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BARSANA HOLI CELEBRATION - NEAR MATHURA.

DAY 1: 23RD FEB 2018

Today early morning we will proceed to vrindavan upon arrival check in to the hotel and afternoon leave for barsana to click the VIBRANT FESTIVAL OF COLOR - HOLI. Millions of people gathered from all corners of INDIA visit Mathura and Vrindan specially on this occasion. We gonna place our camera before two hours of the programme begins to get the best shots. Barsana a very small village in Mathura and LATHMAR HOLI CELEBRATION IS THE MOST FAMOUS AND HAPPENING EVENT TO BE CAPTURED UNDER OUR LANCES. Lathmar holi begins around a week before th main Holi Day. During the celebration womens from Barsana Village gather with wooden stick in their hands to welcome men from Nandgaon, with lath and beat them. This is part of the tradition as HINDU MYTHOLOGY SAYS that LORD KRISHNA along with his friends visited barsana, Radha village to tease her and copies by throwing coloured water on them. In retaliation, Radha and goes chased Krishna and his friends to beat them up with stoics . Lathmaar Holi in Barsaana Even today people from Nand Gaon and Barsana Follow the ritual, Men Soaked in colored water arrive in Barsana and tease women by singining provocative songs. The Women then beat them with sticks and men use shields to protect themselves. Later in the evening return to the hotel for overnight stay.

DAY 2: 24TH FEB. 2018

Morning breakfast at the hotel and then leave for Nandgaon as celebrations in Barsana is followed by similar celebrations in Nandgaon (Krishna Village) on the very next day.It was at nandgaon that Krishna spent his childhood. Holi Mathura 2018 As the legend goes, Radha with his friends called gopies would come to Nandgaon to celebrate Holi with the men there. They are welcomed with water and colour in the village. This is very unique as the menfolk play Holi with women in a way which is not sexual in its approach but it has the rustic element of wooing and teasing.the main celebrations are held in the courtyard of the temple at Nandgaon as soon the courtyard transforms itself into a visual delight of beautiful colour-explosion. People from both the villages sit across each other singining and dancing here we can get the besets shorts from this event as this is the most colourful event of INDIA. Overnight stay in Hotel.

DAY 3 25TH FEB. 2018

After breakfast we will proceed to Banke-Bihari temple to catch the most happening event of Holi its hosts for a week long celebrations during holi here. During the festivities Bihari ji (Popular name in Braj area) is dressed up in white clothes Goswamis (priests in the temple) sprinkle colours on everyone the whole atmosphere is made even more lively with music (bhajans) in the background and people dance to the tunes. Mathura holi 2018 But on this day of Ekadshi before holi, there are special celebrations at famous Banke Bihari Temple at Vrindavan in the afternoon after the Temple gate opens at about 4 pm ad holi is not celebrated with colours, but with flowers, That is why it is called phoolonwaliholi meaning Holi with flowers. after finishing this evening stay in your hotel. overnight stay.

DAY 4 26TH FEB. 2018 extended tour to Agra 126 km

Early morning you will proceed to agra to capture Taj mehal pictures the seven wonders the monument of Love immortalised in Marble. It was built by Emperor shah Jahan in the memory of his queen mutaj. Everyone has most likely seen a picture of Taj, but nothing really comes close to the real thing - the Taj Mahal looks a lot better in reality than in a picture. Also visit fort and then sikandra where lies the Tomb of Emperor "Akbar the Great". in the night back to the hotel in Vrindavan for overnight stay.

Day 5 27th Feb 2018

After breakast proceed to celebrate Holi Festival with emotions as you gonna capture of special celebration with poor widows. Widows in India always had a different life. They were often banished from their homes and where compelled to live in far off ashrams in places like varanasi and vrindavan. They could wear only white clothes and never could use colours or played with colours. It is only couple of years agor that the widows of pagal baba widow ashram vrindavan decided to do away with this ritual and play with colours. it will be really be very encouraging if you support this nobal cause by playing holi with them and bring some cheer and colour to their life. in the evening back to your hotel for overnight stay.

