Holi is almost here, and this time, it’s bringing us more joy than ever. The reason? It falls on a Friday, which means a long weekend that lets you celebrate for days! So, we’ve curated the best deals around Holi for you to check out — from staycation offers to brunches and gift hampers — to make your Holi weekend special. By Anushka Goel
Holi staycations in India
A great time to visit Uttarakhand and The Kumaon is during the Holi festival. Holi is celebrated with a lot of fervour, with colours made from flowers, yummy food and more. What’s more, the mountains make for a great retreat during this time – a quiet space hidden from the bustling cities. The Kumaon helps with this experience, as the sustainable luxury retreat is nestled in the hills, providing relief from the city summers.
Head to the property for a staycation around Holi and indulge in mindful luxury in the Kasar Devi region. The spectacular hill views and rich biodiversity here will act as the perfect canvas for you to unwind and calm your senses. What’s more, the property’s minimalistic palette responds to nature and emphasises the stunning background. Enjoy delicious Kumaoni cuisine and warm hospitality as you spend some time away from the Holi festivities of the city.
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Shivgarh House of Sustainable Living
A heritage farm located about 55 kilometres from Jaipur city, Shivgarh House of Sustainable Living allows guests to experience the best of nature from the luxury of their rooms. Wake up to birdsong, witness the sun go down the horizon and soak in nature with more than 1.4 lakh trees spread over the 200-acre property, complete with the hundreds of migratory birds that take shelter here.
Spend a quiet Holi weekend with a staycation at this property, and immerse yourself in holistic living that is sustainable and eco-friendly. The property boasts of a 450-year-old heritage haveli in Mozamabad, Jaipur, which allows you to immerse in the rural life, enjoy a boat ride, try your hand at gardening, and relish delicious, home-cooked farm-to-table meals. Enjoy a temple trail to one of the world’s oldest Jain temples, go birdwatching or swim in the lagoon – and make your Holi weekend a sustainable, immersive and learning experience.
Phone: +91 9610999887
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If you want to spend your Holi weekend in the comfort of city life but within the luxury, enjoy the thoughtfully curated leisure experiences of Andaz Delhi—a concept by Hyatt. Whether you come with family or to celebrate with your friends, the property has something for everyone. The staycation begins with welcome amenities on arrival, and the offer includes breakfast and dinner buffets at the property’s restaurant, AnnaMaya food fall, along with 1+1 happy hours at Juniper Bar from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm, a 25 per cent discount at Andaz Spa as well as food and soft beverages. What’s more, children below 12 can stay without additional charges, while rooms for kids above 12 can be availed at 50 per cent off.
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Country Inn Resorts, Bhimtal and Jim Corbett
Make the best of the long weekend this Holi with a staycation that will reconnect you with nature! An all-inclusive experience, complete with open-air dining, dancing and a special festive spread awaits you at three Country Inn properties! At the Country Inn Tarika Riverside Resort, Jim Corbett, stay close to the river, enjoy views of the serene mountains and relish yummy food at The Kebab Factory. To stay in the lap of nature and be surrounded by the beautiful flora and fauna of the unexplored destination, choose to stay at Country Inn Resort, Bhimtal. And to make your trip with your family memorable, choose the Country Inn Resort, Jim Corbett, which replicates the forest experience with a cluster of trees grouping together!
Contact: +91 88607 email@example.com (for reservations)
Holi meal deals
Enjoy the festival of colours with a delicious brunch at b Cafe, Shangri-La Bengaluru. Guests there for a stay (or staycation) or those who want a good meal after celebrating the festival can enjoy the spirit of Holi with a colourful, vibrant spread of regional delicacies, festive favourites, interactive live stations and grills, an expansive dessert corner and refreshing beverages. The key highlights of the brunch include Kesar Badam Thandai, Aam Panna, Puran Poli, Bhang Pakora, Bedmi Puri with Aloo Subzi, Zafrani Lauki Kofta, Punjabi Murgh Tikka, Malai Phirni, and more. For the kids, the hotel has organised a series of fun activities at the largest kid’s play area in town, with features such as the bouncy castle, caricatures and more.
Price: INR 2,450 plus taxes with soft beverages/INR 3,999 plus taxes with cocktails/INR 4,999 plus taxes with champagne
Date: March 18, 2022
Time: 12:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Contact: +91 80 4512 firstname.lastname@example.org (for reservations)
Monkey Bar Mumbai, Chennai, Delhi and Kolkata
Holi is the festival for sun and dance, spreading joy and celebrating with your loved ones. So, this Holi, take it a notch higher with special deals at Monkey Bar outlets across cities. Enjoy their special Holi Colada, a holiday-special boozy concoction that is a take on the traditional milk-based Thandai which is associated with the festival. This beverage features thickened milk infused with badam shirin, loaded with white rum, topped with almond slivers and a touch of saffron.
