Places To Visit In Uttarakhand From Delhi During Holi Long Weekend

From Rishikesh to Pithoragarh, explore the best places to visit in Uttarakhand to observe the various strains of Holi celebrations in the state
Scenes from Holi celebrations
Scenes from Holi celebrationsShutterstock

As the festival of Holi is around the corner, many of us are looking forward to a long weekend getaway to rejuvenate our spirits and celebrate amidst nature's bounty. And in situations like these, Uttarakhand emerges as a top destination for those based in Delhi, offering a perfect blend of scenic beauty, cultural richness, and adventure. The state has something for every traveller, from serene hill stations to spiritual retreats. Here's a curated list of places to visit in Uttarakhand from Delhi during the Holi long weekend.


A glimpse of the Choliya Dance in Kumaon
A glimpse of the Choliya Dance in KumaonShutterstock

Holi is celebrated with a hyper-regional touch in Kumaon. Kumaoni Holi originates from the Kumaon region of Uttarakhand and combines local folklore with Hindu mythology to symbolise the triumph of good over evil. The festival lasts several days and includes celebrations such as Holika Dahan and Baithaki Holi processions with folk songs, dances and traditional customs like Cheer Bandhan and Cheer Dahan. Kumaoni Holi is mainly celebrated in rural areas, and participants wear traditional attire while engaging in folk art performances. Culinary traditions include feasting on delicacies such as Gujjias and bhang ki pakodi. Despite modern influences, efforts to maintain eco-friendliness, and attracting tourists, Kumaoni Holi retains its authentic essence, offering an infectious energy that draws people year after year.

Distance from Delhi: 390 km, which is a 9-hour drive.


Har ki Pauri at Haridwar
Har ki Pauri at HaridwarShutterstock

Haridwar is a holy city situated by the River Ganga and one of the top choices among places to visit in Uttarakhand. It is a well-known destination for Hindu pilgrims, especially during festivals like Holi, Kumbh Mela, and Ardh Kumbh Mela. During Holi, the entire city is painted in different colours as people play with dry colours. The Har ki Pauri ghat is a popular location for Holi celebrations. The Holi celebrations here involve the Ganga Aarti, a daily sunset ritual where priests hold fire bowls, ring bells, chant, and flick Diya into the river. This ritual is followed by a holy dip in the water at the ghat on Somvati Amavasya. Additionally, there is an event known as the Multan Jot Mahotsav, where devotees offer flowers and milk to the river Ganga. There are numerous hotels in Haridwar where visitors can stay and peacefully explore the city.

Distance from Delhi: 246 km, which is a 4.5-hour drive.


Parmarth Niketan Ashram in Rishikesh
Parmarth Niketan Ashram in RishikeshShutterstock

The Parmarth Niketan Ashram in Rishikesh is a popular destination for celebrating the Festival of Colours. The ashram is located on the banks of the Ganges River and offers a range of activities and services throughout the year, including yoga classes, meditation sessions and spiritual retreats. Other than the Parmarth Niketan Ashram, Rishikesh witnesses several other Holi parties and celebrations organised by various groups, which you can join. You can look up for such events beforehand and head out for the Holi celebrations.

Distance from Delhi: 262 km, which is a 5-hour drive.


A view of Dehradun
A view of DehradunShutterstock

Dehradun offers a vibrant cultural experience amidst the serene backdrop of the Himalayas. The city comes alive with colourful festivities, including traditional music, dance, and the joyous splashing of gulal (coloured powder). Indulge in the local delicacies like gujiya and thandai while immersing yourself in the lively atmosphere. Explore the nearby attractions, such as Robber's Cave and the Rajaji National Park, for an adventurous getaway. Witnessing the fusion of ancient traditions and modern celebrations, Dehradun promises an unforgettable Holi experience, making it the perfect destination for a rejuvenating and culturally enriching weekend retreat.

Distance from Delhi: 280 km, which is a 5-hour drive.


A view of Pithoragarh
A view of PithoragarhShutterstock

Explore the offbeat destination of Pithoragarh this Holi. The town boasts stunning landscapes and cultural heritage. Locals don't celebrate Holi with colours due to beliefs that it may upset the local deity Chipla Kedar. Instead, they celebrate Baithki Holi with traditional food, folk songs and dances. It is important to note that hill tribes do not traditionally celebrate Holi. India's diverse communities have unique beliefs, cultures, and traditions, making travelling across the country fascinating.

Distance from Delhi: 500 km, which is a 10-hour drive.

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