The festival of colours -Holi (March 29, 2021) is round the corner. If Covid-19 surge is making you feel slightly glum then the news of an impending long weekend with a cool holiday feeling can add a sense of glee. Corporate professionals, academicians and collegians are perhaps all feeling great about the Holi long weekend discounts (Combine your official holidays of Saturday on March 27 and Sunday on March 28 with Monday – March 29) and you have a pleasant quick trip option, out of the city ready.

FROM DELHI:
The hilly retreats in the North are so welcoming with short treks and orchard walks that Delhi dwellers can sign up with hotels and wellness resorts right-away for some fun time amidst lush nature.

FROM MUMBAI:
A self drive holiday to Panchgani, Lonavla, Alibaug, Ratnagiri and Ganpatipule are already trending. Homestay, retreats with kid-friendly activities are a big plus for vacationers and a big private pool in your place of stay can blur your mood swings away.

FROM BENGALURU & CHENNAI:

The hustle of Bengaluru and Chennai can be skipped with a safe and well-planned trip to vacation hotspots including Coorg, Kodaikanal, Munnar, Alapuzzha, Kumarakom are proving to be preferred getaways. If you are taking your pet along, make your accommodation reservations beforehand and communicate with the hotel’s management about your furry friend’s arrival.

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Artistes from Bharatpur enjoy the Brij ki ‘Lath Maar Holi’. The tradition emphasises friendly bonds and great fun in life.

Apart from the long weekend holiday plans, it’s always a great idea to resonate with the true essence of the Indian festival. Go ahead, tell your kids about it to feel connected with their traditional roots. The legend of Holi has cultural significance, making it a day to end and rid oneself of past errors, to end conflicts by meeting others, a day to forget and forgive. ‘Bura na mano Holi hai’ comes from such friendly practices. The colours of Holi marks warm Spring months ahead wherein people meet and greet by smearing colours and hugging each other to welcome good days ahead.

Traditional legends of Krishna and Radha in Braj region and Lord Vishnu (Hiranyakashyap, Holika and Prahlad) tales are still widely prevalent with rituals such as floral Holi and
Holika Dahan (marked with a bon-fire on the eve of Holi) in India, Trinidad & Tobago, Nepal and Mauritius.

If you are home-bound during the Holi long weekend, spend some time making Holi delicacies including
Thandai, gujiya, laddoos and
kheer and enjoy some family time.

ET-PanacheTravel team wishes you a very Happy Holi, fully of joy and love.

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