Good places to experience Holi in Mumbai?

#1 Mar 22nd, 2005, 16:57
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Hey guys,

we're rounding off our 3 month trip giving up the sands of arambol to experience Holi, but we don't really know where to start to look for a safe place to get into it, but with out my girlfriend or I being harassed or anything.

We're fully prepared to wear disposable clothes (which we have many of at this stage of the trip) and get into a bit of colouration, just would like any advice or tips on the locations and ways that Mumbai might celebrate it.

We get to Mumbai on Thursday and we're gonna stay in Colaba, and any help any one can give us would be much appreciated.

Cheers

CJ
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Don't do it in Mumbai

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Originally Posted by taniwha Hey guys,

we're rounding off our 3 month trip giving up the sands of arambol to experience Holi, but we don't really know where to start to look for a safe place to get into it, but with out my girlfriend or I being harassed or anything.

We're fully prepared to wear disposable clothes (which we have many of at this stage of the trip) and get into a bit of colouration, just would like any advice or tips on the locations and ways that Mumbai might celebrate it.

We get to Mumbai on Thursday and we're gonna stay in Colaba, and any help any one can give us would be much appreciated.

Cheers

CJ

Unless you know a family with whom you can celebrate Holi at their residence in Mumbai, stay away... please stay away!! Hooligans will paw your girlfriend and will not listen to you. Most colours available are derived from cheap petroleum dyes and highly carcinogenic... even people living in Mumbai get a severe rash lasting three to four days from these colours.

If you behave like the regular tourists in Colaba... not participating but merely taking pictures of Holi-revelry... no one will bother you... because Colaba makes money out of tourists... and no one will bother with you if you stay unto yourselves.

Sorry to play spoilsport... but I certainly do not want you going back with miserable memories of my beautiful and fun city... that too at the end of your excellent holiday!!
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What AvidTrekker says is true, but there's an alternative. Juhu Beach is great for Holi, although it's a bit of a journey from Colaba. Take a slow local train from churchgate to santa cruz, then an auto to juhu beach. You'll have a blast. Go around 10 am I think.....
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Eek and thanks

Cheers for the info above, didn't know about the rashes and stuff

Juhu beach sounds good - is holi actually tomorrow friday or on saturday??

Thanks again for the help

Cheers

CJ
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Hi Taniwha - you're a KIWI!!!! welcome to Mumbai!

The first part starts today - Holi is actually tomorrow.

If either you or your girlfriend have blond hair (I'm thinking probably not), make sure you wear a shower cap under a baseball cap, as the dyes won't come out!

PS. my driver insists that there won't be too many people out because they'll be inside watching the cricket - it could be the first time India have won a test in NZ!
Hence he has named it " a very Holi (holy) day of Cricket"

Have fun and be safe.


NOTE: AvidTrekker - I love what you have written - re: stay away - you show great understanding, and concern - but also great love for how magical Mumbai is. I as a foreigner just wanted to let you know I appreciate it. Thank you.
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That is a 4 years old thread Honeysol; but thanks for confirming the "spreading colour" day.

Foreign tourists in South of India need not worry.

p.s. No Test but an ODI which may be fun to the Indian Cricketers after the match!
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LMAO - DAMN - I really must remember to look at the dates on things! Thanks - enjoy Holi!

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