Hey, it’s Holi next Monday! Have you made any Holi plans yet? If you haven’t made plans yet, then it’s time for you to rethink and plan ahead. From parties to dinners and getaways there is so much that you can do to celebrate the best Holi of your life. Like all the other major cities, Pune, too, is geared up to celebrate the festival in all its pomp. From trendy and jazzed up Holi parties to indulging dinners and pampering spas, we have the best of what this city has to offer for Holi.
The significance of celebrating Holi
Holi, a Hindu festival marks the arrival of spring and celebrates the victory of good, peace and love over evil. Holi, also known as the festival of colors has people applying colors on each other, this ritual was has a strong influence from the story of Sri Krishna and Radha.
It is said that as a child, Sri Krishna was envious of Radha’s fair complexion, so when he complained about this to his mother, Yashoda, she playfully told him that he could color Radha’s face with whatever color he liked, which he did. Holi also celebrates their love for each other with the color Gulaal (red).
We have curated the ultimate list of some of the most sought after Holi Parties along with other things to do in Pune along with weekend getaways that you can enjoy with friends and family. Trust us when we say these are the best ways to celebrate Holi in Pune.
Pune is all set to host some of the hottest and jazziest Holi Parties you have ever come across from 10 to 13 March 2017.
1. Holi Bash at Imagica Theme Park
This Holi, Imagica welcomes you to celebrate the festival of colors in an adventurous way. You will get a regular entry ticket which will include a Holi special lunch and a beverage. You can also enjoy yourself at the sundowner rain dance and get an exclusive access to the DJ event.
2. Holi Celebration at Malshej Ghat
This year celebrate your Holi amidst the mesmerizing green surroundings and high mountains of Malshej Ghat. Spend a quality time, experience the chilly winds and warmth of bonfire as you camp, and enjoy the BBQ. The cost of the camping includes accommodation in camps, unlimited veg and non-veg barbecue, veg and non-veg dinner and lunch, and a delicious breakfast. During the camping, you can also indulge various adventurous activities like shooting, archery, river crossing, rock climbing and much more.
3. Get Holi-Licious at Residency Club
Enjoy the Holi at this amazing Holi-Licious 2017 event in Pune on 13th March, which is going to be the biggest foam & rain dance party. The venue is sprawled across 3000 acres, providing ample space for you to thump on the beats of DJs and enjoy the rain dance and Holi colors. The event will be joined by various renowned artists like DJ Paroma, DJ Piyush, DJ Smitha, DJ Dipesh, DJ Agnel, etc. There will also be the live Punjabi Dhol and food and beverages stalls for you to satisfy your hunger during the celebration. You can also enjoy liquor at the dedicated bar sections and there is a separate bar set up in the VIP arena.
4. Holi Special – Island Camping at Bandhardhara
Spend this Holi on an adventurous note and experience camping at the Bhandardara Island, where you can reach only via a boat. Stay for 1N/2D on this soothing island which is surrounded by blue waters and a beautiful scenery. The cost of the camping will include the accommodation in tents, veg and non-veg barbecue, breakfast, lunch, and dinner. In the evening just sit, relax, and enjoy the campfire and music and witness the beautiful stars twinkling above you.
5. Barso Re Holi
Join this amazing “Barso Re Holi 2017” Holi celebration event on 13th March in the city of Pune at Corinthians Resort & Club and fill your Holi with colors & music. During the celebration, you will be provided with unlimited organic Holi colors to make your festival safe, a large 3000 square feet main arena where you can enjoy the rain dance, jelly fights, performances of the live Punjabi Dhol, food, and beverage stalls, VIP arena with dedicated bar, kid’s zone, CCTV surveillance, security guards & bouncers for your safety and an amazing crowd to make your Holi a memorable one. So, come and join this amazing Holi festival with your family and friends.
If your idea of celebrating Holi is spending some quiet time with your friends and family then here’s our pick of some of the best dining experiences in Pune.
1. The Eclectic 3 Course Experience at blueFROG
The pulsating and infectious vibe of blueFROG, Bangalore – combined with The Eclectic 3 Course European Experience by WowTables promises a memorable night. With a menu honed and crafted by keeping their signature dishes in mind, WowTables has curated a set menu with a delectable melange of influences – from dishes conceived in Kerala to hints of Singaporean and Pan-Asian cuisine and a range of continental and contemporary creations.
Book a 3-course meal for your friends and family at blueFrog, now.
2. Buffet at the Orchid Hotel
Relish a delicious buffet (lunch/dinner/brunch) with unlimited liquor for 2 hours. You also get to take bites from a sweet cake. What’s more, a flower bouquet and candlelight setting will set up to cheer up your mood. With this, you are sure to have a great time at this amazing restaurant.
Book a buffet of your choice at The Orchid Hotel, now.
3. 5-Course meal at Malaka Spice, Baner
Malaka Spice located at Koregaon Park, Pune is a chic and happening restaurant where you can steal some wonderful moments from time. The artworks out there will never go unnoticed and so not the South-east Asian food. The experience that you will get from Wow Tables will be satisfying the senses of taste, aroma, texture and color. The Momo Veg, Chicken Pepesan, Quail Egg Salad and the Tom Yum are always a must try.
Book a 5-course meal at Malaka Spice, now.
4. Authentic Indian Meal at Tiger Trail, Hotel Royal Orchid
An open-air A La Carte Indian specialty restaurant, mind-blowing surroundings, the sound of water, cool breeze, live Ghazals and candle-lit dinner leaves our guests mesmerized. Our chef’s very own preparations make you our loyal guest who would want to come time & again and dine for vegetarian and non-vegetarian delicacies.