DAY 6 28TH FEB 2018 EXTENDED TRIP TO BHARATPUR FATHEHPUR SIKRI VRINDAVAN 120 KM

After early breakfast carry your backpack for extended trip to mentioned destination. we will get the best prictures while going on this tour as both the places are the best. first we will proceed to bharatpur national park to capture and get away from holi for a day. Bharatpur Bird Santuary provides a totally unique experience as it is a host to many rare species of migratory birds. The park is a combination of marshland, scrubland and grassland you will explore the park in a rickshaw or by walk and capture rarest species that may have migrated from china tibet Afganistan siberia Europe and Central Asia in your camera. Later also visit Fatehpur sikri which served as short term capital city was a perfect presentation of Indo Islamic style. Later return to your hotel for overnight stay.

DAY 7 1ST MARCH

After early breakfast the focus will shift to Banke Bihari Temple. As soon as doors open all visitors to come and play Holi with lord Krishna himself. The priest throw colours and holy water and the crowd chants madly in unison. Its an unbelievable experience to be a part of this event until the doors of the temple are shut at lunch time. In the afternoon leave for Mathura to participate in the colour ful Holi procession with starts at vishram ghat. in the procession there are about ten vehicles which are decorated with flowers and some even have kids dressed up as Radhakrishna participate in it Later in the evening. It is the Holika Dahan which means burning of effigy of Holika the devil.There are women who come and pray at various events.overnight stay in the hotel.

DAY 8 2ND MARCH

Today is he biggest day of celebration or you can say second last day of celebration.Today you will be clicking Dwarkadheesh Temple Holi in Mathura. Barsana holi 2018 .This day there is a tradion of making and droning bhang which is an edible preparation of cannabis we shall cmd to vishrmghat to catch the process of wing bhang by the priest. you should not try a glass even because later on you will not be able to do any work. Temple gates opens at 10 in the morning and there is big crowd outside the gates by then playing Holi and throwing colour on anyone who comes there. The Atmosphere inside the temple is really great priest play Dhols and everyone there dis singining and dancing. you can also join and enjoy the celebration by taking part in this.Overnight stay in hotel.

DAY 9 3RD MARCH DAUJI KEE HURANGA

The last but not The least Dauji ka Hauranga, commence the next day of Holi Celebration. 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:- 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

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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.

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.


Daoji Temple, Baldeo, 30 km from Mathura

DAY 10 VRINDAVAN TO DELHI - 160 KM 4TH MARCH 2018 After breakfast proceed to delhi

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HOLI EVENT LIST OF 2018

Lathmar Holi at Barsana and Nandgaon :- IMPORTANT FOR ALL PHOTOGRAPHERS

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.

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.

2:- Phoolon wali Holi, Vrindavan

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.

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.

Ekadashi before Holi. in 2017 it's on 8th March.

Banke Bihari temple, Vrindavan

3:- Widow's Holi, Vrindavan

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.

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 we...always good to spread love on festivals :-

The event takes place a few days before Holi

Pagal Baba Widow Ashram, Vrindavan

4: Holi at Banke Bihari Temple, Vrindavan

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.

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

:- A day before Holi: 9am to 1.30pm

:- Vridnavan

5: Holi procession in Mathura

After the Holi festivities in Vrindavan get over around 2pm, head out to Mathura to participate in the colourful Holi porcession. 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.

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 p rocession at Mathura.

A day before Holi; 2pm to 6pm "Mathura"

6: Holi festivities in Mathura

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).

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.

Holi day; 10am to 1.30pm

Dwarkadheesh Temple, Mathura

7: Huranga at Dauji Temple

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.

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.

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.

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.

Daoji Temple, Baldeo, 30 km from Mathura

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