Holi, the festival of colours, is celebrated with an unmatched zeal all over the country. But some places still stand out from the rest with their own unique twists in the celebration. So if you are planning of travelling this Holi to experience something new and different. Scroll down and read about these places that celebrate Holi in with their own different level of enthusiasm. See which of these places fascinate you the most. Scroll down and read about these places that celebrate Holi in with their own different level of enthusiasm. See which of these places fascinate you the most.
Barsana, Uttar Pradesh
You must have heard the tales of celebrations here, the Lathmar Holi in which the women of Barsana and nearby villages beat up men with sticks as they try to protect themselves with a shield. Both shield and the stick are usually of bamboo. You must have got an idea about this celebration in the song "Gori tu Lathmar" from the movie Toilet. This year it will happen on March 4 in Barsana, so pre-book your tickets fast. And if you want also to see the Laddoo Holi festivities here at the Shriji Temple on 3rd March, reach a couple of days early.
Mathura and Vrindavan, Uttar Pradesh
In the temple towns of Mathura and Vrindavan, the celebration of Holi begins 40 days before the main Holi day, at the end of winters at Vasant Panchmi. At the Sri Krishna Janmasthan temple in Mathura, the land where Lord Krishna was born, is renowned for holding a show in the week before Holi. The week-long celebration of the Banke Bihari temple in Vrindavan is also equally popular, it concludes with throwing colours in the morning a day before Holi. It commences with the "Phoolon waali Holi" at 4 p.m. A day before Holi a procession heads to Mathura to celebrate the festival at 3 pm, it starts from Vishram Ghat and ends near Holi Gate. The best place to celebrate Holi on the main day is Dwarkadheesh temple, Mathura.
Shantiniketan, West Bengal
Holi known as Basanta Utsav here was started by the Poet Rabindranath Tagore. The students of Vishva Bharati University, where the poet had introduced the culture, dress up in spring clothes and organise a cultural event open for all, including dances on Tagore's songs. The event is followed by the usual ritual of throwing colours. It is a culture highly cherished by the Bengali people and every year travellers swarm here like bess to witness this unique celebration.
Anandpur Sahib, Punjab
Experience Holi the Sikh way at Anandpur Sahib. Dating back to 1701, Hola Mohalla, celebrated annually, was first organised by Guru Govind Singh. This celebration, however, is not about throwing colours but about showcasing the strength of the Sikhs. There's wrestling, martial arts, mock sword fights, acrobatic military exercises and turban tying. Hola Mohalla offers a four-day tour for the visitors, including a farm stay.