Holi festival 2018 India - Essential Guide on how to plan and celebrate Holi in Mathura and Vrindavan!

Planning to celebrate the Holi festival in India at Mathura and Vrindavan in 2018, and looking for resources on how to go about it? This is exactly what happened to me also this year when I wanted to plan a trip and struggled to find a detailed online itinerary that I could follow. Hence I decided to write this post so that it can be helpful to anyone planning a trip there. This post should work both for Indian as well as international tourists, however, you are still in doubt after the post, feel free to post a question in the comments below or write me a direct email - I shall do my best to help you out :)


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Holi at Barsana. Pic credit: Achal Mishra
Now coming back to the festival itself, Holi is one of the biggest Indian festivals and is also one of the most fun ones. Of course there are prayers to the Gods, but the festivities then continue on the streets as colourful street festival. Though there is one main Holi day, the festivities actually starts in mid-January at the time of Makar Sankranti and continue beyond the Holi day itself. If you are coming all the way to India to celebrate and capture Holi, it's highly recommended that you come early as well as stay back a little longer to capture some big events before and after the main Holi day.

I am including the biggest events which make up this festival, though there are a few more Holi celebrations which are not included in the list. 

Event 1: Lathmar Holi at Barsana and Nandgaon

5th to 8th March 2017

The first in this is a rather peculiar style of Holi celebrations where women chase men and beat them up with Lathis (sticks), and it’s called Lathmar Holi. There are two towns which celebrate this festival with zest and these are Barsana and Nandgaon.


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A scene from the Lather Holi festival. Pic credit: Achal Mishra
This is how the story behind the festival goes. Lord Krishna visited Barsana to meet Radha for Holi and teased her and her friends a lot. The ladies got a little offended and decided to teach Krishna a lesson and chased him away by beating him with sticks. So now men from Krishna’s village Nandgaon visit Barsana on this day and get beaten up and chased by the women here. 

Its a huge event and attracts thousands of participants as well as tourists who come to enjoy the fun filled beatings.

Read more: Lathmar Holi at Barsana and Nandgaon.

When to go?
The event takes place about seven days before the actual Holi. Confirm the dates before planning a trip, it’s a different date every year like most Hindu festivals. 

Where?
Barsana and Nandgaon

How to go?
If you are in Delhi, you can simply hire a cab, go to the event and come back home in the evening. Brasana is about 115 kilometres from Delhi. Similarly, if you are in Mathura you can hire a cab and go there. The distance is between Mathura and Barsana is about 50 km. Reach as early as possible in the morning as the temple gets very crowded and it might get difficult to climb to the top balcony which is the only place from where photography is possible here.

Dates:
2016 - 17th March (Barsana) and 18th March (Nandgaon)
2017 - 5th March to 8th March - recently updated
2018 - 

Event 2: Phoolon wali Holi, Vrindavan

8th March 2017

On the Ekadashi before Holi, the Banke Bihari temple at Vridnavan celebtrates a unique Holi which is not celebrated with conventional dry or wet colors, but with flowers, and hence the name Phoolon wali holi (Flowers' Holi). The event is not as popular as the other events, but is quickly getting it's due.

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Phoolon wali Holi (Pic: Divyakashi

The gates of the temple open around 4pm and the Flower's Holi starts right after that. However, unlike other Holi festivities this is a short affair of just about 15-20 minutes during which flowers are thrown at the devotees by the temple priests. If you are not on time, it's very easy to miss it. In case you planning to capture it with your camera, reach early and be at the gate just when it opens.

When to go?
Ekadashi before Holi. in 2017 it's on 8th March.

Where?
Banke Bihari temple, Vrindavan

Dates:
2016 - 19th March
2017 - 8th March
2018 - 

p.s. Thanks to my friend Divyakshi for the update :)

Event 3: Widow's Holi, Vrindavan

10th March 2017

Widows in India have always led a difficult life. They were often banished form their homes and were forced to live in ashrams in Varanasi and Vrindavan. They wore white clothes and never played with colours. A few years back the widows of Pagal Baba Widow Ashram, Vrindavan decided to break this convention and play with colors.

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Women playing Holi (ref: The Hindu)

Though it started only two years back, it's already a must-do event during Holi celebrations. If you reach early and have time, do make a visit and meet them. I am not sure, but if possible, do play with them as well...always good to spread love on festivals :)

When to go?
The event takes place a few days before Holi.

Where?
Pagal Baba Widow Ashram, Vrindavan

Dates:
2016 - 21st March
2017 - 10th March (tentative)
2018 -


Event 4: Holi at Banke Bihari Temple, Vrindavan

1st March 2018

Banke Bihari is the hub of Holi festivities in Vridavan - believed to be the birthplace of Lord Krishna. The event here takes place just a day before the main Holi festival. The temple opens up its doors to all visitors to come and play Holi with the lord himself. The priest throw colors and holy water and the crowd chants in unison. Its an unbelievable experience to be a part of this event. 


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Holi at Banke Bihari Temple, Vrindavan

Unlike Lathmar Holi, this event has mainly males participating. There are some women, but the crowd does get rowdy and I guess that’s the reason most local women avoid it. There is festival inside as well as outside the temple premises and its impossible to escape the colors :)

The doors of the temple open at 9am and shut by 1.30pm.

Read more: Holi at Banke Bihari Temple, Vrindavan

When to go?
A day before Holi; 9am to 1.30pm

Where?
Vridnavan

How to go?
Vridnavan is about 160km from Delh, so it is possible to travel in the morning and go back in the evening. However, my recommendation is to take a hotel room and Mathura and stay overnight. The main Holi festival in Mathura happens next day and is not an event to be missed.

Dates:
2016 - 23rd March
2017 - 12th March
2018 - 1st March


Event 5: Holi procession in Mathura

1st March 2018

After the Holi festivities in Vrindavan get over around 2pm, head out to Mathura to participate in the colourful Holi procession. The procession starts at Vishram Ghat and get over a little after the Holi Gate. Its best to catch it in the street connecting the two landmarks.


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Kids throwing colors from the vehicle

About ten vehicles decorated with flowers, and some even with kids dressed up as Radha-Krishna, participate in it. 3pm is a good time to go there and be a part of it. Everyone plays Holi with everyone else and its futile to resist. Get drenched a few times and get completely coloured and chances are that you will be left to enjoy (or take photographs) by yourself after that.

