While most think that a sure shot way to stay alive through the Indian summers is a sunscreen, a top hat and lots of water, there is one more thing that you can try to stay cool. A higher altitude! With temperatures soaring well beyond 40 degrees, who can say no to exploring beyond the staple vacation spots with a cool breeze and quiet environment? Here is a list of 17 places to visit in April in India that you can choose from to make that summer vacation memorable.
One of the most adventurous and yet safe option among the Himalayan Ski circuit, Auli is known still one of the lesser marvels on Devbhoomi, Uttarakhand. April is one the most comfortable months to visit here, for the temperatures range from 7-17 degrees. The lush conifers surrounding this snowy paradise make for the perfect view. Many easy single day trek options are also available. Auli is one of the unforgettable and offbeat summer locations in India that must figure in your bucket list.
Auli by Airways
The Jolly Grant Airport located in Dehradun is the nearest airport to Auli. It is at a distance of around 279 km from the hill station. It connects the place with several cities of the country.
Auli by Railways
Haridwar railway station is the nearest railhead situated at a distance of 273 km and numerous trains run from here on a regular basis connecting all the major towns and cities of India. From the railway station, taxis and buses are available which can be availed for reaching Auli at an economical cost.
With the Satpura Tiger Reserve close-by, Pachmarhi is one of the most serene spots in the heart of the country. The only hill station in Madhya Pradesh is flanked on all sides by the majestic Satpura range and dotted with beautiful 10,000 year old man-made cave shelters, dense sal forests and bamboo thickets. The cool and calm environs all around the year make Pachmarhi the top pick for summers.
Pachmarhi by Air
Bhopal and Jabalpur airport serves as the nearest airports to Pachmarhi. Visitors can avail direct flights to these cities from Delhi and Indore. Otherwise connecting flights till Bhopal or Jabalpur from other Indian cities including Raipur, Hyderabad and Amhedabad can be availed. From the airport, buses or cabs are available for Pachmarhi.
Pachmarhi by Rail
Visitors have to board trains till Pipariya railway station, the nearest railway station to Pachmarhi. Quite a number of direct trains link Pipariya with important cities like Kolkata, Jabalpur, Agra, Gwalior, Delhi, Ahmedabad, Varanasi, Nagpur etc. In case one cannot find a direct train till Pipariya, train till Itarsi railway station can be boarded.
Mon is frequented usually in the first week of April, when people witness the Aoleang festival of the Konyak Nagas. A vibrant mix of modern and traditional, the festival is celebrated as the beginning of the new year with the spring season, after sowing seeds for the first crop of the year. Traditional dances, music and games are showcased, with the added aim of spreading peace and cultural harmony among the tribes. The rare head hunter and tattooed Nagas are seen in great numbers during this time.
How to reach Mon
The town of Mon is located at a distance of around 300 km from the town of Dimapur and 368 km away from Kohima. Dimapur is the nearest transit point and one can reach the place using taxis easily. The airport at Dimapur is the best choice for those who are planning to travel by air. The airport is connected to places such as Guwahati, Kolkata and Dibrugarh and Imphal. The town of Dimapur has the only major railway station in the region.
The Bhimakali Temple, one of 51 shaktipeethas (the consecrated sites of worship of the chief female deity, Sati) is located in Sarahan and attracts pilgrims around the year. Sarahan is seated deep into the lap of lush mountain scenery and is the perfect summer retreat. With the Bird Park that is the only breeding ground for pheasants in the state and home to the state bird, the monal. The Pandava Cave, where the mythological five brothers of the Hindu epic Mahabharata are said to have trekked also finds home in Sarahan.
Sarahan by Air
Instead of Sarahan you can a get flight to Bhuntar Airport on regular basis.
79 km away
Bhuntar Airport (KUU), Kullu, Himachal Pradesh
130 km away
Chandigarh Airport (IXC), Chandigarh, Punjab
Sarahan by Railways
There are no regular trains from other major cities to Sarahan. Nearest train station is Shimla.
78 km away
Shimla (SML), Shimla, Himachal Pradesh
78 km away
Summer Hill (SHZ), Shimla, Himachal Pradesh
Travellers to Kadmat feel blessed to witness natural beauty so exquisite, that it could only be nothing lesser than paradise. Located atop a coral reef, Kadmat is a tiny island, spread over just 3.12 square kilometres, but explored best through water activities like diving, snorkeling and swimming. The simplicity of the island speaks for itself, since there is little to no human interference in the natural beauty, and precautions are taken by the natives to keep one of the most beautiful islands at Lakshadweep, clean and as naturally preserved as possible.
