Oberoi Udaivilas is unique amongst luxury hotels in Udaipur.

Ocean Blue Resort

Ocean Blue and sand resort is the best place to stay in Punta Cana. It is the most highly recommended resort of Punta Cana because of its wonderful services, delicious food and friendly staff.

Goa

The festival of Holi is called Shigmostav in Goa. Festivities start with prayers to the village gods and goddesses. It is the biggest festival for Hindus and is spread over a fortnight.

The parades are held on last five days of the festival. Shigmostav is highlighted with performances of troupes in the form of parades and cultural dramas. Festivities reach the peak on the fifth day when gulal is used to color everyone. Most of the festivities are mainly concentrated in Panjim, Vasco and Margao. The main Goa Beaches also turn colorful on the day of Holi with large number of locals & tourists gathering on the shores to play with colors. The Taj is one of the best hotels in India you will find.

 The Taj

The best hotel you will find in Goa is The Taj. Quintessentially Indian in its fabric, Taj Hotels Palaces Resorts Safaris is recognized the world over for delivering a unique flavor of hospitality that offers world-class refinement while remaining deeply rooted in its local heritage.

 The Taj

The best hotel you will find in Goa is The Taj. Quintessentially Indian in its fabric, Taj Hotels Palaces Resorts Safaris is recognized the world over for delivering a unique flavor of hospitality that offers world-class refinement while remaining deeply rooted in its local heritage.

Mumbai

Holi is a major festival in Mumbai and is celebrated with great enthusiasm. There are also Holi parties arranged in the city. The celebrations include hanging a pot full of buttermilk and men clamber on top of one another and try to reach the pot.

One that succeeds in breaking the pot is named Holi King of that year. Doing such things revives acts of Krishna. Physically challenged people also actively take part in this festival. Even Bollywood celebrities play with color during this festival. On this occasion people in Mumbai send sweets, gift articles to each other.

The centerpiece of luxury hotel in Mumbai is the atrium lobby, abundant with natural light that flows through the tremendous skylight and large floor-to-ceiling windows. Tiled in flawless white Thassos marble and featuring a contemporary, black granite waterbody, all rooms, restaurants and spa facilities revolve around and branch off this focal point. In the midst of it all, a stylish, red piano occupies centerstage.

Oberoi Trident Towers

The best hotel is Oberoi Trident Towers. The Oberoi, Mumbai enjoys an unrivalled position on the exclusive Marine Drive, with unparalleled views of the ocean and the Queen’s Necklace; a golden crescent of lights that adorns the shoreline after dark.

Oberoi Trident Towers

The best hotel is Oberoi Trident Towers. The Oberoi, Mumbai enjoys an unrivalled position on the exclusive Marine Drive, with unparalleled views of the ocean and the Queen’s Necklace; a golden crescent of lights that adorns the shoreline after dark.