Lathmar Holi (laṭh or lāṭhī: stick) takes place several days before the actual Holi celebration. The most famous places to celebrate the festival are the small towns Barsana and Nandgaon near Mathura in a region where every village is related to a story about the dark-colored Krishna and his dearest devotee, the fair-skinned Radha. It is said that Krishna felt jealous of Radha’s fair complexion and asked his mother thousands of questions about it. She advised him to apply colour on Radha for her skin to change. Krishna visited Barsana, Radha’s village and teased her and her friends whereupon the girls took revenge and chased Krishna away to his village, Nandgaon.
This colourful legend is being replayed every year by local men who visit Barsana on the first day of Lathmar Holi to throw colour on women who fight back and chase the men with sticks. On the second day of Lathmar Holi men and women play Holi in Nandgaon.
This Holi tour is especially recommended for culture lovers, photographers, adventurer and everybody who loves to celebrate the Holi festival.
Day 01: Arrive Delhi, airport pickup and transfer to the Hotel
Day 02: Delhi sightseeing tour
Day 03: Delhi – Vrindavan
Day 04: Vrindavan – Barsana – Vrindavan
Day 05: Vrindavan – Nandgaon – Vrindavan
Day 06: Vrindavan
Day 07: Vrindavan – Mathura – Agra
Day 08: Agra – Delhi
Day 09: Airport drop, flight for onwards destination
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