March is the month that lies on the brink of summer and spring, and is one of those times in a year when a vacation “TOH BANTA HAI YAAR”. With the winter slowly leaving, bright misty mornings and a pleasant weather throughout the day are what makes for the ideal getaway. Here are a few places to visit in this season in India where you can plan your retreat to prepare for the summers.
- Havelock Island, Andaman and Nicobar Islands
The most beautiful and serene islands in the Indian subcontinent one of the island of the Andaman Nicobar cluster of islands, Havelock is a paradise for those looking for a tranquil escape. It is a popular honeymooners’ destination as well, one of the most talked about part of Havelock, is the Radha Nagar Beach. It was awarded in 2004 as the ‘Best Beach in Asia, by Times. With temperature not hovering over 20 degrees and cool ocean breezes flowing throughout the day, it’s the perfect dream destination to spend with your partner and family in one of the beautiful cottages which are the cherry on top.
Plan your Trip: Andaman and Nicobar Islands
- Ooty, Tamil Nadu
If a lost world colonial charm is what you are seeking for your dream vacation, Ooty is the answer you are looking for. Complete with a toy train ride to the quaint little hill station you will experience almost everything English, from the colonial style bijou fenced flower gardens, evergreen hills and the thatched roof churches. The sleepy hamlet has a memorable stupor, and a sense of timelessness, with lush botanical gardens, lakes, tea plantations and waterfalls. When here, don’t forget to check out popular spots like Tiger Hill, Ooty Lake and the Dodabetta Peak.
Plan your Trip: Ooty
- Ranthambore, Rajasthan
Although the appropriate travel time as suggested by frequents to Ranthambore is September to February, March is the month for wildlife buffs to visit the place. The most popular destination in Ranthambore is the Ranthambore National Park and the Ranthambore Fort. The Park, that started as a tiger preservation site for Project Tiger in 1973, has now become the biggest and most populated tiger reserve in the country. The onset of summer is when the forest is at its barest and tiger spotting is the easiest. Ranthambore Fort, is located within the Park which is one of the six forts in Rajasthan to be a part of the World Heritage Sites. An another tourist attraction is the Ganesh Temple thronged by thousands of pilgrims during the annual Ganesh Festival.
Plan your Trip: Ranthambhore
The scarcely populated Sikkim is another perfect place to visit in March in India for those looking forward to getting away from their harsh metropolitans. Ravangla, Sikkim’s only tea estate, is flanked by the Kunchendzonga peaks, is one of the hidden treasures of the valley, as are the 200 species of orchids and rhododendrons. With easy to difficult hikes, Sikkim provides a number of options that can be easily traversed by children and older people alike, to the majestic Tsongmo Lake, and the rapid water sports in the Teesta and Rangeet river, Sikkim has something to offer to people from every walk of life.
Plan your Trip: Sikkim
- Coorg, Karnataka
Coorg is often referred to as an affluent hill station, nestled in the lap of luxury and raw natural beauty. During the period of March to May, the tea and spice plantations starts blooming, and the valleys are filled with the fragrance, becoming not only a treat for your eyes, but also for all your senses. A paradise for beginners in trekking, Coorg also proves to be an elitist destination with 3 golf courses in Mercarra, Polibetta and Bitangla.
Plan your Trip: Coorg
- Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh
Tawang is usually thronged by travelers in pre- and post-monsoon and pre-winters, but for those who’d want to visit the place when it is less crowded and more soaked in slightly cold breezes, March-April is the time to be here. To get to Tawang, one has to go through the Sela Top Pass, which is covered in snow mostly throughout the year. One of the most enrapturing places to not miss when in Tawang, is the Tawang Monastery were you can participate in the Buddhist prayers and Tipi Orchid Sanctuary which blooms with hundreds of varieties of orchids all year round. The famous and much sought out Buddhist festival, Losar, is also held in the months of February-March here.
Plan your Trip: Tawang
- Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu
Kodaikanal is an exceptionally laid back hill station to visit in March in India in the lush Palani Hills of the Western Ghats. With a slight fog looming in mornings and evenings, it is a popular honeymooners’ destination and the sleepy traveler’s paradise. Nature walks in the overly green fields and cycling in the long stretched roads and brunches at viewpoints are some of the things you can do during your retreat here. Don’t miss the sparkling waterfalls when in Kodai.
Plan your Trip: Kodaikanal
- Mount Abu, Rajasthan
The only cool and calm spot in the desert state of Rajasthan, Mount Abu is chiefly a pilgrimage cum family vacation destination. With Jain Temples of Delwara, that were built almost a thousand years ago, and about 80 other temples in the city it makes a religious spot and a spectacle for people who wants to witness this civilization at its bloom in the ancient times.
Plan your Trip: Mount Abu
- Shillong, Meghalaya
Shillong continues to be the cultural and educational hotspot of the north-east, and is also quite popular among researchers. No doubt why it is called the Scotland of the East with raw life pulsating through Meghalaya’s capital. Shillong is the best place to visit in March in India, when the clear blue skies form the perfect backdrop of the Khasi Hills that flank the city on its eastern borders. Be it shopping on the Bara Bazar or the Police Bazar, or long walks among the pine trees and waterfalls, or an enriching visit to the Don Bosco Museum, a vacation in Shillong in itself is a very complete experience and living a new life altogether.
Plan your Trip: Shillong
- Vrindavan, Uttar Pradesh
Vrindavan, also known to be the abode of Krishna is one of the most popular celebrations that start about 40 days before the Indian festival of Holi, attracts quite the crowd from around the world. Variant from the tradition of putting colors on each other, the temple cities of Vrindavan and Mathura, and especially in the ISKCON temples, the festival is celebrated not with colors but with flower petals. The town is decorate beautifully and is lit up during the night, with every temple and house up in the celebrations just like a Diwali night.
Plan your Trip: Vrindavan
- Munnar, Kerala
At a height of 6000 feet, Munnar assures you a tranquil escape from the doldrums of city life in to the lap of nature. Situated at the confluence of Nallathanni, Kundaly and Madharupuzha rivers, the weather all around the year is just perfect to go for an exhilarating trek or a laid back elephant ride, or just spend a lazy afternoon in your cottage garden with your loved one. Tea and spice plantations dot the landscape and the tea museum is a must visit for all travelers to Munnar.
Plan your Trip: Munnar