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Visit the City of Wells and Explore These Attractions

City of Wells

Positioned on the southern side of Mendip Hills with the magical Somerset Levels, Wells is an ultimate destination for enjoying a small break or long weekend. The glorious history of the city takes the visitors into the magnificent Roman era and offers them a lot to visit. The name of the city has been kept after the springs that can be seen in the gardens of the Bishop’s Palace. It is the smallest city of England featuring a famous 13th century Cathedral. There are numerous sightseeing places in the city that you can visit on your trip to the city of Wells. Explore few of the popular tourist attractions of Wells.

Wells Cathedral

Wells Cathedral

Wells Cathedral is one of the most striking cathedrals in Britain that has possibly the grandest West Front of any cathedral of the country. Originally the Cathedral Church of Saint Andrew, the cathedral is the seat of the Bishop of Bath and Wells and is dedicated to St Andrew the Apostle. The cathedral is positioned over a huge grassy location and houses more than 100 years old fittings and monuments.  The ornate carvings of the city are done in stiff leaf style that suggests the artistic richness of the era and region.

Wells and Mendip Museum

Wells and Mendip Museum

Located alongside the Wells Cathedral, Wells and Mendip Museum is a small museum in Wells. The museum displays a number of things of the local heritage and archaeological findings of the city. The museum is situated in the house of former chancellor.

Bishop’s Palace, Moat & Gardens

Bishop's Palace, Moat & Gardens

It is a medieval palace that has been a residence of the Bishops of Bath & Wells for more than 800 years. In the fortified walls of the palace, you can find the ruins of the Great Hall and Bishop’s private chapel. There is also a garden spread over 15 acres of land with a small arboretum. This entirely built palace has a remarkable gatehouse with portcullis and drawbridge giving the feel of entering into a castle structure inside a calm residence. A visit to this wonderful palace and garden is truly a joy.

City of Wells Market Place

City of Wells Market Place

The Wells Market Place is center point of the city for all age groups and yet boasts of street market on Wednesday and Saturday selling local products twice sold in a week. It witnesses a fun fair with several vibrant activities.

Vicars’ Close

Vicars' Close

Closely located to the Wells Cathedral, it is an astonishing medieval cobbled street that is probably the oldest existing street in Europe. It was built in year 1360 as an extension of the cathedral. At present, it houses members of the choir and has still preserved its old world charm in last 700 years.

Wookey Hole Caves

Wookey Hole Caves

It is a must visit attraction if going out with family in any weather. It is a place where you can walk through the ancient valley of the Dinosaurs featuring King Kong and relax in a delightful Fairy Garden. It is a kind of show cave in the village of Wookey Hole on the southern edge of the Mendip Hills near Wells in Somerset, England.

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This New Year Soothe your Spirit in Sydney

Sydney

New Year is the exclusively delightful time of the year. This is the festive time to welcome the coming year and to forget the sorrows and pain of the going year. It is celebrated worldwide but in Sydney the New Year celebration will leave you awestruck. As the clock strikes 12 you can see the captivating exhibition of the best fireworks. Parade of sparkling lights at Sydney harbor leaves the tourist and citizens in the dazzling aura.

Sydney Opera House

Sydney opera house

It is the best place to watch the New Year celebration all around Sydney. It is the most exclusive building. It is a centre to see the ultimate performance of the fireworks and several other activities. One special organized occasion is the Gala concert dinner at Sydney opera house offers ultimate gourmet food. Sydney Opera House is the most famous attraction amongst the travelers especially on New Year eve.

Harbour Party at Luna Park

Harbour Party at Luna Park

This harbour party is without a doubt the best New Year party organized at the time of New Years Eve. Here you can dance to the latest tunes of famous Dj’s like Dj Carl Cox, Roger Sanchez; they will surely make your night a big fun. Before visiting Sydney keep an eye on the latest New Year parties and be updated about the fun events in the town.

