● 3 days of color soaked Brij Holi
● Samaj at Nandgaon temple
● Lathmaar Holi at Barsana
● Opportunity to shoot Widow Holi
The most celebrated Holi is in the Braj region – locations connected to Lord Krishna: Barsana, Nandagaon and Vrindavan. Holi at Barsana, the birthplace of Radha, a village, 42 kms away from Vrindavan, is of particular interest. Here, men from Nandgaon, the land of Krishna come to play Holi with the girls of Barsana and hope of raising their flag over Shri Radhikaji’s temple. But, instead of colours they are greeted with sticks by the gopis. Hence, this Holi gets its name – Lathmaar Holi. Smart enough, men come fully padded as they are fully aware what kind of welcome awaits them and also the fact that they are not allowed to retaliate on that day. In this mock battle of sorts, they try their best not to be captured. The unlucky one’s however, are forcefully led away and get a good thrashing from the women. All in the spirit of Holi.
The next day, it is the turn of the men from Barsana. They reciprocate by invading Nandgaon and drench the womenfolk of Nandgaon in colours of kesudo, naturally occurring orange-red dye and palash. Today, the women of Nadagon beat the invaders from Barsana. The week long Holi celebrations also continue in the various Krishna temples on different days. The celebrations are filled with clouds of colours and of course, much fun.
Day 1: 3rd March 2020
Everyone reaching Vrindavan latest by late afternoon. Evening at leisure with discussion on Photography Tips specific to this tour and preparing your camera gear for the Holi Shoot. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 2: 4th March, 2020
Early morning departure from Vrindavan to Barsana at 7 AM. Arrive at Barsana. Spend the day exploring colourful bylanes with people celebrating Holi. Experience the Latth Maar Holi in Rangeeli Gali. Depart for Vrindavan at 18.00 hrs. Overnight in a hotel.
Day 3: 5th March 2020
Early morning departure from Vrindavan to Nandgaon at 6 AM. Arrive at Nandgaon. Spend the day exploring colourful bylanes with people celebrating Holi. Experience the colorful Samaaj in the Nandgaon Temple. Depart for Vrindavan at 18.00 hrs. Overnight in a hotel.
Day 4: 6th March 2020
After breakfast leave for photography session in Banke Bihari Temple. After temple shoot, if time permits explore bylanes of Vrindavan otherwise head to hotel and check out.