Holi – also known as the Festival of Colours – may not be the biggest festival in the world, but it is undoubtedly one of the best.

The ancient Hindu spring festival is the most vibrant of all Hindu festivals, marking the end of winter in India while also celebrating fertility, colour, and love.

Celebrated mainly in India and Nepal, worshippers mark the event by throwing colourful powders at each other. Festivities take place over two days, the timing of which is synchronised with the moon.

We take a look at the top reasons why you should add this colourful festival in India to your bucket list.

1. It’s one of the most exciting times to be in India

During Holi you can expect to see entire cities celebrating the arrival of spring by throwing coloured powder everywhere, hosting giant parties, and eating desserts. No one is exempt – everyone, from little kids to older adults, stock up with packets of coloured powder and even paint-filled water guns and balloons.

During Holi, you will enjoy celebrating, laughing, dancing to the music of international performers, and eating tons of street food with friends – turning each other into Instagram-worthy colour kaleidoscopes.

2. Meet the locals in a unique, fun way

Holi isn’t confined to a single city, and you’ll be able to enjoy celebrations across India – and even around the world. To find the best celebrations in any given town, connect with the locals and other travellers for advice and also to celebrate together.

Everyone gets into Holi, and it’s not restricted to groups of friends – anyone can throw colour at anyone. It’s a great opportunity to get to know Indian culture, celebrate with locals, and enjoy unique traditions and rituals.

3. Indulge in special Holi foods and desserts

No holiday is complete without celebratory foods and dishes. Every region has something unique to offer, and when it comes to Holi, you can actually witness the diversity in the various cultures and customs, and what unites the people.

Expect to enjoy the deep-fried, salty-sweet dumplings called Dahi Wada, the simple and delightful delicacy of Malpua, the spicy and crunchy treat called Moong Dal Kachauri, and the regionally varied deep fried sweet pastry called Gujiya – along with many more treats.

Getting there

Various airlines offer flights from London to New Delhi. The cheapest tickets are available approximately 60 days before departure, with midday flights from Gatwick offering the best prices on the route.

For a hassle-free trip to India, remember to pre-book an airport transfer, taxi, or rental car through hoppa to get you to your accommodation. Hoppa is the world’s top specialist in smooth, reliable transportation, comparing 1,000s of transport providers from around the world to get you where you need to go. Whether at home or abroad, with choices of taxis, car hire, and airport transfers, we search and compare the best deals so you arrive happy.

Visiting India for the Holi festival – or is it on your bucket list? Let us know in the comments below!


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