Can there be another festival which is as vibrant and free-spirited as Holi? We don’t think so. This celebration of life, love and the onset of spring has many variations across India and beyond. If you are on a lookout for the best places to celebrate Holi in 2019, here’s a list of one-of-a-kind destinations that will notch up your splashing and smearing experience.
And with RCI offering stay options in all of the below destinations, go ahead and plan your trip right away!
Udaipur: Udaipur is a city of stunning beauty. Numerous turquoise lakes surrounded by arid hills and white palaces make for a pretty picture, especially so during festival seasons. Holi celebrations in Udaipur commence with the burning of Holika at the central square outside Jagdish Temple, followed by which there’s is music and dancing, joyous celebrations, bursting of firecrackers and more. The following morning, people step out on the streets and narrow lanes of Udaipur with their buckets full of coloured water and water cannons. Locals and tourists participate alike with great enthusiasm which makes Udaipur a great place to play Holi in India. Once you’ve enjoyed the city festivities, you can relax and complete your trip with Club Mahindra Udaipur , which is set in lush, landscaped gardens and surrounded by hills and grassland and the magnificent ambience is combined with royal service.
Amritsar: The celebrations of Holi in Punjab by the Sikhs differ from the entire country in many ways. Locals shout their hearts out following a tradition. Furthermore, they exhibit their martial arts on this day and have fun with colours in the evening. Delicious halwas, puris, gujias, and malpuas are eaten and served to others. While you enjoy the street food and culture of Amritsar, club this trip with a fantastic stay at HK Clarks Inn, Amritsar who are committed to provide a world-class hotel experience.
Jaipur: Jaipur is probably among the best places to celebrate Holi in India. It’s not just the enthusiasm of the people of Jaipur that makes it a fun city to celebrate Holi, but also a great effort of Rajasthan Tourism that organizes a special event for visitors on the lawns of Khasa Kothi. This event features Rajasthani folk dance, song performances, and a festive lunch. Complete this perfect Holi get away with RCI by staying at the Cambay Golf Resort, Jamdoli, for ultimate pampering, enjoy spa services that include therapeutic massages in a luxurious setting. And when it’s mealtime, have a cocktail at the bar before dining at the on-site restaurant, featuring an open kitchen, exotic cuisines and beautiful ambience.
Mathura: Holi in Mathura – the birthplace of Krishna, is an extremely exuberant affair. Mathura is an absolute uproar during the Holi month. Yes, you heard it right, a whole month of Holi! The place is totally hijacked by excited tourists and that is what makes Holi in Mathura so much fun to witness.
The Holi festival celebrations in Mathura also include age-old traditions, which are observed with utmost respect and reverence. During your trip to Matura choose to stay with an amazing offering by RCI, Nidhivan Sarovar Portico, which is ideally located in the calm environs of the city and close to ISCON Temple, it is indeed a blessing for all those looking for a hassle free, heightened, self-contained place of stay.
Goa: The festival of Holi is called Shigmostav in Goa. Festivities start with prayers to the village gods and goddesses. It is the biggest festival for Hindus and is spread over a fortnight. The parades are held on last five days of the festival. Shigmostav is highlighted with performances of troupes in the form of parades and cultural dramas. Festivities reach the peak on the fifth day when gulal is used to colour everyone. The main Goa Beaches turn colourful on the day of Holi with large number of locals & tourists gathering on the shores to play with colours. Club this amazing vacation with a stay at Averina Beach, which is built in traditional architectural style, has 2 restaurants, a 24hr coffee shop and “The Sundowner” bar overlooking the sea.