Places to Visit in April in India - Escape the Summers! (2019 Updated)

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Best Places To Visit In April In India

While most think that a sure shot way to stay alive through the Indian summers is 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? We have hence compiled a list of best places to visit in April in India.

Here is the list of 21 Places to Visit in April in India - Escape the Summers! (2019 Updated)

1. Gangtok, Sikkim - The Gateway to Sikkim

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Known For : Nathu La Pass MG Road, Gangtok Rumtek Monastery

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 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. It is one of the best places to visit in April in India if you are looking for an offbeat destination.

Best Time: Throughout the year

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2. Auli, Uttarakhand - The skiing destination of India

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Known For : Skiing in Auli Gurso Bugyal View Points

One of the most adventurous and yet safe options among the Himalayan Ski circuit, Auli is known still one of the lesser marvels on Devbhoomi, Uttarakhand. One of the best places to visit in April in India as the temperatures range from cool and comfortable 7 to 17 degrees centigrade. 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.

Best Time: Throughout the year

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3. Jim Corbett National Park, Uttarakhand - The oldest National Park in India

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Known For : Jungle Safari, Corbett National Park Elephant Ride in Corbett National Park Corbett Waterfall

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.

Best Time: Mid October to Mid June

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4. Cherrapunji, Meghalaya - Meghalaya's dew drop

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Known For : Double Decker Living Root Bridge Dawki Mawlynnong

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. Best to visit this place in April to enjoy this rainy misty place with the lavish expanse of the Bangladeshi plains from its cliffs.

Best Time: September to May

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5. Pachmarhi, Madhya Pradesh - Queen of the Satpuras

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Known For : Bee falls Jata Shankar caves Pandava Caves

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 environment all around the year makes Pachmarhi the top pick for summers.

Best Time: Throughout the year

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6. Coorg, Karnataka - The Scotland of India

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Known For : Abbey Falls Talacauvery Golden Temple (Namdroling Monastery)

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.

Best Time: October to March

7. Dalhousie, Himachal Pradesh - Little Switzerland of India

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Known For : Khajjiar Satdhara Falls Panchpula

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.

Best Time: Throughout the year

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8. Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh - The little Lhasa in India

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Known For : Library of Tibetan Works and Archives Dharamshala Cricket Stadium Dharamshala International Film Festival St. John in the Wilderness Church War Memorial

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. This is one of the best places to visit in April in India to replace the chilly winters 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.

Best Time: October to June

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9. Mon, Nagaland - The Home of Konyaks Nagas

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Known For : Veda Peak Shangnyu Village Chenloisho Village

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.
When:April 1st to 6th

Best Time: October to May

10. 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.

11. Darjeeling, West Bengal - Queen of The Himalayas

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Known For : Darjeeling Himalayan Railway Tiger Hill Batasia Loop

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 sunrise on the Kanchenjunga from the Tiger Hill.

Best Time: February to March, September to December

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12. Srinagar, Jammu & Kashmir - Experience the Tulip Festival this April

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Known For : Dal Lake Mughal Gardens, Srinagar Nishat Bagh

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. Srinagar is one of the best places to visit in April in India due to the Tulip Festival which attracts tourists from around the world. 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.

Best Time: April to October

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13. Coonoor, Tamil Nadu

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Known For : Law's Falls Sim's Park Lamb's Rock

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.

Best Time: October to March

14. Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu - The Princess of Hill Stations

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Known For : Green Valley View (Suicide Point) Kodai Lake Bear Shola Falls

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. Festivals and flower shows makes Kodai best place to visit in April. 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.

Best Time: September to May

15. Kalimpong, West Bengal

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Known For : Durpin Dara hill Cactus Nursery Morgan House

The striking contrast of the pristine Himalayas and the evergreen alpines is what strikes a first-time traveller 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.

Best Time: March to June, September to December

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16. Pahalgam, Jammu & Kashmir - Trekking in the Himalayas opens in April!

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Known For : Aru Valley Betaab Valley Lidder River

With untouched and gorgeous natural beauty, Pahalgam is a feast to the eyes and senses. Submerged in lush greenery and alluring Himalayan ranges, it calls for some moments of quiescence at nature's own home. As the glaciers melt by April, you can go white water rafting and trekking through the mighty Himalayas. Trek along the Lidder River to Aru or Chandanwari to experience the wonder of the hills. In the summer, the valley is surrounded by towering mountains and looks verdant green.

Best Time: Throughout the year

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17. Pench National Park, Madhya Pradesh - The inspiration for 'The Jungle Book'

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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.

Best Time: October to June

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18. Mahabaleshwar, Maharashtra - Visit the lip-smacking Annual Strawberry Festival

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Known For : Elephant's Head point Chinaman's falls Dhobi waterfall

A hill town in the Western Ghats, apart from its strawberries, Mahabaleshwar is also well known for its numerous rivers, magnificent cascades and majestic peaks. Mahabaleshwar is also very well known for hosting the Annual Strawberry Festival with produce strawberry products with freshly grown strawberry. It is one of the best places to visit in April in India and tourists often stay at Mahabaleshwar to enjoy freshly grown strawberries and pick out their favourite berry products.
When:April 14th to 16th

Best Time: October to June

19. Thekkady, Kerala - Experience the Chitra Pournami Festival

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Known For : Periyar National Park Periyar Tiger Trail Bamboo Rafting

Home to the country's largest Tiger Reserve- Periyar, Thekkady is a great way to enjoy a jungle vacation. Thekkady is one of the best places to visit in April in India to experience the Chitra Pournami Festival. Dedicated to Mangladevi, this temple symbolises the power that resides inside every ordinary woman. A 1000-year-old temple, it is located deep inside the forests of the Periyar reserve. The temple is opened only once a year to pilgrims during the Chitra Poornima Festival, as poojas are conducted throughout the day. April is also one of the best months to spot wildlife, where a lot of animals gather near the water bodies to quench their thirst, and hence it is the best time to spot animals.

Best Time: Throughout the year

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20. BR Hills, Karnataka - Enjoy the festivities at the Annual Car Festival

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Known For : BRT Wildlife Sanctuary Biligiri Rangaswamy Temple Activities

The Biligiriranga hills, or the BR Hill as they are better known, are a bit of heaven between the Western and the Eastern Ghats, with a wonderful floral diversity and a vast variety of fauna as well. BR Hills is famous for the Annual Car Festival at the local Biligiri Rangaswami Temple. Attracting many devotees from all over the state, the Annual Temple Car Festival is held during the time of Vaishakha. It is a great place to visit in April to enjoy the hill station climate during the summer month.

Best Time: April to October

21. Kasauli, Himachal Pradesh - Cozy little hill-station

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Known For : Timber Trail Monkey point, Kasauli Mall Road, Kasauli

Located on the way from Chandigarh to Shimla, Kasauli is a hilly cantonment town which makes for an ideal peaceful holiday location, away from the rush.

Best Time: Throughout the year

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Which of these best places to visit in April in India have made to your bucket list? For when you are out of travel ideas and every other time there is - Holidify!

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