Clouds of colours in the air, kids running around with pichkaris, gulal smeared faces, bhang spiked thandai and gujias served on plates is how Holi is celebrated in India. Though the way of celebrating the festival differs from state to state but the spirit and enthusiasm remains the same.
Take a look at these places where Holi is celebrated with great joy and fervour::
Vrindavan and Mathura – The Land of Krishna
Holi celebrations last for 40 days in the temple towns of Mathura and Vrindavan. The Sri Krishna Janmasthan in Mathura holds a renowned show during the week before Holi. The 3-day long holi weekend is the ideal time to experience this festival of colours.
Nearest Railway Station: Mathura Junction (MTJ) and Mathura Cantt. (MRT)
Agra – Home to Taj Mahal
Home to the fascinating dynasty of the Mughals, Agra is home to the World famous Taj Mahal. Join the crowd, admire the fountains, the water canals and the perfect symmetry of Charbagh gardens.
Nearest Railway Station: Agra Cantt
Jaisalmer- The Golden City
Jaisalmer is one of the most romantic places in India, exotic for both foreign as well as Indian tourists. An amazing concoction of colours, royalty, tradition and romance, Jaisalmer is a favourite haunt for overseas tourists in India. Camp here, take camel rides, sit by bonfires and enjoy local music and dance.
Nearest Railway Station: Jaisalmer Railway Station
The Holi celebrations in the state of Uttarakhand have a honey-like musical flavour! The locals celebrate Holi in three ways; Baithaki Holi, Khari Holi and Mahila Holi. If you are tired of the same old neighbourhood party you attend every Holi, pack your bags and visit the mesmerising hill town of Almora.
Nearest Railway Station: Kathgodam Railway Station
Banswara is a small village in Rajasthan, where Holi is celebrated with a lot of enthusiasm and fanfare. The tribals of this village and the surrounding areas bring out their traditional clothing and jewellery to participate in community dances using sticks and swords as their props.
Nearest Railway Station: Ratlam Railway Station
So, pack your bags for a wonderful new experience. Happy Holi everyone!