Holi
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Brief

Holi, festival of colour,  is an important festival of Hindus. It has cultural significance also , the day signifies the end of errors & conflicts between each other. The day celebrates to forget and forgive the enemies. Holi marks the start of spring and for many others it symbolize start of New year. Beside these it has many other purposes , mainly the festival that celebrated agriculture commemorated  good spring harvests and the fertile land. All over India, Holi is celebrated during the Phalgun month of Hindu lender. It is believed that after demon king Hiranyakashipu's several attempts to kill his son Prahalada for worshipping Lord Vishnu failed, his sister Holika decided to take matters into her hands and burn Prahalada alive. Hindus celebrate this festival as religious purpose as Holi. The night before holi bonfires are lit, people gather near fire, sings & dances. Next day the holi is celebrated . Children & youth spray coloured solution to each other while elders  play with coloured powder on each others face. Visitors to homes are teased with colours and served with sweets and drinks. Holi is celebrated all over India, and mostly celebrated in Mathura, the birth place of Lord Krishna. It is celebrated at the end of the winter season on the last full moon of the lunar month called as Phalguni Purnima as per regional calendar falls in March, sometimes in late February.

Hindi is the official language.

 

 

 
Travel Tips

It is best to hire a cab in Delhi and keep it with you for the duration of your trip. Make Vrindavan your base as it has a few decent hotels and is an hour away from Nandgaon and Barsana and 30 minutes from Mathura.

It is essential to stay vigilant while in Braj. 

Protect your cameras abd mobile phones by covering them with ploythene or other such material.

While walking towards the temples, many people throw colour and water at everyone. If you come across as a snobbish city dweller trying duck the colour, it will give them an added incentive to drench you in more water.

Also remember that there are no proper toiles available near Barsana or Nandgaon.

Find out the date of the festivities in advance from locals - cab drivers and hotel staff.

It is beter to go to he venues in the morning and stick around for the rest of th day, there is always something or the other happening.

To avoid colours on eyes try to wear goggles. Children should play with natural colours.



When to visit

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Things to do

In Braj (Vrindavan and Mathura), during Holi, there is never a dearth of things to do. In fact, the festivities at different villages and temples was left tired and gasping for breath. aditionally, cannabis is easily available. On the first day, Laddu Holi is scelebrated in Barsana. The event is more of a preparatory one, to kick start the festivities. Pujas are performed at the Radha rani temple to set the atmosphere for Lathmaar Holi, which is played on the following day.

On the day of Lathmaar holi in Barsana, the temple is decorated and poeple visit in the morning to seek blessings from the deities. The people play holi in the temple premises itself.

The constant beats of dhols (drums) sets the mood for the ensuring merrymaking. The temple shuts briefly for lunch and reopens in the evening when the women of Barsana barge in with their lathis to beat up the men of Nandgaon. The men in turn come equipped with shields to ave themselves. However, many come unarmed and willingly enjoy a beating or two. The scene is quite euphoric to witness - a bunch of women beating up a few men with lathis amidst constant hooting from the people watching them and shutterbugs running around to capture the frezy. Adding the right hue to the frame is the gulaal that seems to be floating in the air.

In Mathura, a massive cultual programme is organised at the Krishna Janmabhoomi complex. Various artists stage plays on Lord Krishna and his life, the story of Holi etc. In Vrindavan, people play Holi at Banke Bihari temple and move form temple to temple in large procession.

 
Getting Around

There are buses connecting cities running from NH28 &29. Several travel by own onveyance like bicycle, cars, and other auto, rickshaws etc.

 
Places to Stay

Taj is elegantly designed building and offers and offers an excellent view of the silver Gomti and La Martinere on the opposite bank. 

 

 
How to Reach

  • Nearest airport is Agra, but Delhis IGIA is better connected.
  • Near railway station is Mathura Junction is served by many trains from Delhi. Agra railway station is now served by the new Gatiman express which takes only an hour and a half from your car rental service.
  • Vrindavan is 8km from Mathura on well-maintained NH2. Buses from Delhi to Mathura leave from Sarai Kale Khan Bus terminus o Agra; get off at Chhatikara crossing where autos are available from Vrindavan . The Yamuna expressway from Greater Noida is also a convenient route to get here.

 
Surrounding Attractions

On the banks of Gomti, ooposite to Carlton hotel is the Shahnajaf Imambara which houses the tombs of Nawab Ghaziuddin Haider and his wives, inluding his European bride, Begum Mubarak Mahal.

Imambaras found all over Lucknow, are peculiar to the Shia faith and hold taziyas that provide a focus during Muharram. They can also be burial places.

Taj Mahal: Emperor Shah Jahan was devoted to Mumtaz Mahal his wife. The queen bore him eight sons and six daughters. Mumtaz died in June 1631 in the age of 38 years. Instantly the work on the Taj began instanty. Tons of white marble lugged from the quarries of Makrana in Rajsthan, a hundred miles away, red sandstone was brought from Fatehpur Sikri.

Fatehpur Sikri: Fatehpur Sikri is playful and full of surprises' turn a corner and find an enchanted walled garden, or climb out an apartment and find a tree perfecylt framed in a window.

 

 
Emergency No.

All India Railway helpline: 1512

Police control room: 100

Womens helpline: 181

Medical helpline: 108

Ambulance: 102

Fire services: 102