Holi is a festival which celebrates the victory of good over Evil. It is said that Lord Krishna as a child used to play pranks by throwing water and colored chalk on girls in his village. In his honor the festival of Holi is celebrated, and if you want to soak it all in in the festival of colors and don’t have a problem getting dirty for a day or two, visit these places to get the best Holi experience.

1. Mathura, Uttar Pradesh

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Mathura is considered to be the birth place of Lord Krishna and is just a 3-hour drive and 183 kilometers from Delhi. In here the Holi celebrations start by Vasant Panchami, 49 days before Holi. On the day of Holi, the best place to play Holi is at Dwarkadheesh Temple. The day before, you can also see a colorful Holi procession which starts from Vishram Ghat and finishes near the Holi gate.

2. Vrindavan, Uttar Pradesh

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Vrindavan is the place where Lord Krishna spent his childhood and is considered to be the second most popular place to play Holi in India. In Vrindavan Holi celebrations also get underway from 40 days before and it culminates with the week long celebrations at the Baanke Bihari Temple and the main Holi day.

3. Delhi

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The capital city also celebrates Holi with great pomp and fervor and is one of the best destinations to celebrate Holi the modern way. Celebrated in all parts of the city and amongst all, it is difficult to get away from a few areas unscathed as people will drench you with colors. There are many private Holi festivals that are hosted which has DJs, food, colors and one can enter by availing tickets.

4. Mumbai

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The people of Mumbai love to celebrate Holi- and one can see celebrations in both the traditional and modern way. People from all spheres of life come together to celebrate Holi together and powdered colors are generally used. You can also find private Holi parties being arranged in the upscale areas of the city, and can get into one with passes or tickets.

5. Jaipur, Rajasthan

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There is an elephant festival which takes annually that marks the beginning of Holi celebrations in India. Locals and foreigners equally participate in playing Holi everywhere in the city. However, the elephant festival remains the charm with Elephant parades, beauty contests, tug of war and what not!

6. Hampi, Karnataka

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Holi Is celebrated primarily in North India and you can safely avoid going South, if you want to indulge in the spirit. However, the town of Hampi is an exception an everyone turns up to play Holi in morning there are drums, chants, dancing with the ruins of the Vijayanagar temple in the background.

7. Shantiniketan, West Bengal

An Indian woman from Nandgaon village beat a villager from Barsana with a wooden stick during Lathmar holi festival celebrations, in Nandgaon, India, Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015. During Lathmar Holi the women of Nandgaon, the hometown of Krishna, beat the men from Barsana, the legendary hometown of Radha, consort of Hindu God Krishna, with wooden sticks in response to their teasing as they depart the town. (AP Photo/Saurabh Das)

In Shantiniketan Holi is celebrated as Basanta Utsava which was started by the great Indian poet, Rabindranath Tagore. It is a popular annual event at the Vishva Bharati University and for the people of Shantiniketan and there are many cultural shows and students dressed in traditional attire play Holi.

8. Goa

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If participating in Holi among the maddening crowds is not your thing, you can also go to Goa and celebrate a quiet Holiday. There are Holi celebrations, which is known as Shigmo here are celebrated with private Holi parties, parades and musical fares at night, unlike the rest of the country who celebrate at day.

 

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