Cruise Party

Cruise Party

If you want to enjoy your New Year sailing on the deep blue ocean away from the hustle bustle and away from the madding crowd then cruise party will definitely give you a best experience. In Sydney there are many harbour cruises which gives the best packages on special occasions like New Year and Christmas these cruises serves the delicious food, cocktails and mocktails. Partying on these ships will give you all new experience.

Camping

Camping in Cockatoo Island

If you are a nature and a peace lover then camping at Cockatoo Island is the best way for a getaway from the traffic and loud music at the time of New Year. You can here spend the night delightfully under the blue sky studded with stars. Camping at this place ensures that you can here have a view of private aura of the Harbour of Lights parade. Here you can enjoy the peaceful night in the perfect environment.

Doyle’s on the Beach Restaurant and Some Other As Well

Doyle’s on the Beach

If you want to eat the lip smacking food then Doyle’s is a must visit place to enjoy the sizzling sea food. This food hub is the place where the famous celebrity Brett Lee visits to enjoy the delightful seafood and if you too want to have the yummy food at New Year eve then Doyle’s is a must visit. There are some other hotels as well which provides the best packages to dine in and enjoy the New Year party over there .Some of them are the revolving restaurant at the Sydney tower, Shangri-La hotel’s famous blu bar and Catalina are few amongst many to have fun and enjoy the ravishing night.

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Some of the Most Unusual Festivals around the World

Unusual Festivals

There is no limit of unusualness. It can be in any area, aspect or phase. This article is going to tell you about the exoticism of festivals that simply will awe you with their abnormality. In maximum part of the world, festival celebrations usually involve few common things, including eating, drinking and dancing. However, several times these similarities bring to a halt. Some of the festivities are really weird and make you feel yuck, cringe or amused. Read the content to come across some cultural shock and know about some of the most insane festivals celebrated around the world.

Thaipuism Festival

Thaipusam Festival

Celebrated in southern part of India, the festival should not be attended by people having weak hearts. This is a Hindu festival, which normally involves some of the most extreme body piercings witnessed by men. As per the participants of this festival, one can receive more blessings on enduring more pain. Some even try to pull vehicles or other heavy things from the hooks inserted into their skin.

The Monkey Buffet Festival

Monkey Buffet Festival in Thailand

Celebrated in the month of November in Thailand, The Monkey Buffet Festival is meant to promote tourism in Thailand. The festival is in fact a buffet for monkeys. The macaque monkey population is much valued and locals consider them bringing good fortune. To respect these good-luck monkeys, this festival is celebrated every year with more than 2,000 kg of fruits, vegetables and other monkey-friendly delights. Locals stuff the mouth of their monkey friends with fruits. It looks very adorable seeing those lovingly cute creatures having these eatables.

La Tomatina

La Tomatina

Celebrated in the small Spanish town of Buñol, La Tomatina is a tomato street fight between teenagers using tomatoes. It happens for more than 1 hour and the town becomes covered with tomatoes. Before throwing the tomatoes, participants squash the tomatoes very nicely and then throw it on each other. As soon as the festival gets over, the fire department comes to spray out everything.

Battle of the Oranges

Battle of the Oranges

Like La Tomatina, Battle of the Oranges is also a food street fight. The festival is celebrated in Northern Italian city of Ivrea. In this festival, you can see the crowds attacking each other with the oranges. Most of them are attired in medieval costumes. The beginning of this festival is not clear. However, being hit on the face by oranges is really hurting. Yet, thousands participants love to join the festival and attend the fight.

Pamplona Bull Run

Pamplona Bull Run

From July 6th to July 14th every year, the fiesta of San Fermin is celebrated in Pamplona. A group of angry bulls are freed behind the men down the streets for more than 800 meters and people run to get saved. This is a risky sport where many people are injured and killed due to being hit by the horns of bulls. In spite of knowing about the physical damages done by a bull, huge number of people participate in this festival. These bulls are highly admired among the Spanish people.

