Have no concrete plans for Holi yet and are bored with the usual farm house parties in Delhi? Get a car and drive down to Bharatpur, Rajasthan. Three hours and we assure you that you will have the chance to experience a very different kind of Holi. The Braj Holi Festival organised by the Department of Tourism (DOT), Government of Rajasthan and the District Administration is being celebrated with lot of fervor and enthusiasm.
The event, which will go on for the entire week ending with the final celebrations of Holi on 6th March, was held across Bharatpur, Deeg and. The district administration conducted a nature walk, photography exhibition and a seminar at the Keoladeo National Park. Spread over 29 square kilometers the reserve, locally known as Ghana, boasts of 366 bird species, 379 floral species, 50 species of fish, 13 species of snakes, 5 species of lizards, 7 amphibian species, 7 turtle species, and a variety of other invertebrates.
Besides a calming dose of a long walk through the reserve, Rajasthani folk artistes performed at the Udyog Mela, Gramin Haat in the evening of 28th February. Renowned singer, Anuradha Paudwal enthralled the audience at a mega evening concert, organised at the MSJ College Ground in Bharatpur. Known for her songs like Dil Hai Ki Manta Nahi and many more, Paudwal got the city ready for Holi, not letting rains dampen spirits. On 1st March, various rural sport competitions like kabaddi, cricket match, wrestling and tug of war were organised at the Lohagarh Stadium.
The Deeg Palace grounds thronged with people as artistes livened the mood with their performances. The sprawling palace grounds were bright with people celebrating amidst fountains of coloured water and spring flowers. Everyone present there, young or old, irrespective of their caste or creed participated happily as the rain clouds gave way to the sun.
Later in the evening, the well known Shree Krishna Dance Ballet was performed by the Delhi-based Shree Ram Kala Kendra. At Kaman, various Holi festivals like Gulal Holi, Doodh-Dahi Holi, Laddu Holi, Phoolon ki Holi, Latthmar Holi were organised at Gokul Chandramaji temple, Madan Mohanji Temple, Radha Vallabhji temple, while Rajasthani folk artistes performed at different bazaars throughout the day.
At Kot Upar Stadium, Kaman, artists performed at the Maharaas which was the centre of attraction for the audience. Entry to all the events during the festival was free of cost with high security around.
The Braj Holi Festival was celebrated with a lot of enthusiasm in the state and the entire region looked magnificent with the beauty of dashes of colors in the air. So if Delhi isn’t cool enough - you know where to head to! Have a great Holi!