Evening Holika Dahan: The evening after the street procession is the time for Holika dehan - or burning of the effigy of Holika. The biggest such effigy is burnt at the Holi Gate and there are many cultural programs as well. I would suggest you skip this one and go inside the lanes towards ghats. Each small cross-road will have a small intimate function where women come and pray. The prayers are quick and if you are not around you can easily miss it as well.

Read more: Holi procession at Mathura.

When to go?
A day before Holi; 2pm to 6pm

Where?
Mathura

How to go?
If you are in Vrindavan, you can take an auto-rickshaw from the town. It makes little sense to come from Delhi or any other town just to attend this event.

Dates:
2016 - 23rd March
2017 - 12th March
2018 - 1st March


Event 6: Holi festivities in Mathura

2nd March 2018

On the big Holi day, the biggest festival takes place at the historical Dwarkadheesh Temple in Mathura. However, I would recommend starting the day much earlier at 7am. Head out to Vishram ghat and catch the process of making Bhang by the priests. If possible, maybe take a glass yourself as well (not more).


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The priest getting ready to spray colors!

The gates of the temple open at 10am and there is already a big crowd outside the gates by then playing Holi and colouring anyone who dares cross the road. Most of it is fun, but things can very quickly get ugly. Mostly local men and kids participate, and women are again conspicuous by their absence. However, there are many traveler women who do participate. 

The atmosphere inside the temple is really nice actually Unlike Banke Bihari in Vridnavan, the scale of Holi is smaller and the place is much friendlier. Priest play Dhols and you can even join the dancing there. Inside the temple, more women play Holi.

Food tip: On the day of Holi it's practically impossible to find any food after the festival get s over, and that's the time when you are also most hungry. My suggestion would be to buy some food in advance and keep safely with you in the bag or back in the hotel room. In case you forget to buy food, there is one dhaba open opposite Holi gate which does serve some very oily food. There could be some street vendors who sell stale chole-kulche, and maybe a fruit-seller if you are lucky. Brijwasi sweets at Holi gate opens around 4pm and you can get something hygienic to eat there.

Read more: Holi at Dwarkadheesh Temple, Mathura.

When?
Holi day; 10am to 1.30pm

Where?
Dwarkadheesh Temple, Mathura

How to go?
If you are in Mathura, just walk from you hotel. You can also come from Delhi in a cab and leave the same afternoon.

Dates:
2016 - 23rd March
2017 - 13th March
2018 - 2nd March

Event 7: Huranga at Dauji Temple

3rd March 2018

On the day after Holi, Dauji Temple, located about 30 km outside Mathura, comes alive with men getting not just beaten up but also stripped by the women :)


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Huranga at Dauji Temple in full swing!

The tradition dates back to more than 500 years, when the Krishna temple was established. Women from the family which established the temple, strip the men and beat them up with their own clothes, in the temple courtyard. Its a huge family with about 3000 members now, and they all come to the village from across the world for the festival. 

This was to me the most fun-filed Holi. People just let go of all their inhibitions and play with colors. After the ceremony gets over, there is more Holi played in the courtyard of the temple and everyone is welcome to join in. 

Read more: Huranga at Dauji temple near Mathura.

When?
Day after Holi; 12.30pm to 4.00 pm. However, this is a popular event and if you want to take good pictures reach by 9am and block your seat on the roof to get a good view.

Where?
Daoji Temple, Baldeo, 30 km from Mathura

How to go?
If you are in Mathura, take a cab or an auto-rickshaw to the village. You can also come from Delhi in a cab and leave the same afternoon.

Dates:
2016 - 25th March
2017 - 14th March
2018 - 3rd March

More Practical Information

What to eat?

I think the entire North India has great food, especially when it comes to street food and sweets, and Mathura certainly does not disappoint. I loved eating the food there every single day, infant though I was there to capture Holi, food also became a highlight of the trip.

So go crazy on things like pain poori, aalo tikki, kachori, jelabis, imartis, lal pedas, gulab jamuns, lassi and more! If you think your stomach won't be able to handle the Indian food, you can have it all from Brijwasi which is right next to the Holi gate. Otherwise, the most popular chaat place is called 'Shreeji Chat'

For meals, do try out the Girdhar Murari Dharmashala. The place serves excellent Gujarati food, though you need to make a payment and reserve your meal in advance. If you come late, there won't be any food for you - so do keep tab on time.

I must also add that bhaang (form of cannabis) is legal in the city and served in the form of thandai - cold flavoured milk. I strongly recommend trying it out - we had multiple glasses of bhang everyday and loved it :)

Where to stay?

Mathura does't have many amazing places to stay, but decent ones do exist. When picking a hotel, make sure you pick one which is close to the city centre so that you can easily walk around all the time without the need for transportation. It's lovely near the river and if you can find a place somewhere near Vishram Ghat, it would be quite nice every evening.

One of the most recommended places to stay is Hotel Brijwasi Royal. You can read more about them here:

Some of the other hotels are:



Mathura beyond Holi

Of course Mathura is not just temple and Holi, and there is much more to the city. I wrote an article about it a while back and it's worth checking it out if you plan to stay for a day or so after the Holi event as well. Since you would have already seen most of the temples already, do use your time to see the town beyond the temples - there is local wrestling, food, old wooden doors and more :)


General tips

- Holi can get pretty crazy at times, so be prepared to be splashed with colors, water and even other things
- There is water and colors almost all the time all around you, so good protection is needed for camera - have a waterproof plastic covers, if possible. Use this to learn more about how to protect your photography gear.
- The clothes you wear for the day will not be useable after Holi, so wear something not so useful.
- There is also a possibility that your clothes might just get torn off on the streets, so be prepared.
- Women need to extremely careful during Holi here. I do not want to warn them against coming, but they are often targets for the young local guys and many may not like it. Molestation in the guise of Holi is not uncommon.
- Wear a cap, this can potentially save your hair as people usually do not take off your head-gear
Carry a small dry-bag to keep the money, phone and other essentials 
Wear a cap on head to save your hair - most likely no one will take it off to color your hair
- And finally, have at least a glass of Bhang and don’t just be a spectator with your camera. Holi is best enjoyed by not just getting colored, but by coloring others as well.

