Holi, a holiday in India that is eagerly awaited and celebrated with great enthusiasm, is a festival that not only paints the skin but also the hearts with colors of happiness. The top places in India to celebrate the festival of Holi surround you with unmatched festive fervour. The festival has its own distinct flavor in different parts of India. From party-style Holi in Rajasthan to the traditional Holi in North India, there is something for everyone.
Here are 4 famous destinations you can visit to celebrate a colorful Holi with unique style and traditions.
1. Pushkar, Rajasthan
The most spectacular Holi celebration in India takes place in Pushkar. If you are looking for a modern take on the traditional Hindu festival of Holi then this is the place to go. Tourists from all over the world come to play Holi in Pushkar. Plus, practically everyone in the neighborhood is playing, dancing and singing in the streets!
2. Mathura, Uttar Pradesh
Holi is highly regarded in Mathura and for obvious reasons. After all, why not find a location for the festival to be born there? Mathura is a popular pilgrimage site for believers especially around Holi, as it is the birthplace of Lord Krishna. The temples of Mathura organize extravagant festivals to mark the festival. In the Mathura cities of Barsana and Nandgaon, Lathmar Holi is a unique way of celebrating the festival. Holi celebrations start 4-5 days before the actual day of Holi.
3. Udaipur, Rajasthan
On the eve of Holi, known as ‘Holika Dahan’, when local Maharajas light a ceremonial bonfire in the central courtyard to signal the beginning of the festivities, the royal palace in Udaipur is the best place to visit. After that, guests are invited to return for cocktails and a sumptuous dinner, which is followed by a fireworks display. After dawn, foreign visitors mingle in abundance at the ‘Chowk’ below the nearby Jagdish Temple to play with ‘Gulal’ colours.
4. Sangla, Himachal Pradesh
Have you ever wondered how the people of the hills celebrate Holi? Holi in Sangla, on the other hand, is the ideal place to experience Holi in the Himalayan style. Holi is celebrated in Sangla for a week. Sangla has everything from gathering, singing and dancing in the entire village to eating, drinking and partying together. In addition to the colorful celebration, the holiday also includes weekend prayers to the local deity.
So, pick your favorite vacation spot and revel in bliss with colors that will color your skin and your soul with joy. Whatever you do, you will have a unique experience that will enrich your trip and leave you a lasting impression of the festival.
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