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Where is the best place to experience Holi Festival in India?

Where is the best place to experience the festival of colour in India?

7 Answers

top answer by
Rohit from New Delhi, India

Holi is the spring festival of India celebrated across the country with colors. It is one of the most amazing experiences a traveler can have in the country, filled with joy and excitement.

The most famous place for holi is  Varanasi, other cities of Uttar Pradesh are also great like Mathura and Vrindavan. But these are not for the faint-hearted. The crowd tends to get pretty crazy and there may be several safety concerns (especially for women).

Do some research check out some youtube videos and if you think you can handle it go for these places.

If on the other hand you feel these are a little too much for you, there is no need to despair, as I mentioned holi is celebrated all across the country. You can have an amazing time at holi at any of the metro cities - delhi, mumbai, bangalore, chennai, kolkotta. Also tourist spots in Rajasthan have a huge celebration, places like Jaisalmer, Jaipur, Udaipur, Pushkar are also great if they are already in your itinerary just stick with them, no need to go some place specially for the festival.

If all the places people come together at various locations to celebrate holi, it can be parks, beaches, community centers, or any public space. You will have to do a little research on where you want to be during the festival.

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Varanasi (city)
  2. Uttar Pradesh (state)
  3. Mathura (city)
  4. Vrindavan (city)
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answered by
Gita from Mumbai

Hi Linda,

Holi's celebrated all across India, but with different intensity. It's more boisterous in the northern towns and cities of India, but that being said, I myself wouldn't want to celebrate it there as the crowds tend to get rowdy in certain places. No matter where you are in India, you'll always find a safe, controlled environment where Holi's being celebrated, just have to google it ;)

That being said, best avoid the South of India and the North-Eastern parts as it's "not as" colourful, both in terms of colour and fervour, as compared to Mathura, Vrindavan, Udaipur, Varanasi, JaipurDelhi and Mumbai. Please make sure to stay safe and with company if you want to experience Holi on the streets.

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Mathura (city)
  2. Vrindavan (city)
  3. Udaipur (city)
  4. Varanasi (city)
  5. Jaipur (city)
  6. Delhi (city)
  7. Mumbai (city)
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answered by
Alisha from Nagpur

Hi Linda, In India, the best place to experience Holi festival is in the northern states. They take Holi very seriously, especially Mathura in Utter Pradesh Niryat Naigam because this is said to be where Lord Krishna grew up. Holi in Goa is fun if you are like many who come to India to escape the maddening crowds and want to lie sprawled out on a desert island beach for your trip then fear not, you can still be a part of the Holi celebrations from your sun lounging vacation.  Hope this information would help you. Enjoy your journey.

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Mathura (city)
  2. Utter Pradesh Niryat Naigam (attraction)
  3. Goa (city)
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answered by
Jaykant from Bharatpur

Mathura is best known for its 'Braj Holi'. One can enjoy colors and culture of Holi in Mathura (The Land of Lord Krishna).

Best in reach from Delhi: 2.5 hours train journey from Delhi - Mathura.

Agra is one hour road journey from Mathura.

Jaipur is 5 hours journey from Mathura.

If you are coming on this Holi festival you can enjoy Holi along with other interesting excursions.

If you need more on it you can write me again.

Let spread the colors of Braj Holi


Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Mathura (city)
  2. Delhi (city)
  3. Jaipur (city)
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answered first by
Greg from Whistler

Mathurais a great place to spend Holi--it's rowdy and fun and so exuberant--just don't expect solemnity. If you need a place to stay, the Hotel Tushar Residency is a great choice if you can swing a room.

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Mathura (city)
  2. Hotel Tushar Residency (hotel)
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answered by
Steve from San Francisco

Though we could not enjoy the festival as we traveled in the month of May however holy festival was celebrated in the month of March. However, I believe Jaipur and Bharatpur are the best regions to enjoy the Holy festival.   

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Jaipur (city)
  2. Bharatpur (city)

answered by
Arpit from Jaipur, Rajasthan

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Jaipur (city)

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