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5 Unusual Places to Celebrate Holi in 2021

1. Anandpur Sahib, Punjab

From the day next to Holi, the Hola Mohalla/ Hola helds for three consecutive days. Marking the new year for Sikhs, apart from celebrating the fest with colors their powers are represented by participating in the sword fights, wrestling and other sports. Nagar Kirtan, turban tying and poetries are also recited.

What to look for: Colors made of real rose flowers

2. Kumaon, Uttarakhand

The Kumauni Holi is unique in its own right. Starting from Basant Panchmi, Baithki Holi or Nirvan ki Holi, Khari Holi and the Mahila Holi are the three types of Holi that together last for over a month in the region. You will see people merrymaking in white churidar kurta and pajamas accentuated with a nokdaar topi.

Special cooking: Aloo ke gutke (spiced with jambu).

 3. Goa

Holi is celebrated as Shigmo here from the 11th Moon day till 15th Moon day. You can see revelers clad in colorful dresses and setting out on streets blowing flutes and beating drums. On the final day of this festival also known as ‘Rang Panchami’

What to look for: Carnival-like atmosphere with beautifully designed floats.

4. Rishikesh, Uttarakhand

Holi as the festival coincides with the International Yoga Festival (1st – 7th March). Besides, you can also delve into special Holi celebrations, comprising music, gulal, river rafting and scrumptious snacks, organized on the banks of the Ganga River.

What to look for: River rafting

5. Pushkar, Rajasthan

Around the glassy Pushkar Lake, the town is magical throughout the year, the ambience is all the more spellbinding during the festival of colors. You won’t witness much differentness here as in the aforementioned destinations; however, the enthusiasm and fervor with which locals celebrate it for two consecutive days will be really worth capturing.

What to look for: Dance congregation in the town center

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