Book an authentic Indian at the Royal Orchid Hotel, now.
5. Meal For Two at Cafe 1730
Located in the social hub that is Koregaon Park, Cafe 1730 stands out with the concept of delectable, mouthwatering food in a comfortable traditional Cafe. Under the tutelage of their award-winning chef, they have articulated a menu keeping the typical urban diner in mind.They offer you an exclusive range of seafood, Continental, Indian and Goan food that will leave your taste buds tingling in ecstasy.
Book a 3-course meal at Cafe 1730, now.
If you are planning to pack your bags and sneak away from the shor of the city during the long weekend, then here’s our pick of some of our favorite getaways in and around Pune.
1. Day Tour at Fort Jadhavgadh
Take a journey through 300 years of history and experience the grandiose of the Maratha regime at the Fort Jadhavgadh Hotel and Resort – Maharashtra’s only Fort Heritage hotel and best resorts near Pune. Located just 22 kilometers from Pune Mumbai, Fort Jadhavgadh, resort in Pune and in Mumbai an ideal weekend getaway.
Book a tour to the Jadhavgadh Fort, now.
2. A Day at Parashar
Junnar with Parashar Agritourism is a unique combination of agritourism, ecotourism and rural tourism. Explore the magnificent Junnar, a perfect get way destination near Mumbai. Take out time from your busy schedules and come along with your family for a perfect day out. You will be entertained throughout the day with various activities ranging from sports and games to cultural and agricultural. You even get to visit Ane Ghat (India’s largest natural bridge) or go for a forest tractor trolley ride. There is enough fun at Parashar to make sure that you and your family have a great time.
Book a getaway to Parashar, now.
3. Lake Camping and Kayaking in Lonavala
Experience an adventurous camping and kayaking at Lonavala, which is going to be a unique experience for you. The campsite is approximately 11 km from Lonavala. The primary theme of this experience is the DIY camping. You will be provided with all the base equipment so that you do not need to carry a lot of gears. To stargaze, you will be provided with Celestron telescope. The package includes evening tea, dinner/barbecue, and breakfast – all of which you can prepare by the campfire, tents and much more.
Book a getaway to Lonavala, now.
4. Overnight Stay at Pratikruti Resorts
Looking for weekend outings with family and friends in Pune? Pratikruti, the Lakeview Resort offers the ideal place to celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, get together, conference meetings, family functions, and any festive occasion. This resort in Pune is a pure vegetarian family resort just 1.5 km away from famous Jain Agam Mandir Katraj, overlooking Jambhulwadi Lake. You can take full advantage of this unique picnic spot in Pune and make memories with family and friends.
Book a getaway at Prakruti Resorts, now.
5. Stay at V Resorts Rainforest Igatpuri
Stay at V Resorts in Igatpuri for 2D/1N and spend a quality time with your family. The resort is located is in the vicinity of endless green hills, enticing waterfalls, medieval forts, and pretty lakes. Your stay at V Resorts Rainforest Igatpuri includes the accommodation and delicious breakfast. During your stay, you can also enjoy various indoor and outdoor games, swim in the swimming pool and relax in the lawns.
Book a stay at V Resorts, now.
Take a break, after all, Holi hai yaar! Pamper yourself with some of our most indulging wellness experiences that must be tried this Holi.
1. Deep Tissue Massage at Home
Take some time out and opt for this soothing experience of a deep tissue massage, spa manicure, and pedicure at the very comfort of your home. Make a call to MyGalmm and have the experts at your doorstep to give you a rejuvenating experience. It will be a full body massage from head to toe. You can pick between signature serene or deep tissue massage as per your requirement. Forest Essentials product will be used for the complete massage. Be assured that at the end of the session, you will be refreshed like never before.
Book a deep tissue massage at home, now.
2. After Holi Care Package
Take care of yourself after a day of fun and frolic with a deep tissue massage from MyGlamm. The special after Holi package includes a deep tissue body massage followed by a spa manicure and pedicure in the comfort of your home. Products from Forest Essentials will only be used by the masseuse and the expert beautician. With a package that offers a deal so good, we are sure you won’t be able to say no.
Book a deep tissue massage at home, now.
3. Get Office Ready with a Lightening Facial After Holi Special
Head to the Four Fountains De-Stress spa for a rejuvenating experience and also to get that color off your skin after the colorful Holi. Indulge in a lightening facial that also includes a skin firming mask and revitalize your skin with the best of their treatments by only experts in the field. Spend a day at the Four Fountains Spa and get ready to get de-stressed.
Book a lightening facial at Four Fountains De-Stress Spa, now.
4. After Holi Special – Purifying Facial
The byphasse purifying mask gently cleanses the combination skin type and oily skin. It’s ivy and burdock extract formula helps reduce excess oil, leaving skin cleaner and more matte. Your face will be cleansed and purified. Although it is not possible to change the natural color and tone of your skin, experts have developed some therapies that can add an extra glow to your skin. Skin-whitening program includes therapies that make use of natural ingredients to impart a glow to the skin and make it look very supple and healthy.
Book a purifying facial, now.
5. Bamboo Lime Scrub – After Holi Special
The bamboo lime scrub is one treatment that uses oriental bamboo grains soaked in lime essential oil to exfoliate the skin. Bamboo delays the appearance of wrinkles and promotes youthful appearance while lime is known to replenish lost moisture. At Four Fountains De-Stress Spa, with the help of experts, nurture your skin in the best way possible.
Book a Bamboo Lime Scrub, now.
This is just a teaser list. You can find enough and more Holi Parties in Pune that you can enjoy with your friends. In the meantime, check out enough and more Holi Parties and other things to do on Holi in Pune on our website.