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These Palaces abound in legends of affluence, tales of extravagant celebrations and secrets of the Maharajas and their incomparably beautiful queens. Celebrate Holi – the festival of colours the royal way!

From elaborate city festivities to simple village fairs, India is known the world over for its incredible festival celebrations.
With a packed festival calendar, as rich and diverse as its culture and topography, Holi – the festival of colours celebrates the onset of spring with much fervour and fanfare.

Derived from the word ‘hola’ which means sacrifice, the spirit of Holi encourages the feeling of brotherhood as people of all religion and caste smear each other with gulal which is coloured powder signifying the hues of spring.

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Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces

On the eve of this festival, huge bonfires are lighted to mark the occasion and ward of evil spirits in a ritual called Holika Dahan.
Singing, dancing and the traditional beats of dhol add to the merriment. India is known for this popular festival of colours and is a celebration that must not be missed for first time visitors and travelers to India.

Commemorating the triumph of good over evil, the colourful state of Rajasthan plays Holi with much pomp and gaiety as they celebrate it in a variety of ways.

During Holi, the Elephant Festival should not to be missed as the streets are paraded through with brightly decorated elephants adorned with beautiful rugs and jewellry.
The Umaid Bhawan Palace in Jodhpur is a magnificent piece of Rajasthan’s heritage.

Perched on Chittar Hill, the highest point in Jodhpur, Umaid Bhawan Palace inspires with exotic views of the historical Blue City.
Holi celebrations at the palace begin on the eve of Holi by the lighting of a bon fire signifying the burning of evil.

Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces

Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces

The next morning, guests can play Holi with the Royal family residing in the Palace, and enjoy a special Holi lunch with traditional Rajasthani song and dance entertainment accompanied by champagne and Thandai. Jaipur, known as the Pink City for its trademark heritage building colours, houses the Rambagh Palace, Jaipur, and Jai Mahal Palace.

Rambagh Palace, which has over the years, played gracious host to several illustrious guests, such as Lord Louis Mountbatten, Prince Charles, Jacqueline Kennedy and many other luminaries, enjoys its own festivities on the occasion of Holi.

On the evening before the full moon day, which marks the day of Holi, guests can bear witness to the Holika Dahan, or burning of evil.
This is followed by cultural performances and a sumptuous dinner, all in this Grand Palace, known as the ‘Jewel of Jaipur’. Jai Mahal Palace  an Indo Saracenic architectural masterpiece set amidst landscaped Mughal gardens is 270 years old..

Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces

Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces

Festivities kick off in the morning on the sprawling palace lawns, with Rajasthani artists adding to the festive atmosphere.
Guests staying at the Jai Mahal Palace can indulge in scrumptious traditional sweets and celebrate with organic Holi colours that create a memorable, Instagram worthy experience for all.

Udaipur, known for its romantic setting, unmatched in Rajasthan, is a city of lakes and palaces.
The City Palace, overlooking Lake Pichola, is a monumental complex of 11 palaces, courtyards and gardens, famed for its intricate peacock mosaic.

On the eve of Holi, residents of the Taj Lake Palace can be a part of the grand

celebrations of Holika Dahan at the City Palace. These celebrations include traditional dance and music performances, and special ceremonies.

Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces

Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces

Holi in Hyderabad, the City of Pearls and Nizams

Another city that enjoys this colourful festival is Hyderabad. Guests are welcomed to a buoyant number of people as they enjoy the playful exchange of colours while grooving to the traditional and modern beats on the bustling streets.

During this time, Taj Falaknuma Palace is known to host some enthralling experiences with traditional festive dance forms , flute recitals followed by the auspicious bonfire on the palace lawns and visits to the old palaces and temples.

Guests can also interact with the locals and visit members of the royal family.
They are also treated to a Holi brunch, replete with colours and music to revel in the festivities.

The extravaganza of colours, music and tradition are bound together by the unanimous celebrations of Holi in India which makes for a fascinating holiday!

Holi will be celebrated this year 2017 on March 12 and 13.

2018, Holi is on March 2, with Holika Dahan on March 1.

2019, Holi is on March 21, with Holika Dahan on March 20

Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces

Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces

About Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces

Established in 1902, Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces is one of Asia’s largest and finest group of hotels, comprising 101 hotels in 64 locations across the globe, including presence in India, North America, United Kingdom, Africa, Middle East, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Maldives, Bhutan and Nepal.

From world-renowned landmarks to modern business hotels, idyllic beach resorts to authentic Grand Palaces, each Taj hotel offers an unrivalled fusion of warm Indian hospitality, world-class service and modern luxury. For over a century, The Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai, the iconic flagship has set a benchmark for fine living with exquisite refinement, inventiveness and warmth.

Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces is part of the Tata Group, India’s premier business house. For more information, please visit tajhotels.com

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