Lath mar Holi, Barsana– The places that you must visit places during Holi includes Govardhan, Barsana and Nandgaon. Women of this Barsana village near Mathura in Uttar Pradesh usually beat up men from neighboring Nandgaon village with huge sticks, that what’s known as Lathmar Holi celebrations.This celebration takes place around a week before the main festival of Holi. Therefore, for witnessing such as celebration it’s worth getting to Barsana a week before Lathmar Holi so that you can also experience Laddoo Holi festivities there. During the celebration, sweets are thrown around and spiritual songs related to Lord Krishna and Radha are sung.
Basant Utsav, Purulia– A three-day Basant Utsav folk festival takes place in the Purulia district of West Bengal. You’ll get to sing as well as enjoy a wide variety of unique folk art and and play Holi with the locals. This includes the remarkable chau dance, natua dance, darbari jhumur and songs of West Bengal’s wandering Baul musicians. This festival is specialas it’s organised by villagers themselves as a way to help and sustain themselves. It’s around 5-6 hours journey by train from Kolkata.
Hola Mohalla, Anandpur Sahib, Punjab – Experience Holi in the the Sikh way at Anandpur Sahib, Punjab. You can visit Takht Sri Keshgarh Sahib which is also known as Anandpur Sahib for the last 16 years during the Sikh festival of Hola Mohalla. Its definitely a great place to be there and watch the real action enacted by the warrior Sikhs- Nihangs at the banks of Charan Ganga. Takht Sri Keshgarh Sahib is one of the five temporal seat as of Sikh religion where large number of devotees visits, especially during the third day Hola mohalla festival to seek the blessing of Almighty an show obedience. It is an extremely colourful festival where Nihangs dressed in their blue/saffron clothes along with their weapons of war are seen enacting mock battles to receptive crowd. Its amazing time for photographers and also for anyone who loves to experience the true Indian religious cultural mela.
Royal holi, Udaipur- Being at Udaipur for Holi last would definitely be a great experience. You can go for Holika Dahan to Jagdish Temple. There were holis lit up all over the city. I would suggest try to avoid taking the highways on the festival day as they are often blocked by adivasis.
Traditional Holi In Mathura and Vrindavan– You must experience the Holi celebrations and pay a visit to the famous Banke-Bihari Temple. The crowd’s enthusiasm for Lord Krishna can only be seen on Holi – the festival of colours that brings in autonomous joy, fun and play, music and dance with a innumerable bright colors. You can even visit Vrindavan during Holi which is believed to be the best time to visit Vrindavan in groups for the week long celebration of Holi. Arrive early for extreme enjoyment and this will be your best Holi.
Basantotsava, Santiniketan – If you plan to visit Santiniketan, try visiting the place during Spring especially on Holi. Get the hotel booked in advance. For the festival, students dress up in bright spring colours and put on a huge cultural program including dancing to Tagore’s songs for visitors. This is followed by the usual throwing of colours. Basantotsava has become a cherished part of Bengali history and culture, and it attracts numerous tourists.