Holi is the festival of colors in India. It is a spring festival and perhaps the happiest and most colorful religious festival of the Indians. Celebrating Holi in the holy city of Varanasi is something that everyone should add to their wish list and book the tickets right away! Travelers will definitely love the carefree vibe and the zealous celebrations of Holi in the city of Shiva.
In Varanasi, Holi celebrations begin on the last day of Phalgun. People collect sticks and straws lying in streets at a place. At night they gather at that place and set fire to the huge pile of sticks and straws. They sing songs to the accompaniment of drums. They are mad with joy. They break up when the fire fades out. The main celebration follows the next day. People are in a happy mood. They sprinkle colored water on another. They smear their faces with colored powders. Children spray colored water on the passes by. Even the old people are mad with joy. All people are in a jolly mood. They forget social distinctions. They mix with all freely. In the heart of Varanasi city, people move about with colored water. They sing, dance, and jump about. They beat drums and sing loudly in a chorus.
The roads in Varanasi will be slathered in different colors during Holi. The best place to celebrate Holi is at travel hostel like Stops, where you can douse other travelers in colors and also enjoy a safe Holi. Holi is never complete without gujia and other sweets. Stock up on these from one of the oldest sweet shops of Varanasi, Shribandhu, in Kachauri Gali.
(Air India Express flies to and from Varanasi and the Middle East)