Mathura Vrindavan Holi: A Traditional Holi
Celebrate this Holi in the most fun way – plan a trip to Mathura and Vrindavan to understand the true fervor and traditions behind this Festival of Colours.
This is a detailed itinerary on how you can plan your Holi trip to Mathura and Vrindavan and the get the best out of it. Holi is a week long celebration and real fun here!
Holi Celebration Dates and the Significance
Barsana and Nandgaon Lathmar Holi, 17th and 18th March 2016
This is peculiar and age old tradition where where women chase men and beat them up with Lathis (sticks), so Lathmar Holi. The legend is that Lord Krishna used to visit Barsana to meet Radha for Holi and tease her and Gopis and they chased Krishna by beating him with sticks. Till date the men from Nandgaon visit Barsana and get beaten up and chased by the women here. Many locals as well tourists come to witness this fun and unique occasion each year.
How to Reach: Barsana is 115 kms from Delhi and 50 kms from Mathura. Reach as early as possible in morning ,it gets quite crowded. Climb to the top balcony
Range Bharni Ekadashi : 19th March , 2016
Attend and enjoy Lathmar Holi in Krishna Janmabhoomi, Mathura and be a part of the Holi procession at Mathura where everyone plays Holi with everyone else. Get drenched , enjoy the splash of colours. All the major temples of Mathura has something special going on every day in the entire week.
Holi at Banke Bihari Temple, Vrindavan : 23rd March 2016
Banke Bihari Temple – believed to be the birthplace of Lord Krishna. Here Holi is celebrated a day before the main Holi , when its believed that the lord himself plays with all the visitors. The priest throw colors and sacred water at the visitors and they chant in unison. Its an magical experience to be a part of this event.
Holi in Mathura: 24th March 2016
The biggest celebrations are at the Dwarkadheesh Temple. To get a real feel start the day early. The temple area tends to get crowded after 10 am and women mostly stay away. But to see and feel the Holi celebrations at the streets is equally fun. Have a little bit of famous Mathura bhang to get into the mood!
Huranga at Dauji Temple : 25th March 2016
On 25th March visit Dauji Temple, 30 kilometers from Mathura for an additional dose of Holi celebrations. A celebration where men are stripped off their shirts by the women and are beaten (in a fun way). All the people just let go of all their inhibitions and enjoy the colours.
On 20th- 22nd March you can spend some time visiting the various temples in this region, or Gulal Kund in Braj. A lovely lake near Govardhan Mountain where boys from Krishna Leela drama troupe enact scenes of Holi throughout the year. Also do not miss out on the festival food and the famous sweets here.
Mathura Vrindavan holi celebrations are renowned not only in India but all over the world. It is one of the most sought after travel destination during the occasion of Holi. Without thinking about the crowd, people just get lost in the colors of spirituality and happiness.
Vrindavan : 164 kms away from Delhi.
Mathura : 162 Kms away from Delhi.
Both cities are connected by rail heads from major rail station of india.
You ought to visit these places at least once in a lifetime to know what Mathura Vrindavan Holi is all about and get drenched in colors, pomp and joy.
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