Holi festival

#1 Feb 18th, 2013, 05:58
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We are traveling to India with our two children during the holi festival and we're wondering which city would be more exciting, Jaipur or Dehli? I read online that Jaipur has an elephant parade and finishes in a stadium. Dehli has the traditional dye throwing and other events. Has anyone been to these festivals and can comment?
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#2 Feb 18th, 2013, 08:12
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Between the two cities, I'd recommend Jaipur. The 'dye throwing' is common to most north Indian cities and is a private celebration (unlike the elephant festival that is stage managed by the tourism department). Be careful while going out on the streets on the day of holi as overenthusiastic youth may just include you in the 'dye throwing' event whether you like it or not.
#3 Feb 18th, 2013, 08:39
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Cool, thanks. So we can expect dye fights in both cities then!
#4 Feb 18th, 2013, 08:55
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Originally Posted by Greg69 View Post So we can expect dye fights in both cities then!
Its not a fight, its play or celebration with color.
#5 Feb 18th, 2013, 10:33
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If you search in the right places,you will stumble upon a place where holi is celebrated with hitting each other with stout sticks (lathis) ..

Be careful of getting colours on your skin/eyes, perhaps a liberal application of coconut oil before you venture out might be a good idea.
#6 Feb 18th, 2013, 10:53
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Howdy greg69!

Holi is a terrific holiday and one your children will enjoy (depending on their ages) and remember! I've played twice in Varanasi. Honestly, it can become quite frantic in the street - the exuberance of the crowd might overwhelm and even frighten your children. There is also some danger from hurled water balloons, etc. It is all in good fun, but you should expect to be drenched in colored water and colored powder. You should attempt to keep these colors out of your eyes as they can be very caustic. My eyes burned for several days after. Regardless of the age of your children, they will be "fair game" if you are in the street.

As a father and grandfather - and Holi player, let me offer some advice. Talk to your hotel manager, or driver, or some reputable party and inquiry if they are having a family Holi party or if they know of one to which you might be invited. Don't be shy ... Indians aren't. A private party is much better controlled and ensures to some extent that your kids will have a blast. Offer to bring refreshments to the party and take lots of extra colors to contribute to the fun. Also take pairs of safety goggles that seal around the face for the kids to wear. Also take some old clothes for everyone that you can throw away or donate afterward. The colors are permanent. Take a disposable camera - in case it gets drenched (it will) you won't ruin your expensive model.

I don't know about Holi in Delhi or Jaipur, but in Varanasi, it is almost impossible to find a taxi or auto rickshaw on the day of Holi. Most folks are home enjoying the event with family. So you might arrange your transportation to and from the event with your hotel.

Holi is an experience that you should definitely enjoy and seek out (even though you will be discouraged from participating out of concerns for your safety). But with a little planning it will be a terrific experience. Enjoy Holi 2013!
"I am in love with India...where I find the heat and smells and oils and spices, and puffs of temple incense, and sweat and darkness, and dirt and lust and cruelty, and above all, things wonderful and fascinating innumerable." Kipling 1893
Last edited by Big Texan; Feb 19th, 2013 at 10:41..
#7 May 23rd, 2016, 13:45
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I think Jaipur is better then Dehli to celebrate Holi because there is more color, music and fun as compare to Dehli..

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