April is a confusing month as the winters are gone and you are not sure whether you should be excited about summers or miss the winters. Amidst all the confusion comes the dilemma of what to do for vacation in April in India. While the soothing and pleasant weather opens up a whole new world of adventure activities and tourist destination in India, the confusion just keeps on piling up. If you are in such a dilemma, let us help you come out of it with this specially curated list of things to do and places to visit in April in India to satiate all your travel desires. From short treks and offbeat exploration to adventure activities to enjoying a laid back vacation in far off destinations, we have got all bases covered. The list would help you figure out your next destination and make sure you have the time of your life.
One of the best things to do in April in India, Trekking opens up a whole new world of mesmerising trails. Take the offbeat trails or follow the famous established routes, these trekking trails will liberate your soul.
Called as the stairway to heaven, Har Ki Doon trek in Uttarakhand is a work of art and its trail weaves magic as you start the climb. A trek steeped into Hindu mythology as the route taken by Pandavas to reach heaven, Har Ki Doon trek will take you a step closer to nature and spirituality.
Not very often do you find your own small little world, but the landscape of this trek can offer you your own little paradise amidst the vastness of nature. One of the best things to do in April, Har Ki Doon trek will take you to some of the most remote villages in Garhwal region while traversing some of the most scenic mountains in Indian Himalayas. The villages en-route the trek, are believed to 3000 years old.
Starting point of Har Ki Doon: Sankri is the base camp for the trek
Trek route: Sankri – Taluka – Puani Garaat – Kalkatiyadhar – Har Ki Doon – Puani Garaat – Taluka – Sankri
The highlights of the Har Ki Doon trek: Ancient villages en route, view of Swargarohini – I, II, III, Blackpeak and Bandarpoonch.
Maximum elevation: 11,500 feet/3505 meter
Duration: 8 Days
How to reach Sankri?
By Air: The nearest airport is Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun, 200 km from Sankri. You can hire a taxi to reach Sankri.
By Train: The nearest railway station is in Dehradun.
By Road: Sankri is well-connected by road. You can hire a taxi either from Dehradun to Sankri or get a shared cab for Purola from there to reach Mori by another shared taxi and then finally Sankri from Mori. State-run buses also operate from Dehradun Railway Station at 5:30 in the morning. There are only two buses for Sankri in the morning.
Seldom does a trek offer some single high altitude alpine lakes but if you choose the Great Lakes of Kashmir trek (KGL), you would get to experience five high altitude alpine lakes. Ask any trekker and he/she would tell you that trekking in Kashmir is a different experience than trekking anywhere else in the world. It is a much wider canvas and if we were to give it a visual perspective — if trekking anywhere else is 35mm, trekking in Kashmir is a 70mm film. One of the best treks in April, the wide-open valleys and the mesmerising meadows during KGL trek are a sight which sometimes feels too surreal to exist. A relatively offbeat trek in Kashmir, KGL trek exposes us to the serene, breathtaking beauty of Kashmir mountains and gives us the much-needed perspective in life.
Starting point of Kashmir Great Lakes Trek: The treks starts at Shitkadi.
Trek route: Shitkadi – Sonmarg – Nichnai – Vishnusar Lake – Kishnasar Lake – Gadsar Pass – Gadsar – Satsar – Gangabal Twin Lakes – Narang
Highlights of Kashmir Great Lakes Trek: The bewitching view of mountains of Kashmir complimented by 5 alpine lakes are the major attraction of the trek. KGL provides you with the much-needed space and time for self-retrospection.
Maximum elevation of Kashmir Great Lakes Trek: 13,800 feet/4206 meter
Duration of Kashmir Great Lakes Trek: 8 Days
How to reach Shitkadi?
Shitkadi is located close to Sonamarg in Kashmir.
By Air: The nearest airport is in Srinagar, 85 km from Shitkadi.
