The ages old holi celebration of colors at Barsana, Nandgaon and Vrindavan
FotoFoyer Barsana Nandgaon Vrindavan Phototour
03 Days, 02 Nights
FotoFoyer Barsana Phototour
The most celebrated Lathmar Holi is in the Braj regions. People from all corners of the world gather at Mathura-Vrindavan to celebrate the festival of colours, Holi, in the birthplace of Lord Krishna. Approximate driving distance between Barsana and Nandgaon Mathura is 9 kms or 5.6 miles or 4.9 nautical miles. Particularly spectacular celebration occurs at the two small villages of nandgaon and Barsana, the birthplace of Radha, a village, 42 kms away from Vrindavan. Here, men from Nandgaon, the land of Krishna come to play Holi with the female folk of Barsana and while struggling to raise their flag over Shri Radhikaji’s temple. But, instead of colours they are greeted with sticks by the gopis. Hence, this Holi gets its name – Lathmaar Holi. Smart enough, men come fully armoured as they are fully aware of the welcome that awaits them and also the fact that they are not allowed to retaliate. In this battle of wits, they try their best not to be captured. The unlucky one’s however, are forcefully led away and get a good thrashing from the women. All in the spirit of Holi.
The next day, the men from Barsana, reciprocate by invading Nandgaon and color the womenfolk of Nandgaon, with naturally occurring orange-red dye and palash. The women of Nandgaon avenges their men by beating the invaders from Barsana.
As the birthplace of Lord Krishna and one of seven Hindu holy cities, the people of Mathura and Vrindavan celebrate Holi for over a week. Each major Krishna temple celebrates Holi on a different day. Especially noteworthy celebrations take place at the Bankey-Bihari Temple, where priests lead the celebrations by drenching participants in Holi Colours and water.
|TOUR DATES||24-26 February 2018|
|TOUR COST||INR12,800 per person twin sharing and Single supplement extra @INR3500 – Excluding Taxes(Domestic)
USD225 per person twin sharing and Single supplement extra @USD60 – Excluding Taxes(International)
|DURATION||03 days and 02 nights|
|DESTINATIONS||The twin villages of Barsana & Nangaon and Vrindavan|
Day -1 (24th February, 2018)
We will start early morning around 6 a.m. from Delhi and after a drive of around 4 hours we will reach BARSANA. After the brief session on camera settings and camera protection from colors and water, we move on to the streets of Barsana. Moving through the flood of people gathered there, we reach the Radhikaji’s temple to cover the celebration. Later we move to the place where the famous event of Lathmar Holi is to take place.
Depart around 6:30 pm and after a hearty dinner we stay overnight in vrindavan.
Day -2 (25th February, 2018)
After breakfast we depart for Nandgaon around 8 a.m. After an hour of drive we reach the twin village to cover the second part of yesterday’s celebration. The village is situated on a hill so expect a lot of uphill and downhill walking. We move to the hilltop temple and capture the initialization of the celebration capturing stunning pictures of colourful locals playing holi and taking processions in the village. In the evening we move to the opening where people are gathering up to watch the story of Lathmar holi unfold.
Depart around 6:30 pm from Nandgaon and after a hearty dinner we stay overnight in vrindavan.
Day -3 (26th February, 2018)
The place has a long standing popularity as a holi hindu city. We capture pictures of Holi celebrations at Bankey Bihari Temple, where the crowd awaits to view the idol of baby Krishna. The Priests later drench the devotees with Gulal and colored water.
After having lunch we will depart for Delhi from Vrindavan.
TOUR ENDS HERE…
Terms and regulations:
- Booking confirmed upon payment of INR 3000 Advance
- Tour subject to maximum of 08 participants
- 50% of the BOOKING AMOUNT is non-refundable
- Complete amount (excluding 50% of the booking amount) will be refunded on cancellation 30/days before the commencement of tour.
- 50% of the paid amount will be refunded if cancelled 15/days before the commencement of tour
- There will be no refund if cancelled 48hrs before the commencement of tour.
- INR 3,000 to be paid advance as a booking amount.
- Balance amount is to be paid a week before the tour commences.
- Pre-trip advice and briefing
- Travel to/from Delhi
- Complete travel in and around Vrindavan, Barsana and Nandgaon, as per itinerary.
- Accommodation for 2 nights based on twin sharing (single supplement extra)
- Meals included for breakfast and dinner.
- Entry tickets and fees for temples.
- Personal expenses such as alcoholic drinks, beverages, gifts, calls, laundry, hot showers, snacks, battery charging etc.
- any other personal expenses planned or otherwise.
Cost: INR 12,800/- (excluding taxes)
(INR 3500, if single supplement accommodation is required)
(Domestic transaction) – All, excluding Lunch
Cost: USD 225/- (excluding taxes)
(USD 60, if single supplement accommodation is required)
(International transaction) – All, excluding Lunch
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I had an opportunity to go on a photo trip to Vrindavan with Fotofoyer group during the Lathmar holi at Barsana, Nandgaon and Vrindavan. It was an amazing photography experience and I ended up making some amazing friends. The trip was well planned. However, the organizers did not hesitate to accommodate few small changes on our request. I managed to get some great shots from this trip. I would like to go for more trips with this groupTusnin Das
As of now I have attended two photo tours with Fotofoyer. Its always nice to have Rajat and Sumit around when you are in the field. I really had great experience in both the tours, Barsana and Pushkar Phototour, this year. My recent experience with fotofoyer is on Pushkar, the tour was well organized and all the details were shared with me well before time. They guided me to the best locations and at the right time. I look forward to attend many tours with fotofoyer in future
All the best guys.