Visiting India during festivals can be extremely confusing if you don’t know much about where and how they are celebrated the best. If you’re looking to indulge in celebrating the festival of colours, Holi, you need to read on and find out the best spots in the country where the festival is celebrated with most fervour.
Mathura & Vrindavan
Receiving pilgrims and tourists from the entire country as well as different parts of the world, Mathura, is the place of Lord Krishna’s birth. Vrindavan, around 10kms from Mathura, is where he grew up and remains another must visit for the devotees. The festival is celebrated with traditional pomp and show and all the colours and madness in the region and the festivities are perhaps the best in the country. There are weeklong Holi celebrations held at the famous Banke-Bihari temple and visitors from all over gather here to play Holi.
Two day Holi celebrations are held at this city in Rajasthan. People visit from different parts of the world to witness the royal influence on the celebrations. The first day is the traditional Holika Dahan and is usually conducted by some custodian of the Mewar Dynasty. The next morning is when all the fun begins and you can see people playing Holi on the streets with colours and water balloons. Another major highlight of Holi here is the Elephant Festival. There are friendly competitions organised such as tug of war, elephant races and elephant polo.
Celebrated on a full moon day, Hampi sees traditional celebration of Holi. The festival also signifies the end of the winter season and the start of spring and Hampi celebrates it will all the grandeur and rituals. One of the most important places for Karnataka tourism, Hampi welcomes visitors from different parts of the world and treats them to the terrific Indian diversity.
If you’re looking to celebrate Holi lounging at the beach, sipping on your favourite cocktails, soaking up the sun, and in between throwing gulal and water balloons at each other, Goa is your go to place. Traditionally, Holi is known as Shigmotsav here, and the festivities start by offering prayers to the gods and goddesses.
The face of all things new and contemporary, Mumbai is the epitome of the modern Holi in India. With several parties held across the city where people dress up in their whites and play with colour, while dancing to their favourite Bollywood songs, Mumbai is where you can expect to enjoy the absolutely chic version of the festival.