By Road: Shitkadi is well connected by roads. Reach Srinagar and you can book a taxi to reach Shitkadi via Sonamarg or you can take the bus to reach Sonamarg.
Trekking in the Himalayas is a life-changing experience but Himalayan trekking isn’t just limited to North India. Sandakphu trek in West Bengal is one of the best trekking holidays in April. Imagine being in two places at once, sounds crazy, doesn’t it? But that is what makes this trek so special. While reaching the summit, you happen to cross the border of India and Nepal, letting you be at two places at a time. A cross-country trek, Sandakphu trek offers the view of some of the highest Himalayan peaks like Sleeping Buddha, Mt. Kanchenjunga and Mt. Everest. The major part of the trek is accompanied by the view of Sleeping Buddha.
Starting point for Sandakphu Trek: Jaubari is the base camp for the trek.
Trek route: Jaubari – Tumling – Kalipokhri – Sandakphu – Sabargram – Phalut – Gorkhey – Sepi
Highlight of Sandakphu Trek: One of the best treks for April, Sandakphu’s major attraction is that it is a cross-country trek, with some part of the trail falling in Nepal. One of the major reasons to visit in April is that the trail is filled with rhododendrons forests.
Maximum elevation of the Sandakphu Trek: 11,950 feet/3642 meter
Duration of Sandakphu Trek: 7 Days
How to reach Jaubari?
By Air: Bagdogra airport is the nearest airport, 120 km from Jaubari
By Train: New Jalpaiguri is the nearest railway station.
By Road: Jaubari is well connected by roads.
For a quaint summer in the hill stations
If you are one of those who seek a quaint getaway in the comforts of nature, these destinations are perfect for you.
The last village on the Indo-China border, Chitkul is one of the most quaint destinations in Himachal Pradesh. Situated in the Kinnaur district, Chitkul village is nestled on the bank of Baspa River. An offbeat destination with dotted cottages, it is a perfect destination to visit for a vacation in solace. If you are seeking solitude and an interaction with nature, this place in Himachal Pradesh is for you. Close to Chitkul lies another Himalayan village which will leave you bewitched – Kalpa in Kinnaur district is one of the biggest villages and the lush green beauty of it can leave anyone speechless. If you are planning a vacation in the comforts of nature, Kalpa will leave you surprised with its apple orchards, breathtaking landscape and friendly locals. There is also a sacred Kailash Shivling, which is the major attraction in Kalpa and it is believed that the rock changes shade at different hours of the day. Visit the offbeat villages in Himachal to witness many such stories of divinity and experience the tranquillity of Himalayan villages.
How to reach Kalpa and Chitkul?
Situated near Reckong Peo, Kalpa can be reached easily. You can find buses and private taxi from Kalpa to Chitkul.
By Air: The nearest major airport is in Shimla which is 245 km from Kalpa
By Train: There is no railway station around and trains are not the best way to travel in Himachal Pradesh. However, the nearest railway station is in Shimla.
By Road: The best way to reach Kalpa and Chitkul is by road. You can get a bus directly from Delhi to Reckong Peo or take a bus from Shimla to Chitkul and Kalpa. You can also hire a taxi to reach Kalpa and Chitkul
Why visit Kalpa and Chitkul?
Chitkul is the last village on the Indo-China border and you can see the blend of two cultures. Also, travel to Chitkul to wave to the Chinese mainland. Kalpa has many religious attractions apart from its breathtaking scenic beauty. Kailash Shivling Rock and Chandika temple are two of the major religious attractions in Kalpa.
A well-kept secret in the lap of Himalayas, Tirthan Valley is the whispers of Himalayas. One of the best places to visit in April, this vale in Himachal Pradesh is the epitome of the beauty of the Himalayan villages. Located at the height of 1600 metres, the valley gets its name from the Tirthan river that flows across it. One of the most untouched valleys in Himachal Pradesh, it offers an untouched and raw beauty of the Kullu valley. From hidden waterfalls to scintillating natural lakes to hundreds of trekking trails, Tirthan Valley is as beautiful as they come. While the weather in April begins to rise in other parts of India, the cold climate of the place offers an ideal getaway. In this UNESCO protected valley you can spend your weekend sitting by the riverside, fishing and cherishing the quaint moments with your loved ones.