Kadmat Island by Air
The nearest Airport from Kadmat Island is Agatti Airport, roughly 77 Kms from Kadmat. Agatti Airport is very well connected to major cities like Bangalore, Kochi and Chennai via Air India.
Kanyakumari is what one would call the land of hidden wonders. While most of the tourists here are on a pilgrimage to the shaktipeetha here, the Kanyakumari Temple, many also come to see if the sparkling diamond nose ring of the female deity, is actually visible from the sea, as the word goes around it does. Also found here is the Gandhi Memorial, constructed for public viewing of the Mahatma’s ashes before their immersion. The Memorial is constructed with such finesse, that on 2nd October, the birth anniversary of Gandhi, the first rays of the day fall on the memorial. Also worth seeing is the Dhyana Mandalam, where Swami Vivekananda meditated for 3 days and is also open to the general public, and a statue 133m of the famous Tamil poet Thiruvalluvar. Be sure to read up and have your travelogue full with experiences when you visit Kanyakumari.
Kanyakumari By Air
Located at a distance of about 67 kilometres, the nearest airport to Kanyakumari is the Trivandrum International Airport. Apart from being well connected with the major cities in India, the airport is also well linked with some gulf countries. Popular airlines alike Air India, IndiGo, Jet Airways, Qatar Airways, Etihad, Oman Air, Air Arabia and Kuwait Airways have excellent connectivity from this airport. From the airport, you can hire a taxi or a cab to Kanyakumari which will cost you somewhere between Rs. 1,000 to Rs. 1,500.
Kanyakumari By Railways
Kanyakumari has its own railhead and trains from major cities of India stop at this junction. Kanyakumari Express is well-connected to Mumbai and Bangalore. Apart from this, the second nearest station is the Trivandrum Central railway station, which is well connected to almost all Indian cities. Once you reach Trivandrum Central, you can either board another train to Kanyakumari junction or hire a taxi to Kanyakumari city.
The black tea capital of India, Darjeeling is known for its sprawling tea plantations, Gothic architecture and local beer made from fermented finger millet. Darjeeling is where you can go for long leisurely walks and come back with an uplifted olfactory system and millions of memories. The Peace Pagoda built here is one of the most frequented spots by those inclined towards learning more about Buddhism. One of the most loved experiences of frequent travellers here, is to watch the sun rise on the Kanchenjunga from the Tiger Hill.
Darjeeling by Air
The nearest airport to Darjeeling is Bagdogra which is approximately 95 km away from the city. There are some direct flights from the cities like Kolkata, Delhi and Guwahati to Darjeeling. From the airport, one can reach the city by hiring taxis. It will take almost 3 hours to reach Darjeeling from the airport. Flights are available from all major cities.
Darjeeling by Railways
The nearest railway station to Darjeeling is New Jalpaiguri which connects the city with all the major parts of the country. There are a number of trains from cities like Kolkata, Delhi, Guwahati, Chennai, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Bhubaneshwar and Kochi. People can hire private cabs from the station to reach Darjeeling.
Misty hills and a lush green cover cloaking these hills, Wayanad is truly a trip for the senses. Kerala is a major producer of aromatic products like cardamom, vanilla, coffee and tea, and a leisure walk through plantations of these is enough to transport you to a nether realm. Wayanad is known to be home to the oldest traced tribes who practice age old customs and lead a nomadic life. Wayanad is your perfect detox from the overwhelming urban life, it is a vacation fit for gods.
Wayanad by Air
The only airport that comes in the vicinity of Wayanad is Karipur international airport at Kozhikode and about 100 km to go from Wayanad city. Along with Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai this airport links gulf countries too, such as- Oman, Quatar, Kuwait and Saudi.
Wayanad by railways
The adjoining Rail station of Wayanad is Kozhikode. To reach here you have to cover a distance of 110 km from Wayanad. One can also hire taxi to reach the station. Kozhikode has nice and frequent connectivity that provides regular direct train services towards Trivandrum, Kochi, Chennai and Bangalore.
The striking contrast of the pristine Himalayas and the evergreen alpines is what strikes a first time traveler in Kalimpong. River Teesta provides adventurers with the option of rowing downriver during the rapids. Those who are more into a relaxed and laid back vacation can take a stroll among the fragrant cardamom and cinnamon plantations (talk about natural aromatherapy!) or feast their eyes on the acacia, bamboo and orchid fields. Roads lined with sunflowers and poinsettias, and the city itself considered as an ecological hotspot, don’t be surprised if you spot rarities like the red panda, asiatic black bear, and the pangolin here.
