India is one of the oldest and most culturally diverse countries in the world. From its vast array of languages to the rich and spicy cuisine, India has something for everyone. In April, it’s just another wonderful month to explore this complex country.
Do you have six days free and want to see as much of India as possible? Here are seven destinations that must be on your itinerary.
Serene surroundings, breathtaking views and a wide variety of activities will make your visit worthwhile. The beautiful town of Mount Abu is located in the Aravallis, at a height of around 1,000 metres. It has a rich history with remnants of over 100 centuries ago dating back to Buddhist times. While visiting this spectacular place you can enjoy the quaint local markets, visit the Gurudwara Shiva Temple, hike on the Chittar Valley Trek or watch the sunset from Raja Bazaar Point.
The former summer capital of the British Raj is one of the most popular tourist destinations in India. If you love nature, it’s the place to be. Shimla has an amazing landscape with lush green forests, snow-capped mountains and crystal clear lakes. You can also visit museums and art galleries, enjoy a cultural night out or take a trip to Kufri for some thrilling horse riding activities.
The picturesque town of Matheran is located on the hilltops of the Sahyadris in Maharashtra. It has its own charm, with narrow alleys, 300 steps and charming little shops. But don’t forget to take a ride to the nearby Forts, enjoy a hike up the Main Chali or visit Akshay Valley Golf Club.
A place to visit in April is definitely Agra where it’s all about history and romance. The Mughal and British eras, together with the temple of beauty, Taj Mahal, and the Red Fort – all must be on your list. For a different experience, check out one of the many art galleries or participate in an ayurvedic treatment.
Also, don’t forget the Bollywood experience that can be a part of you itinerary!
Nainital is an ideal place to unwind, surrounded by a breathtaking landscape of the outer Himalayas. The area has beautiful lakes, forests and temples that will make you stay for more than one week. You might want to go for a trip to nearby Corbett Tiger Reserve, visit the Kumaon Folk Museum or go trekking in the mountains. Don’t forget that Nainital is also famous for its apricots, which can be truly enjoyed at Apricot Festival.
McLeodganj is a place of incredible beauty and cultural attractions. The picture-perfect town is also famous for its numerous religious places, temples and shrines. Here you will see many different cultures in a single visit. You can enjoy the charming architecture, try local handicrafts, watch the cultural performances or visit an agricultural market. And if you are looking for some good food, the McLeodganj Restaurant on Main Bazaar street is the right choice!
Shillong is the capital of one of those few states in India where the north-east culture dominates.
This place oozes with wonderful history, colonial architecture and stunning tropical environment. Or you can go hiking or trekking, or explore the local tea gardens and markets.
If you want to visit Shillong, then leave a few days free for Cherrapunji, which is also a must-see destination in April.
Lonavala is a hill station in the lower western ghats. This place has an interesting history and the city preserves a hint of the Raj era. And if you love traveling by train, then you should visit Lonavala Railway Station, one of the most beautiful ones in India.
Jammu & Kashmir
It’s the land of beautiful lakes and endless trekking trails. Say goodbye to your fears and join a trek to the lush forests of Kashmir, which is also the birthplace of over 70 per cent of India’s population. However, you may get bored in the monotonous scenery if you don’t try your luck with one of those adrenaline-pumping activities like paragliding lesson or snow skiing.
Ooty is the perfect place to spend a few days after a long tiring month. It’s not only a hill station but also home to one of India’s most developed cities.
Ooty is popularly known as the ‘Queen of Hills’. If you are planning on visiting Ooty or Udhagamandalam, don’t forget to stop by at Coonoor – which is just 10 km away from Ooty town.
The beautiful hill station of Auli located in the upper Garhwal slopes offers some extraordinary locations.
Auli is also the home of various wildlife sanctuaries, namely Salim Ali, Ranikhet and Deer Park. The valley hosts one of the most enchanting views of Kedarnath and Badrinath. If you have time to visit Auli for a full day then make a trip to Binsar National Park and check out some trekking trails before heading back to Delhi.
Gangtok , Sikkim
Gangtok is a perfect place to spend a few days with your family and friends. The town is famous for its scenic beauty and pleasant weather. The city also has many places to visit like Rumtek Monastery, the Tibetan Refugee Self Help Centre, the Namgyal Institute of Tibetology and if you are looking for adventure then don’t forget to visit nearby attractions like Yuksom and Lachung.
Planning a trip to India? Then don’t forget to check out this amazing list of places to visit in April. You will surely find it very helpful during your travels around the country, as it provides with all the information you might require while planning your itinerary.
All you need to do is to pick a place that suits your interests and gather the information you need – whether it is related to accommodation, transportation or sightseeing attractions.