How to reach Tirthan Valley?
By Air: The nearest airport is in Bhuntar.
By Train: Train is not the best way to reach Tirthan Valley. The nearest railway station is in Chandigarh.
By Road: Tirthan Valley is well connected by roads. Take a bus from Delhi to reach Aut from where you can find buses operating to and from Tirthan Valley.
Why visit Tirthan Valley?
Tirthan Valley offers a raw experience of Himalayan villages. One of the best things to do in April in India, sit back and fish in the mesmerising Tirthan Valley or explore the hidden gems of the villages of Tirthan Valley.
A quaint offbeat destination in Uttarakhand for a quiet getaway in mountains, Binsar is also one of the best places to visit for solo travellers who are looking to shed off some steam. Imagine waking up one morning with the mesmerising view of Nanda Devi, Mt. Trishul and Badrinath. The rising sun brings a reddish texture to the summit peaks of these mountains making it even more tranquil. Offbeat villages in mountains are special because you hardly get to experience the calmness and peace in your daily lives. Binsar is a quaint town with pilgrimage destinations, wildlife sanctuary and multiple scenic spots. Stay with the locals and experience the lifestyle of Himalayan villages. Binsar is also a stopping point for those who travel to Nanda Devi National Park and summit.
How to reach Binsar?
By Air: The nearest airport is in Pantnagar, 120 km from Binsar. You can hire a taxi from the airport to reach Binsar.
By Train: The nearest railway station is in Kathgodam, 100 km from Binsar.
Why visit Binsar?
Binsar is a laid-back town which attracts tourists to its enchanting Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary. The nearby town of Almora is also a good destination to visit in April and you can visit the famous Kasar Devi temple.
Mangi-Tungi in Maharashtra are names of two adjoining peaks which are quite scenic and are ideal for hiking as well as for its religious shrines. Mangi Tungi is also referred to as Siddha Kshetra which means the gateway to the state of enlightenment. In mythology, it is believed that many Hindu gods like Lord Ram and Lord Krishna attained Moksha at Mangi Tungi. The adjoining peaks also make up to be a perfect destination for a hike. The 4500 stairs take you to the top of peaks but it’s the journey to the top which makes Mangi Tungi a perfect weekend getaway destination in April. On your journey to the top, you will come across many Buddhist, Hindu and Jain temples. The cave temples are the major attractions in Mangi Tungi.
How to reach Mangi Tungi?
By Air: The nearest airport is Gandhinagar Airport in Nasik, 120 km from Tungi
By Train: The nearest railway station is Manmad from where you can book a cab to reach Mangi Tungi.
By Road: Mangi and Tungi are well connected by roads.
It’s the month of April and you already miss the cold winter breeze, if that is the case with you, we have got an amazing summer getaway destination for you. Sarahan was made famous as a pilgrimage destination in Himachal. However, after visiting Sarahan you would realise, this place in Himachal Pradesh is much more than a pilgrimage destination, rather it’s a perfect hideout in the luxury of nature. If you happen to travel to Sarahan from the Kullu Valley, you will get to see the mesmerising beauty of it as well as that of Shimla Valley. Covered by Pine forests and snow-covered Dhauladhar ranges in distance, Sarahan can be your own little heaven in mountains.
How to reach Sarahan?
By Air: The nearest airport is in Shimla, 180 km from Sarahan. You can hire a taxi from the airport or public transport to reach Sarahan.
By Train: The nearest railway station is in Shimla, 165 km from Sarahan.
By Road: Sarahan is well connected by roads. The easiest way to reach Sarahan is to take a bus to Shimla and then either hire a taxi to reach Sarahan or take a bus to reach Sarahan. You can also take a bus to reach Rampur and then take a taxi to reach Sarahan.