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I celebrated the Holi with my friend Mayank and did a photo-walk with his company Caribou Drift. Mayank is not only an excellent photographer (he takes pictures for Natgeo, Lonely Planet and so on), but also a really nice and fun guy. It was not just Holi, we explored so much more in and around Mathura, especially the street-food and the Akhara across the river

If you do not want to take the hassle next year for this, just get in touch with the dudes who run Caribou Drift. I can say it from my personal experience, that you will have one of the best Holi of your life with them :)

Comments

  1. Hi Siddhartha. My friends and I are planning to travel to Vrindavan for this Holi as it's always been on our bucket list and this blog has been really helpful. I love your pieces by the way. Looking forward more wonderful blogs. Cheers

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    1. I am glad this was helpful Priyanka! :)

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    2. Hi Priyanka, I am also planning to visit Mathura Vrindavan for Holi celebration this year as I will be in Delhi that week. However I am looking for people to accompany as Holi is no fun celebrating alone and I also have safety concerns about going alone or in small group. Please let me know if u guys r going to experience Holi in Mathura this year and wouldn't mind me and my sis joining you. Thanks.
      Contact me at sweetnivi88@gmail.com

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    3. All,

      We can all form a group if people are interested...each of us can also do sort of background check of other's willing to join....may be through facebook profiles ..email...or Ids. If any of you think this idea is onn pls drop your comments under of my original comment on 8th march below or mailme at mailme.suyash@gmail.com

      Thanks :)

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    4. Hi I am also planning to visit Mathura Vrindavan for Holi celebration this year. However I am looking for people to accompany as Holi is no fun celebrating alone and a bigger group will also be safer I guess. Please let me know if u guys r going to experience Holi in Mathura this year and wouldn't mind me joining you. Thanks.
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    5. Hi Priyanka, I am also planning to visit Mathura Vrindavan for Holi celebration this year as I will be in Delhi that week. However I am looking for people to accompany as Holi is no fun celebrating alone and I also have safety concerns about going alone or in small group. Please let me know if u guys r going to experience Holi in Mathura this year and wouldn't mind me joining you. Thanks.
      Contact me at savisoni88@gmail.com

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    6. Thankxx Sid for all these infos.. we Waited eagerly for ur updates n here it is... n we planned the trip according to ur informations... thank u so so much for the 2017 updates... was waiting for it from december...

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  2. Such a helpful and informative post, Sid.

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    1. It is Renne! Even more than what it looks like in these images...

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  4. Amazing! Had no clue that there were so many varieties. Seems rather unruly, though

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    1. Yes there are these and even more! It's surely unruly...but one can manage I guess :)

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  5. Just shared this on our Facebook group, Globetrotting girls India. Thank you for this detailed and info-packed post :)

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    1. Thanks Ankita :) If you do have more questions, do let me know and I would love to update the article to include those points...

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    2. Hi Ankita, I am also planning to visit Mathura Vrindavan for Holi celebration this year as I will be in Delhi that week. However I am looking for people to accompany as Holi is no fun celebrating alone and a bigger group of girls will also be safer I guess. Please let me know if u guys r going to experience Holi in Mathura this year and wouldn't mind me and my sis joining you. Thanks.
      Contact me at sweetnivi88@gmail.com

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    3. Do gang up girls :) If you do plan to go, do ping me again and I will try and give some more specific tips to stay safe :)

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  6. Nice informative post, Thanks for sharing. Awesome photos.

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  7. Like I last mentioned, loved the concept of Lathmar Holi. Hoping to see it sometime

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    1. Absolutely! I guess you and Rob and others will travel together...it would be super fun :)

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  8. Good one, Sid!This has been on my list for ever but I have not got the guts to step into this scene on my own - so maybe next year :)

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    1. Thanks Charu! It's certainly a must-do :)

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  9. This is an awesome post. The photos look so colorful and really bring out the energy of the festival. I really hope I am able to experience this in real life at some point in my life. I HAVE to!

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    1. Absolutely you have to! The experience is really unique :)

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  10. First time to your blog and loved the vivid colors and the energy you have brought out along with the masti and frolic of this festival.

    You have a good eye :)

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  11. Such informative post on holi with details of events. Also the pics are really awesome reflecting the hardcore Indian flavours. We deals in Himachal itineraries for getting best deals please click on holidays in himachal

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  12. Hello Siddhartha! Very nice post!!! You have cleared some of my doubts about the Holi, but I'm still having some doubts... looking for info on the internet I've found up to three different dates for the Holi Celebration, which one is correct? As I understand it, the party of colours in Vrindavan and Mathura is on 22th (and previous days) and in other places is on 24th only? Which celebration do you recommend, Vrindavan on 22th or Mathura on 23th? Our group is formed by men and women and we don't want to be uncomfortable in a very crowded place... Thanks!!!

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    1. Hi Miguel, I can completely understand your confusion. Indian festivals never have a set date and often not even celebrated on the same date across the country.

      I just referred to the Hindu calendar at home to check the dates mentioned there:

      23rd March - Holi. This is the day when the idol of Holi is burnt, but typically you don't play with colors on this day. The Vrindavan temple festival takes place on this day.

      24th March - this is the main Holi playing day, often also called Dulhendi. This is the day everyone plays with colors, and the Mathura festival takes place this day.

      If you are a mixed group, Mathura is better as it's within the temple as well as outside on the streets. Vrindavan is great for photography but not so much if you want to play it. The space inside the temple is crammed and even moving around can get tough.

      Go for Mathura :)

      p.s. feel free to ask more questions, if you have any :)

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    2. Thanks again! You are a lifesaver! Now all the dates feel right, we'll go for sure to Mathura and think about going to Vrindavan or not :)

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  13. Wow this is so nice post , was just googling some info about holi as I would be in Delhi that week .after reading ur post I don't want to miss this chance at any cost.

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    1. Thanks Sridhar! You must go and experience it :)

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  14. Hi
    Can you please recommend some hotels for staying if I want enjoy holi at Barsana and Nandgaon. I am planning to reach Mathura on 17th evening. my mail id is sggi@rediffmail.com. my son if 12 years will be accompanying me. acoomodation needed for 2 people.