Wife Carrying

Wife Carrying

Unlike the name suggests, teammate doesn’t need to be officially married for participating in this festival. It is organized in Finland where male contestants race while carrying their female teammate. They pass through several obstacle tracks and run in shortest time. Winners are announced as per the weight of the female partner.

There are several other weird festivals in world that surprise people with their weirdness. If you want to enjoy these festivals, EaseMyTrip offers best deals on holiday packages for their destinations.

Explore These Museums to Discover the Heritage of Turkey

Turkey Tourism

Turkey is home to some of the most spectacular archaeological sites. It is an ideal tourist destination that appeals the travelers with its several tourist attractions. One can explore here a number of historical places that display the beautiful history of the region. With unrivaled works of art and remains of different empires and communities that have left their impression in Turkey, the land welcomes a number of modern visitors. It also features a number of museums that display different kinds of things. Explore the list of some famous museums of Turkey.

Anıtkabir Museum

Museum

Comprised of three sections, it plays a significant role in the tourism sector of Turkey. The first section of the museum displays Atatürk’s personal things, including clothes, documents and photos. The second section creates the clear view of the Çanakkale (Dardanelle) War with audiovisual effects. In this section, audiovisual effects and articles like rocks, cannons, rifles, guns and shells have been added to create the war scenes. The third section displays those events that happened between the War of Independence (1919) and the death of Atatürk (1938).

Burdur Archaeology Museum

Burdur-Archaeology-Museum

The museum serves as the exhibition venue for the historical findings discovered in various provinces of the region. The museum is outfitted with an investigation system having a kiosk controlled cylindrical screen allowing you to explore the city plan of ancient civilizations and examine them from different perspectives. The museum displays the valuable and ancient artifacts of Anatolia and features various exhibition halls.

Erzurum – Archeology Museum

Erzurum - Archeology Museum

The museum displays objects obtained in various ways from Erzurum and the neighboring cities. The museum converted into an Archaeology Museum in 1994. Its associated units are Turkish-Islamic Works Museum and Atatürk House Museum. The museum features Armenian Massacre Hall, Excavations Hall, Hall of Trans-Caucasus Culture, Natural History Hall and Urartu Hall.

Fethiye Museum

Fethiye Museum

Fethiye Museum is comprised of two exhibition halls, one displays archeology and the other for ethnography. Most of the works are demonstrated in these two halls and have been compiled from Fethiye and its surroundings. In the archeology side, a great part of the ceramic group opuses is being exhibited. In the ethnography hall, see a collection of hand weaving samples, hand embroideries, robes, UC ETEK and silver jewelry special to the region.

Rahmi M. Koç Museum

Rahmi M. Koç Museum

It is one of the most wide-ranging private museums in Turkey, which displays the most unique works at its indoor and outdoor exhibition areas. The museum displays an interesting range of illustrious works. It covers an area of 27000 meters² and is comprised of three main sections displaying numerous artifacts relating to the rich history and cultural heritage of Turkey.

Gaziantep – Zeugma Mosaic Museum

Gaziantep - Zeugma Mosaics Museum

The prehistoric city of Commagne, Zeugma is presently situated in the town of Nizip. Its mosaics museum is proud to be the second largest mosaic museum across the globe. It displays 500 meter square-wide mosaics, 35 mosaic panels and the eminent 150 cm-long bronze Mars and Aphrodite statutes.

Hatay Antakya Archaeology Museum

Hatay Antakya Archeology Museum

Opened to the public on 23rd July, 1948, Independence Day of Hatay, this museum is a beautiful compilation of several works found during the excavations. The museum displays a selection of rich mosaic and appeals much number of the visitors.

 

Top 5 Offbeat Places You Must Visit In Winters

winter-season

Winters are up and so the travel fever. Winters are meant for hazy and romantic atmosphere and are considered the perfect time to explore and travel because of the pleasant environment. It is the best time to pack your bags and start searching where you want to spend some peaceful days of winter. These below mentioned places are a perfect getaway to enjoy winters at its best. If you want to get the best deals  on holiday packages of these destinations, check out EaseMyTrip.