Why visit Sarahan?
A former capital of Bushehr kingdom, Sarahan is a serene offbeat destination in Himachal. Visit Sarahan for the picturesque drive via the ancient Indo-Tibet Road, for the ancient Tibetan structured Bhimakali Temple and the famous trek of Shrikhand Peak.
A quaint hill station in the serene mountains of Uttarakhand, Chakrata is a picture-perfect destination which offers a blend of tranquillity and adventure. This destination is famous for its hidden waterfalls which can only be discovered if you visit here. The pleasant weather of April makes your Chakrata a perfect hideout in nature. Hike and trek around or simply sit back and soak in the tranquillity of the famous North Indian hill station, either way, Chakrata would rejuvenate your mind and body. The place is also an adventurer’s paradise, with activities like waterfall rappelling at your disposal.
How to reach Chakrata?
Chakrata is located in the Dehradun district of Uttarakhand.
By Air: Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun is the nearest airport, 113 km from Chakrata.
By Train: The nearest railway station is in Dehradun which is 90 km from Chakrata.
By Road: Chakrata is well connected by roads.
Unknown to many, this secret of the Indian Himalayas is one big treat for travellers. One of the best places to visit in April, the Sainj valley is a raw Himalayan experience, where you don’t only get to delve into its absolute beauty but you also get to experience the lives the locals live. The valley has many small villages that open their doors for travellers to stay in, sometimes even free. While every other hill station is flooded with hotels and tourists, Sainj valley offers an untouched experience of Kullu Valley. Hike to other villages, explore the hidden waterfalls or trek to the highest point of the Sainj Valley, every day would be an adventure here. Sainj Valley lies in the foothills of Great Himalayan National Park, which offers some of the best treks in India.
How to reach Sainj?
By Air: The nearest airport is in Bhuntar. You can hire a taxi or state-run buses from the airport to reach Binsar.
By Train: The nearest railway station is in Chandigarh.
By Road: Sainj valley is well connected by road. You can take a bus from Delhi to Bhuntar and from there you can either hire a private taxi or board a bus bound for Sainj village.
Why visit Sainj Valley?
Sister valley of Tirthan, Sainj Valley offers the untouched beauty of Kullu mountains. From hidden waterfalls to numerous short and long treks, Sainj Valley is the place to be in April. Also, Sainj Valley offers numerous high-altitude treks inside Great Himalayan National Park.
April is the month of many cultural celebrations and if you are a culture buff, check out these cultural festivals in April in India
Kashmir is beautiful throughout the year, be it the serene Shikara boat rides in Kashmir during summers or playing with the snow in winters. However, it is during the springs that Kashmir is at its most aesthetically pleasing. The onset of spring season means that entire Kashmir blossoms into a flower field. One such major attraction in the month of April in India is the mesmerising Tulip festival in Srinagar. Home to the largest tulip garden in Asia, Srinagar in the month of April is a sight to behold. The entire garden is laden with more than one million tulip blossoms and the entire flower field is a picture-perfect paradise. Complimented with cultural programmes featuring Kashmir folk music and dance, an exhibition of local crafts and lip-smacking Kashmiri cuisines, this festival in Srinagar is something you must see.
Dates for Tulip Festival: First two weeks of April ( Apr 01-20, 2020)
How to reach Srinagar?
By Air: Srinagar has its own airport which is well connected to all major Indian cities.
By Train: The nearest railway stations are in Udhampur and Jammu.
By Road: Srinagar is well connected by national highway, which connects Srinagar to every major Indian city.