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  15. Hi Priyanka, I am also planning to visit Mathura Vrindavan for Holi celebration. I am looking for people to accompany as Holi is no fun celebrating alone and I also have safety concerns. Kindly let me know if u are planing for Holi in Mathura this year. and if you wouldn't mind me to join your group.
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      We can all form a group if people are interested...each of us can also do sort of background check of other's willing to join....may be through facebook profiles ..email...or Ids. If any of you think this idea is onn pls drop your comments under of my original comment on 8th march below or mailme at mailme.suyash@gmail.com

      Thanks :)

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  16. Hey sidharth..really a very nice post..wanted to ask one thing..me n my friend are travelling from mumbai so is it safe for girls n if yes then which event is worth attainding

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    1. I think its generally quite safe, but do stay in areas with more people around. The evenings can get lonely even on Holi day, so venture out carefully...

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    2. Preeti I'm also travelling from Mumbai specially for holi. messaged others also. Please read it below.

      All,

      We can all form a group if people are interested...each of us can also do sort of background check of other's willing to join....may be through facebook profiles ..email...or Ids. If any of you think this idea is onn pls drop your comments under of my original comment on 8th march below or mailme at mailme.suyash@gmail.com

      Thanks :)

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  17. Thanks Siddhartha for this useful information. Hopefully this holi will be in Vrindavan!
    Thanks Again!
    Cheers!

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  18. Hi Siddhartha, its really informative blog with lot of detailing. i will be travelling to mathura and vrindavan this holi with my gals gang. if you are willing to travel this year too..do let us know :) as well does and dont's during holi in vrindavan and mathura being gals gang.

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    1. I won't be able to visit this year...but you guys have fun! A post coming up soon for Do's and Dont's of Holi soon :)

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  19. OMG...this is an amazing post...I am glad I bumped into your site...amazing post on holi...each and every click is a treat for the eyes...totally impressed...Thanks for Sharing Sid...
    Neha
    http://www.theinstylejournal.com

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  20. Hi, thanks for all the info! Really useful post!
    We are traveling in India now and we're going to Mathura with my husband who is a photographer to capture Holi this year. Still not sure about Lathmar Holi though. Does is happen on 18th or 19th of March or both days? We are going to come for Lathmar Holi and then leave for Orchha or maybe Rajasthan for a few days and come back on March 22nd for the rest of the festivities. Where is it better to stay - in Mathura or Vrindavan. Looks like Mathura is better as most of the celebrations happen there, right? Would be extremely grateful for any advice.
    Kateryna

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    1. Hey Kateryna, I believe that it's there on both the days. You can reach on the first day and then decide if you want to stay for the next day as well.

      I actually prefer Mathura for stay, though all good hotels are actually located a little away from the main action area. Let me come back to you on the hotels...I have asked a friend for advice who is from Mathura and she might have more suggestions to give on this :)

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    2. Hey! Just saw your answer :) Thanks for advise. Any suggestions on guesthouses in Mathura/Vrindavan are welcome! :)

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  21. Very informative and intriguing thanks for sharing your experience about this splendid festivals......well i am travelling this year for this event.

    Hope to catch some of you guys there.....buntie8@hotmail.com is my email

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  22. I had celebrate holi in Mathura in 2010. Really lovely Place!

    I wish another trip for holi celebration with friends at Mathura.

    www.ajura.com

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    1. hello mam. can u plzz giving me some details about this holi.. hope u will text me. pixonthestudio@gmail.com

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  23. Hi Siddharth,
    Very Informative, planning to visit Mathura this Holi and hats-off for you to provide such a detailed information.
    Thanks

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  24. Hello Sid,
    Thanks for such lovely information, you have been a saviour. Well me and my 4 friends mix of guys and girls are planning to visit Mathura for the celebrations. But we will be able to reach only on the 22nd spending like 4 days there in both Mathura and Vrindavan. Unsure if those days will be suffice to cover the fest, but we don have much days.Heard about the crowd growing mad, so wanted to know if being in Mathura will be a better option with limited travel to Vrindavan , since we don wanna miss the temples there too. Your thoughts !?

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    1. Aishwarya, those days would be sufficient to cover most of the major festivities. I suggest staying back in Mathura and using it as your base. The crowds are mad, but not very unruly (there can be some though who will try to misbehave). Just make sure you stay with a bunch...some guys around would be good :)

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    2. All,

      We can all form a group if people are interested...each of us can also do sort of background check of other's willing to join....may be through facebook profiles ..email...or Ids. If any of you think this idea is onn pls drop your comments under of my original comment on 8th march below or mailme at mailme.suyash@gmail.com

      Thanks :)

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    3. Thanks Siddy..... Now with that madness pushing us... We have been able to extend the days in the brijbhoomi.... Hoping to have unlimited fun.

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  25. Nice lines mate..its actually like we have lived the moments through this pics. i was planning one day trip or skip it as i wvl travel to rishikesh aswee but seeing ur post it has ignited my feelings to go der and live it.
    I am from kolkata jain though. will be travelling to mathura for a day atleast if any other person are travelling do let me know @ p.bothrajain@gmail.com

    Pankaj jain/ Holi 16

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    1. Please let me know how the trip goes Pankaj :)

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    2. All,

      We can all form a group if people are interested...each of us can also do sort of background check of other's willing to join....may be through facebook profiles ..email...or Ids. If any of you think this idea is onn pls drop your comments under of my original comment on 8th march below or mailme at mailme.suyash@gmail.com

      Thanks :)

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  26. Namastey Siddhartha Joshi,

    Actually I have heard about vrindavan Holi and am always wanted to visit Mathura vrindavan specially in the occasion of Holi. I wish that someday I will be there in Holi. By the way thanks for sharing information about vrindavan holi.

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  27. Is there any permission needed to photography inside the banke bihari temple or from roof of the temple?

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    1. Well, actually it's not allowed to go up at the temple to take pictures, but many of us did anyway. You will have be very persuasive and use all possible charms to get up. Some priests might even ask for money, but try not to give it to go up...

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  28. Dear friend

    I m planning to visit vrindavan this holi.. But i have no companions... Should i still plan the trip?? I mean, will i be able to enjoy alone there

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    1. It's a difficult question to answer Kamal. If you are outgoing guy, you will very easily find likeminded people there. There are many backpackers and they are often very welcoming :)

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  29. Actually i have never been on such trips ever... This is going to be my first trip of this kind... I am really confused about the idea of going there.

