Following the Phoolon ki Holi, you can also see the Widows Holi, which is followed by the typical Holi with colours, with everyone covered from head to toe in different hues of purple, red, yellow and pink powders. You can also visit the Gopinath Temple in Vrindavan to see the white-clad widows celebrating the festival by throwing gulaal and petals of thousands of marigold flowers over each other whilst singing Krishna bhajans. It is surely a sight to behold.
Besides the Lathmar Holi, you can also take part in the sweet Ladoo Holi at the Shriji Temple in Barsana, where laddoos are distributed among the devotees in and around the temple, signifying the arrival of Lord Krishna from Nandgaon to Barsana, in order to meet Radha. People also sing a lot of folk songs in Braj Bhasha, along with bhajans praising Lord Krishna and Radha to celebrate Holi in Barsana.
During Holi, people, along with the students of the university, dress up in saffron-coloured clothes and sing and dance to the songs of Tagore, which is followed by playing with colours. They also apply gulaal to each other and indulge in delicious sweet treats. The Holi at Shantiniketan attracts thousands of tourists, not just from India, but also from other parts of the world to this small town.
During Holi, you can also witness a lot of colourful processions and parades in Agra, which are complete with traditional folk songs and bhajans, making these a highlight of this festival in the city of love in India. You can also witness the Holika Dahan rituals in every nook and corner, where people light up traditional fires to symbolize the warding off evil.
From seeing the royals seated on bedazzled animals (camels, horses and elephants), to enjoying the music by the royal band, and indulging in snacks and dinner served by the palace, as well as witnessing opulent fireworks, Holi in Udaipur is indeed a grand affair.
As with other places, the celebrations for Holi in Pushkar begin with the traditional fire lighting ceremony called Holika Dahan, wherein people enjoy throwing wooden logs, garlands and other things into the fire, as a means to ward off evil spirits. This is followed by exchange of sweets, applying colours and other festivities with each other.
One of the major highlights of Holi in Purulia is the Ayodhya Pahar here, which gets doused in red colour during the spring season, in which this festival is celebrated. This is due to the fact the Palash flowers bloom here and are spread in the entire region during this season, making it a mesmerising sight.
You must also visit the Govind Dev Ji Temple at the City Palace in Jaipur during Holi, where you can witness the idols of Lord Krishna and Radha being offered marigold flowers, and the entire ambience being enchanted with soothing Krishna bhajans and hymns. In Jaipur, you can also enjoy the Gulaal Gotas or Water Cannon Bowls during Holi, along with a myriad of themed parties at the different resorts and hotels in the city.
In the Vijayanagar Empire of Hampi, you can also find hundreds and thousands of people visiting the Konkani Gosripuram Temple during Holi. As a custom, most people also take a dip in the Tungabhadra River here after playing with colours on Holi, which is said to not just cleanse the colours, but also wash away your sins.
In addition to a lot of fun with colours, grooving to good music and rain dances, you can also head over to different luxury resorts and hotels in the city for a customised stay at this time, and simply enjoy the fun and excitement that Holi is associated with.