It’s no new news that the people in Punjab know how to celebrate a festival or an occasion. One of the most vibrant cultures in India, Punjab always seems to be in a festive mode yet comes the month of April and there is furore about the oncoming Baisakhi celebration. Baisakhi is a harvest festival which also marks the Punjabi New Year fused with the tribute to the Khalsa (the divine Sikh religious brotherhood). The festival is celebrated with a great zeal of Bhangra dancing, feasting with fairs and folk music. During the festive season, the entire state is decorated and each and every village and town feels like a carnival. However, the major celebration in the Golden Temple Amritsar is one celebration you can’t afford to miss.
Date for Baisakhi festival: April 13, 2020
Where to go for Baisakhi festival?
The Golden Temple in Amritsar is the place to be during the Baisakhi festival. Also, the entire state celebrates the festival, so wherever you go, you will get to experience the traditional Baisakhi festival celebration.
The main festival of Assam, Bihu is celebrated thrice in a year. Each of the three Bihu has different cultural importance and each Bihu is celebrated with equal furore. However, in the month of April comes the Rongali Bihu or Bohag Bihu. One of the biggest celebrations in Assam, Bohag Bihu is the most celebrated Bihu. Bohag Bihu is a three-day festival which marks the beginning of the new year for Assamese people and it also marks the Spring’s seeding time. The first day of the three days festival is dedicated to cows whereas the second day is spent with relatives and friends, celebrating with dance and songs. The third day is for worshipping deities. Bihu is one of the most famous Assamese festivals and if you are planning a vacation in April, Bihu festival in Assam seems to be a must-see thing.
Dates for Bohag Bihu festival: 13-14 April, 2020
Where to go for Bihu Festival?
One of the most romantic destinations in India, Mount Abu is the only hill station in Rajasthan. A state majorly occupied by vast arid deserts offers a quaint romantic getaway in its hill station of Mount Abu. Nestled in the Aravali hills near the border of Rajasthan and Gujarat, Mount Abu every April hosts a Summer Festival. The festival celebrates the cheerfulness and warmth of the hill station, showcasing folk dances and singing of ballads. If you wish to experience the vibrant culture of Rajasthan, Mount Abu summer festival is your place. The hill station also organises boat races in Nakki Lake and variety of many other festivals.
Reason to visit Mount Abu: A hill station in the most unexpected place, Mount Abu Summer Festival is a vibrant celebration of the spirit and culture of Rajasthan.
Date of the Mount Abu Summer Festival: The Mount Abu Summer Festival will be organised on May 08-10, 2020.
How to reach Mount Abu?
By Train: The nearest railway station is the Mount Abu railway station, 15 km from the main city.
By Road: Mount Abu is well connected by roads.
India in global forums is referred to as a land of colours and festivals and no other festival justifies the tag given to us than the Bhandara festival near Pune. Celebrated amongst the Khandoba devotees, the festivities take place around the Khandoba Temple in Jejuri, 1.5 hour drive from Pune. The festival is marked by throwing of the yellow turmeric all around followed by vibrant dance and folk-art display. Celebrated 2 or three times a year, Bhandara festival is celebrated on a new moon day that falls on Monday. Also known as Somvati Amavasya, witnessing Bhandara festival is one of the must-do things in April in India.
How to reach Jejuri?
Jejuri is located 50 km from Pune.
By Air: The nearest airport is in Pune.
By Train: The nearest railway station is in Jejuri itself which is well connected by major Indian cities.
By Road: Jejuri is well connected by roads.
For the wandering souls, these activities and destinations will help you figure out your April vacation destination in India.
Buddhism is one of the most followed religions in the world with its origination being in India. A prince who abandoned all the materialist desire to seek knowledge came to a quaint little town in Bihar to meditate and seek the ultimate truth of life. He sat under a tree and meditated to seek knowledge about human life and everything that concerns it. The town where Buddha lived and preached his teaching is now known as Bodhgaya. An entire city dedicated to Buddha and his teaching, Bodhgaya is one of the most tranquil destinations on this list. Not in every place can you find peace amidst the crowd of thousands but that is the serenity of the town and effects of Buddhist teachings.
