And no.. it’s not the Mathura & Vrindan or Jaipur.
Saplings crack through the cold barren soil in a promise of new beginnings, beautiful blooms and buzzing bees. That is the promise of spring as it renews the Earth and its flora and fauna after cold winters. In India and many other parts in the world, Holi is celebrated as a festival that welcomes spring and all the possibilities it carries with it.
Holi is one of the most joyful and exuberant festival with celebrated in the world. The festival looks like someone harvested the colours of a rainbow for a day of fun, music and laughter. Travel enthusiasts have planned their HOLI-days during spring every year to join in on this vibrant festival.
Here are 4 Places you need to visit for your next colourful HOLI-day:
1. Goa, India
The party capital of India has so much more to offer than white sands and beautiful beaches. Be prepared to be doused in colored water or attacked by water balloons as part of the fun of Holi celebrations in Goa.
Stay at the Amore Manolita, a great space to share with family and friends. You even get to make your own organic eco-friendly colors the day before the celebration using flowers and common ingredients available in local markets.
2. Pokhara, Nepal
Pokhara is a lakeside district that is known as a gateway to the Annapurna Circuit. The city located on Phewa Lake gets a colourful makeover on Holi, with celebrations kicking off a with a bonfire one day prior to that.
To cap it off, stay at the Fishtail Lodge or The Pavilions Himalayas for incredible views and unbeatable locations. Join in on the fun with locals from this quaint city to commemorate the triumph of good over evil.
3. United States Of America (USA)
You read that right! Some of the largest festivals combining colours and music happens in the US. If you are in Los Angeles, you can head to the Festival of Colors that happens every year. The event features dance, music, yoga and you guessed it – lots and lots of color! Stay at the Bissell House Bed & Breakfast in Pasadena that’s just a short ride away from the festival venue.
Holi and the island life really do go hand-in-hand. Holi is celebrated with much enthusiasm in this island nation with over 63% of Hindu in its population. Anyone out in an open area is fair game, so consider yourself warned.
If island getaways are your thing, treat yourself with a stay at luxurious 5-star resort, The LUX* Belle Mare , where you can relax after your day out playing Holi.
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