The festival of colours is around the corner, and comes with it makes it more exuberant. Holi signifies the victory of good, having fun, meeting loved ones, and being happy. It is surely a Hindu festival but represents diversity and oneness.
This season ditch the traditional way of celebrating the festivity and travel to these places to attend funfilled Holi events across the country. Hire a Myles self-drive car rental and commence a voyage for a unique Holi celebration.
Hola Mohalla- Anandpur Sahib, Punjab
Hola Mohalla is a unique festival celebrated a day after Holi. Sikh Guru Gobind Singh lionized the celebration to give tribute to the valour and mettle men of the Sikh community. The event exhibits mock fighting, martial arts, stunts, and followed by colour playing in the evening. The attendees can also enjoy Langar served throughout the day in Gurudwara during the celebration. Hire a budgeted car rental in Chandigarh and witness this not so ordinary Holi festival.
Lathmar Holi- Barsana, Uttar Pradesh
This iconic way of celebrating Holi in the Barsana town of Uttar Pradesh, Lathmar Holi, is the pre-festive tradition celebrated ever since the era of Lord Krishna when he used to live in Barsana. Women use lads (bamboo sticks) to hit their partner or me playfully to scare them away during the festivity. You can book a self-drive car rental in Delhi and set the voyage to this beautiful place to enjoy this unique Holi celebration.
Phoolon ki Holi- Vrindavan, Uttar Pradesh
Another unique tradition celebrated around the festivity in Uttar Pradesh’s Vrindavan is the Phoolon ki Holi. A few days prior to the actual Holi festival, the celebration takes place and is played using flower petals. Phoolon ki Holi is the way way to play Holi with Lord Krishna. Vrindavan is close to Barsana, Gokul, Nandgao and Mathura, which gives an ideal opportunity to explore Braj Bhumi and enjoy the best Holi events across these cities.
Holi Festival- Pushkar, Rajasthan
After Mathura Vrindavan, the Holi celebration of Pushkar is famous across the country and worldwide. Every year before COVID, more than 1 million tourists travel to this city to enjoy the grand Holi festivity. The event starts with Holika Dahan (bonfire meant for praying) a day prior, followed by colour playing the next day. The city is converted into a big colourful fair or mela. Pushkar’s temples, charming cafes, quaint lakes, and ambience enhance the overall experience.
Rangpanchami in Maharashtra
In North India, as people celebrate Dahi Handi during Krishna Janamashtami, a similar festivity takes place during Holi in Maharashtra. Rangpanchami tradition reflects the childhood mischiefs of Lord Krishna, where he and his friends steal butter from the neighbourhood, and then the women hide it in the highest place in the houses. To relive the antic, people in Maharashtra hug the butter or colour filled pots on the great height, and men form pyramids to break it while women deter them from reaching it. Book a budget car rental in Mumbai, Pune or any other city to enjoy the celebration around.
Colour Festival- Hampi, Karnataka
Hampi is another place that is known for its Holi celebration. The ancient town of Hampi is known for its stunning Vijayanagar ruins, ornate temple and unique rocky landscapes. The Holi festival in Hampi is worth an experience. The entire town turns into a vibrant fest, where locals and tourists together eat, dance, sing, splash colours, and many at the end head for a dip in the river. Book a Myles self-drive car in Bangalore and have a Holi memorable road trip to Hampi.
Basant Utsav- Shantiniketan, West Bengal
As per the Hindu lunisolar calendar, Holi marks the beginning of the spring season. The festival has special significance in west Bengal for many reasons and is celebrated as Basant Utsav. The day is celebrated with dance, sons, chanting Hymns in Shantiniketan. Rabindranath Tagore introduced the kind of celebration to recreate the festival’s magic of colours in a fine tune. Travel here to witness the unique Holi celebration.
Other Events: Celebrate the true essence of Holi, attending other traditional events across the nation such as Dhulandi in Haryana, Royal Holi in Jaipur organized by Royals of the City Palace in Jaipur, Phagun Purnima in Bihar to mark the season of good harvests and fertility of the land, Kaman Pandigi in Tamil Nadu, Manjul Kuli in Kerala, Shigmo in Goa and Yosang in Manipur.
This Holi long weekend, travel to experience the authentic essence of the festival and have a great road trip with Myles self-drive.
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