If, like us, you’re fed up with the endless cascade of rain drenching every inch of the UK right now then why not escape to celebrate Holi in sun-soaked India?
While the UK still has some warming up to do before its own outdoor festivities begin, India is gearing up for the first major Hindu festival of the year, and there’s still plenty of time for you to get out there too. In recent years this colourful festival has gained global popularity but it’s still at its best in India. So join us as we venture to Rajasthan to celebrate Holi!
The ancient festival of Holi, often referred to as the festival of love, has long been celebrated by Hindus and people who enjoy a good party across many parts of South Asia. Throughout India during the Phalguna Purnima (the full moon during the vernal equinox at the end of February/ beginning of March) the streets are filled with locals and visitors partying, dancing and taking part in the famous carnival of colours.
Rajasthan is one of the best places to experience Holi, especially for tourists. The welcoming and friendly locals take pleasure in inviting visitors to take part in the celebration of the triumph of good over evil. Save 40 per cent on a trip to Rajasthan and witness the wonderful colour carnival tak place in Delhi on the 17th March.
Fly with Emirates to the enchanting capital of Delhi where you’ll start your Golden Triangle Tour during Holi. Kick off the festivities with Holika, on the eve of Holi, with bonfires lighting up the city which signify banishing evil spirits away, and feast on the delicious spicy food found all over the city.
After the Holika bonfires comes the colour carnival the next day, where you are bound to feel overwhelmed by the sheer amount of love and joy buzzing through the whole of Rajasthan. Drummers and dancers travel through the crowds as people sing and rejoice and everbody participates in a free-for-all of throwing dry, coloured powder and water at each other, resulting in some of the most incredible and vibrant scenes you’ll ever see.
It’s not just the colour carnival that takes place on Holi however, with the spectacular Elephant festival held on the same day in Jaipur. Events such as elephant polo and dance, as well as a parade of ornately dressed animals, including camels and horses, all take place throughout the day. You also shouldn’t miss the tug-of-war competition between an elephant and 19 people at the end of the festival!
After a day of celebrating, powder slinging and elephant watching you’ll find many places to refuel, whether you’re in Delhi, Jaipur or another part of India, as food stalls set up and restaurants open their doors to hungry revellers. If you’re hungry to know more about the history of Holi, this is a great time to introduce yourself to the locals and learn about India’s rich and beautiful culture.
Spend the rest of your trip post-Holi journeying through the Golden Triangle (Delhi, Agra and Jaipur) staying in 5 star accommodation along the way, with daily breakfast. Visit other highlights in Rajasthan such as the Agra Fort, Amber Fort and the iconic Taj Mahal with local guides, private transportation and admission fees all included when you book with us from the 1st until the 31st March!
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