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    1. In that case Kamal, just go for it. I would do it if I was in your case :)

      P.s. If you feel too lonely, have a few glasses of bhang - it's actually legal there :)

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    2. All,

      We can all form a group if people are interested...each of us can also do sort of background check of other's willing to join....may be through facebook profiles ..email...or Ids. If any of you think this idea is onn pls drop your comments under of my original comment on 8th march below or mailme at mailme.suyash@gmail.com

      Thanks :)

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  30. Thanks sid... Thank u so much bro ��������

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  31. Hi, Can you please suggest me the Hotels, I wanted to plan two days trip .is it enough to visit to Vridavan and Mathura and which date shall i start so i can cover both Vrindavan and Mathura Holi?
    I am from delhi, Please suggest . or email me rohitkrsoni.soni48@gmail.com

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    1. Hi Rohit, I do not have any specific suggestions as I do not know the hotels very well. However, if you reach in advance it would be possible to find basic and affordable hotels near the ghat area of Mathura...

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  32. Hi Siddhartha

    This is a pretty informative post and very colourful too. Thanks for sharing the dates.

    I am flying down to Delhi on March 18th (Friday) and will reach Delhi by 7 am.
    From Airport we will be reaching Vrindavan by road. I am returning back to
    Delhi on 21st (Monday) early morning.

    I have booked hotel in Vrindavan.

    Can you help me out with where and what to do on which day? We are a couple of photographers who want to shoot the event.

    Looking forward to your help.

    Thanks in anticipation.

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    1. Hi Padmanabhan, I feel you are leaving too early as you will miss the main Holi celebrations in Mathura and Vrindavan. I guess you can enjoy the Barsana Holi and then spend the days in Mathura and Vrindavan to see the twin cities. There won't be any Holi but you can still visit the main temples and the ghats...the vibe is quite good before Holi as well :)

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    2. Thanks for the revert Sid. I am now extending my trip till 23rd. So, will I be able to view the colourful Banke Bihari temple holi play? Pls let me know. Can you help me form a itinerary for my stay from 18th to 23rd? That would be great Sid! God bless you, my friend!!

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  33. Siddhartha Joshi,

    The most comprehensive and simplified post I must say. Thanks for that. Few things I want to ask. A friend & I are planning to be there on 24th & 25th. Is it a good idea to roam around hiring an Enfield or alike? I'm a little concerned as people might throw stuff at bikers and also some bikers may ride unruly in inebriated state? Also I think I might be too tired to drive back after 4pm Dauji Temple holi to catch a train at 9pm same day. Is public transport or rickshaws available conveniently during the Holi festival......your advice pls. Thanks for your time & effort!

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    1. I do not think hiring a bike would be a great idea. You can barely ride on the streets on these days, except in the evenings after celebrations get over.

      You will get public transport between Mathura and Vrindavan, but I am not sure about Dauji though. However, don't worry so much...you will be able to figure it out there itself for sure...

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    2. Hi Siddharta! Do you have any idea regarding the Dauji Temple (huranga) Holi.....24th or 25th ? Thanks - mailme.suyash@gmail.com

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  34. All,

    We can all form a group if people are interested...each of us can also do sort of background check of other's willing to join....may be through facebook profiles ..email...or Ids. If any of you think this idea is onn pls drop your comments under this comment. Thanks

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  35. Great post! I will be going to India (for the first time) for a month and will be hitting Holi on the 23rd and 24th. I just went to a Holi festival in LA and my camera is still a bit rainbow ha. I just bought a go pro so hopefully I will be all set thanks to all your tips!! Thank you for going so in depth, this really helps my planning!

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    1. Hey Jennifer! I am glad you enjoyed the post :) GoPro is perfect for use in Holi...have fun! Hope you have a great day :)

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  36. We have a group who will be visiting Mathura on March 19, 2016. Will there be any Holi celebrations on that day?

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    1. I really don't know. But even if it's there, it might be a muted Holi celebration...

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    2. Hey Sarah,

      I am planning to go Mathura on 20th March. If you are in Mathura today, can you please let me know if there is any scope on 20th March.
      Thanks

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    3. Hey Sarah,

      I am planning to go Mathura on 20th March. If you are in Mathura today, can you please let me know if there is any scope on 20th March.
      Thanks

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  37. Siddarth .. Thanks a ton bro .. i'm a professional photographer .. participated in many events and Holi in Mathura is my dream and i feel like its coming true .. when I have started doing some research about the event I was so worried how to cover the events in both the places like in Vrindhvan and Mathura (no one mentioned about the festivals).. but You made it simple .. Thanks a ton .. SO being a Photographer what do you want me to suggest .. i'm thinking of doing some time lapse .. and please suggest me so tips for my Gear protection.. I haven't yet find any partner (coz of many weddings) and i'm ready for a single ride so please suggest some tips ..Thanks a ton Bro ..and anyone interested to join please do Ping me at .. eshwar06789@gmail.com or Fb: Eshwar Ivaturi

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  38. Will it not get boring in Mathura, if we are just two persons heading for Holi?

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    1. Not at all...you will have fun even if you are alone :) Just make sure you interact with locals and other travelers...just be open :)

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    2. Will it be possible to interact with someone in such a huge crowd?

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    3. It won't be possible while the celebrations are on, but evenings are generally very chilled and good time to meet and make friends. I spoke to some during Holi celebrations also, but it's really tough...shared some interviews on my instagram feed also last ear.

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  39. Does anyone know when is Phoolon wali Holi this year and where is it celebrated? Thanks! Are there general Holi celebration between March 18th and 23rd?

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    1. Unfortunately I do not know the dates for Phoolon wali Holi...I do know that there are Holi celebrations in Nandgaon on 18th and in Vrindavan on 23rd, but not sure about other days...

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  40. Very, very helpful brother, thank you!! One question, You indicate that the last day happens on 'the day after holi' for 2016, yet holi itself is listed as the 23rd of march and this Huranga and Dauji temple event is listed as the 25th. Is this an error? Or is there a day break between? Each other year they are consecutive. Thank you.

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    1. Well let me try to understand. The Holi festival is on 23rd, and that's the day when an effigy of Holi (it was a woman who tried to kill a God) is burnt on the streets in the night. The Holi is played the day after the Holi (or Holika as she is often known) is burnt. So the BIG celebration of colors will take on 24th. Some places do not follow this norm (like the temple in Vrindavan) and they celebrate Holi a day before or after the day Holi is played in most places.

      I hope i could explain this...though I do agree it can be complicated for anyone new to India :)

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  41. That's made easy for us .thanks is all I can say . :) people going alone or as a team ,would like to join . I m from Hyderabad. My mail id is pranithrao_5876@yahoo.com .please do contact me .

