Wondering where you could experience the best of Holi this year? Fret not, for we have the top 7 places immaculately lined up for you.
- Barsana in Mathura: The birthplace of Radha
It is believed that Barsana is the childhood home of Radha. The town is also the only place in India where lath mar Holi is played.
Barsana is located at around 20 km away from Kosi. It is the centre of the Nagar panchayat in the Mathura District. Prepaid cabs and UPSRTC buses are available to reach the town from the airport.
- Vrindavan: The land of Krishna
Vrindavan is a beautiful town in the Mathura district. Hailed as the place of Lord Krishna’s birth, this divine place is considered to be holy for the Hindus.
It does not have an airport. The nearest airport is Kheria Airport. Nearest bus stand is Mathura. Mathura Cant railway station is 10 km away.
- Jaipur: Holika Dahan and Thandai
An abode to magnificent palaces, splendid forts and charming architectural buildings, Jaipur is vivid during the festival of Holi. The celebrations are held at multiple locations.
From Delhi the aerial distance is 241 km. There are many trains from New Delhi to Jaipur. The minimum time a train takes to reach Jaipur from New Delhi is 3h 46m.
- Shantiniketan: Basanta Utsav
‘Basant Utsav’, a version of Holi, is one of the major festivals of Shantiniketan when people come together with colours, dance performances and Tagore’s music to welcome the coming spring.
The most convenient way to reach Santiniketan is by train. The nearest station is Bolpor Station which is hardly 2-3 km away. You can easily hire a bus or a cab to drive you to your accommodation’s location.
- Ujjain: Applying color on Lord Shiva
Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh is an ancient city and holds great historical importance. The celebration of Holi every year is started off with applying colours to Lord Shiva. After which, the forum of Holi is open for the locals.
Devi Ahilyabai Holkar Airport (IDR) at Indore is the nearest airport to Ujjain, 55 km away. Indore is connected to major cities in India by air. It has direct air connectivity with New Delhi, Mumbai, Bhopal, Pune, Hyderabad, Nagpur, Raipur and Ahmedabad.
- Dwarka: The Holi puja
Dwarka is a renowned historical and religious site and has the Dwarkadheesh Temple or Jagat Temple, which was built more than 2000 years ago. Being the legendary birthplace of Lord Krishna, Holi is one of the most important festival here.
Jamnagar airport, at a distance of 45 km is the nearest airport to Dwarka. You can take bus or taxi to the town. It lies on the railway line connecting major cities of Gujarat and western India. Many express trains ply on these routes and connect with Dwarka.
- Hampi: Where west and east celebrate side by side
Hampi is inhabited by both locals and tourists, all throughout the year, mostly foreign nationals. Hence many parts of Hampi celebrates Holi in order to showcase the colourful festival and it’s significance.
The nearest railhead from Hampi is Hospet at a distance of 13 km. You can hire taxi or cab to reach the place. Hospet is well connected to major cities and towns and some of them are Bangalore, Hyderabad and Goa.