Holi With A Twist: 3 Cities in India That Celebrate The Festival Of Colors Unconventionally!

Most festivals in our country are celebrated with exceptional spright and enthusiasm, especially if it is the colorful festival, Holi. The skyline vibrant with different hues, the festive spirit and love amongst people and the lingering smell of mouth-watering gujiya from every corner- oh, the bliss!

This is every year’s story, but how about you do something different this time? I know a Holi party with folks and friends in the best way of celebrating the festival, but how about you take all of them for a quick trip this year? Allow me to tell you the 3 cities in India where Holi celebrations are so monumental; it may put the best Holi party you’ve attended to shame. Read on!

1. Barsana, Uttar Pradesh

Barsana should be the first on your list of go-to places for an unusual Holi celebration. This festival is also known by the name of Lathmaar Holi. Bound in an age-old tradition, men from Nandgoan and other villages near Barsana come to this place with the hope of raising a flag at the Radha-Krishna temple of the town but are instead welcomed by women of Barsana with Laathis (bamboo sticks). The men are supposed to save themselves in this mock fight, and the ones who get caught are beaten up and dressed as women and paraded around the town- all in the spirit of the festival, of course! The celebrations start a week before the main festival, and there is a large influx of tourists each year that gather at a large ground on the outskirts of the town to experience the joy of local celebrations of Holi.

2. Anandpur Sahib, Punjab

Not everyone is a fan of colors, and if you’re one of those, here’s where you should head. The event in Punjab is known as Holla Mohalla, where the celebration of the local festival is more about locals proving their physical agility than anything else. Rather than throwing colors at each other, they indulge in wrestling, mock sword fights, martial arts, turban tying and other activities. This tradition first began in 1701 with Sikh Guru, Shri Guru Gobind Singh Ji. There are special farm stays at the location where tourists can spend this festive occasion. If you plan to visit this place, make sure you stay there for at least three days.

3. Jaipur, Rajasthan

Other than colors, one element that plays a crucial role when playing Holi at Jaipur is elephants. From parades to elephant beauty contestants, all of it happens for the locals and travelers, making the festival extra special. There are folk dance performances and contests like tug of war to keep the people entertained.