Holi Festival India | New Delhi & Taj Mahal Travel Guide

Holi Festival India | New Delhi & Taj Mahal Travel Guide

What’s up? I’m Marko. You’re watching Vagabrothers, and this is the Taj Mahal, India. Welcome back to Vagabrothers. Right now it’s springtime in Northern India, and in this country at this time of year, it’s all about one thing: the Holi Festival. This is a festival that’s extremely colorful. It’s about the triumph of good over evil, welcoming springtime, and it’s overall a great time to be in India. So I’m here with Oneplus testing out the new 6T cell phone, which has a super good camera with great 4k video, super smooth and great slow-mo. We’re here with a bunch of other cool creators, and we’re staying at this beautiful hotel right here. Got the Taj Mahal right outside. It’s way harder than I thought. Actually, I think there’re two mattresses, and I jumped right between the middle of them and went all the way down to the bed frame. The first thing we’re doing is we’re going to Agra Market. This place has been a trading town for centuries, for millennia and we’re going to go see what we can find. You can always find some cool stuff. It’s always like spices and street food and awesome souvenirs. Okay, so starting off with some street food, I got a local specialty here. This is a samosa.. We have a chili sauce Inside of the samosa is potato. Here we go, and this cost twelve cents. That’s eight rupees. Indian food is one of my favorite things about coming here, and the street food I think is actually really, really good. A lot of people are worried when they come to India. Is it safe? I’d say,” Yes.” For the most part a place that’s busy that’s turning over a lot of business is usually very safe. And you know, if you get a little Delhi Belly, it’s part of the experience. By the way, if you’re wondering who’s behind the camera.. It’sTaylor O’Sullivan here. The hungriest girl in the whole world. Always eating. We also [ have] here the great Louis. Yes, bro. Cam. Boom. Boom. Fifth time in India? Fifth time in India, yeah. Second time in New Delhi. Second time here. Nice. Right now we’re in the Agra Market. The word for “market” in Hindi is “chawok.” and there’re all sorts of different vendors here. There’s street food. There’s like everyday things you might need to get. There’re specialities from the region, and this place is you know.. Agra nowadays is really famous for the Taj Mahal, but you know by the horns that we’re in India. Agra today is famous for the Taj Mahal. It’s like the most iconic building in India, but historically this has been a crossroads. It’s been a trading place, and it’s been the capital of India for a long time. It was the capital the Mughal Empire That’s one of the most important empires that changed the shape of India for the rest of their history. So, it’s Friday night. We’re standing out front of a mosque, and they just did the call to prayer. Friday night is the Sabbath in the Islamic religion, and so a lot of people are here gathering for the weekly prayer. They do it five times a day, but this is the most special of the week, and it’s kind of cool to see this on our first day in India, kind of soak up this part of this really diverse country. One of the cool things about this market this time of year is that people are starting to sell the powders for the Holi Festival. It’s a very colorful festival and people throw this powder at everyone during the festival. It’s made from plant extracts, and each color symbolizes something different. Red is for love; Green is for prosperity, etc, etc. People are just starting to get geared up. It really starts after the full moon in the vernal equinox that marks the beginning of spring. That’s next week, still getting ramped up, but we’ll see more of that later. Let’s go Not a bad way to end our first day here in India. We’re staying at the Amarvilas. This is a five-star hotel. We’ve got a view of the Taj Mahal in the background. This place looks like it belongs to a Maharaja, but it’s a brand new property. And look at this courtyard. We’ve got this beautiful pool. It’s been a great first day, but we’re going to go ahead and get some early rest because we’re waking up at dawn to see the Taj Mahal at sunrise. Few things are as magical as the Taj Mahal at sunrise. This is a place that’s been hyped up and talked about and taken a million photos of. But when you come here at sunrise, you realize this is truly one of the most magnificent human accomplishments on earth: the Taj Mahal, a monument to love. It’s been around for 400 years, and it’s looking as good as ever. The Taj was an architectural wonder when it was built, and it still is today. It was actually constructed using elephants to carry all the marble here, and the detailed intricate calligraphy and inlaid marble is still absolutely incredible. If you see behind me, one of the main features of the building is the symmetry. Everything is symmetrical all the way down to the tomb on the inside except the husband asked to be buried next to his wife. That’s the only part that’s not symmetrical. The pillars behind me actually sloped outward, and that’s because they were designed that in the event of an earthquake, they would fall away from the mausoleum and not crush the beautiful dome. It’s absolutely incredible. We’re going to go upstairs and take a closer look to this wonder of the world. It’s blowing my mind the comparisons to Uzbekistan. This really does look like the Registan in Samarkand, the way the facades are all constructed. It’s very similar to the Uzbek style of architecture, and it’s really cool to travel and kind of see these connections, especially in a beautiful place like this. Okay, so after a wonderful morning at the Taj Mahal, we’re now back in Delhi. And like I said at the beginning of the video, this is springtime and springtime is all about the Holi Festival. Now the festival