Mamallapuram or Mahabalipuran

Mahabalipuran

It is one of the most amazing and most striking destinations in southern part of India that is Tamil Nadu. Earlier it was considered as the seaport of Pallava kingdom based at Kanchipuram. It has beautiful temples, rock cut caves and outstanding architecture which makes this place bit more exotic then other places. Mahabalipuram is a perfect place to visit during winters. Amazing and unique handicrafts adds in its splendor. Lush green trees, beautiful beaches and an altogether pleasing environment makes this place a must visit during winters.

Alleppey

Alleppey

It is the popular tourist spot in Kerala .This place is also called “Venice of the East” because of its backwaters and network of several canals. It is one of the prime tourist attractions and is blessed with outstanding beauty, several lakes and waterways .Alleppey is an aquatic heaven and filled with natural bliss, shinning sand and swaying palm trees. It has outstanding weather in winter. It is unquestionably one of the places in India to stopover.

Auli

Auli

It is a best place in Uttarakhand to experience the thick layer of snow on the mountains and winter is all about snow and festivity. No matter where you are planning a trip in winters but if you are planning a domestic trip then Auli in Uttarakhand is the best place to explore. Auli is known for its beautiful resorts and natural beauty. This place is surrounded by the great Himalayas, charming scenes, fascinating oak fringed slopes and exotic coniferous forests. From Auli one can have a view of Nanda Devi, Kamet and Mana peaks. Auli has beautiful apple orchards as well which adds in the beauty of this place and has some historic tales as well. It is a perfect getaway from the madding crowd and hustle bustle of the city life.

Goa

Goa

If you love to booze and party and if you would love to attend SUNBURN festival, then Goa is the best place in winters for you. Goa becomes bit more beautiful and exotic in winters because of the enticing weather and the environment of festivity which you can feel in Goa at year’s end. Goa has its own charisma because this place offers beautiful beaches with the perfect view of sunsets, lots of night clubs to booze and party and the delicious seafood.

Rann of Kutch

Rann of Kutch

Rann of Kutch is located in Gujrat and this place renovates itself into a heart of carnival, festivity every year at the time of New Year. Rannutsav is a carnival of lights, music, dance and festivity it is organized every year’s end. This festive mode enhance the beauty of white rann(desert). If you too want to experience joy and fun at Rannutsav then this place is simply a right winter destination.

Top Things to Do on Pattaya Tour

Pattaya

Pattaya is a spectacular holiday destination in Thailand that is replete with lush green rice fields, heritage palaces and well known temples. It is popular among the travelers of modern generation, who are looking for fun, relaxation, shopping and peace of mind in a single tour. The city of Pattaya offers an extensive range of pastimes, several beach activities and other fantastic entertainment options. These activities can either be enjoyed right in the city or in the vicinity of Pattaya. If you are a fun freak and want to enjoy several activities during your trip, go for Pattaya tour and enter into a world of fun. Here is the list of various activities that you would love to enjoy during your trip to Pattaya.

Banana Boat

Banana Boat

In Pattaya, Banana boat rides are one of the most fun-filled activities that visitors can enjoy while their trip. Banana Boats are unpowered tube-shaped rubber boats that are generally pulled by a motor boat. These boats have seating capacity of up to six people. These rides are available almost everywhere along Pattaya coastline or on Jomtien beach.

Cabaret Shows

pattaya-cabaret-show

There are many cities in the world offering best cabaret shows. However, no one beats Pattaya from this aspect. The city proudly showcases its showgirls, which are in fact show-guys. Popularly called as the “ladyboy shows”, these are so popular that the city has several venues for enjoying them. These performances are the perfect display of extravagance and glamour that comprised of shiny costumes, excellent choreography and much more. These are must visit when you are in Pattaya

Darts

darts

At more than hundred venues in Pattaya, Darts can be played. In all around the Pattaya region, there are half a dozen of local darts league run by local bars and expats. If you enjoy game of darts, Pattaya has a lot to offer you.

