A festival that engulfs the entire nation in its hues and makes people forget the trials and turbulences of their everyday life, Holi is the time when people across the country come together to form one large family. Thus, if you are someone who loves travelling, this is the perfect time for you to go ahead and explore the nation.
The reason for the same may be attributed to the fact that it is during festivals that people become more welcoming and if you visit them during this time, you will experience the true meaning of Atithi Devo Bhava, a phrase that is more of an emotion in the country.
The festival of colours is celebrated across North India in different manners. Thus, it is good to know about the Holi celebrations of a place before you decide to visit a place during this festival. By knowing what type of celebrations to expect, you will be able to decide if you want to visit that place or not.
This article explores 7 different places that you can visit this Holi. What are you waiting for? Read this article, pack your bag and get set to celebrate Holi in a manner that you will never forget.
1. Anandpur Sahib, Punjab
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Unlike the usual display of colours, strength is what is on display in the annual fair at Anandpur Sahib in Punjab. Here men of the town indulge in various types of wrestling and martial arts. Thus, if you are someone who is fond of action, being in this place for the Holi celebrations will send an adrenaline rush through your body that will ensure that this is one of the most memorable experiences of your lifetime.
2. Dharavi, Maharashtra
If you are someone who believes in helping the weaker sections of the society, Dharavi is the place for you to spend time during festivals. This place, which also happens to be Mumbai's largest slum, lights up in the colours of festivity.
Parties are thrown for the deprived communities here and 80% of what the tourists spend in such parties is also given away for the education and lifestyle improvement of these slum dwellers.
Thus, spending your Holi here will give you peace of mind and make you feel good about yourself.
3. Bangalore, Karnataka
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If you are the type of person to celebrate the festival of colours in a more modern fashion, Bangalore is where you should be. There are a number of Holi-themed parties on offer. Entries to the same can be ensured either on a personal level or as a couple.
The organisers of these parties ensure that there are enough colours and food (and in some cases alcohol as well) for all and that the merrymaking continues for hours together. Most of these parties are organised in Indiranagar and Koramangala.
4. New Delhi
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If you want to be engulfed in colours and meet people and connect with them on this festive occasion, then Delhi is the place for you to be. This is all the way truer in the case of areas like Chandni Chowk and Paharganj, where the barriers of age and religion are shattered and anyone and everyone you meet on the streets will cover you in colours.
This is a unique experience and everyone must visit the capital at least once in their lifetime and make the most of the hospitality of the Delhiites.
5. Hampi, Karnataka
If you are not really the type of person to indulge in all things loud and festive, then Hampi is the place for you to be in. Here colours are applied on each other and everything happens in a much more decent and organised manner, keeping in mind the dignity of the people participating in the celebrations.
Reverence is paid to the ruins of the great Vijaynagar Empire and all the drumming, dancing and merrymaking that takes place is centred in and around the same. Thus, if you want to experience Holi in all its grace, Hampi is the place you should be in.
6. Jaipur, Rajasthan
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If you want to be transported to a bygone era and experience events like tug of war between elephants, folk dances and puppet shows, Jaipur is the place for you to be in. The Rajasthanis are very vibrant in their dressing all year round. It is during the festival of Holi that they become all the more colourful.
Thus, if you are feeling depressed or are upset with what is happening in your life, spending your Holi here will make you forget all that and make you initiate a new and colourful start to your life.
7. Purulia, West Bengal
For those wanting to explore the festival of colours in a more musical fashion, Purulia is the place to be. Here the festival of Holi spans over three days wherein Darbari Jhumur, Natua dancers and Chhau dancers participate in the cultural extravaganza. This festival is different from that of all others in the fact that it is organised by the local villagers themselves as a means of sustaining themselves. This makes it all the way more authentic since there are no middlemen involved in the same.