actually starts next week with the full moon, but we’re leaving just before then. The people from Oneplus have put together a private event to show us a little bit more about what the Holi Festival is all about. And to do that we’re going to dress in the traditional clothes. I have a white kurta. Because it’s a celebration of springtime and also the triumph of good over evil, the white represents purity. It also shows all of the powders that are going to get thrown on me a lot better. I’ve also got a sash and some cool slippers. It’s time to get changed and get in the action. Okay, so we are all dressed out in the kurtas. They are “kurtasy” of Oneplus. We’re here; we’re going to experience the Holi Festival. They’ve got all these powders for us, and we’re wearing this white. We’re going to test out the camera. We’ve been using it on the trip as you’ve seen in the video But one of the cool things about is it got really good slow-mo You can do 60 frames a second at 4k, and it goes down to 240 frames per second at 1080 It’s also got an aperture at 1.7. So it’s going to be really cool, and it should be the perfect environment to test it out. Let’s get inside, learn more about the Holi Festival tradition, and then start throwing powder at each other. Whoo Like many festivals in India, Holi has mythical traditions, and everyone has kind of a different story on how it came about. But long story short, most people agree that it’s about a prince whose father wanted everyone to worship him instead of the Lord Krishna. The son refused and because he did, the father ordered him to be burned alive in a funeral pyre. He survived because of intervention of the god. Okay, that’s basically it. People start the festival on the vernal equinox when the full moon comes and marks the beginning of spring. They have bonfires to burn away evil spirits, and then they throw powder at each other all day long, and then you have a big feast. We’re going to do kind of a miniature version of that. We’re wearing white so the colors pop, and we’re about to start throwing. Let’s get into it. That was super fun. Got to throw powder in my friends’ faces. I can see why people are into this festival. But tomorrow we’re exploring Delhi. Had to get out of these clothes, have a good night’s rest, and explore the city. Good morning, everybody. After last night’s festivities, I had a good night’s rest. We’re going to be exploring New Delhi, which is different than the old Delhi. We’re going to go take a walk around to the India Gate, and I’ll tell you more when we get there. So for those of you wondering, Old Delhi is different than New Delhi. New Delhi was built during British colonial times, which kind of functioned as an administrative centre, and to this day, it still houses a lot of government buildings, embassies, parliament, supreme court, etc As you can see here, all these buildings are built in the Georgian style of architecture. It kind of feels like the UK, but it’s a very big spacious open area, which is a lot different than Old Delhi, and we’re going to walk and see some of the main sights here in this part of the city. I’m here at the India Gate. This is a war memorial originally built for soldiers from the First World War, and it’s also a really big gathering spot. So seeing a different side of the city. Last time was in Delhi, I was an Old Delhi only, so this is a really cool version of New Delhi. This is an extremely clean part of Delhi. Last time I was here I remember seeing a lot more garbage on the streets, and I think that there’s been a big effort to make the city more green. Still noisy though; still lots of honking. The India Gate sits at the end of what the British called the King’s Way, an Imperial Boulevard built to commemorate the new capital in 1911, the jewel in the British crown. But the British capital lasted just thirty-six years until independence, and the pedestal that once held a statue of King George V now lies empty. Well, our exploration of Delhi continues because everything we’ve seen so far has really just been New Delhi, which is the eight capital that’s been in this city in the most recent. It’s the British capital, but there have been eight capitals in just the last nine hundred years. Delhi is the city that goes all the way back to the ancient Indian epic of the Mahabharata, which is really, really old. There’s a lot to explore here, and we’re going to be continuing this journey at this UNESCO World Heritage Site And there’s a really cool place right around the corner. Let’s go check it out. This magnificent building is Humayun’s Tomb. It predates the Taj Mahal and was in many ways a model for it. But unlike the Taj, it was a tomb built by a queen for her late husband. You might be noticing that the Mughals have this tradition of building excellent tombs for their loved ones that goes all the way back to their history in Uzbekistan. But by now we’ve seen so many of their cool properties that you can kind of say that they were like ancient real estate Mughals. Wow, that was a bad joke, but it was funny. Someone laughed there. You laugh there? Okay bad jokes aside, that was our tour of Delhi and Agra. Hopefully, this video was informative to help you guys plan your own trip to India. If it was, you know to do: give it a thumbs- up, share it with your travel buddies, and subscribe to Vagabrothers for more travel tips and vlogs from all around the world. If you guys enjoyed this video and you want more of India, check out our videos from Rajasthan. Last year we went to Jaipur, Jodhpur, Udaipur and Pushkar for the Puskar Camel Fair. There’s a link in the card right here. Also big thanks to our gracious hosts Oneplus. If you guys want more information about the 6T cell phone, there’s a link down below in the info box. And as always, as we say until we see you again, stay curious, keep exploring, and we’ll see you guys on the road. Peace.

