While most think that a sure shot way to stay alive through the Indian summers is a sunscreen, a top hat and lots of water, there is one more thing that you can try to stay cool. A higher altitude! With temperatures soaring well beyond 40 degrees, who can say no to exploring beyond the staple vacation spots with a cool breeze and quiet environment? Here is a list of Places to visit in April in India that you can choose from to make that summer vacation memorable.
1. Auli, Uttarakhand
One of the most adventurous and yet safe option among the Himalayan Ski circuit, Auli is known still one of the lesser marvels on Devbhoomi, Uttarakhand. April is one the most comfortable months to visit here, for the temperatures range from 7-17 degrees. The lush conifers surrounding this snowy paradise make for the perfect view. Many easy single day trek options are also available. Auli is one of the unforgettable and offbeat summer locations in India that must figure in your bucket list.
2. Pachmarhi, Madhya Pradesh
With the Satpura Tiger Reserve close-by, Pachmarhi is one of the most serene spots in the heart of the country. The only hill station in Madhya Pradesh is flanked on all sides by the majestic Satpura range and dotted with beautiful 10,000 year old man-made cave shelters, dense sal forests and bamboo thickets. The cool and calm environs all around the year make Pachmarhi the top pick for summers.
3. Mon, Nagaland
Mon is frequented usually in the first week of April, when people witness the Aoleang festival of the Konyak Nagas. A vibrant mix of modern and traditional, the festival is celebrated as the beginning of the new year with the spring season, after sowing seeds for the first crop of the year. Traditional dances, music and games are showcased, with the added aim of spreading peace and cultural harmony among the tribes. The rare headhunter and tattooed Nagas are seen in great numbers during this time.
4. Sarahan, Himachal Pradesh
The Bhimakali Temple, one of 51 shaktipeethas (the consecrated sites of worship of the chief female deity, Sati) is located in Sarahan and attracts pilgrims around the year. Sarahan is seated deep into the lap of lush mountain scenery and is the perfect summer retreat. With the Bird Park that is the only breeding ground for pheasants in the state and home to the state bird, the monal. The Pandava Cave, where the mythological five brothers of the Hindu epic Mahabharata are said to have trekked also finds a home in Sarahan.
5. Kadmat Island, Lakshadweep
Travellers to Kadmat feel blessed to witness natural beauty so exquisite, that it could only be nothing lesser than paradise. Located atop a coral reef, Kadmat is a tiny island, spread over just 3.12 square kilometres, but explored best through water activities like diving, snorkeling and swimming. The simplicity of the island speaks for itself, since there is little to no human interference in the natural beauty, and precautions are taken by the natives to keep one of the most beautiful islands at Lakshadweep, clean and as naturally preserved as possible.
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6. Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu
Sunrise behind the Vivekananda and Thiruvalluvar Statue at Kanyakumari (Source)
Kanyakumari is what one would call the land of hidden wonders. While most of the tourists here are on a pilgrimage to the shaktipeetha here, the Kanyakumari Temple, many also come to see if the sparkling diamond nose ring of the female deity, is actually visible from the sea, as the word goes around it does. Also found here is the Gandhi Memorial, constructed for public viewing of the Mahatma’s ashes before their immersion. The Memorial is constructed with such finesse, that on 2nd October, the birth anniversary of Gandhi, the first rays of the day fall on the memorial. Also worth seeing is the Dhyana Mandalam, where Swami Vivekananda meditated for 3 days and is also open to the general public, and a statue 133m of the famous Tamil poet Thiruvalluvar. Be sure to read up and have your travelogue full with experiences when you visit Kanyakumari.
7. Darjeeling, West Bengal
Toy Train in Darjeeling (Source)
The black tea capital of India, Darjeeling is known for its sprawling tea plantations, Gothic architecture and local beer made from fermented finger millet. Darjeeling is where you can go for long leisurely walks and come back with an uplifted olfactory system and millions of memories. The Peace Pagoda built here is one of the most frequented spots by those inclined towards learning more about Buddhism. One of the most loved experiences of frequent travellers here, is to watch the sun rise on the Kanchenjunga from the Tiger Hill.
8. Wayanad, Kerala
Misty hills and a lush green cover cloaking these hills, Wayanad is truly a trip for the senses. Kerala is a major producer of aromatic products like cardamom, vanilla, coffee and tea, and a leisure walk through plantations of these is enough to transport you to a nether realm. Wayanad is known to be home to the oldest traced tribes who practice age old customs and lead a nomadic life. Wayanad is your perfect detox from the overwhelming urban life, it is a vacation fit for gods.
9. Kalimpong, West Bengal
The striking contrast of the pristine Himalayas and the evergreen alpines is what strikes a first time traveler in Kalimpong. River Teesta provides adventurers with the option of rowing downriver during the rapids. Those who are more into a relaxed and laid back vacation can take a stroll among the fragrant cardamom and cinnamon plantations (talk about natural aromatherapy!) or feast their eyes on the acacia, bamboo and orchid fields. Roads lined with sunflowers and poinsettias, and the city itself considered as an ecological hotspot, don’t be surprised if you spot rarities like the red panda, asiatic black bear, and the pangolin here.
10. Coonoor, Tamil Nadu
Located in the world-renowned Nilgiris, Coonoor is popular among those who want to enjoy nature’s bounty but without the overflowing tourists. Sim’s Park, a botanical garden in the city frequented mostly by locals and those visiting Coonoor, hosts an annual Fruit Show in the summers. The Dolphin’s Nose Point, a one of a kind viewpoint, provides a panoramic view of the mesmerising Nilgiri Hills and the Catherine Falls. Trekking trails leading out of the town are also taken by those who love exploring nature in serenity.
11. Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh
The home of the Dalai Lama and the spiritual centre for the Tibetan Buddhists, Dharamshala is one of the most peaceful locations in India. It is a beacon of spirituality with the awe-inspiring natural beauty. April is the perfect time to visit this place, the chilling winters having made a way for the pleasant summers. Dharamshala is your go-to place to try out the thrilling treks in the Himalayas and exploring the Tibetan monasteries. If you are lucky enough, you might also be able to meet the Dalai Lama at the occasional public teachings held in Ganchen Kyishong after Losar (Tibetan New Year). And if not, simply relaxing in the mesmerising and peaceful environs of Dharamshala will leave you rejuvenated and recharged.
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12. Jim Corbett National Park, Uttarakhand
India’s first national park and named after the legendary tiger hunter Jim Corbett, the Corbett National Park is a haven for wildlife enthusiasts. It has a variety of wildlife and birdlife in grassland, sal forests and river habitats, and a mesmerising location in the foothills of the Himalayas. Though Tiger spotting requires some luck, your best bet of spotting one is from April – June, when the forest cover is low and the animals come out in search of water. Commonly seen wildlife include sloth bears, langur monkeys, rhesus macaques, peacocks and several types of deer.
13. Gangtok, Sikkim
A very popular tourist destination, Gangtok is true to its name (meaning “hill top”), as it is like a sprawl of multi-storey concrete boxes tiered along a mountain ridge. This place holds a great religious significance with the followers of Buddhism as it houses a number of monasteries. Gangtok has a breathtaking scenery, glacial lakes, trekking paths, monasteries and scrumptious food. When clouds clear, typically at dawn, views are inspiring with Khangchendzonga soaring above the horizon.
14. Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu
Kodaikanal is small, intimate, misty, and mountainous, attracting tourists towards this captivating hill town. Located in the Palani Hills of the Western Ghats, Kodai clings to the mountains draped in forests of pine, gum trees and kurinji shrubs. April is the perfect time for sightseeing in Kodai, along with enjoying the festivals and flower shows. The treks nearby Kodai and the white waterfalls are very rewarding. Also while here, don’t forget to shop for cheese, embroidery work, homemade chocolates and various other handicraft items.
15. Dalhousie, Himachal Pradesh
Dalhousie is one of those cool mountain retreats that the British left behind, with pine-clad valleys and distant mountain views. Though there is not a lot to do here other than stroll around admiring the views, yet it is a perfect place to unwind from the fast-paced life of a metro. You can visit the British-era churches of St John and St Francis. You can experience the old world charm here in the majestic Victorian style mansions sprawled along the town.
16. Pench National Park, Madhya Pradesh: Of Tiger Spotting and Elephant Rides!
If your sole aim of visiting a national park in India is spotting a tiger, then look no further. Fondly referred to as the Mowgli Land, Pench National Park inspired Rudyard Kipling’s popular novel “The Jungle Book”. Made up of teak trees, this place has a different flavour altogether. Pench sees fewer tourists so, as you’re driving around, you’ll feel like you have the whole park to yourself. April is the best time to spot the Tigers, who come out every few days to drink water at the stream. The park uses elephants to track tigers in the morning. The Elephant rides are the most fun way of going on a hunt to spot the tigers.
17. Rishikesh, Uttarakhand
Rishikesh has been a spiritual magnet ever since The Beatles rocked up at the ashram of the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. It eventually became the “Yoga Capital of the World” with all kinds of yoga and meditation classes. Rishikesh is not all spirituality, as it is now a popular white-water rafting centre, backpacker hang-out and gateway to the treks in the Himalayas. It is very New Age, where you can learn to play sitar, practice meditation, experience crystal healing and listen to spiritual uplifting CDs while you sip your ayurvedic tea.
18. Coorg, Karnataka
Located amidst imposing mountains in Karnataka with a perpetually misty landscape, Coorg is the place to be for all nature lovers.Officially known as Kodagu, is the most affluent hill station in Karnataka. It is well known for its breathtakingly exotic scenery and lush greenery. Forest covered hills, spice and coffee plantations only add to the landscape. is the region’s centre point with all transportation for getting around starting from here. To beat the scorching heat of Indian summers, a lot of tourists choose Coorg as their summer destination. The temperature in summers ranges between 22°C - 40°C. The mist of clouds covering the mountains and the pleasant breeze accompanying throughout definitely makes Coorg a much sought-after destination in April.
19. Cherrapunjee, Meghalaya
Among the wettest place on the Earth, Cherrapunjee with its clean and pristine surroundings is an excellent place to sit back and unwind. With a unique climate gifted to the area, its untouched beauty and an environment similar to the freshest dew drops, Cherrapunjee is sure to refresh you inside out. The waterfalls in the area only compliment the climate and the flattering pleasant air around. These include the Dain Thelen falls, Noh Sngithiang falls, Noh Kalikai falls and more. This rainy misty place is also famous for astounding tourists with the lavish spread of the Bangladesh plains from its cliffs.
20. Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir
Sheltered by the snowy White Mountains, Srinagar is the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir. Srinagar is the most picturesque in spring because of the flowering tulips. During April, the Tulip Festival attracts a lot of viewers to this place for experiencing the mesmerizing colours all around. The festival also features cultural programs, the sale of local handicrafts and Kashmiri folk songs. However, make sure you check with a local about the exact dates for this one, since they do seem to shift about the calendar each year. And yes, one must surely not miss the traditional Kashmiri Cuisine, while here.
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