Deep Sea Fishing

Deep Sea Fishing

There are several excursions in Pattaya where you can enjoy fun fishing trips on chartered boats. Together with fishing, also enjoy booze. These fishing trips are organized by few of the Farang-run bars in all over Pattaya. There is normally a barbeque party at the venue of the organizing bar, starring the marine delicacies caught during day.

Skydiving

Skydiving

There are several skydiving spots in Pattaya. It also has institutes offering professional and safe skydiving and training courses at reasonable rates for beginners and experienced skydivers. From the first-time jump to an experienced fly, you can even capture each moment with video and photography services available here.

Jet-Skiing

Jet-Skiing

Along the Pattaya Beach or Jontien Beach, Jet Ski rental is available. You can enjoy this exciting activity during your visit to Pattaya. While water scooter rentals, be careful of the typical frauds of Jet Ski operators who charge extra for any kind of damages.

Cinemas & Theatre

Pattaya-theatre

Pattaya has three cinemas with awesome seating arrangement facility and where you can watch the latest Hollywood blockbusters or local movies. These movie theatres display both kinds of movies including of domestic Thai movies and international productions.

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Top 5 Road Trips from Delhi for the Road Runners

Road trips India

Road trips are always amazing and exhilarating experience especially for the people who are ready for fun and adventure any time.

Road Trip from Delhi to Mathura- Vrindavan- Agra

Road trip delhi agra

If you want to have a spiritual experience Mathura and Vrindavan is a good choice. The distance between Delhi to Mathura is not much and one can easily opt for a bike or car ride over this place. One can enjoy the panoramic views while cruising in the middle of the road. If you are going by car or bike it will take approximately 3 hrs if the roads are out of traffic. In Mathura one can visit the famous temples of Lord krishna and can try several delicious street foods like lassi which is a typical Indian beverage and the famous peda’s which is a sweet dish and for which Mathura is famous for. From Mathura one can go Vrindavan too which is nearby and is only 30 minutes drive from Mathura. After enjoying there one can head towards Agra it hardly takes 1hr 43 minutes via NH2 and can treat their eyes with the magnificent Taj Mahal .This road trip will surely become one of the best days of your life.

Road Trip from Delhi to Dehradun & Mussoorie

Dehradun- Mussoorie

This Road trip from a hustling bustling city to the calm and not so populated place Dehradun can surely become one of the best road trips of your life if you are travelling with your loved cousins or with your crazy friends. The distance from Delhi to Dehradun is 247 kms and it will take 5 hrs 46 minutes time and the views in between the road trip will surely tempt you and further you can satisfy your taste buds on the road side dhaba’s. Reaching their one can visit the famous tourist spots Sahastradhara and Bhatta falls. After exploring this place you can lead your way towards Mussorie. It is known as “queen of hills”. One can easily go to Mussorie from Dehradun the drive is just 1 hour 26 minute. In Mussorie one can explore a lot of things and if you are on a road trip then be ready for the amazing aura of Mussorie. This experience will surely give you moments to cherish and you will surely wish to experience it again.

Road Trip from Delhi to Dharamshala & Mcleod Ganj

Dharamshala -Mcleod Ganj

If you want to fall in the lap of nature and want a getaway from the busy life from the capital of India then Dharamshala will surely give you all the peace and a perfect picturesque road trip filled with enticing views. The distance between Delhi and Dharamshala is 490 km and is 8 hrs and 36 minutes drive away from Delhi. If driving is the only thing which soothe your spirit then this road trip is really going to be very exclusive and spiritual getaway.

