Holi celebrations get underway on Vasant Panchami (end of winter), 40 days before the main Holi day, in the temple towns of Mathura and Vrindavan, four hours from Delhi. Mathura is where Lord Krishna was born, while Vrindavan was where he spent his childhood. Sri Krishna Janmastham in Mathura holds a renowned show in the week before Holi. The week long celebrations at Banke Bihari temple in Vrindavan are also legendary, and culminate with the throwing of colors in the morning on the day before Holi (March 12, 2017). The celebrations start with the throwing of flowers (Phoolon Wali Holi) in the afternoon on March 8. In the afternoon on March 12, head to Mathura to see the colorful Holi procession that starts from Vishram Ghat and finishes near Holi Gate. On Holi (March 13, 2017), the best place to catch the throwing of colors is Dwarkadheesh Temple in Mathura. Start the day early (at around 7 a.m) at Vishram Ghat to see priests making bhang.