Holi, the Festival of Colours, not only paints you in the vibrant hues of gulaal but also smears your day with the excitement of festive fun, highlighted by great food! The only right way to celebrate Holi is the one that is marked by immeasurable amusement and if you have also grown up dancing to the tunes of 'Holi khele Raghuveera Awadh mei' , then you know that the celebrations here have their own unique zeal. So if you are in Lucknow, make sure to splash around in the electrifying hues of these 5 special ways to double the cheer of the festivities.
Raja Thandai at Chowk
The festival of Holi and its celebrations are incomplete if you don't get your hands on a glass of Raja Thandai's iconic drink in Chowk! Trust us when we say, a sip of this will surely introduce you to a new vividness that is so Lakhnawi that you will be hooked to this place and the city, just like that.
Location: 10 A, Kasturba Market, Chowk, Lucknow
The cool aid of Prakash Kulfi
Culturally, Holi marks the change of season- a bugle call of the arriving summers! And don't you think it is only fair to welcome the sunshine days with the refreshing aid of the legendary Prakash Kulfi when in Lucknow? Serving us all for over 50 years, this kulfi shop is highly regarded by the dessertarians in the city. Besides their classic Kesar and Pista flavours, you can also savour the heavenly goodness of strawberry, butterscotch, coconut and chocolate variants for this frigid festive flair!
Location: Gomti Nagar | Chowk | Aminabad | Alambagh
Holi-special Smoked menu
You surely will need a wholesome meal after you're done playing with colours and jumping around all day amid the festive frenzy! So to get your hands on a Holi-exclusive menu, head out to Smoked, for this place is adding a vivacity of flavours to satiate your increased appetite after a long day. When here, go for the magic of North Indian flavours with their Chicken Tikka Kulcha or the fusion goodness of Paneer Tikka Garlic Bread or Butter Chicken Pasta! Don't forget to order their Fried Kitkat Rolls and Thandai Shake to end your meal on a sweet note!
Location: 21, Gokhale Marg, Next to Lakme Salon, Hazratganj, Lucknow
Sugary salvation of gujiyas
There is absolutely no way to talk about Holi without its star attraction- gujiyas! This is that one time of the year when this special dessert is available and nobody can stop you from binging on this sugary salvation. When in the city, you can grab a box of mawa and baklava gujiyas, which are known to win hearts! You can also have a plethora of other varieties, ranging from roasted to sugar-free and bite-size gujiyas; so get ready to spoil yourself and your loved ones.
Eco-friendly gulaal & colours
Holi is all fun and games until your skin becomes irritable due to harmful chemical colours, which can also cause infections and rashes. There are several organisations in Lucknow and across Uttar Pradesh that are collecting temple flowers now to produce eco-friendly and safe gulaals. So steer clear of the cheap road-side colours and add a natural touch to your merrymaking!
While we desperately wait to paint the town in the colourful cheer of Holi celebrations, we need to ensure that it does not become a reason for the coronavirus pandemic to flourish. Make sure that you, your loved ones and all those around are doing their bit to minimise the threat of transmission amid celebrations. And once you are COVID-19 secure, do not forget to have fun because that is all what 'Awadhi Holi' is all about!