New Delhi, India.Start Date: 17/03/2022End Date: 18/03/2022
Holi Festival India
Do not miss the chance to experience Holi Festival India, a cheerful and colorful celebration bringing thousands of locals and visitors out into the buzzling streets to celebrate the victory of good over evil and the culmination of winter to welcome an abundant spring harvest season.
For many, Holi Festival India is a day to meet others to – laugh & play, forget & forgive, and a great opportunity to form new friendships. Leave the past behind looking forward to a happy future. Join the thousands of people on the streets ready to throw – Powder bombs, splash color water, and fire water pistols.
Holi Festival India 2022 is from March 17th-18th .
Holi Festival of colors is a national holiday celebrated throughout India in which festivities vary depending on the city. However, here is a small view of what to experience in Holi New Delhi and Lathmar Holi Barsana:
Holi New Delhi
the capital of India celebrates with supreme vivacity as the diverse Indian traditions and backgrounds living on the different hubs of the city portray their individuality.
The celebration starts on the night before Holi with a bonfire lit in the city’s influential centers, known as Hokika Dahan. After the bonfire, there’s a special ‘Puja‘, which is a ritual where people dance and sing around the fire three times.
The next morning the Holi festival of colors takes place with processions on the city streets, open parks, outside temples and more.
It is a magnificent scenario looking at people singing and dancing along the resonating drums and throwing a rich variety of color powder to each other until everyone becomes unrecognizable. Notice people hug a lot since on this day even enemies become friends.
In addition, a lot of hotels organize private events on site to ensure everyone will join the adrenaline of the Holi festival of colors.
The festival takes place one week before Holi Lathmar. It starts with a grand ceremony at the Radha Rani temple. Afterwards the people march outside the temple on the Rangeeli Gali. At this time, the men of the village Nandgaon come to Barsana in hope to play with the town’s girls and raise their flag over the Radha Rani temple.
Instead they are greeted by the Barsana women with sticks, who get beaten all in the spirit of the Holi festival. During the mock battle, thousands of participants (including tourists) get to enjoy the big thrashing of color powder thrown all over the streets.
Charming Holi songs and dancing transforming the site into a one of a kind festivity. Also know most of the participants drink ‘thandai’, a milk beverage laced with a paste called bhang (made from legal cannabis). The reactions very from person to person:
some laugh, cry or crave sweets, so if you want to try it you can find it everywhere in Barsana.
8 Essential Holi Festival India Tips
1# Women should not hang out alone; be aware that many participants get intoxicated and can act disrespectful so take this perfect time to meet other adventurers like you.
2# Wear sunglasses or goggles to protect your eyes.
3# Try keeping your mouth shut to prevent color getting inside.
4# Wear old clothes and a hat that you can be thrown away after the festivity.
5# Rub a hair oil like coconut oil on your skin before the festival to avoid the color from absorbing.
6# Buy natural plant-derived colors from local markets and shops such as turmeric, henna, etc.
7# If you are allergic or suffer from asthma it’s better not to play with the synthetic colors.
8# Protect personal belongings such as cameras and cellphones from the colors with plastic bags. If you want to take pics stand on a high place.
Find Color and Love at Holi Festival India
Any friend or stranger, children or elder, will enjoy Holi festival of colors with an open heart. Enjoy the celebration as the intentions are to embrace love and peace.
The city of New Delhi is Indian’s capital, an extensive metropolis with a diverse population. strengthening the arts, research, tourism, and much more contributing to the growth of this immense city.
Interestingly, New Delhi is considered one of the oldest existing cities in the world with an estimate age of over 5,000 years, the perfect place to enjoy the festivities and explore its magnificent history.
The Red Fort
representing the powerful reign of the Mughal emperor and preserving its architectural masterpiece through Indian’s history and British rule.
There are so many important historical buildings as the Humayun’s tomb, Akshardham or Swaminarayan, Rashtrapatibhavan, just to name few.
Where To Stay?
There are an amazing selection of hotels, B&Bs, apartments and guest houses in New Delhi at great prices for every budget and taste.
So, if you are excited to stay in a five star hotel this is the place as you have several choices to enjoy luxury accommodations at affordable prices, a must splurge.
However, there are many boutique hotels and pictures B&Bs offering all the commodities of modern living at unbelievable prices so regardless of your choice rest assure you will get your money’s worth.
In addition, the city center of New Delhi is a great location for those looking to stay in the middle of the action, just know that during Holi festival of colors is considered a high tourists season so book in advance to lock your favorite spot.
What To Eat?
The festival of colors intensifies the joy with the amazing variety of must try Indian food.
The Dahi Vada
Is A dumpling made with lentils dipped in sweetened yogurt and topped with coriander chutneys and tamarind. Such a delicate and savory snack everyone should taste.
Also try the popular aalo tikki, kachori, gulabjamuns, jelabis, and the famous lassi drink. You can find these foods everywhere in New Delhi.
Visit the Old Delhi of Chandni Chowk, a popular street food market along labyrinth narrow roads surrounded by stands selling everything you can think including:
spices, jewelry and much more. Surely, Indian food is drench in smells, colors, and textures that can be intimidating but go ahead and dive into the full Indian experience by not missing these must eat foods.
How To Get There?
There are several ways to get to New Delhi depending on your destination check these recommendations:
If you are coming from abroad land at Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL), the main and busiest airport in the country conveniently located 16 km (9.9 mi) from the city center.
You have several options to get around the city including renting a car from the airport at affordable prices.
A great choice if you are planning to travel to surrounding cities such as Agra a 3 ½ hour drive via Taj Express Highway/Yamuna Expy (with tolls) and Jaipur about 4 ½ hour drive on NH28 (with tolls).
By Public Transportation
Once in Delhi you have several choices like the new metro system with six lines covering many city stations is fairly rapid and priced right.
Hiring taxis is good but make sure you negotiate the price or set the meter with the driver before you go in, otherwise, you might end up paying more than usual.
Around the city you can take the autorickshaws, a fun way to get to places that are not too far but don’t forget to negotiate the price. Lastly, public buses are widely available but they are considered uncomfortable so if you don’t mind a really crowded bus get in.
From Delhi to Barsana
Getting to Barsana from Delhi is simple by car is about a 3 ½ hour drive (115 km). If you are only going for the Holi festival, it is popular to drive early morning and come back to Delhi at night. Also, you can hire a taxi just make sure you book before the festivity since many would be enjoying the party.
The legend behind Holi India festival of colors is proclaimed started when King Hiranyakashyapinstructed everyone to worship him as a god but his son Prahlad only worship Lord Vishnu.
Therefore, in rage the King demanded his sister “Holika” to tricked Prahlad to seat on her lap while she entered a blazing fire since she was wearing a cloak protecting her against the fire.
The story goes the cloak flew from Holika and embrace Prahlad saving him from the fire while Holika burned to ashes. Nowadays, Holi is the symbolic reminder of the victory of good over evil with a display of colors.