Holi frenzy has begun, and it has arrived with all its fervour and excitement! Moreover, every place has its unique way of celebrating Holi in India! From revelling into the traditional ceremonies to enjoying the latest fun events with bhang and a range of Bollywood numbers, Holi in India is an absolute pleasure.
Here are the top ten places to observe Holi in India.
1. Purulia, West Bengal
Holi in Purulia is observed with the traditional Chauu Dance and coloured powder. The festival of Holi or Basant Utsav starts a day before Holi-day, and it is an integral part of Bengali culture. People from all walks of life greet each other by applying colours to each other and welcome 'Festival of Colours' with arms wide open.
2. Anandpur Sahib, Punjab
Holi is observed uniquely in Anandpur Sahib. Rather than colours, it is commemorated with shows and events with respect to physical activities. They exhibit martial arts and other physical activities that offer a visual treat to tourists and locals, alike! These acts are then ensued by the kirtans, bhajans, poetry and music competition. You can see people here participating in different daring acts such as Gatka (mock fighting - where a fighter encounters with a real weapon) along with the bareback horse riding, pegging, and many more.
3. Barsana, Mathura
Barsana, a small hamlet; the birthplace of Radha, 42 km away from Mathura, is of particular interest. Here, men from Nandgaon (the land of Krishna), come to play Holi with the girls of Barsana and hope of raising their flag over Shri Radhikaji's temple. But, instead of colours, they are greeted with sticks by the Gopis. Hence, Holi gets a new name here - Lathmaar Holi.
Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh
Varanasi is one of the best places to observe Holi in India. The tradition of celebrating Holi in Varanasi goes back to medieval times. The celebration starts on Holika Dahan when a great blaze is lit to celebrate the victory of good over evil. You need to visit Varanasi to experience the fun and vibrant vibes of Holi.
5. Udaipur, Rajasthan
A royal Holi feast awaits you at Udaipur! Enjoy the splendid procession of horses as the Mewar Royal Family travel to Udaipur. Also, there is a royal dinner with traditional lip-smacking delicacies. The last day is celebrated with water balloons, colours and flowers all over the city, including the palaces and alleys.
6. Mumbai, Maharashtra
Live the celebrations of Holi to the hilt, in the City of Dreams. In Mumbai, you will be welcomed with overflowing colours and pumping music at every street. Enjoy the ultimate Holi celebrations here! Another great appeal of Holi celebration in Mumbai is the Thandai (a drink of milk & dry fruits). If you want to celebrate the most amazing Holi in India, Mumbai is the place to be.
7. Jaipur, Rajasthan
Holi in Jaipur is a unique experience in itself. They have elephants as a part of their festivities and it is beautiful to see them decorated with garments and colours. The celebrations do include an Elephant pageant contest and tug-of-war. Also, it includes music and dancing on traditional songs. Streets of the city are filled with people coloured in different colours enjoying the time of their lives.
Holi is known as ‘Shigmo' in Goa; the celebrations include parades, music shows and night-time musical fares. People play drumbeats and greet each other with colours. It is one of the best places in India to observe Holi celebration.
9. Hampi, Karnataka
Experience a heritage Holi in Hampi! Be mesmerised as the heritage monuments of Hampi turn colourful on the day of Holi. Hampi celebrates Holi for 2 days with colours and drum beats.
Indore, Madhya Pradesh
Dance your heart out in the streets of Indore, because that's how they celebrate Holi! The entire City comes together at one place as they dance till they drop.