100 thoughts on “Holi Festival India | New Delhi & Taj Mahal Travel Guide

  1. saw you in Kara and Nate’s video & i knew something is coming. were watching vagabrothers bt this one is like missing my brother episode !!

  2. That’s a very boring holi fest celebration 😂

  3. So sad

  4. Its my country, our culture but it feels so good to see all this through your vision..
    Thanks VagaBrothers.. keep posting

  5. Well compiled video… But it would be great if the westerners can get rid of that jarring 'indian' music from their videos

  6. Love your India videos you're pretty knowledgeable. Your videos opened me up for travelling and I'm going to Japan.

  7. Thanks for keeping the OnePlus shill to a minimum and actually make a travel video out of it and you also seem to have bothered to learn the history of places you visit unlike the other dumbasses who make travel vlogs and fill it with fluff and useless commentary like it is used car commercial.

  8. Is this entire video shot on oneplus 6t?

  9. Calcutta was the East India Company's (British) capital.

  10. Ah India, the country of the endless vehicle horns.

  11. WTF?…so many travel vloggers getting sponsored by ONE PLUS

  12. @Marko you look great in Indian clothes!

  13. Nice video! I want 1+6t xD

  14. Okay, but walking around the market with a garland around your neck 😂😂😂😂

  15. Great video you guys. I will go to India for 3 weeks in 4 months from now. I need to go there during Holly next time. Keep up the amazing videos guys.

  16. He's explaining samosa like black hole theory 🤣

  17. The BGM is so depressing. Very bad choice

  18. Taj Mahal is easily the most overrated building in India.

  19. Ha! Fun to see Kara and Nate — your vlog was recommended after I watched theirs. Interesting to see how these networks form. Beautiful colors in your photography!

