• Holi Hai! Enjoy Holi at different locations in India

    Posted on March 16, 2022 by in Travel Guide

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    Places To Celebrate Holi in India



    The festival of colors – Holi is round the corner. It is a festival celebrated with great pompous and high spirits all over India. There are various places in India, where this festival is celebrated in unmatched zeal and energy. Several different places have several different ways and traditions to celebrate Holi, thus you need to make the perfect choice according to what you are really looking forward to from the festivities. Welcoming the season of Harvest and spring, Holi is played to enjoy the hard work one has done throughout the year and brings about joyful faces with smiles on them.

    A few of the important aspects of Holi are the Holika Dahan, Bhang Pakoras while sipping on a glass of thandai. Holi parties with DJ Music, various themes, temple rituals, royal aspects, and keeping an aura of a child while playing Holi makes Holi a special festival for everyone. If you are deciding on a tour to celebrate Holi in a different way here is a list of a few places you can have a good time during Holi.

    Places to Celebrate Holi in India

    • Mathura

    The birthplace of Lord Krishna, Mathura is one of the most sought places by devotees to celebrate Holi. Mathura also is the place where Lord Krishna performed several of his miracles and has proof to vouch for the same. Filled with lakhs of devotees, all the temples in Mathura arrange for different events during the whole festivities of Holi. Usually, the Holi Festivities in Mathura start from noon at the Vishram Ghat and conclude in the late evenings at the Holi Gate. The most pious temple of Dwarkadheesh is the focal point of all the celebrations of Holi in Mathura.

    • Vrindavan

    Vrindavan is the town where Lord Krishna spent most of his days of a childhood playing in. As such, the town of Vrindavan is filled with devotees throughout the year, but this ratio goes even higher during the Holi Festival. The sect of Vaishnavas flocks in huge numbers in Vrindavan to celebrate Holi in the traditional way. What Temple Dwarkadheesh is to Mathura, is the same for the Temple of Banke Bihari in Vrindavan. In Vrindavan, the celebrations of Holi continue for almost a week with a tradition called Phoolon ki Holi (Holi played with flowers). Post this ritual the celebration of Widow’s Holi takes place and ultimately the final celebrations are done with the splashing of various colors. Along with the Banke Bihari Temple, the temple of Gopinath too is in high demand in Vrindavan to witness the Holi played by the widows.

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    • Barsana

    Barsana is one of the most popular places to play Holi in India. This is because of the tradition of Lathmar Holi that is followed here. According to this tradition, during the festival of Holi, men have to save themselves from the beatings of the women. According to rituals, women from Barsana and Nandangaon playfully beat men with the help of sticks, and the men are supposed to defend themselves from these blows with the help of a shield. As per a mythological story, the dusky skin of Lord Krishna gave him a complex against the fair-toned skin of Radha. Just to overcome this jealousy, Lord Krishna used to paint the face of Radha with different colors for them to look like one without any differentiation.

    • Agra

    The festival of Holi is at the peak of celebrations when it comes to celebrating this festival at Agra. A lot of devotees are just enchanted with partying, dancing on Holi music, sharing sweets and savories, and getting involved in many types of activities that prove the enthusiasm these devotees display for the festival of Holi. Many devotees take to roads removing a musical and colorful procession throughout the city.

    • Hampi

    It is a wrong belief that Holi is celebrated only in the Northern Part of India. The best example to prove this is the festivities that are celebrated at Hampi during the Holi festival. The celebrations of Holi in Hampi are grand and are played at an altogether different level of fun and frolic. Just to start off the celebrations, during the burning bonfire of the Holika Dahan, loads of dancing on folklore music is seen at Hampi. Hampi is surely one of the prime locations to celebrate Holi throughout India.

