What's the first thing that you think of when you hear the word 'Springtime'? I think of blue sky and tender new leaves on the trees. The mind automatically paints a picture of breezy comfortable afternoons, far away from the freezing cold clutches of winter and a comfortable distance away from the killer heat. The sky is spectacular blue on most days, trees have fresh new leaves and flowering plants are at their best. Don't they just make you want to pack your bags and head to destinations that are not only beautiful but also have the best weather ever? India is blessed with many spectacular destinations; here are five such places that you may want to consider paying a visit in March, the beautiful spring month.
Kasauli, Himachal Pradesh
The quaint little hill town of Kasauli in Himachal Pradesh is perfect any time of the year. But since we don't shun extra goodness, ever, we think Kasauli is one of the best places to visit in India in March. Old colonial-era houses dot the town, the gorgeous Christ Church stands tall and bright, orchards, pretty gardens and verdant pine forest all around...Kasauli is a dream destination post harsh winter.
How To Reach: Kasauli can be accessed easily via train and road. The nearest railhead is Kalka (40 km from Kasauli); Kalka is connected to major cities like Amritsar, Delhi, Kolkata, Chandigarh and Mumbai. From Kalka, one can take local taxis to Kasauli.
Yumthang Valley, Sikkim
In the North Sikkim district lies a beautiful destination surrounded by the mighty Kanchenjunga, and it is called Yumthang Valley. It stays covered in snow during winter and spring brings back all colours. There are wild flowers everywhere, rhododendron forests throw a splash of colour everywhere you look. But remember, Yumthang sits pretty close to China, so one needs to travel with a permit to enter the valley. March-May, one can expect the valley to be in full bloom.
How To Reach: Air You can fly till Bagdogra in West Bengal or Gangtok in Sikkim. Rail Nearest railhead is New Jalpaiguri in West Bengal. Road Nearest town of Lachung is approximately 113 km from Gangtok.
Dayara Bugyal, Uttarakhand
What comes to mind when you think of meadows? Miles and miles of greenery, gentle rolling hills, view of not-so-distant mountains, cattle grazing...idyllic bliss. Dayara Bugyal is all of the aforementioned. It is in fact one of the most beautiful meadows in the country. Dayara Bugyal is located in the Uttarkashi district of Uttarakhand. It is a choice destination for trekkers. Starting from Barsu village (45 km away from Uttarkashi), the six-hour trek to Dayara Bugyal will take you through beautiful countryside with lush greenery and stunning view of the hillocks and mountains.
How To Reach: Air Jolly Grant Airport is 160 km away from Uttarkashi and has daily flights from Delhi. Rail Nearest railhead is Rishikesh Railway Station and is well-connected with major railway stations in the country. Road Buses to Rishikesh are available from all destinations in Uttarakhand and ISBT in Delhi. Taxis to Uttarkashi are available from Rishikesh, Tehri Garhwal, Dehradun, Chamba etc.
Folks in Mumbai and Pune may not have real winter but they have Mahabaleshwar. A plateau by geaography, Mahabaleshwar is surrounded by green verdant hills, misty or rain-soaked, you'll know when you get there. Whatever may be the case, the place is stunning and we can't stress enough on that. Mahabaleshwar is 160 km from Mumbai and 260 km from Pune. When in Mahabaleshwar, you must try the delicious local and organic strawberries. They are popular!
How To Reach: Rail Pune is the most convenient railhead as it is easily connected with other major cities in the country. There are direct buses to Mahabaleshwar from Pune.
Araku Valley, Andhra Pradesh
Araku Valley is home to some indigenous tribes of Eastern Ghats and the pretty valley is one of the most visited destinations in Andhra Pradesh. Come for the pleasant weather and coffee plantations, and stay for the bamboo chicken, a local tribal speciality. Spring is the perfect time as it will be covered in green and everything will be dew-kissed. While at Araku, don't miss out on the spectacular Borra Caves and Ananthagiri Hills.
How To Reach: There are direct and regular buses from Visakhapatnam. If by train, the nearest railhead is Araku, 1 km away from Visakhapatnam Airport.