Road Trip from Delhi to Jaipur

Jaipur-Delhi_Highway

If you want to have a trip to royalty then Rajasthan is the place for you. The distance from Delhi to Rajasthan is 419 km and is just 6hrs 25 minutes. Here one can experience the most prominent and traditional cultures of India with a touch of royalty. On reaching Rajasthan you can try the ultimately amazing food and the magnificent forts and if you are bored with driving you can hop on a camel and have an altogether different ride. You can further go to Jaipur from Rajasthan and can explore the pink city of India. It’s just 3 hrs 34 minutes drive from Rajasthan via RJ SH 19.

Road Trip from Delhi to Chandigarh

Delhi to Chandigarh

 

This Road trip from Delhi to Chandigarh is just 4hrs and 35 minutes and the distance is 246 km by Road. After Reaching Chandigarh you can hang out at Rock garden and Sukhna Lake both are the famous tourist attraction .Further here you enjoy the yummy food of Chandigarh and the famous Indian beverage “Lassi” at Hotel Grand Punjab Lassi Cafe.

road trips

If driving car or riding bike is the only passion you have and you love to explore new places, then the above mentioned places are must visit for you. If you are looking for the cheap and budget hotels for accommodation, check out at EaseMyTrip. They provide the best service because they care for the customers and offer value for money.

 

 

 

Alien Landscapes on Earth that Appear to Be from Different Planets

alien places

If you love to explore unusual things then you search ends here. Below mentioned places will definitely make you feel that you are on another planet due to their exclusiveness. These below mentioned places might seem completely exotic but they actually exist on Earth. These locations on Earth will make you breathless because of its bizarre landscapes; these landscapes seem so alien that you will feel as if you are in a different world.

Fly Geyser in Nevada

Fly Geyser

Fly geyser also have another name that is Fly Ranch Geyser. It is a man made geothermal geyser which is located in Washoe County in Nevada. This fly geyser is not entirely a result of natural phenomenon it is accidently created by well drilling. This geyser is however made up of series of different minerals but Thermophilic algae is the reason behind its brilliant color.

Pamukkale in Turkey

Pamukkale

This place is located in the southwest of Turkey in Europe and it is known by the name of cotton castle which is very apt for this place. Pamukkale actually sits in the valley of River Menderes and the shifting of a fault is the reason which caused hot springs to rise. Travertine terraces are forming from long back and these terraces are pure white and that’s the reason they almost look like as they are made from snow and ice at a distance. This place is rich in scenic beauty and is visited by many tourists every year.

Emerald of Ice on Lake Baikal in Russia

Ice on Lake Baikal

 

This beautiful and fresh water lake is located in southern Siberia and is reputed as the largest freshwater lake. This lake is also home to approx 2000 variety of flora and fauna. When this lake freezes in winter a unique phenomenon takes place, which gives rise to emerald and transparent ice form on the surface of the lake.

Zhangye Danxia Landform in Gansu China

Zhangye Danxia Landform

These colorful rock formations take place in Zhangye in Gansu province. This is the most scenic area and is known for its colorful rock formation. It is even reputed as one of the most beautiful landforms in China. The unusual colors in the rock make these rocks special and scenic. Wind, Rain and time are the main reason which contributed in its extraordinary shapes, varying colors, patterns and sizes too.

Grand Prismatic Spring in U.S

Grand Prismatic Spring

It is located in Yellowstone national Park and is reputed as largest hot spring in U.S and third largest in the world. This place gained fame because the colors match the rainbow dispersion when light is passed through an optical prism. One can here observe all the colors like red, orange, yellow, green and blue.

Red Beach in Panjin in China

Red Beach

This Red Beach in located in Dawa County, Panjin in China and is famous for its charismatic landscape which features Suaeda salsa which is a red plant and because of this red plant this is one of the scenic beach and is very popular. Sueda is a form of grass which grows in highly alkaline soil and it is light red in color when it grows in the beginning then it turns deep red on maturing.

Lake Retba in Senegal

Lake Retba

Lake Retba is located in Senegal which is naturally pink and the reason for its pink color is high salt content and that’s why it is create a perfect living condition for dunaliella salina. The presence of this organism gives it pink color and it is one of the most scenic lakes.

