The onset of spring is the most pleasant time of the year. Those looking for a short break are quite in luck. This time, we’re giving a beautiful mix of places with hills, beaches and nature to explore. Put on your travel shoes and head to any of these destinations for a short vacation in April.
If you wish to experience serenity at its peak, Srinagar is the place. Ringed by an arc of green mountains, Srinagar’s greatest drawcard is the mesmerizingly placid Dal Lake, on which a bright array of stationary houseboats form a colourful scene and a unique opportunity for romantic chill-outs. Famous Mughal gardens are strung out over several kilometres around the lake’s less urbanised eastern shore. Waking up on the house-boats is a beautiful experience.
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Clear blue skies and equally clear water with its unspoiled beaches and diverse marine life – Lakshadweep is a destination that escapes most people. With its pristine landscape and quiet resort stays, this is an ideal place to start something different and new. Indulge in scuba diving or snorkelling to explore the colourful world underneath, pump up some adrenaline with skiing and kayaking or just experience the sea mist with some speed boating.
Founded in 1577 by the fourth Sikh guru, Guru Ram Das, Amritsar is home to the spectacular Golden Temple, Sikhism’s holiest shrine and one of India’s most serene and humbling sights. Visit here on Baisakhi to witness grandeur like never before. The surrounding hyperactive streets are a delight to walk through for a sensory overload of sights, sounds and smells. Indulge in a food tour to treat your taste buds.
The understated bazaar town of Kalimpong sprawls along a mountain ridge overlooking the roaring Teesta River and lorded over by the summit of Kangchenjunga. This quiet and picturesque hill town offers the much needed relaxation to travellers. It is worth a short visit for Himalayan views, fine walks, temples, Buddhist monasteries, colonial-era architecture and a fascinating nursery industry, all linked by some good hikes.
Majestically rugged, the greatest attraction of this mountain-hemmed Buddhist valley is simply getting there, preferably on a road trip. Soak in the breath-taking surroundings all around you. The main sights, apart from the landscapes are Pangong Lake, Leh Palace, Shanti Stupa and the timeless monasteries.
Madhya Pradesh’s only hill station, Pachmarhi, is surrounded by waterfalls, canyons, natural pools, cave temples and the forested ranges of the Satpura Tiger Reserve, offering a refreshing escape from steamy central India. It’s quite popular among domestic travellers but few foreign travellers also get here.
Nestled amid evergreen hills that line the southernmost edge of Karnataka is the luscious Kodagu (Coorg) region, gifted with emerald landscapes and hectares of plantations. A major centre for coffee and spice production, this rural expanse is also home to the Kodava people, who are divided into 1000 clans. The uneven terrain and cool climate make it a fantastic area for trekking, birdwatching or lazily ambling down little-trodden paths winding around carpeted hills. All in all, Kodagu is rejuvenation guaranteed.
With the perfect weather, clean environment and limitless tea-plantations carpeting the rolling hills, Munnar makes for a splendid holiday for nature lovers. The low mountain scenery is magnificent – you’re often up above the clouds watching veils of mist clinging to the mountaintops. While you sink yourself in the blissful experience of being into nature’s lap, do not miss to visit attractions like Tea Museum, Mount Carmel Church and St Anthony Statue. Also visit the Lockhart Tea Factory, the only working one open to the public, 15km from Munnar. There’s also a small museum, nursery, gardens, tastings and a shop here.