  20. Real estate Moguls…good one😀

  21. Great to see you again here. I love your work.😍😍
    Do another Indian series.

  22. I will be there next year!! Can't waiiiittt!!! Nice vid

  23. Come to Hyderabad 😊

  24. You guys are the best…No doubt.🤟🏻

  25. Where’s your brother 🧐?

  26. I'm from El Salvador and i always watch your videos, i love your channel, and is so amazing what you do !!!

  27. Very cool…I'm in india right now. Hope your having fun.

  28. Oolong.m

  29. And what about Europe? Perhaps, you’ve heard about Belarus? It’s not really loud and crowded, I think it’s worth visiting. There are a lot of things to spend time on, describes, for instance, at https://justarrived.by/. Wanna see them in your videos 😫

  30. I always want to celebrate and finally did! I went to the Hindu Temple and it was amazing ! So colorful!People was so nice and happy ! The Temple was so peaceful and beautiful !

  31. Please visit Kerala

  32. Wow, India is amazing! ❤️ I’ve always wanted to go there but a lot of people warn me not to, as a female solo traveler 🙁 Any advice?

  33. 7:56 Taj Mahal has uzbek influence becaause Mughal Dynasty founder Babur was from Uzbekistan .

  34. Hello everyone! I am Italian and next year I should go on holiday in India between January and February .. I would have some questions for those who have already visited or lived there … is it true that it is better to take a group trip than a couple? Is traveling in pairs dangerous? In addition to the classic tour of the north what is the most interesting / important place to see (on the sea)? Thanks for the suggestions! 😉

  35. This was really nicely put guide, I do feel the Oneplus 6t Phone was too orange on your skintones. Holi is such a beautiful festival 😀 – but it seems you went to a private party, was pretty tame 😛 i saw my friends video when they were out on the streets.. lol their camera was like filled with powders haha

  36. Beautiful video

  37. How many 1+ winner there is?

  38. When foreigners make vlogs about India they use all classic music with traditional touch but we Indians listen here is Coca Cola tu

  39. Guys you should go to Dushanbe Tajikistan

  40. Amazing

  41. Just from Sri Lanka! and just right before sun rises is the most memorable, beautiful, spiritual times!
    Hello from Uzbekistan 🙂 Glad you mention it often!

  42. AWESOME video

  43. 💖

  44. This was #epic … absolutely amazing to see this beautiful festival of colors.. and experience it in India.. happy #holi to all

  45. People using Iphones are advertising Oneplus… Now thats called marketing…. Great Video…

  46. Taj Mahal is a Hindu Temple known as Tejo Mahalaya. Evidence @ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rrqzr_BKorg

  47. I have been there 2 times, to Agra and Mumbai

  48. Happy Holi😘😘😘😘😘😘😘😘😘😘😘😘colors of festival😘😘😘😘🇮🇳🇮🇳🇮🇳🇮🇳🇮🇳🇮🇳

  49. Beautiful video! Phone doesn't look too bad either. I want some of that street food…

  50. On holi you must be there in pushkar. they celebrats the best holi

  51. Nice vlog

  52. Great video as always!!! 🙂 Guys what do you think of the Canon EOS 70D Digital SLR Camera , any feedback on it?

  53. Actually it's sad that it doesn't look 'as good as ever'.

  54. I'll explain the Uzbek relation. You see, the Mughals were successors of Mongols from their maternal side, and the origin of Islam in Uzbekistan was due to the Mongol influence. Hence the similarity in architecture. In addition to that, there were also other influences of invaders from the middle east who went past India towards the east, when they invaded India. However, the most dominant invaders settled in India giving rise to the Delhi Sultanate.

  55. You come to 'gwalior' bro

  56. Have you guys considered West Africa? I find its really under-covered. Just made this video from Goree Island in Senegal https://youtu.be/Hgp-ActL-eQ

  57. India is the greatest country.

  58. Hey guys! How do you adjust to a place where you don't know the language? Does it really make a very big difference?

  59. Jumps on the bed of 5 star hotel
    Looks lost
    "Way harder than I thought!"
    Gosh Marko! 😂😂😂😂

  60. Welcome to India.. everyone 🇮🇳
    But traffic is insan here 🤣 am from new Delhi

  61. Old Delhi was actually built during the Mughal Empire, not the British

  62. Marko,at 11:32 it says Connaught Place, Black Hills, South Dakota instead of Connaught place, New Delhi
    I assume it was an honest mistake.
    Brilliant video otherwise.