Cano Cristales in Columbia

Cano Cristales

This river is located in Serrania de la Macarena province in Meta and also known as “Liquid rainbow” or “River of Five Colors” affectionately. This is reputed as most beautiful river in the world and the water of the river is extremely clean. Tourists visits every year to have a glimpse of this mesmerizing river and popular time to visit is late July to early December.

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Holi Celebrations in Different States of India

 

Holi in India

Holi is a popular spring festival also known as festival of colors celebrated with huge fanfare by the people of every cadre in India. Apart from being the festival of colors, it is a prehistoric Hindu religious festival which has relates to the legend of demon King Hiranyakashyap and Prahlad, Holika bonfire (still practiced a night before the main Holi) where people gather, sing and dance. Holi is celebrated at the approach of vernal equinox, on the Phalguna Purnima (full moon). Therefore, the festival date may vary every year according to the Hindu calender. The festival is also known as Phagwah (Bhojpuri), and Doḷajātra (Oriya), and Dol Jatra or Basantotsav (“spring festival”) (Bengali). Well, these were only the different names of the festival in different regions of India, but Holi is also celebrated in unique ways in different Indian cities. In the following write-up, we have mentioned about the states where this colorful festival is celebrated.

Gujarat

Gujarat holi

In the vibrant state of Gujarat, Holi is celebrated for two days. On the evening of first day people lit the bonfire and offer raw coconut and corn to it. The second day is ‘Dhuleti’ or the festival of color in which people sprinkle colored water and apply colors to each other. Dwarka, the famous coastal city of Gujarat celebrates Holi at the Dwarkadheesh temple with music festivities and comedy programmes. Celebrated in the month of Phalguna, Holi symbolize the agricultural season of the Rabi crop. In the western region, Ahmedabad, a pot of buttermilk is hung on the streets and young boys try to reach it and break it by making human pyramids, while girls try to stop them by throwing colored water on them. However, in some places there is a custom in the undivided Hindu families that the women of the families beat their brother-in-law with her sari rolled up into a rope in a mock rage as they try to drench them with colors and in turn, they bring sweets to her in the evening.

Uttar Pradesh (UP)

holi-festival

In Uttar Pradesh, there are several kinds of Holi celebrations organised. Barsana, a small town close to Mathura in Braj region celebrates one-of-its kind, ‘Lath Mar Holi’in the compound of the Radha Rani Temple. Thousands of people gather there to witness this Holi when women beat up men with sticks (lath) as those on the sidelines become hysterical, sing popular Holi Songs and shouts Chants, Sri Radhey or Sri Krishna. Outside, Braj region, in Kanpur, Holi lasts for seven days with color. The last day is commemorated with grand fair called Ganga Mela or the Holi Mela. In Gorakhpur, the northeast district of UP, Holi day begins with a special pooja. Here, this day is considered to be the most colorful day of the year for promoting the brotherhood among the people. In fact, they celebrate it as the “Holi Milan”, during which people visit every house, sing holi songs and express their love for each other by applying colors (abeer). For some, Holi is also known to be the beginning of the year as it occurs on the first day of new Hindu calender year (Panchang).

Uttarakhand

Uttarakhand holi

In Uttarakhand, the Kumaoni Holi is major musical affair rather than colorful like other states. Here, this festival takes different forms like, the Khari Holi, the Baithki Holi and the Mahila Holi. In the Khari Holi and Baithki Holi, people sing songs with a touch of melody, spiritualism and fun. The songs are based on classical ragas. In Kumaon region, the Holika pyre (which is a bonfire with a green Paiya tree branch in the middle) is known as Cheer, which is custom made in a ceremony known as Cheer Bandhan 15 days before Dulhendi. The colours used on Holi are derived from natural sources. Dulhendi, known as Charadi is made from flower extracts, ash and water, somewhat similar to other places of North India.

