Nestled in the picturesque lower reaches of the Himalayas, and bordered by the Sutlej River to its southwest, Sri Anandpur Sahib, is one of the foremost sacred religious sites of the Sikhs and is located just 80 kms from Chandigarh. It has a number of historic Gurudwaras associated with the lives of the Ninth Sikh Guru, Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur Sahib Ji who founded Sri Anandpur Sahib in 1665 and the Tenth Guru of the Sikhs, Shri Guru Gobind Singh Ji, who founded the Khalsa panth on Baisakhi 1699 at Sri Anandpur Sahib.
Guru Gobind Singh chose the Holi festival in 1701 as an appropriate occasion to check the military preparedness of the fledging Khalsa army and named this festival as ‘Holla Mohalla’.
He used to celebrate this fair at the fort of Holgarh in Sri Anandpur Sahib. Pilgrims and visitors from all over the Punjab start converging at Sri Anandpur Sahib from a week before Holi. Mohalla celebrations kick off two days before Holi, with martial arts displays as traditional Nihang warriors and Nihang Horsemen on beautifully decorated horses display their skills at the Mohalla stadium. And it ends on the day after Holi when the Mohalla or traditional sports day of the Nihang dals is celebrated.
At Holla Mohalla all night divans are observed with traditional Thadi Jathas singing ballads of the heroic deeds of Martyrs of the Sikh faith who gave countless sacrifices to ensure freedom. At the fair one can observe at close quarters the tradition of ‘Langar’ or the Community kitchen. All are welcome irrespective of caste, creed, religion or station in life. This tradition of sharing ones bounty with strangers is integral to Sikh philosophy, enduring traditions and hospitality. Almost 5 million visitors are fed free meals at langars all over the town during the Holla Mohalla festival.
Holla Mohalla has grown into a huge fair and attracts people from all over the country and the world to participate or watch this festival of colour and gaiety at Sri Anandpur Sahib. It has been named as one of the 10 most colorful festivals of the world.
We, Aagman India Travel & Living, bring you during Holla Mohalla, a Luxury Tented accommodation with modern conveniences & comforts, installed in natural surroundings on the banks of the river Satluj.
- Assistance upon arrival and departure
- Accommodation on Twin sharing basis as per itinerary listed above or similar
- Daily Breakfast + Dinner (only packed lunch will be provided during long day trips)
- Return airport transfer along with all sightseeing by Non Ac Innova / Xylo
- Inner line permits to the restricted area.
- Cost does not includes
- Airfares, items of any personal nature such as drinks, tips/ gratuities, etc
- Extra hotel nights due to flight cancellations, extra expenses incurred due to mishandled luggage, any insurance