Kalimpong by Air
The nearby airport of Kalimpong is Bagdogra in the vicinity of Siliguri. It is placed at a distance of 79 km from the town. This airport is networked with Kolkata, Delhi and Guwahati. So you would easily know how to reach Kalimpong. International travelers can use the connecting flights from metro cities like Kolkata or Delhi.
Kalimpong by railways
The bordering rail is New Jalpaiguri, which is almost 77 km away from Kalimpong. This is an important railway station in the northern Bengal and also serves as a gateway to the remote northeastern India. You can easily get trains for different Indian cities from this railway station.
Located in the world renowned Nilgiris, Coonor is popular among those who want to enjoy nature’s bounty but without the overflowing tourists. Sim’s Park, a botonical garden in the city frequented most by locals and those visiting Coonoor, hosts an annual Fruit Show in the summers. The Dolphin’s Nose Point, a one of a kind view point, provides a panoramic view of the mesmerising Nilgiri Hills and the Catherine Falls. Trekking trails leading out of the town are also taken by those who love exploring nature in serenity.
Coonoor by Air
Coimbatore Airport is the nearest airport from Coonoor which is located approximately a distance of 70 km. The only approachable International Airport is the Bangalore Airport which is around 300 km away from the heart of the city. You can take flights to Comibatorre or flights to Bangalore in order to reach Coonoor.
Coonoor by railways
Coonoor is the only available rail stop for the Nilgiri Mountain Railway service between Ooty and Mettupalayam. The Nilgiri Mountain Railway has attained the status of classic mountain railways in India. The major broad gauge railway station close by is Coimbatore junction.
The home of the Dalai Lama and the spiritual centre for the Tibetan Buddhists, Dharamshala is one of the most peaceful locations in India. It is a beacon of spirituality with the awe-inspiring natural beauty. April is the perfect time to visit this place, the chilling winters having made a way for the pleasant summers. Dharamshala is your go-to place to try out the thrilling treks in the Himalayas and exploring the Tibetan monasteries. If you are lucky enough, you might also be able to meet the Dalai Lama at the occasional public teachings held in Ganchen Kyishong after Losar (Tibetan New Year). And if not, simply relaxing in the mesmerising and peaceful environs of Dharamshala will leave you rejuvenated and recharged.
Dharamshala by Air
The nearest airport is at Gaggal, about 13 kilometres away from Dharamshala. Gaggal airport connects Dharamshala to Delhi via Air India and Spice Jet flights. Tourists from other parts of India would find it easier to take a flight till Chandigarh and book a taxi for their onward journey to Dharamshala, which is about 275 kilometres away.
Dharamshala by Railways
An overnight train journey is a good option to reach Dharamshala. The nearest major railway station is at Pathankot, 85 kilometres away. There are numerous trains that go to Jammu and Kashmir that stop by in Pathankot. You can take a taxi or bus from Pathankot to reach Dharamshala. There is also a smaller railway station, Kangra Mandir, just 22 kilometres from Dharamshala but none of the important trains halt here.
India’s first national park and named after the legendary tiger hunter Jim Corbett, the Corbett National Park is a haven for wildlife enthusiasts. It has a variety of wildlife and birdlife in grassland, sal forests and river habitats, and a mesmerising location in the foothills of the Himalayas. Though Tiger spotting requires some luck, your best bet of spotting one is from April – June, when the forest cover is low and the animals come out in search of water. Commonly seen wildlife include sloth bears, langur monkeys, rhesus macaques, peacocks and several types of deer.
Corbett by Air
The nearest Domestic Airport is Pantnagar Airport, Pantnagar, roughly one and half hours drive from Corbett. It is well connected to New Delhi through Jagson Airlines. The second nearest International Airport is Indira Gandhi International Airport, New Delhi, about 274 Kms away and is roughly four and half hour drive from Corbett. Frequent Flights to various national and international destinations take off from here.
Corbett by railways
The nearest Railway Station is Ramnagar Railway Station which is connected to the major cities of Uttarakhand. It is linked with the cities like New Delhi, Lucknow, Kathgodam, Chennai, Ahmedabad, Nainital and Kashipur.
A very popular tourist destination, Gangtok is true to its name (meaning “hill top”), as it is like a sprawl of multi-storey concrete boxes tiered along a mountain ridge. This place holds a great religious significance with the followers of Buddhism as it houses a number of monasteries. Gangtok has a breathtaking scenery, glacial lakes, trekking paths, monasteries and scrumptious food. When clouds clear, typically at dawn, views are inspiring with Khangchendzonga soaring above the horizon.
Gangtok by Air
If you are planning to reach Gangtok via airways then the nearest airport is in Bagdogra, West Bengal. The total distance between Bagdogra and Gangtok is around 124 km. This major airport is well connected