Bengal

Dol Purnima holi

In West Bengal location, Holi is referred as “Dol Purnima”, “Dol Jatra” or the “Swing Festival”. Here, this festival is celebrated in a bit dignified manner by placing the icons of Radha and Krishna on a picturesquely designed palanquin which is later taken round in the main streets of the city or the village. On the Dol Purnima, the devotees take turns to swing them while women dance around the swing and sing devotional songs. During these activities, the men keep drenching coloured water and coloured powder, Abeer, at them. Also, the head of the family observes a fast and prays to Lord Krishna and Agnidev and once the rituals are over, he blobs Krishna’s icon with gulal and offers “bhog” to both Krishna and Agnidev praying for the goodwill of the family.

Holi

Apart from these major destinations, many places of India celebrate this festival of colors with the main ingredient, Colors! So, if you want to experience the festivities and traditions of Holi festival, plan your tour during February or March. What are you waiting for? Log in to EaseMyTrip.com and book your flights now!

Holi Special – A Celebration with Lots of Festivities

Ram-Leela Holi

The festival of Holi brings a lot of fun and enjoyment for people of India. The spirit of this festival is quite noticeable from different Holi festivities. A number of vibrant activities create a special atmosphere for Holi and its celebration. People cheerfully enjoy all the traditions and rituals related to this beautiful festival along with many fun-filled activities making this festival a lifetime experience. Even Bollywood is not untouched with the influence of this beautiful & colorful festival. There are many things about Holi that makes it an everlasting celebration. Explore some of them.

Tradition of Thandai

Thandai on Holi

Holi celebration is incomplete without Thandai as it holds an important place in celebrating this festival. With a glassful of refreshing and healthy Thandai, people get rid all their exhaustion and dance on the tunes of this festival. The tradition of Thandai exists more in Northern India. Banaras is said to be the hub of Thandai. Thandai is prepared using milk, rose petals, saffron, cardamom and dry fruits. Other parts of India also enjoy this cooling drink on the occasion of Holi.

An Evening of Bonfire

Holika Dahan

Popularly performed as Holika Dahan, it is an integral part and important activity of Holi. It takes place just one day before the Holi (the day of playing of colors). People also call it Chhoti Holi. Holika Dahan is really a popular tradition of Holi, which is celebrated with much fervor and enthusiasm as symbol of the victory of good over evil. Several legends are related with this ancient tradition. Therefore, it is difficult to decide that since how long this ritual is being performed. The most popular legend attached to Holika Dahan is about devil sister of wicked king Hirankashyapa. His sister was having a blessing of not being burnt by fire. She tried to kill his son Prahlad (a great devotee of Lord Narayana) from fire. However, she herself burnt in the fire. Thus, this ritual is performed as a victory of good over evil.

Playing with Colors

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On main day of Holi, people play colors especially in North India. Most of the North Indian states celebrate this festival of colors with complete enthusiasm. Although, each state of India play Holi in different ways. People take extreme delight in spraying colorful water over each other using pichkari or buckets of it. Small balloons filled with color water are also thrown over each other. People also apply colors on each other and give hugs to each other for wishing Holi.

Preparation of Traditional Delicacies

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Along with enjoying a number of activities, preparation of various delicacies is part of Holi celebration. People prepare gujhiya, mathri, malpua and many other traditional delicacies with great joy on the eve of Holi. These delicacies are integral part of Holi celebration.

Different Kinds of Holi

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Traditions followed in the Holi festival varies a bit and sometimes from one destination to another. It is celebrated with maximum zeal in Mathura, Vrindavan, Barsana and Nandgaon – places associated with Lord Krishna. In Barsana, it is called as Lathmaar Holi. In Punjab and Haryana, people play Dulandi Holi. Most of the cities in India enjoy breaking of matki on the eve of Holi.

Holi in India

Any kind of rituals we perform, the spirit of Holi is always high in India. It is a beautiful festival which creates the strength of brotherhood and brings people close to each other. This is what matters the most about this festival than anything else.