Reason to visit Bodhgaya: Bodhgaya is famous for its Buddhist monasteries and Bodhisattva Temple. Experience the preaching of Buddha in the calmness of the city.
How to reach Bodhgaya?
The city of Bodhgaya is situated on the outskirts of Gaya city.
By Air: The nearest airport is in Gaya
By Train: The nearest railway station is in Gaya from where you can take a taxi or an auto to reach Bodhgaya
By Road: Bodhgaya is well connected by roads.
While the temperature begins to soar in other parts of India in April, many wanderers seek an adventure in some of the best beach destinations in India. To satiate your wanderlust appetite, Andaman with its infinite beach adventures and soothing weather opens its door for an amazing getaway to beat the April blues. From its azure waters to pristine secluded beaches to an infinite range of adventure activities, returning back to your normal life would nearly seem impossible. Scuba diving and snorkelling have become some of the most trending vacation activities in India, thanks to the glorification in movies. Scuba diving in Andaman is a unique experience with its untouched, natural coral life and preserved aquatic life.
Where to go for Scuba Diving in Andaman:
How to Reach Andaman?
By Sea: You can reach Andaman through the ship and there are 4 ships that operate every month from Kolkata, Visakhapatnam and Chennai.
If you are looking for rafting and Kayaking in April then let us take you to one of the lesser known tourist places in sikkim for an amazing adventure vacation. While North India offers infinite options of river rafting destinations, they are usually crowded. But that is not the case with Sikkim. With Teesta River and Rangit River, Sikkim offers some of the best rapids for the adrenaline high you need. Rangit river is a tributary of the Teesta river and both of them are perfect for river rafting even if you are a novice. April is the best time for river rafting and Kayaking in Sikkim and the rapids of Teesta River will surely satiate your appetite for river rafting in April.
Where to go for River Rafting in Sikkim?
Makha, Rangpo and Bardang are the places to experience river rafting in Sikkim.
One of the best things to do in April, surfing is one experience every adventurer must have. If you seek for an exotic surfing destination and thrilling waves then head out to the beaches of Visakhapatnam. While India has many surf destinations but no destination offers such consistent waves like Visakhapatnam. Home to 20-point breaks, Visakhapatnam is ideal for a novice as well as professional surfers. Nothing beats the thrill of riding an intimidating wave and Visakhapatnam makes sure that it satiates all your adrenaline appetite.
Where to go for Surfing in Visakhapatnam?
Rushikonda Beach and Ramakrishna Beach are the best beaches for an amazing surf experience.
How to reach Visakhapatnam?
By Air: Visakhapatnam has its own airport which is connected to all major cities in India.
By Train: The nearest railway station is in Visakhapatnam itself which is connected to all major Indian cities.
By Road: Visakhapatnam is well connected by roads.
While we all realise the need to preserve nature and its natural balance, not many of us have enough resource to make a drastic change. We all try to do our own bit and this story is about one such effort. An NRI couple who returned to India in the ‘90s in order to open their own private wildlife sanctuary, Mr. Malhotra and his wife has managed to operate a 300 acres vast private wildlife sanctuary in Kodagu. Started with 55 acres of land, today they run a full-fledged, self-sustenance private wildlife sanctuary. Not just that, the couple has also helped the local villagers in getting the basic infrastructures in their villages. Every nature lover and environmentalist should visit SAI Wildlife sanctuary to witness the efforts of two individuals in their fight for saving environment and wildlife.
How to reach Kodagu?
Kodagu is situated 12 km from Coorg
By Air: The nearest airport is in Mangalore, 180 km from Kodagu.
By Train: The nearest railway station is in Mysore, 100 km from Kodagu
By Road: Kodagu is well connected by roads.
Have you settled on a destination yet? Well, hurry up and pick the destination best suited to your needs and have an amazing April vacation in India. If we missed out any place to visit or thing to do in April, do let us know in the comment section below. Keep travelling and keep sharing your experience with us.
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