Holi at Vrindavan & Mathura – Photography destinations in India
Holi known as the festival of colours celebrated in India is also known as the festival of love due to its mythological significance related to Lord Krishna and his soulmate Radha. It is celebrated with lots of powdered colours. Some places celebrate Holi with colourful flowers.
Apart from all the fun in this festival, it is also a treat for photographers who wish to capture moods and colours of this festival. If you are an photographer and are planning to capture this festival with your DSLR and don’t know the dos and don’ts…don’t worry, we are right here to tell you how you can enjoy this photography tour and at the same time protect your camera gear.
We recommend you start with the place where Holi originated…the abode of Lord Krishna-Vrindavan and Mathura.
MATHURA is a city located in the Northlands of India, in the state of Uttar Pradesh. This city holds a religious and historical significance as the birthplace of ‘Lord Krishna’ (a Hindu deity). VRINDAVAN is located just 11kms from Mathura and carries its own identity of being a religious heritage site due to a large number of temples, various Ghats and Samadhi’s (tombs) of prominent swamis. The city with its ancient history finds a great deal of mention in the Hindu scriptures as Lord Krishna was born in Mathura and spent his childhood in Vrindavan. With almost 5000 temples, this place is a prominent pilgrim spot where Hindus flock in to pay their respect to the divine.
Dates for 2019:
The celebrations start from 14th March, 2019.
Main Events and the Locations:The main events we suggest you attend during your visit are :
|Range Bharni Ekadashi||Banke Bihari Temple, Vrindavan|
|Holika Dahan||Phalan, Mathura|
|Dhulandi Holi||Vrindavan temples, Mathura|
|Huranga||Dauji temple, Baldeo, Mathura|
|Rang Panchami||Braj Mandal temples|
Lathmar Holi is one the most famous celebrations in Mathura as it is an interesting ritual followed by the neighbouring towns of Barsana and Nandgaon. It is celebrated days before the actual Holi festival.
Lathmar means ‘hitting with sticks’. The first day men from Nandgaon come to play Holi with the women of Barsana on the Rangeeli Gali (colourful street). The second day women of Barsana go to Nandgaon to play holi. The next day the men of Nandgaon once again come to colour the women with colours and on this day, the women get ready to reciprocate by hitting the men with lathis (sticks) to drive them away…hence, ‘Lathmar Holi’. The celebrations are filled with colours, fun and folk songs. This exciting event attracts huge number of tourists to witness the unique holi celebration.
How to reach Mathura
(*Distances mentioned are approximate and may vary depending on the route)
If you are flying to India from a different country, take a flight to Indira Gandhi International Airport, Delhi which is located approximately 165kms from Mathura. The nearest domestic airport to Mathura is the Kheria Airport, Agra at a distance of 49kms. Further you can journey by road or rail.
If you choose road travel then, don’t forget to take a comfortable road journey via the beautiful Yamuna Expressway from Agra to Mathura. You can travel by bus or hire a cab for this route. Another option to travel to Mathura is by train. You can take a train from Agra Cantonment Railway Station to Mathura Junction. It takes approximately 54mins to reach Mathura by train.
The celebrations of Holi in this city is of course one of the key highlights of this place but, while you visit Vrindavan-Mathura we are sure you wouldn’t want to miss out on these places:
- Dwarkadhish temple
- Jammu and Katra Masjid
- Madan Mohan Temple
- Shahji Temple
- Nidhivan (a thick forest also known as Madhuvan)
- Vishram Ghat (located on the banks of river Yamuna)
- Radha Kund
- Kusum Sarovar
- Krishna Janma Bhoomi Mandir
For those who want to shoot Holi with their cameras are recommended to carry telephoto lenses to take pictures of people dipped in colour from a distance. Also a wide angle lens is recommended to capture the essence of Holi at these places.
Protecting your gear from water and colours of Holi is of utmost important during Holi. You can carry waterproof DSLR cases to protect your gear.
These cases are not very expensive and will prove to be your best investment while shooting at events such as Holi.
Now you are all set to enjoy this colourful festival without being irky about damaging your camera gear. Start planning your holi trip and capture the vibrant MOODS AND COLOURS of the festival at Vrindavan-Mathura.
Do share with us your experiences, we would like see this place through your lenses…!!