While Holi is celebrated in almost every part of India, Holi in Braj is especially famous. Braj is a historical region which covers the area of Mathura, Vrindavan and some nearby areas. Holi here attacts tourists and pilgrims from all over the world because of it’s special customs and traditions. Mathura is the birth-place of Lord Krishna and Vrindavan is the place where he grew up in his childhood.
When Krishna was young, he cribbed to his mother about Radha (his friend) being fair while Krishna himself was dark complexioned. His mother (Yashoda) suggested him to colour Radha with colors in a playful manner. Over the years, Krishna from his village Nandgaon used to go to Barsana (Radha’s village) to color Radha and other Gopis. They also used to playfully beat him with sticks. And hence the tradition evolved.
To make your trip planning easy, we have given below chronological order of festivities. You can choose to attend a few or simply plonk yourself in the town and experience the most colorful week of your life.
Events at Holi in Mathura & Vrindavan:
- Lathmar Holi at Barsana and Nandgaon
- Phoolon wali Holi, Vrindavan
- Widow’s Holi, Vrindavan
- Holi at Banke Bihari Temple, Vrindavan
- Holi procession in Mathura
- Holi festivities in Mathura
- Huranga at Dauji Temple
Stay in Vrindavan during Holi:
Vrindavan has a lot of options to stay, but it’s best to book your room in advance. Most of the rooms here are simple and are available at very cheap prices (starting from Rs.300 per night for a double bedroom). However a few resorts and luxury hotels are also available in Vrindavan.
How can reach Vrinadavan from Mathura:
The nearest railway station is at Mathura (12km) and the nearest airport at Delhi (142km). Taxis are available from Mathura railway station at regular intervals for Vrindavan. State buses connect Vrindavan to other neighbouring cities.