    • Udaipur

    Udaipur celebrates the festival of Holi is one of the most royal ways possible. Royal in the literal sense, as the Royal families take active participation in the rituals of Holi. The rituals of Holi are marked off, to begin with, the current Maharaja of Udaipur burning the bonfire of Holika Dahan, also known as the Mewar Holika Dahan, which is followed by the Gair type of dance performed by the locals of Udaipur. These performances are watched and enjoyed by the Royal family who is seated on the palanquins on the elephants, camels, and horses. It is an extremely grand event to witness Holi.

    • Jaipur

    Jaipur, the pink city of India, transforms itself into a multi-color city during the celebrations of Holi. During the Holi festivities, the royal palace of the Maharaja of Jaipur performs several events to raise charity for the locals and the local institutes. For all the tourists, the vintage hotel of Khasa Kothi is the ultimate place to celebrate Holi as it is even promoted by the Jaipur Tourism Authority. Several activities related to local music and dance are held to promote tourism. True to its nature, Holi is played in a very spirited mode with Gulal in Jaipur.

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    • Mumbai

    Mumbai, the city that never sleeps, is seen to celebrate the festival of Holi by attending lavish parties in all the clubs, discotheques, and pubs where the theme of Holi and Colors is on focus. There is not a corner in Mumbai where you won’t find loud cheering for Holi as each and every citizen of Mumbai is just busy enthralling themselves into the festivities. The celebrations of Holi just keep on improving year after year thus making the tourists of Mumbai always wanting for more.

    • Pushkar

    The most pious town in the state of Rajasthan, Pushkar also hosts celebrations of Holi in a grand and fun-filled way. Right at the main city-center of Pushkar, citizens and devotees are seen enjoying the celebration by dancing on high-pitched music and playing or rather bathing themselves in colors of different shades. The celebrations are seen going through the roof when the bhaang thandai and lassi are served to everyone. All in all, it is a great environment of pleasure to seep in while celebrating Holi at Pushkar.

    • Delhi

    The capital city of India gets an altogether different view when the celebrations of Holi begin here. There are long rallies of people enjoying Holi, by throwing colors and splashing water on each other with pichkaris. One of the most prominent events that happen in Delhi during the time of Holi is the Holi Moo Festival, in which many starred Indian and International Artists perform live for the enjoyment of the crowd.

    • Shanti Niketan

    At Shanti Niketan, the festival of Holi also called the Dol Purnima was started by Rabindranath Tagore. Holi is the gateway for the season of spring, and spring being the season of poems and love, this literature-based town enjoys Holi in its own happy way. Being the start to the Basanta Utsav, the Bishbabahrati University is all ready to welcome a new period of life. There is that aura of calmness at Shanti Niketan, that makes the celebration of Holi an even more sacred experience.

    • Purulia

    One more town in West Bengal that celebrates Holi on a grand scale is Purulia. The locals of Purulia celebrate the festival of Basanta Utsav for a continuous period of 3 days. The celebrations at Purulia are a blend of folk art, Baul type of songs, dance consisting of Darbari, Jhumur, Chau, and Natua. Experiencing Holi at Purulia is a lifetime experience that will be etched on your memory.

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    • Anandpur Sahib

    At Anandpur Sahib, the festival of Holi is celebrated in an altogether different fashion by the Sikh Community. The day following Holi is the day when the Sikhs showcase their physical strength via mock fights and performance of the military type of exercises. Events related to music and poetry too are held during this period. Lastly, no Sikh event is ever finished without langar, and Holi at Anandpur Sahib is no exception.

    • Varanasi

    Celebrating Holi in the holiest city for the Hindus, Varanasi is an amazing feeling. Though the rituals followed at Varanasi are almost the same when compared to the other locations of India, one thing that strikes the difference is the River Ganga and its Ghats in Varanasi. The sight is just impeccable and every inch of every ghat is seem to be immersed in playing and celebrating the festival of Holi.


    Holi is celebrated with equal zest and energy throughout India. It depends on your interest where you wish to enjoy this festival and be a part of those tourists who love to explore the festive side of our country. You can simply book a vehicle with Chiku Cab anywhere in India to move and enjoy the various types of celebrations throughout the country.

    Wishing all of you a Happy Holi in advance!


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