Holi at Gokul
गोकुल : गोकुल के बच्चे और गोपियाँ
Here widows come together and celebrate this festival of colors with utmost joy at Pagal Baba Temple.
How to reach
Nearest Airport: Delhi
Nearest Railway Station: Mathura
Get a shared auto outside railway station/ bus stops for Vrindavan.
Stay in Vrindavan during Holi
Vrindavan has a lot of options to stay, but booking your room in advance is always the best option because most places are packed during the festival. Most of the rooms here are simple and are available at very cheap prices (starting from Rs.300 per night for a double bedroom).
My stay : Tulsi Niwas, Vrindavan 7895637108 (To book in advance or to ask directions )
Warnings and Precautions
Be careful with the monkeys as they snatch specs and phones while walking in the streets and you have to buy frooti for them to return not guaranteeing the one piece.
You should be careful with the thefts especially man carrying wallets and phone in pockets. When I was there 2 of my friends lost phone and wallet both and there is no sense of FIR and police station visits.
Women must be especially cautious in large celebrations and on crowded streets as the combination of color, chaos, alcohol and bhang (an intoxicant made of cannabis leaves) can create an anything-goes atmosphere that men take advantage of, for groping and occasional sexual assaults. With the proper precautions (go out in a group, ideally with some men included) you should be able to keep the celebration a joyous one.
If you are travelling alone or your main purpose is photography, prefer the dates 2-3 days before the actual Holi as crowd gets worsened as the holi approaches near and thefts and sexual assaults/ groping become common even inside the temples. Women become the main target for water gun shots and balloons.
2018 Holi dates
23rd Feb 2018 - Barsana Lathmar Holi
24th Feb 2018 - Nandgaon Holi
26th Feb 2018- Phoolon wali holi , Banke Bihari Temple 4PM
27th Feb 2018 - Gokul Holi & Widows Holi
1st March 2018 - Holi at Banke Bihari Temple / Holika Dahan in the evening
2nd March 2018 - Holi Procession at Mathura and across India