Can't resist a glass of milk lassi on Holi

Ah, Holi 2024 in Jaipur.  A kaleidoscopic carnival of colours that I’ve danced through umpteen times! Picture this: me, a seasoned Holi enthusiast, diving headfirst into the riotous sea of hues that wash over the streets of Jaipur.

It’s like stepping into a Bollywood blockbuster, with every corner bursting with vibrancy and energy. If you’re new to the scene, brace yourself for a whirlwind ride through the most exhilarating festival on Earth.

Join me as I prepare to paint the town red (and green, and blue, and every other colour of the rainbow)!

Holika Dahan – The Fire Cleansing Ceremony

Gather ’round, folks, it’s bonfire time! Holika Dahan, the prelude to Holi, sets the stage for fiery fun and ancient legends.

Holi isn’t just a one-day affair.  It’s a two-day extravaganza. And with the lunar calendar calling the shots, figuring out the exact date is trickier than decoding a cryptic crossword.  This year it was held on 24 and 25 March.

Picture me, amidst the crackling flames and the scent of burning wood.  It’s like a barbecue, but with evil spirits instead of sausages. And oh, the spectacle! Bonfires ablaze, illuminating the night sky as we bid adieu to Holika and her mischievous ways.

But let’s not forget the real showstopper: a giant blaze, a swarm of men armed with sticks, and the unexpected twist of motorbikes serving as fiery chariots. It was like another Bollywood action scene unfolding before my very eyes, complete with roaring engines and occasional backfires.

And there I was, caught in the middle, trying not to become an accidental human torch!  Ah, Holika Dahan – where legends burn bright, and spirits soar higher than the flames themselves.

Colourful Chaos: Embracing the Spirit of Holi

Day two is a kaleidoscope of hues and hijinks. Armed with herbal Gulal powder (because who wants to end up resembling a radioactive avocado?), a water pistol, and all the necessary accessories for a riotous celebration, I venture into the fray.

Dropping in for chai with the team at WelcomHeritage Traditional Haveli, Jaipur
Dropping in for chai with the team at WelcomHeritage Traditional Haveli, Jaipur

Soon enough, I am engulfed in a whirlwind of colours, with every passerby eager to give me the full Holi treatment. Ah, the joys of being a walking canvas!

Where to Celebrate Holi in Jaipur

Now, for the million-rupee question: Where to celebrate Holi in Jaipur?

Fear not, fellow travellers.  Navigating the Holi madness in Jaipur isn’t as daunting as it seems. Whether you’re a seasoned Holi veteran like me or a newbie looking to dive headfirst into the colourful chaos, Jaipur offers a smorgasbord of options to celebrate this vibrant festival.

From tourist-friendly events organised by Rajasthan Tourism (think: cultural demonstrations with a side of snacks) to impromptu street parties, there’s something for everyone.

Dhulandi Festival for Holi in Jaipur at Hotel Khasa Kothi
Dhulandi Festival for Holi in Jaipur at Hotel Khasa Kothi

Sure, you might feel like you’ve stumbled into an early morning rave filled with gap year enthusiasts and retirees, but hey, isn’t that part of the charm?

While Rajasthan tourism offers curated events, I prefer the authentic experience amidst the bustling streets and temples. Despite a brief detour to a tourist-centric event, I  gravitate back to the heart of the city’s celebrations, immersing myself in the vibrant chaos.

Temple Etiquette

Visiting temples during Holi requires adherence to customs.

First and foremost, shed your shoes like yesterday’s news.  No exceptions! You’ll find shoe racks or abandoned footwear strewn about, serving as silent reminders of the countless pilgrims who’ve gone before you.

As for attire, modesty is key.  Cover those shoulders and knees as if your grandma’s watching.  Steer clear of any animal products.  Unless you fancy becoming the main attraction for the temple’s resident pigeons.

And remember, when in doubt, follow the flow.  Circulate through the temple in a clockwise manner like a seasoned pro. After all, when it comes to temple etiquette, it’s best to toe the line – literally!

Survival Tips for Holi
  • Say Farewell to Pristine Clothes: Don’t wear your Sunday best unless you’re aiming for that tie-dye chic look. White clothes are encouraged but prepare to bid them farewell – your once-white attire will soon be a vibrant canvas of colours. Not even your underwear will survive! It’s the sacrifice we make for the art of Holi.
  • Protect Your Peepers: Invest in sturdy sunglasses to shield your eyes from the relentless onslaught of coloured powder. Trust me, it’s all fun and games until your shades meet an untimely demise mid-festivity. RIP, my trusty eyewear.
  • Mind the Grabby Hands: Ladies, beware of the occasional rogue hand in the crowd. Some folks seem to have mistaken Holi for a free pass to indulge in unwanted touching. But fear not, they’re like the elusive blue Gulal – rare and best avoided.
  • Keep Moving, Keep Grooving: Holi is like a whirlwind romance – intense, exhilarating, and over before you know it. So, dance with the crowd, exchange colours with strangers, and revel in the madness. But if it all gets too much, know that it’s perfectly okay to retreat to the serene sanctuary of a city park or your hotel room for a much-needed breather.
  • Embrace the Chaos: Amidst the chaos and the colours, lies an experience that’ll stay with you long after the last traces of Gulal have faded away. So, throw caution (and colours) to the wind, and dive headfirst into the kaleidoscopic whirlwind that is Holi in Jaipur. After all, where else can you rock a rainbow-hued wardrobe and call it fashion?
Reflections on Holi in Jaipur

In the end, celebrating Holi in Jaipur is like riding a rollercoaster.  You’ll scream, you’ll laugh, and you might end up with a few unexpected stains.

Shanti Shanti
Shanti Shanti

Would I do it again? Absolutely. But next time, I’ll be sure to pack extra body oil and a spare pair of sunglasses. After all, when life throws colours at you, it’s best to be prepared for the rainbow ride.

From dodging water balloons like a seasoned ninja to wearing my white clothes as a sacrificial offering to the Gulal gods, each year brings its own blend of chaos and laughter.

Amidst the whirlwind of festivities, there’s always a moment of quiet reflection.  A chance to pause and appreciate the sheer absurdity of it all.

Whether it’s navigating through crowds with the finesse of a Bollywood hero or finding myself engulfed in a cloud of Gulal powder that refuses to let go, every mishap adds to the tapestry of experiences that define Holi in Jaipur.

But beyond the laughter and the chaos lies a deeper appreciation for the spirit of celebration that unites us all. It’s a reminder that, no matter where we come from or what language we speak, we can all find common ground in the simple joy of throwing colours at each other with reckless abandon.

Would I do it again? Absolutely!

So here’s to another year of Holi in Jaipur.  Where laughter echoes through the streets and memories are made in every splash of colour. Until next time, when I’ll undoubtedly find myself knee-deep in Gulal once again, embracing the madness with open arms and a grin that stretches from ear to ear.

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Have you celebrated Holi in Jaipur? Care to share any tips or tricks?


  1. Holi is indeed a joyful festival in India. And if you want to witness the true colours of Holy, then Jaipur is one of the best place for that. You article really captured the true spirit of this vibrant festival.
    Holika Dahan is very important part of the Holy, and I hope you know the reason behind this ritual in India. Let me tell you that your tips for surviving holy in India are really practical. And definitely, living in the moments is very essential. I hope this article inspires others to add this colourful festival celebration in Jaipur to their bucket list. Those colorful streets, gulal on faces, holy special drinks, gujiya, and those traditional drum beats, its really worth visiting once.


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