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    1. All the best Preetham...have a good Holi :)

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  42. Hi Sid,Thanks for the great artical, helped me alot. Just few thing need to understand, i am planning for single traveler for the holi festival to mathura vrindavan, is it good to go alone or do i need a company. i would love to make new friends but is it safe. Might my friend will join me from Delhi(not so sure). also concerned about the expense. I am basicaly from pune, so i am confident to go alon, but many of my friend suggested me not to go because its not fun. Is it True?
    Please need your help on this
    Contact me on ishwar112@gmail.com

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    1. Hi Ishwar, if you enjoy solo traveling, then just go for it. You will find many many fellow travellers there and there would be some solo just like you. Just be open and reach out to people and connect.

      Trust me, it would be fun even if you go alone. I walked the streets for hours and interviewed so many last year. Never needed any company as I kept making friends everywhere :)

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  43. hi sid
    came from london last week and m travelling on 18-20 and later again on 23rd night- 26 from delhi.
    whats your advise on camera gear.. and protection from theft?

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    1. Well, do keep your camera and other gear safe, but I don't think Mathura/ Vrindavan is any more unsafe than ant other part of the country. Frankly speaking, I have felt unsafe for my gear there.

      But yes you do need good protection for your camera gear - there would be lots of colors and water. You will need to buy it in advance there...

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  44. Hi everyone,

    I am planning to celebrate Holi on 3/24 in mathura with my friend Eleanor. We are two girls from the US. We would be down to get together with another group of tourists so it's more safe and fun. If anyone wants to join, email me Emily.winant@gmail.com. Send a link to your Facebook so we can connect. Thanks! Happy holi!

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    1. Hey Emily! I wish you a good time there...some of my friends will be there as well (I won't be there) and if you want I can connect them with you as well. You will at least have some company for meals :)

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  45. Hi Sid,
    I m Mahesh from jaipur and just looking for a tour on holi three days vacation with my family. See your post and now i decided to go to mathura. A very much informative post. Hats of to you. Keep it up. If any one wish to join us please mail me on maheshmangal78@gmail.com

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    1. Thanks Mahesh, I am glad you found the trip useful :)

      Do share your experience for Holi once you are back...I am sure many benefit from it :)

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  46. Hi its me swapnil , I am also planning to visit Mathura Vrindavan for Holi celebration this year as I will be in Delhi that week. However I am looking for people to accompany as Holi is no fun celebrating alone and a bigger group of girls will also be safer I guess. Please let me know if u guys r going to experience Holi in Mathura this year and wouldn't mind me and my sis joining you. Thanks.
    Contact me at 9049915373
    Studnet of iit delhi

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    1. Hey Swapnil, some of the people have left email IDs here as well. Do connect with them...plus if you are open, you will also make many friends there. The place is literally teeming with travellers...

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    2. Hi there's a group of us going from Delhi if you'd like to join. Here is the event page:

      https://www.facebook.com/events/458037951054057/

      Let me know if you are interested and I can send more details.

      Also, we are organizing a Meetup in Vrindavan on the 22nd evening. We're all meeting at Nidhivan Sarovar Portico Vrindavan at 7:30 PM on the 22nd of March. Please feel free to join us! The idea is to meet like minded people and then get together again on the 23rd for an amazing Holi experience.

      http://www.meetup.com/Holi-Hues-Across-Vrindavan-and-Mathura/events/229634556/

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  47. thanks a ton Siddhartha.
    this is naren from Chennai. i was planning to reach Vrindavan at 0700 hrs on 23 and will stay up to noon nd will reach mathura by 1500 hrs to shot the holi possession. my one point agenda is shot the beautiful colors. inspite of my work and very long distance from chennai i am restricted to spend only one day. my main concern is only on the saftey of my gear and saftey and security on the streets.
    over all its informative post.
    cheers

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    1. I agree Naren, protection of your photography gear is extremely important. Please check out the link I have given above. You will certainly need a good rain cover for your camera...

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  48. Hi Sid,
    great post and thanks for sharing..
    We will be in Mathura on 26th and 27th and hoping that there will be some aspects of holi somewhere there.. Any idea or suggestions around that?
    Also we are travelling with an infant and I hope it will be alright
    Cheers,
    Abhi

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    1. That's a little late and I am not sure if there would be much happening then. Let me ask some friends and let you know...

      After Holi it must be absolutely fine to travel with an infant. On the day of Holi, it won't be advisable to take him/ her out...

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  49. Hey sid am here sushil joshi919990999818 if u r here pls whatsapp.lets capture it together??

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    1. HI Sushil, unfortunately I won't be able to make it to the Holi event this year...have fun :)

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  50. Hi siddarth, I've planned a visit to Mathura from 23rd to 26th with my family and sister & brother inlaw. Your information in thrilling and it'll will be a great fun for us.kindly lets know about location of bonfire a day before main holi day.

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    1. Hi Rajnish, Holi bonfires happen almost at every cross road in the city...even in the narrow lanes of the old city. The biggest of them happens takes place at the Holi gate - it's too big to get missed :)

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  51. Hi siddhartha, ur informative display has made my confusive decision of visiting into a must go...thanks a lot ...would heartily appreciate if u can please share some more info on places to stay(budget).

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  52. Great piece on holi destinations and you got everything in one aryicle sid... holi is one festival that gets me hiding in cover (due to my skin allergies and bcoz i dont like playing with colors) .... so i dont know if i will ever visit these places but i will forward this to my expatriate colleagues who are looking for info!!

    www.myunfinishedlife.com

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    1. Thank you so much...do share it ahead. I hope this can be of some help to people...I struggled to understand it a lot last year and hence wrote this :)

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  53. Thank you Siddhartha for a vivid description and most importantly for a positive feedback to celebrate Holi in Mathura Vrindavan. Always wanted to be there but never went coz of many inhibitions. Getting inspired from your post, few of us have connected over mails and have created a facebook group for Holi 2016!! We plan to be there around 24th and 25th March. Anyone who is interested to join in, can send a link of his/ her fb profile to harleen_sohi@yahoo.com and let's connect on the group itself :)

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    1. Excellent! This is a real good idea to connect with people...i wish you lots of fun at Holi :)

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  54. Hi Siddhartha,
    Its really nice and important post for first time visitor like me.
    My plan to go over there is from 21 Mar to 24 mar.Also I wanted to get confirm that I have booked return tickets for 23 mar and 24 mar as I googled about the holi date..that there will be a (color)holi prior to 24 mar too.Photography is my secondary purpose of going there.do let me know that I should cancel the ticket of which date.Thanks

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    1. 24th is the main Holi day and you must certainly not miss that...there are colors on 23rd also, but the actual Holi will happen on 24th in Mathura.

