Destination Advice to celebrate Holi

Old Jan 28th, 2020, 01:52 AM
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Destination Advice to celebrate Holi

Hi! I am a travel enthusiast and planning to visit India during the Holi festival. I have heard of the unique celebrations of the festival in Udaipur, Jaipur, and Anandpur Sahib. Of course, there will be other interesting places too in India. Please advise me with your best experiences about where I should be this Holi. As most of the celebrations take place on the final day of Holi. So I want to make this day huge.
Thanks and Happy Holi to all of you in advance!!
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Old Jan 28th, 2020, 06:35 AM
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Originally Posted by dianageorge View Post
Hi! I am a travel enthusiast and planning to visit India during the Holi festival. I have heard of the unique celebrations of the festival in Udaipur, Jaipur, and Anandpur Sahib. Of course, there will be other interesting places too in India. Please advise me with your best experiences about where I should be this Holi. As most of the celebrations take place on the final day of Holi. So I want to make this day huge.
Thanks and Happy Holi to all of you in advance!!
Mathura should be on your list.
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Old Jan 29th, 2020, 10:20 AM
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Good Idea

Originally Posted by pawanranta View Post
Mathura should be on your list.
Thanks for the advice. I was also reading about it today.
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Old Jan 30th, 2020, 10:53 AM
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I have been only in New Delhi a couple of times during the festival of Holi. It is a fun festival as your research will show.
Just a reminder, make sure you take several old outfits so that if local people throw dry or wet color on you and your clothes get stained, you can just discard them. Washing them sometimes will not take the color stains away. If wet, you can dry them and reuse them for another day and then discard.

Kids on the street, like to play with colored water and may squirt a little on people walking around, It is all in good spirit, so if you get sprayed, enjoy the moment. If you do not want to get color on yourself, you may have to stay in the hotel room!! Even at hotels, the staff will want to put some color on your face--forehead, cheeks. Again, all in festive mood, so try to participate.

Some colors can irritate the skin, so good idea to carry some creams and soothing lotions with you and use them after washing off the colors from the skin.

There are special food items prepared for the festival too, hope you get a chance to try them. There will be lots of local shops that sell Indian sweets by the piece, so stop by and taste a few. The one I liked the best is called "Gunjiya." It is a turnover---pastry stuffed with sweet, aromatic nutty filling. Many varieties are available and different shops will have varied choices.
Well, enjoy planning, it will be fun and of course, take tons of colorful photographs.
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Old Jan 30th, 2020, 12:11 PM
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I think another point of view is in order. It could be I'm just a curmudgeon, likely, but I found it a pretty obnoxious few days. Both times I was in Jaiselmer (2nd time silly me) and after experiencing some aggression, especially from young boys, I just stayed in my hotels, perfectly content except for the explosions. Not just 1 day, it goes on for several. I tend to stay put for longer than average so I didn't miss anything as a result but just a head's up, and if you find it isn't your thing, you aren't alone.
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Old Jan 31st, 2020, 03:19 AM
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Delhi has a rule that all colour throwing has to stop in the early afternoon. Thank goodness. I agree with Mme Perdu, I'd stay in my hotel rather than going out in the mess. Yes, the little boys can be very aggressive with their water guns and water filled balloons.
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Old Jan 31st, 2020, 07:51 AM
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This seems to be a good description of one woman's experience: https://www.lostwithpurpose.com/holi-woman-varanasi/

Take a look at some photos and decide if you want the experience they show: https://indianexpress.com/photos/lif...cs-5080451/10/

And it may not "just" be paint: https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/...w/63114411.cms
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Old Jan 31st, 2020, 11:43 AM
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Thursday-Thanks for the links. Educational to see the good and the bad part of Holi celebration. Many people in India just stay indoors for the day so they do not have to deal with the street Hooligans.
Supposed to be all in good spirit and in friendly and loving mood, but things go out of hand it seems.
So, important to be careful and take full precautions even when one is trying to enjoy a local celebration.
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