We understand if you’re wondering why you should travel just to experience Holi in Pushkar. For starters, this is easily the biggest and wildest spectacle of the festival in the entire country. Above that, people from all over the world come to Pushkar to be a part of the colourful celebration. There’s nothing quite as insane as celebrating Holi in Pushkar. Every corner of every street is given a colourful makeover.
We definitely find this interesting considering how Holi is a Hindu festival. And yes, the festival doesn’t discriminate. Here in Pushkar it becomes absolutely inclusive. People of different caste, race and religion all enjoy together. Local authorities often organise DJs and arrange for music. It’s like literally the whole of Pushkar is celebrating. Interested already? Alright so here’s what you need to know about celebrating Holi in Pushkar.
When does it happen?
Holi is celebrated across India in the month of March. A festival that marks the beginning of spring, Holi also signifies the victory of good over evil. On the night before Holi, a traditional ritual is carried out. This is where you can witness the burning of the pyre. It’s an even more authentic and exotic sight witnessing this in a small town like Pushkar. The second day is when the main celebration of the “Festival of Colours” begins.
What does the celebration include?
A lot! Be it up on the rooftops or down on the streets, everyone is playing with colours. In different parts of the town, you’ll notice people blasting loud music. This can be anything from hit bollywood music or some electronic remixes. Then there’s also Bhang (cannabis induced lassi) which a lot of people would be having. This is a staple of the celebration in Pushkar. In fact, Pushkar is known to have really delicious and great quality bhang.
The festival is open for all and it’s like a small area of the town is crammed with thousands of people together. You will be witnessing people throwing colours even from the rooftop of buildings, restaurants and hotels. There will be a buttload of men’s shirts and tshirts hanging on top of a wire or a rope. A wild part of tradition also involves men ripping each other’s shirts/tshirts off. Smearing each other with colours, music, dancing, diversity and bhang, these are the main pillars of Holi in Pushkar.
What makes it special?
Quite frankly, the craziness. See, we get that white clothes transforming into something of a psychedelic apparel is common during Holi. But the sheer number of people and the sheer magnitude of diversity is really insane. It kind of becomes like everyone is friends with everyone. What’s surprising is that amidst all of this, you also get to see a few stalls selling snacks, many selling different types of colours and of course, long queues at the bhang shop.
Is Holi in Pushkar safe?
Over the years, authorities have started focusing on safety a lot. You will find that there are local cops and authorities present at different junctures. While bhang is sold legally, it still intoxicates people. Often makes them lose control. We won’t lie to you, misbehavior and harassment still occur. Women’s safety is not 100% guaranteed, unfortunately. But the cops are really strict and don’t tolerate such incidents. These incidents are a bit rare these days.
Chances of such a thing happening is low because of the efforts and lengths the authorities have gone to. Especially to ensure women’s safety. But you need not worry because like we said, they are rare these days. A lot of women from all across the world visit, have a good time, and leave without anything bad happening to them.
Let us tell you one thing though. Your cameras, cell phones and electronic devices definitely won’t be safe. Sure, there are many different covers and what not. But we’re telling you now that electronics are not safe amidst the water and colour splashing. So we would strongly recommend that you leave these devices in your room.
Like we’ve stressed over and over again, Holi in Pushkar is extremely wild. If you’re not a huge fan of crowds and are not comfortable with strangers touching you, this might not be something you should experience. Depends totally on you. We all have our own preferences, right? One thing though, if you want to experience Holi like never before, Pushkar is where you should be!