When one thinks Holi, one thinks color, celebration, happiness, love and buckets of fun. You know what can make a day like that even better? Intoxication. Enter Bhang, India’s contribution to the world of intoxicants. Bhang’s a natural drink made from marijuana leaves. While it is only legal in certain places, during the right time of the year, it is easily available everywhere. Bhang is Holi favorite. So here are a bunch of places you might want to be this Holi:
Pushkar is one the most ancient cities in India known as ‘temple town’ because it is home to many ancient Hindu temples such as the Bramha Temple and Savitri Mata Temple. It even offers unique experiences such as the Pushkar Camel Fair. It is a religious town and cannabis has a long-held reputation in India for its religious and spiritual implications, particularly in Hinduism. Shiva, the Hindu god of transformation, is known to have used bhang to explore his divine powers, it should come as no surprise that cannabis was deemed one of the five most sacred plants on Earth in the sacred Hindu text Atharvaveda, also the fact that it is easily available in the temple town of Pushkar. The city is full of buzz, history and culture, the best way to explore that is probably doing it high.
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When one thinks Jaisalmer, one dreams up the grand Jaisalmer Fort. This ‘Golden city’ is distinguished by its yellow sandstone architecture which is visible all over such as at the Bada Bagh. But a little-known fact is that Rajasthan is one the few states where bhang is legal, it would be a shame to not take advantage of that. There are government approved bhang shops you can visit. The entire experience is reported to be thrilling since the locals are very likely to strike up a conversation and tell you their stories. Finding one is also relatively easy, in fact it’s a google search away. The most famous of these is Doctor Bhang, in the business since three generations, people swear by their bhang recipe.
Varanasi Credits – Isha Sacred Walks
The Ganges flows through the city of Varanasi, which causes thousands of Hindus from all over the country head to Varanasi as a pilgrimage every year. The religious head to temples such as Kashi Vishwanath Temple or Manikarnika Ghat and the adventurous have the option of white water rafting. But the famous Bhang lassi of Varanasi is also much talked about and rightfully so, in fact there are some places such as ‘the Blue Lassi’ that have achieved cult status. You’ll find people coming from all over the world to Varanasi in hope of some good bhang. You can get a tall cold glass for just 50 rupees. Varanasi has gorgeous boat rides, so the two make for a brilliant combination.
Mathuta, the birth place of Krishna, is a city in Uttar Pradesh. It is located approximately 50 kilometers north of Agra, and 145 kilometers south-east of Delhi. The city is best seen at dawn, during Janmastami (Krishna’s birthday), when many people take their holy dip, and just after sunset and hundreds of candles are sent floating out onto the river during the evening aarti ceremony. You’ll find people flooding the temples such as Kesava Deo or Gita. And while many go there as pilgrims, there’s nothing wrong with stopping for some bhang on the way in or out or maybe both. You’ll also be able to get some bhang golis here, which is the same thing but in tablet form.
Dehradun is the capital of Uttarakhand, near the Himalayan foothills. The city is known for its scenic landscapes, historic temples and rivers. Find yourself contemplating nirvana at the Mindrolling Monastery or heading right into Robber’s cave during the day. And at night? Well, Dehradun is known to be a cannabis friendly city. A lot of make shift stalls exists around temples, especially ones of Lord Shiva. Not only as a drink but one can even buy a bhang gola which is a bolus of bhang that can be consumed however one would like.