Braj ki Holi is famous world over and undoubtedly the place to be if you are in a mood to experience the authentic loud Holi. Braj, also known as Brij or Brijbhoomi, combines areas of Mathura, the birthplace of Lord Krishna & Vrindavan where he grew up. Also Barsana, Radha’s village where our not-so-fair Krishna playfully put colors on the fair skinned Radha and other gopis!
Holi in this part of world is not just a festival, it’s a celebration of life, happiness, love and friendship. Dipped in hues of love and laughter, the celebrations here start a week in advance. Thousands of Indian and foreign tourists travel to these cities every year to capture the essence of true Holi.
The Banke Bihari Temple in Vrindavan is the biggest venue for Holi in here. The “Phoolon wali Holi” (floral holi) hosted a few days before the actual festival is a unique way to celebrate the seasons of colors with floral petals.
On the day of the festival, the temple opens its doors to all the visitors, to play Holi with Krishna, here inside the temple premises, a surreal experience.
In Mathura, experience Bhaang making at the Ghaats of Ganga by none other than our very own Hindu priests. What fun! The remarkable Dwarkadheesh Temple is the most sought after destination for Holi celebrations in Mathura, coloring any and everyone who dare enter the premises. Saffron is everyone’s favorite color. Don’t forget to capture the Holi procession where little children dressed up as Radhe-Krishna head out on colorfully flower decorated chariots.
And if you are up for it, head out on the streets of Barsana to witness some fun filling beatings!! Be the tourist and enjoy these sights from the comforts of your terrace. Lathmar Holi, as the name suggests involves some serious beatings by the local ladies to chase the men away with lathi sticks – a la Radha Gopi style who chased Krishna and his boys away when they visited to tease her for Holi with colors.
I’d also recommend you arrive a few days early and stay back a little longer to participate in some of the festivities planned before and after the Holi day.
Bolo Radhe Rahe!
How to reach here
Braj is part of Uttar Pradesh and barely 115 km drive away from New Delhi. It is well connected by trains from Mumbai and all other major Indian cities.
Nearest airport is Agra.
This post is a part of #HoliHoppers blog hop hosted by me & my wonderful friends Aesha Shah, Dipika Singh, Ruchi Verma. This awesome blog hop is sponsored by VLCC Beauty Products & Putawan Thailand.
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