  63. Hey vaga bros…..first of all Holi is not a Myth

  64. Well Come Pakistan
    Come Pakistan

  65. No! Akshardham temple is amazing ✌️

  66. Welcome back in India

  67. Holi is not only Indian festival but all Hindus… I am from Nepal.
    Christian never claimed their festival are Israeli or muslim never claimed festival of arab.. They celebrated as Christian and muslim. But Indian dividing all Hindus in cast and colour . They destroying Hinduism itself…

  68. That pun at 9:02 though 🤣🤣🤣

  69. Love you all…. From India 🇮🇳

  70. We can't go one day without watching you guys! Thanks Vagabrothers

  71. Love from india

  72. when something related to india shows …always play sitar music …why it is so

  73. wonderful! i just returned from india last week and spent holi in jodhpur! was fortunate enough to visit 3 oberoi hotels while traveling…well done, guys.

  74. Nice video….Keep coming… Welcome in my country

  75. I missed it to meet Vega Brothers, I am currently living in delhi…

  76. I have to celebrate holi in India. Next year I do this. Looks incredible. Beautiful India 🇮🇳❤️

  77. Love from agra

  78. I + is a noice phone but the real deal is holi. I’m Indian but live in Canada so I haven’t been in India since 2017. I can speak 3 Indian languages.

  79. I am here watching this channel like is Netflix …

  80. To all the guys who want to travel India.. Don't stick to Delhi Mumbai jaipur Varanasi corridor.. My suggestion is select places with different cultures different landscapes to experience the diversity.. You can go to Sikim darjeeling meghalaya or himachal pradesh to experience highest mountain range and its extreme beauty.. To experience desert go to Rajasthan.. To experience South India go to Bengaluru Chennai.. To experience beaches go to Goa.. India has 29 states.. Every state has different language different culture and different food and different landscape.. So plan smartly to experience real India..

  81. Visit South India. …kerala. .. God's on country. .

  82. nic

  83. I actually went 3 times to New Delhi and each times somerhing bad happened 😂 i love India though ❤

  84. Hey where's Alex?

  85. Thank U s much for telling the entire World of my tmb i was the only time i was healing or being the Reincarnation Queen Mumtaz Mahal. My Picture was taken in March 2014 and was return for 5 yrs an now we, my husband and I will go one day back to Agra and stay also were i was at the hotel y stayed in. YES! u can believe or not. This does not matter anymore for me. One day i will let U know when we will go again. What matters now is my ""Eternal Love "" which is written all around the world…………….Thank u for doing this beautiful video…….Namaste

  86. I love your video but dude 1+??.. it have high SAR

  87. Hello



  88. Lol you should not eat the powder, close Your mouth when someone's throwing color.

  89. wow it is amazing country and interesting I already bought tickets in September 2 we will be there thank you guys you help me a lot

  90. Holi and diwali is India's most well known festival but the most amazing , mind blowing and an experience of a lifetime u have to be in Kolkata for the Durga Puja this year it's in the first week of Oct, u have not seen anything like that .

  91. I like that first time in india second time in new delhi.

  92. At 3:39 the extent of Mughal Empire shown from 1555-1857 is not correct! Do some research on it! BTW loved the video.

  93. Nice video! I absolutly enjoy it. Continue like this and have a look at mine if you feel like it. =)

  94. India especially north is full of scammers and street shitters. Dont go to north

  95. You do awesome work 👍

  96. I am a Indian and I have to say that you have a great knowledge about Indian culture and historical facts as well

  97. this is indian my friend one face many colors,,,,,,,

  98. In this video not even whole Delhi and Agra shown but still it is great fun and how about rest of the India which is full of different cultures, festivals, races, languages, architectures, history, landscapes and etc etc of its 29 states…India is huge in everything and it is true definition of "Exotic Paradise"……………………XD

  99. You are cute 😋😜

  100. Nice… very nice! OnePlus 6T video sucks big time, though. LOL. I'll stick to my Galaxy 9+ 👍

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