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What is Holi Festival

The Holi festival celebrates goods triumph over evil, brought about by the destruction of the demoness Holika. This was enabled through devotion to the Hindu god of preservation, Lord Vishnu.

The burning of Holika is mentioned in the text, Narada Purana. The story is that Holika’s brother King Hiranyakashyap ordered Holika to burn his son, Prahlad, because he followed Lord Vishnu instead of the King. Holika sat with Prahlad in her lap in the bonfire because, she thought, fire could not harm her. Instead, in a great turn of events, Lord Vishnu protected his devotee Prahlad and Holika was charred to death.

The primary ritual at Holi is the reenactment of the burning of the demoness Holika.  On the night before Holi, large bonfires are set ablaze. This is known as Holika Dahan. People sing and dance, perform a special puja, and walk around it three times.

The stunning visuals at Holi is the “Festival of Colors” from Lord Krishna, a particular avatar (incarnation) of Lord Vishnu, who liked to play pranks on the village girls by drenching them in water and colors.

Why Holi Festival

There is no place like India. Simply showing up provides a multitude a boundary pushing cultural experiences. Holi is one of the major festivals in India and celebrates the arrival of Spring and the triumph of good over bad. There is no festival in the world more vibrant and colorful than Holi and a synonym could very well be the FUN festival. For the very reason for celebrating the festival is to have fun.

The spirit of Holi is showering joy though color. Colors add life and vibrancy and joy to the celebrations, making the experience even more memorable.

Trip Outline

Sat (24 Feb)
Arrive Delhi (Relax)

Sun (25 Feb)
Delhi (First half – Delhi orientation tour & second half – volunteer at Sikh Gurudwara)

Mon (26 Feb)
Delhi (First half – Cycling tour & second half – volunteer at  non-profit

Tues (27 Feb)
Delhi to Jaipur. (Morning Bollywood dance workshop. Drive to Jaipur. Evening Bollywood Movie)

Wed (28 Feb)
Jaipur. (Optional 1/2 day tour.  Afternoon/evening: Market to Kitchen Tour. Dinner with local family)

Thur (01 Mar)
Jaipur to Agra to see Taj Majal. Continue to Mathura. (Evening: witness holy fire-ritual & celebrate Holi eve at Krishna temple)

Fri (02 Mar)
Mathura (Visit Barsana to witness ‘Lathmar’ holi’. Afternoon/evening visit Banke Bihari temple & celebrate Holi with locals)

Sat (03 Mar)
Mathura:  (Huranga at Dauji Temple for post-Holi / Delhi. (Back to Delhi). Good-bye celebratory dinner)

Sun (04 Mar)
Delhi. (Flight home)

Please keep in mind this is an outline. We are intentionally leaving space for workshops, discussions and serendipitous discoveries. Some of the activities mentioned may change.


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per person (double occupancy). Flight not included.

Small Group Travel

The trip is limited to 12 travelers (including us!)


Plan on arriving by 5pm on February 24th in New Delhi (DEL) and departing anytime on March 4th..
Holi Festival Fun

Cancellation Policy

$500 deposit due upon booking. Trip due in full 60 days prior (December 24th, 2017). Any cancellation made prior to Dec 24th will result in a 50% refund of the deposit.  Any cancellation made prior to  Jan 9th, 2018 will result in a 50% refund of the trip price. There will be no refunds for cancellations made after Jan 9th (45 days before departure).  In the event that we cancel the trip your payment will be refunded in full.  Should the exchange rate vary more than 5%, price is subject to change. Trip cancellation insurance is always recommended whenever making travel plans.  World Nomads is the provider we use.

Late Spring, 2018