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Holi in Vrindavan 2018

Vrindavan Holi 2018


Holi, the Festival of Colors has been celebrated in India for thousands of years and is now also celebrated by various communities of South Asia including non-Hindu communities. Holi will be celebrated on Thursday, March 1, 2018, all over the world with Holika Dahan preceding the festival on the night of Friday, March 2, 2018. The following weekend could be combined and it becomes a great holiday option for everyone.

Darshan timing & Puja timing of Temple:

Why celebrate Holi in Vrindavan and Mathura?

While Holi is celebrated in almost every part of India, Holi in Braj is especially famous. Braj is a historical region that covers the area of Mathura, Vrindavan, and some nearby areas. Holi here attracts tourists and pilgrims from all over the world because of its special customs and traditions. Mathura is the birthplace of Lord Krishna and Vrindavan is the place where he grew up in his childhood.

When Krishna was young, he told his mother about Radha (his friend) being fair while Krishna himself was dark-complexioned. His mother (Yashoda) suggested he to color 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 the below the order of festivities. You can choose to attend a few festivals or stay in the town and experience the most colorful week of your life.

  • Visit Banaras for Holi

Wooden sticks in response to their efforts to put color on them.

Barsana Holi celebrations start about a week before the actual date of Holi. Barsana is a village near Mathura and it was the village of Radha. It is famous for its lathmar Holi in which women beat men (playfully) with sticks. Banaras is the place where Radha used to live and Krishna used to visit this place to put color on Radha.

  • Visit Nandgaon

Celebrations in Banaras are followed up by similar celebrations in Nandgaon (Krishna’s village) on the very next day. Nandgaon is the place where Krishna spent most of his childhood days. According to legends, after Krishna went to Barsana to put color on Radha, Radha and her friends came to Nandgaon the next day to put color on Krishna. And hence, Holi celebrations shift from Barsana to Nandgaon.

Stay in Vrindavan for the next few days till the Holi festival.

  • Holi celebrations in Banke-Bihari Temple

The Banke-Bihari Temple in Vrindavan is one such place to enjoy the festivities as it hosts a week-long Holi celebration here. During these days, Bihariji (Krishna’s other name) is dressed up in white color clothes and it is brought closer to his devotees to play Holi. Vrindavan Holi is played with colored water and Gulal, a form of color made using organic substances like flowers and Kesar. Goswami (priests in the temple) sprinkle colors on everyone using buckets, water guns, etc. The whole atmosphere is made even livelier with music (Bhajans) in the background and people dance to the tunes while enjoying the colors.

 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.

Book your stay in VRINDAVAN/ MATHURA.
Book your tour for Vrindavan-Mathura Temple Darshan.

How to reach Vrindavan from Mathura:

The nearest railway station is at Mathura (5 km) from the temple and the nearest airport is at Delhi (169 km).
Taxis are available from Mathura railway station at regular intervals for Vrindavan.
State buses connect Vrindavan to other neighboring cities. You will easily get local cabs to travel to nearby places.

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2 years ago

Really Helpful Information.

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Priya Shah
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2 years ago

Thank You Sir.

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