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  55. Hi Siddhartha!
    First of all thanks a lot for the article. It's really useful.
    I was interested by the Phoolon Wali Holi. Do you know at what time I should be there to enjoy the festivities?
    There are no time schedule for that event.
    Thanks!
    Florent

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    1. Hi Florent, Phoolon wali Holi takes place just when the gates of the temple opens that day - around 4pm. The event is just 15-20 minutes long so you need to be there at the right time...

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    2. Ok great Thank you for your help!

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  56. Hi Sid,

    Thanks a lot for writing this. Brother I am visiting on 23rd n 24th , I am going there with my Female friend. Will it be safe with girl in such crowd.

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  57. Hi Sid,

    This is the most amazing thing I have heard today. I just wanted to know if there is any holi celebration on 20th March,2016(Sunday) as there is no special mention for this date... I mean bro is it worth going on this date..?

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    1. I am sorry Sachin my comment is coming in too late...I hope your day was good there. Could you attend any event on 20th?

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  58. great information with nice collection of pictures is shared

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  59. Amazingly described, Wonderfully clicked and Have you ever visited Shri Anandpur Sahib for Hola Mohalla festival.

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  60. thnks for info...planing for next year..hope ur info help

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  61. Wow! Beautifully captured. Loved it! Have you checked out http://affimity.com/Travel yet? I think your profile would make for a wonderful addition. There are several travel bloggers like yourself and Affimity provides you with a tailored audience that is always hungry for more. And yeah, it is free :)

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  62. hi
    Thanks a lot for the article and all the information...
    I am going to mathura in 2017 during the Holi festival and want to photograph much as possible. But I dont know how difficult it is just to photograph the festival, instead of participate in it.? Do you know any great photospot?
    And with of these place would be the best spot for photo? - Banke Bihari Temple, the Dwarkadheesh Temple, the Dauji Temple or Holi procession in Mathura

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    1. all of these places are perfect to click ! you need to be there before the action begins ! if you are still on with your plans dis mar 17, drop in ur email id - will connect !

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  63. Hey! I am also planning for 2017. I'm leaving my email Id - rohan_sorathiya@yahoo.com
    Guys lets contact each other and make a group and make this holi memorable. And thanks buddy- sid.

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    1. That's a great idea Rohan! I know last year some readers here connected here, formed a group and traveled together :)

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    2. One of my friend is frequent visitor of Mathura. He said public transportation is stopped during Holi. Is it true? I am planing to stay for 2 days during this Holi 2017. Which 2 days are better, (12th and 13th march) or (13th and 14th march)?

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  64. Hey sid, this is one best read blogs on Holi in mathura, thanks for all the info !! It has motivated me to go and soak in festival fervour of Holi, Though I am not a photographer, But I really like living the essence of City. Thanks once again for lovely post.

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    1. You must go! The festival is not really for the photographers but for anyone who is willing to immerse himself/ herself in the culture of the place :)

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  65. I love this guide! I'm planning on attending Holi in 2017 and have bookmarked this. I had no idea the even was so long! Feel free to contact me for everyone making a meetup group. mike.j.still@gmail.com www.Livetravelteach.com

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    1. That's great Mike! All the best for the trip...and feel free to reach out to me if you need any specific advice :)

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  66. "it’s a different date every year like most Hindu festivals"... nope! not exactly.
    All Hindu festivals fall on the same date every year.
    All you need to do is broaden your spectrum and take a break from the Gregorian calendar system.

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    1. You are right, I only meant it in context of the conventional calendar so that it's easily understood by everyone...

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  67. Hey Sid,

    There is one more village nearby Mathura known as "Baldeo Dauji", On Holi, people there celebrate "HOranga". I assure you that'd be a treat for your eyes to watch.

    IF you ever want to visit, let me know. i do have my family who stays there.

    T&R

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    1. Thanks Anoop :) I have actually included details of Huranga holi as well as the last event in the celebrations.

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  68. Dear Siddhartha! Its a great blog. My Japanese friends are visiting Mathura on Holi eve, their group is a mix of male and female. Are there instances of stone or paint throwing too? Thanks for your kind response, cheers!

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    1. I have never heard of stone throwing, though some people do use synthetic colors which are certainly not good for the skin.

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  69. Siddhartha,

    A friend and I are planning on attending Holi in 2017 (forcusing on photographing the event), this post was extremely helpful in basic logistical planning! I would be very interested in learning all I can from you prior to going - and I will be in India 10-16 March and hope to take in all I can!

    George

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    1. Sure George...ping me when you are here and I will try to help you as much as I can :)

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    2. Thank you very much - I'll shoot you an email with some of the questions I have, just want to enjoy the people and experience the festival as much as possible, just have a few questions around navigating the New Delhi area as if will be my first trip there

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  70. Thank you!!! This is great. Best holi post I ever read!

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  71. Thank you , very helpful post.

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  72. Thank for the helpful post, Siddhartha! I'm from Indonesia and planning to go to India for Holi. I know Mathura from my acquaintance. He suggest me to go there for the celebration. It will be my first time to visit India tho, so I need lots of guidance, tips, and friends since I will go on solo travel :P ionesadellalapotulo@yahoo.com thank you!

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    1. Sorry guys, apparently I had to change the destination for this time. But its still on my list, hopefully next year! thank you :)

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  73. Dude! this is cool info.. thanks for sharing

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  75. Hey All....I am also planning for Vrindavan....but Alone...looking for a company. Kindly mail if anyone interested pathakprateek555@gmail.com

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  76. Hey Sid, many thanks for your detailed article - it made it so easy to plan my next trip :) Cheers, Robert

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  77. Exactly what was needed ! Very informative blog post with nicely explained details.!:)

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  78. Thank You Friend Siddharth for such a nice and informative post...
    I am working in Delhi and planning to celebrate Holi in Mathura this year...
    Is there any group or individual planning the same..
    Please email me at grea8india@gmail.com
    Thanks a ton Siddharth Ji...
    Hitendra Kumar

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    1. I am visiting too. I ve mailed you. DO check it.

