Holi In Vrindavan, Magthura has a special place in the hearts of Indians as it is one of the most joyous festivals celebrated by people all over India. Not only does this festival bring a smile to everyone’s face, but it also symbolizes the victory of good over evil and allows people to let go of their inhibitions and enjoy life with colors.

If you want to experience traditional Holi, head to Vrindavan, Mathura, or Braj Bhumi, where the festivities are celebrated with great enthusiasm and zeal through our Mathura Vrindavan Holi Tour Package. Here, Holi starts from Basant Panchami until Phagun Purnima and draws crowds not only from India but even visitors from around the world who come together to take part in this epic celebration. With delicious snacks, folk songs, and lots of dancing, Holi in these towns is unlike any other you will find elsewhere in India. Let’s look at types of holi that are celebrated in these places.

Origin and types of Holi

As the legend of Holi goes, Mathura and Vrindavan are inextricably linked to its celebrations. This is mainly due to the story of Radha and Krishna – eternal lovers said to have enjoyed each other’s company with grand festivities during Holi.

Every year lovers of the mythological tale flock to Mathura and Vrindavan for the Mathura Vrindavan Tour Packages or Vrindavan yatra package that offers an immersive experience into their journeying love story. From dancing together, flirting with each other, and spreading colors as they delve deeper into their connection, a detailed Mathura-Vrindavan pilgrimage will truly unearth the deep love between them come Holi.

Holi, the festival of colors, is a special occasion that marks the love between Radha and Krishna. During these festivities, Radha and Krishna would scatter colors with joy and happiness. Radha was born in Barsana, while Krishna was born in Mathura, both located in Brajbhoomi, an area spread across Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan.

Further, Vrindavan, the land created to express his love for Radha Rani, stands at the center of Braj Bhumi. Holi here brings people together to celebrate this powerful, iconic relationship. The celebrations are filled with cheer as locals sing traditional songs and dance along to celebrate in commemoration of their legendary bond.

Holi is a special celebration in Vrindavan and Mathura that brings joy to the days leading up to it. Lasting more than just one day, this festival has multiple events celebrated across the festive period.

Ladoo Holi in Barsana

Brij Bhoomi is one of India’s most vibrant cities during the Holi festival. Apart from enjoying colors, people here celebrate this joyous event with flowers and ladders. One important village of Mathura Vrindavan is Barsana, which is believed to be the habitation of Radha Rani. It hosts a temple dedicated to her situated atop Brahmagiri hills.

The rituals begin at Nandgaon when people invite their counterparts from Barsana for Phag Amantran Utsav and playing Laddoo Holi, wherein yellow bundles of laddoos are thrown on each other as brown and yellow are the favorite colors of Shri Krishna. The next day marks the beginning of Lathmar Holi at Barsana and ends with the same at Nandgaon from Mathura Vrindavan Package Tours.

Lathmar Holi

Over the years, this incident has become known as Lathmar Holi, and the tradition is celebrated in Barsana and Nandgaon with great enthusiasm. During Lathmar Holi, women from Barsana pay a visit to Nandgaonwhere Krishna-Radha lovers are welcomed by bare arms with lathis. Radha’s blessings are believed to protect unmarried women from any harm or ill fate.

Women dancing merrily as they pursue the men and confidently wielding sturdy lathi sticks bring to life the legend itself and showcase the strength of their spirit. This tradition certainly adds charm and excitement to the already vibrant celebration of Holi.

Chhadimar Holi

In the small village of Gokul, situated on the left bank of the Yamuna River, a unique festival is celebrated yearly. This is Chhadimar Holi, or “Stick Holi,” and it takes place in honor of Sri Krishna’s days spent as an infant and toddler. During the event, a procession of baby Krishna on a jhoola (swing) takes place throughout the town. Later, locals play Holi with chedis– small sticks similar to those used in Lathmar Holi but much milder. This customary celebration pays homage to his presence in Gokul centuries ago.

Phoolon Wali Holi

Phoolon Wali Holi in Vrindavan is a unique, short event only at the Banke Bihari temple. Starting at 4.00 pm, the flowers’ Holi takes approximately 15 – 20 minutes and involves temple priests throwing flowers out of the temple at devotees.

To make sure you don’t miss it, it’s essential to arrive at the temple when the gates open – this way; you will have the chance to walk around inside and get some beautiful photographs! Unfortunately, not everyone can witness this unusual event in person, making being able to do so all the more exciting and rewarding.

Widow Holi

Vrindavan, India, has long held the unfortunate convention of prohibiting widows from partaking in the colorful festival of Holi. However, times are changing. In 2013, Sulabh International established a noble initiative that allowed the loving and life-tormented widows of Pagal Baba’s Ashram to play with colors and flower petals on that joyous occasion.

Imagining these long-forgotten women, now wrapped in colors and blossoms, is a beautiful image! Although tourists flock to take pictures of this touching event and often request the widows for unique poses.

These are some of the unique Holi celebrations in Mathura and Vrindavan. With a Mathura Vrindavan Sightseeing Package, you can experience all these events and create memories for a lifetime!

The unique range of experiences makes Vrindavan Agra Tour Packages an ideal choice for those who want to explore the city’s vibrant culture and join in its festivities.  So, book your Mathura Vrindavan Package Tour today to witness these fantastic Holi celebrations!


Holi is a vibrant festival of color, joy, and fun. It is celebrated extensively in Mathura and Vrindavan and includes unique festivities like Lathmar Holi, Chhadimar Holi, Phoolonwali Holi, and Widow Holi. Witnessing these fantastic celebrations while on a one-day Agra Mathura Vrindavan Tour or Mathura Vrindavan, Package Tour can be a truly unforgettable experience.

From the joy of Lathmar Holi to the touching sight of Widow Holi, these events will surely help create memories that one won’t soon forget. So book your tour and enjoy the bond of love and friendship during the festival of colors in Mathura and Vrindavan!

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