1. Hola Mohalla, Punjab
While Holi is as zestfully played in Punjab as elsewhere in north India, the day after Holi is celebrated with mighty displays of mock battles with obsolete traditional weapons, often in processions accompanied by war drums. The Sikh tradition of Hola Mohalla, which means mock fight, was established by Guru Gobind Singh in Anandpur Sahib, to propagate the martial arts and other warlike sports.
|Hola Mohalla, on the long weekend of Holi in Punjab. Photo by festivalsadvices.com.|
- Holi falls on March 8 this year, followed by Hola Mohalla on March 9, 2012.
- Stay at Prakriti Farms to club this experience with Punjabi country hospitality.
|Home to the Purushwadi Community in Maharashtra. Photo by Grassroutes.com|
- The Purushwadi community celebrates Holi with organic colors & sports events.
- Join Grassroutes or Bombay Hub for a trip to the villages inhabited by the Purushwadi tribals.
|The Himachali melange of colors. Photo by ticklebear4u.com.|
- The processions pass through villages on the shores of the River Beas.
- Stay at Ramgarh Heritage Villa in the village cluster of Raison, a quaint British bungalow which offers a vantage point about Beas.
|Jhumar Naach at the Basanta Utsav in West Bengal. Photo by banglanatak.com.|
- The Holi fair is held in the village of Deulghata, 5-6 hours from Kolkata.
- Stay in a tent at the fair grounds to fully soak in the festive mood of Holi.