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  79. Dear Siddharth...
    Hotel Jyoti residency mentioned by you is around 9 kms far from vishram ghat..
    Would it be a good option to stay?
    Please suggest..
    Thanks...

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    1. Hello Hitendra, I have only shared a few options suggested by others online. But I think it's best to stay close to the ghats...that's the most beautiful part of the town...

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  80. Thank for the helpful post, Siddhartha! I'm planning on attending Holi in 2017. I will be travelling from Hyderabad to attend the festival from 11th March to 13th March 2017! Feel free to contact me for everyone making a meetup group. amithmorarji@gmail.com

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  81. THANKS SIDDHARTHA, IS IT POSSIBLE TO GET DARSHAN IN THE TEMPLES, AS IT IS VERY CROWDED AND I BEING LADY VISITING ALONE

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  82. This is great!
    Thanks for the suggestions.
    I will be visiting this place for holi this year.
    Any one who wishes to join me can mail me at vicky.mks0123@gmail.com

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  83. Thanks a ton Sid! This is awesome! I will try to connect with fellow travelers..

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  85. Extremely informative blog Sid. Just wanted to check if it is safe to travel alone? Thank you and keep them blogs coming. :)

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    1. I wish I could just say a big yes, but unfortunately I would not recommend it...

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  86. Thank you very much for your comprehensive information for Holi, Sid!

    I will do solo travel to India but have been have group of 8 people for Holi in Mathura and Vrindavan, maybe anyone want to join, the larger group could be more fun and safe. ��

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    1. Ya it would be better. I'll like to join.

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  87. All the Dear friends who are planning to celebrate this festival of colors in Mathura this year 2017... May join the FB Group created by me exclusively for it... https://www.facebook.com/groups/1849435808670277/
    and send me request mentioning whattsapp no to join whattsapp group at 9718119810...
    A few have already joined..
    By this way at least we may share ideas or informations..
    Myself Hitendra kumar Virani Lecturer in Delhi Government..
    Stay blessed

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  88. Thanks for such an awesome post.
    I am planning to visit Mahtura & Vrindawan this holi. Anyone Intrested, plesae contact me at rahulkagl26@gmail.com

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  89. I wud love to be there on Holi. Colors are beautiful. So nice photographs Sidhhartha..and informative.

    I wish I could go there.

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  90. me also i planned to come any one interested call me
    i come from EGYPT
    thx for useful blog
    drahmedrabea2010@gmail.com

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  91. Hey sid
    First of all your post is very good and so informative.
    I'm from delhi and I wanna know what could be the possible budget for whole trip. Ps:nothing luxurious required as just a college student.
    I would like to join a group for it if they would like.
    Mail me at anujhimank007@gmail.com

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  92. Hi, any event for 4th March 2017, I want to join on 4th. Mail me at yadav.devendra10@gmail.com

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  93. Hi, any event for 4th March 2017, I want to join on 4th. Mail me at yadav.devendra10@gmail.com

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  94. Hi, any event for 4th March 2017, I want to join on 4th. Mail me at yadav.devendra10@gmail.com

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  95. hello,
    my name is ichur, i'm from Jakarta, Indonesia.
    I had a time in India on March 10-15, 2017
    I do solo travel, if anyone wants to join :)

    mail me : http://ichurnakal.wixsite.com/ichurnakal

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  96. Hi Sid,

    Thanks for all the information and guidance, Glad I found your blog.

    Those celebrationg holi this 2017, My sis and I am going to celebrate holi at Vrindavan and Mathura on 12/3/2017-13/3/2017. We are from Malaysia. However I am looking for people to accompany us as this is the 1st trip for us to Mathura and I have safety concerns about going alone. Please let me know if anyone is going to experience Holi in Mathura the particular date and wouldn't mind both of us joining you. Thanks.Contact me via email: Deenadayalani (deenadayalani@hotmail.com)

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  97. Hi,
    I so want to celebrate holi at vrindavan and mathura , but same security issues and got no group ..
    If you guys still have that group going in 2017 , I would love to join in.
    Thanks
    Contact information - mehak02malik@gmail.com

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  98. We are two people travelling me and another girl some of her friends might join. The larger group would be fun! :) We plan to walk around the streets and soak the tradition. We will be in around Mathura for Holi on 13th 2017. Would you mind to join and be part of a group? shoot me a mail vinaynkashyap@gmail.com

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  99. Hi I am also planning to visit Mathura Vrindavan for Holi celebration this year. However I am looking for people to accompany as Holi.
    If you guys still have that group going in 2017 , I would love to join in.
    Thanks
    Contact information-swaraj.chafale@gmail.com

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  100. HI Siddhartha,
    Once again this is amazing post, it cleared most of my doubts. A quick question about the Holi in Pagal Baba Widow Ashram, Vrindavan. Do you know what time is this celebrated ? And any special permits required before going there ? and is photography permitted there ?

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  101. Hi Siddhartha,
    Thanks a lot bud for the post. This was really helpful. Me and my friends are planning to visit Vrindivan and Mathura from 11th - 14th March. This post will be really helpful for us to plan out things. If some other peps interested to meetup and form a group for holi, drop me an email - sdarak09@gmail.com.
    Thanks again :)

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  102. Hi Sid,

    This post is very informative and I'm so glad I found it !

    I am a photographer based in Delhi, and this year I'm conducting photowalks in the Mathura - Vrindavan area, around Holi. Could you kindly share with me where I can get the exact dates for the different events mentioned in your post, as in some cases the dates mentioned are tentative.

    Also, anyone interested in joining me for the photowalk in this area is most welcome. I can be contacted through mail on "flawedframes@gmail.com".

    Thanks

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  103. Thank you for the informative post about holi. I will be at mathura from 12-13 march. If there's any group for celbrate holi , i would like to join. Please Kindly contact me at gandhi.arifin@gmail.com

    Thank you

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  104. Hi,
    I'm planning a trip this Holi, and, this was really helpful. Thanks. No wonder why your link came on the top in the Google results.
    Keep them coming! :)

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  105. Just awesome...! It is my dream for years to visit Vrindavan and surrounding places during Holi Festival. Thank You Sir, your description gives me a bright picture of those places during this carnival.

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