Rain dances, live music, exotic food and funky cocktails. If you’re looking to make a big splash this Holi, you can choose from a list of annual bashes — which promise to be bigger, better and a lot more colourful this time around. “The biggest thing about Holi this year is that the India vs West Indies match is on the same day, so we’re also screening the match live, besides the DJs and the artists,” says Gaurav Mohan of Eventwala, organisers of Rang Festival, which is held in Mehrauli. Culturalist Himanshu Verma, who has been organising the Red Earth holi bash for the past six years, says, “This year, we will also be conducting a workshop on how to make organic colours.” If this sounds exciting, read on, and plan your Holi party!
Holi Cow gets performers, artists, food and of course, colours — all under the same roof. There will be three specific stages — there’s the Livewire Stage that will showcase live rock, jazz and reggae bands. The Electronica Stage will spin hip hop, drum and bass music, and there will be Folk Stage for all lovers of global and Indian folk music, that will also feature poetry, and sufi and street music. Celebrating Holi with music and art has become one of the biggest USP of this festival. Here, you can be a part of the holi grafitti art too.
With over 50 artists performing from morning till evening, this place promises to be a fun-filled affair.
Where: Holi Cow Barn, Chattarpur Farm area
Timings: 11am to 8 pm
RED EARTH HOLI PARTY
While here, expect the most natural and traditional Holi celebrations. They use hand-made holi colours, made of marigold, spinach, beetroot, sandalwood and rose water. Another attraction at this place is the special Holi delicacies, such as thandai, gujiya, kanji-pakoda, prepared by caterers from Old Delhi. For all those wanting to try their hands at colour-making, there is an hour-long workshop on Holi colour-making before the celebrations start (9 am to 10 am). You need to register for this workshop.
Where: Astor Estates, Chattarpur, New Delhi
Timings: 9 am to 4 pm
This party promises a lot — four international DJs will be specially flown in to do a musical fusion with Indian artists. A wide variety of cocktails and a spread of Holi delights will be laid out for the guests. To enhance the experience, the festival will offer fun activities and attractions, such as rain dance and imaginative drinking games. And for all you cricket lovers, a special screen will be put up for the Indian vs West Indies World Cup match.
Where: Hotel Vista, 162, Mehrauli Gurgaon Road
Timings: 10am to 10pm Tickets: R2,000
Kickstart your Holi celebrations with DJ Aqeel, as he plays popular Bollywood numbers, such as Rang barse and Holi khele Raghuveera. There will also be an electronic dhol to spice up the party. Other attractions include a rain dance floor (for those who want a dry holi, there is a separate dance floor too), a big swimming pool where you can splash colours without any restrictions and cabana sitting where you can relax after all the fun. There will also be a special multi-cuisine buffet with holi delicacies, such as gujia, malpua and gul kand ka sharbat, laid out for all the guests with unlimited liquor.
Where: The Daffodils Hotel, Tania Farms Complex, Chattarpur Mandir Road.
Timings:10 am to 5 pm
Tickets: R3,500 for a couple
Tel: Litesh at 9711199555