If you’re still confused about how you’re going to celebrate Holi this Thursday, then you can consider two equally tempting options – a loud, barking mad Holi party with enough gulaal, bhang thandai and pichkaris to play with or a nice, intimate celebration with your folks while you gorge on the best gujiya in town. Confused about that too? We’ve got that covered for you.
If you pick the first option, then following are the parties you can attend on March 24:
Holi Moo! Festival
This year, the popular Holi Cow festival has a new name – Holi Moo! It is in its 10th edition and has already held pre-gigs around the city. The festival is known for its music and is also a platform for new artistes to showcase their talent. This year on Holi, the festival will feature four stages, which will have folk, indie, electronica, experimental and world music performances by over 40 artistes. Head here for some great Holi fun over good music, food and dancing.
Where: Holi Moo! Barn, Rajokri Road
Time: 12pm to 8pm
Holishit Music Festival
Let’s take a moment and appreciate the name they came up with for their festival. Holishit has been organising its own pre-Holi gigs all over the city and is now all set for the real fun. It has a 10 artiste line-up, who will play EDM, Bollywood and commercial club music including some live band performances as well. Head here for a desi-style Holi, which will be played the organic way.
Where: Janmashtami Park, Punjabi Bagh
Time: 11am onwards
This will be the 8th edition of this EDM festival which has an impressive line-up of artistes from Spain, Germany, Hungary, among others. Apart from good music and food, you can also look forward to some fun games at the festival. The crowd is good, includes expats and socialites, and it will have some good dancing acts as well.
Where: 32nd Milestone, NH8, Gurgaon
Time: 11am onwards
Lawman Holi Reloaded 2016
They call themselves the Electronic Dance Music Holi Festival and have an impressive line-up at that. Makasi will be the headlining act this time along with Progressive Brothers, DJ Mash, Ashim, among others. From Progressive House, Future House and Tech House to Dubstep, Trap and DnB – head here if this is the kind of music you’d want to play Holi to.
Where: Executive Club, Chattarpur
Time: 10:30 am onwards
Rang De 2k16
This festival will have both male and female DJs belting out groovy music, live dhol and unlimited food and beverages.
Where: Aavaa Surya Continental Hotel, Rajouri Garden
Time: 8am onwards
And if you’re settling on the second option, we’ve shortlisted the best places you can buy gujiya from in Delhi:
Chaina Ram Sindhi Confectioners
One of the oldest shops in the city, Chaina Ram is famous for its Karachi Halwa prepared using pure ghee, enough to get you broad in the beam. But the shop also sells one of the best Holi time gujiyas – crispy, flaky and with a good filling of mawa, spices and dry fruits.
Where: 6499, Fathepuri Chowk, Chandni Chowk
Nearest Metro station: Chandni Chowk
Bengali Market has Bengali Sweet House and Nathu Sweets, both famous among people with a great liking for sweets in the city. Nathu Sweet House has kesar, chandrakala and samosa gujiya which is high on demand during Holi time. The prices for these start from Rs 500 to 540 per kg.
Where: Shop No : 23, 24, Bengali Market, Tansen Marg
Nearest Metro Station: Mandi House and Barakhamba Road
This shop in Lajpat Nagar boasts of several awards over the years and has a huge variety of sweets in South Delhi. For Holi, they have plain, kesar, chandrakala and launglata gujiya to satisfy your taste buds. The prices are between Rs 480 and 580 per kg.
Where: No-3/B,Veer Savarkar Marg, Vinoba Puri, Block O, Lajpat Nagar II
Nearest Metro Station: Lajpat Nagar and Moolchand
The shop boasts of an overwhelming variety of gujiya during Holi time –kesar, sada bahaar, kachori, launglata, phool, among others. The prices start from Rs 376 to 1080 per kg. Not only quality, the shop also pays close attention to hygiene.
Where: No.109, Bangla Sahib Road, Sector 4, Gole Market
Nearest Metro Station: RK Ashram Marg
Delhi’s favourite mithaiwalas are dependable for their quality and a variety of guijyas they offer. You can choose from Sone-Chandi ki guijya, samosa, potli and even namkeen gujiyas. Prices start at Rs 400.
Where: Outlets across Delhi-NCR. Visit their websites to locate the store closest to you.