Price: INR 375 + taxes (for one cocktail), INR 440 + taxes (four shots)
Date: March 17 to 20
Price for a meal: INR 2,000 (for two, with alcohol); INR 1,400++ (for two, without alcohol)
Taftoon Bar & Kitchen, Mumbai
Taftoon Bar & Kitchen is a paradise for those who love some authentic Kashmiri and Persian cuisine. The kitchens at this place have worked hard to introduce Mumbaikars to flavours of a region that might otherwise have been unfamiliar to them, and this Holi, the restaurant has curated a special dessert platter for their patrons. Indulge in a delicious Kesar Matka kulfi, a typical Indian dessert which an elevated denser and creamier texture, made with full-fat milk, dry fruits, and saffron, along with jalebis and malpua, with saunf-scented sweetened pancakes and pistachio rabdi.
Price: INR 549 + taxes
Address: Bandra Kurla Complex, Bandra East Naman center, opp. Dena Bank, G Block BKC, Mumbai
Time: Closes 12:30 am
The Leela Bhartiya City, Bengaluru
With Gulal, mithai, and loads of thandai, Holi is but one big communal celebration to spread hope and positivity for the rest of the year and enjoy a carefree morning with friends and loved ones. So, to spread the festive cheer, The Leela Bhartiya City Bengaluru, surrounded by the beautiful cherry blossom blooms, is set to welcome spring in all its glory with a special Holi buffet. From a Chaat Bhandaar to Cheela Counter, the traditional Mawa Gujiya to Chatpata Kanji, Dal Kachori with Genda Phool Chutney to Mathura Ki Thandai, enjoy a lavish spread of traditional Holi delicacies as you indulge in the festive spirit.
Price: INR 1,800 plus taxes
Date: March 20
Time: 12:30 pm – 3:00 pm
Call: +91 74117 82456 (for reservations and more information)
Love & Cheesecake, Mumbai and Delhi
Mumbai’s much-loved cheesecake destination, Love & Cheesecake, is launching special Holi-themed cheesecakes for their customers. The limited-edition menu, curated by founders Ruchyeta Bhatia and Chef Amit Sharma, seamlessly blend traditional Indian sweets with the delectable cheesecake consistency to create a unique experience for guests. Indulge in the Ghevar Cheesecake, which has the classic ghevar flavours of the rich rabdi and sweetness with a crunchy chikki brittle, paired with the outlet’s classic cheesecake frosting. If you love gulab jamun, you’ll love the Gulab Jamun and Motichoor Boondi Cheesecake, which pairs the two desi desserts with flavoured dessert cheese frosting and vanilla cake. Or if you like something a bit floral, opt for the Kesar & Rose Kalakandh Cheesecake, which contains the traditional milk-based Kalakandh sweet, layered with their popular cheesecake.
Price: Slice – INR 250 | Half kg – INR 1,600 | One kg – INR 3,000
Available from: March 16, 2022
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Spring has set in with Nature’s bounty, and for Bangaloreans, every street is blooming in colourful vibrancy. So, this Holi, enjoy the colours of spring with some delectable Chinese cuisine at Chowman. Indulge in delicious dishes such as Crispy Chilli Baby Corn, Kung Pao Veg, Kolkata Style Chilli Chicken, Chilli Wine Fish and more, to complement your glass of desi bhaang this Holi.
Price: INR 1,199 ++
Date and Time: March 18, 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm; March 19, 12:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Call: +91 80415 21019 (for reservations)
Helpline No: 1800 890 2150 Toll free)
Bombay Taco Co., Mumbai
If you’re done with a Holi staycation this year and want to instead opt for a simple meal in your city, make it special with Bombay Taco Co. Try the Kanda Bhajji Tacos which combine the popular street food snack with a delicious twist. Their Cauliflower and Mushroom 65 Taco is dressed with raw mango kachumbar, guacamole and thecha mayo, bringing Mumbai’s flavours to the Mexican meal. And this Holi, these tacos are the perfect way to indulge in after a long day of fetivities!
Where: Shop no. 8, Rafi Mansion, 28th Rd, Bandra West, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400050 Mumbai, Maharashtra
Call: +91 85911 74660
Dhaba Estd 1986, Delhi
The winter clouds are giving way for spring, and India is prepping for Holi. What’s ultimate to welcome the upcoming summers along with the festival of colours, is a tall glass of thandai, which is made using several herbs and spices said to have a cooling effect on the body.
So this Holi, indulge in delicious Thandai in four flavours, served by Shaba Estd 1986. These include paan-e-bahar, rabri malai, Peru-ishq and aam raseela thandai and savour the festival and its foods with full enthusiasm and joy!
Where: Dhaba Estd 1986
Price: INR 249/-
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