For all those who want to get away and enjoy a quiet time after the festive Holi vibes in March and before summer sets in, there are plenty of options. We recommend exploring the following destinations in the upcoming month, so that you can reboot before the scorching sun imposes itself.
Only 25 kilometres away from Almora, a major town in Uttarakhand where Holi is celebrated joyously, Binsar is a picturesque retreat for nature lovers. Drive through the winding road of Kumaon to experience Uttarakhand’s rustic beauty. You will be surrounded by deodar and pine trees, wake up to the chirp of the most exquisite birds and breathe in lungs full of fresh mountain air. If you feel in doing something, take day hikes to the neighbouring villages or visit the famous Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary. All this as you enjoy uninterrupted views of the Himalayas.
Drive away from the chaos of Bangalore, passing through the celebrated Mysore, into the coffee plantations of Coorg. In Karnataka’s Madikeri district, Coorg has much to do if you want to immerse yourself in the wellness experience, or spend a couple of days exploring the sights like Raja’s Seat, or indulging in the scrumptious Coorgi cuisine. Amidst the silence here, every experience grows on you.
Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh
If you’re craving for some snow sights without the uncomfortable frostbites, the western town of Arunachal Pradesh is perfect for you. Enter from the plain towns of Assam into the lap of the Eastern Himalayas to witness a drastic change in scene and views. Known for its Buddhist settlement, you can either visit the Tawang Monastery and the Sela Pass, experience the serene P T Tso Lake or glimpse history in the Tawang War Memorial in and around this town. Don’t forget to sample some authentic Tibetan cuisine and take quiet mountain walks.
Shantiniketan, West Bengal
As one of the prime centres in east India, Shantiniketan celebrates Holi by combining it with Basant Utsav or Spring Festival. The railway station of Bolpur is only two and half hours away from Kolkata and attracts a large number of travellers. Even though this destination can get a bit too warm, it is a good time to visit after the aftermath of Holi. From Rabindranath Tagore’s Viswa Bharati to the Shonibarer Haat or Saturday Flea Market, the entire town remains peaceful and as characteristic.
South Goa, Goa
As the state of Goa prepares itself to shut shop during the summer months, April is an ideal time to visit. The weather is mildly warm and the beaches are scarcely crowded. It is the time when B&Bs and shops have the best offers for tourists too. Get away on this long weekend to the serene beaches of South Goa to escape the hustle of Holi. From the well-connected Colva to hidden away Khola to the famous Palolem and finally to the gorgeous Galjibag, every beach here has its own beauty and tranquility.