Spring is in the air and nature and all its beings are in full blossom. After all those months of sitting bundled up indoors and braving the winter, now is the time to step out and get outdoorsy. And truly, a refreshing spring escapade is what you need to feel rejuvenated and get on with life with a spring in your step. Here is a list of five of the best Indian destinations across different parts of the country where you can holiday for a perfect vacay this season:

Ranthambore

Ranthambore

Most people will tell you that the ideal time to visit Ranthambore is between September and February. But that doesn’t mean you can’t visit it in March. In fact, this is the time when the usual rush of tourists will be out of sight and there will be better chances of spotting large mammals and explore the wildlife in the Ranthambore National Park.

In the month of March, the mid mornings will be warm enough, and that is when wildlife buffs will be able to see animals with their little ones coming out in search of water. Evenings makes the place more beautiful with colourful birds. Within the park, there is Ranthambore Fort. It happens to be one of the six forts in Rajasthan that are part of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

In the peak of summer, you can escape to the mountains in the north. Uttarakhand is dotted with charming hill towns one of which is Binsar. You can check out Binsar Hotels to get a perfect accommodation for your next summer holiday.

Varanasi

Varanasi

The holy city of Varanasi is regarded as one of the seven sacred sites of Hinduism. Standing beside the flowing Ganges, it is one of the oldest continually inhabited city in the world. March is the month when there are relatively fewer festivities which usually keep this chaotic and colourful city busy round the year. The only important festival is Maha Shivratri, during which devotees stay awake all through the night to perform intriguing rituals in honour of Lord Shiva.

Apart from this, you can be witness to the well-known Ganga Aarti without encountering the hustle-bustle of big crowd. The temples will also be far less crowded. You can enjoy a quiet boat ride on the Ganges in early mornings and see exotic rituals by the riverside, shop for uniquely beautiful local souvenirs and savour local delicacies rest of the day.

Munnar

Munnar

Munnar is a beautiful hill town in south-eastern Kerala that is as charming throughout the year. In the month of March, it becomes aesthetically pleasing with flowers in full bloom. As the weather during this time is moderately cold and comfortable, one can enjoy trekking as well as late evening activities such as camping and bonfire.

If, however, you want the beach experience, then head to the Marari Beach in Alappuzha which is about 175 kms from Munnar. The Marari beach resort of Tree of Life can give you a peaceful and rejuvenating experience amidst raw nature.

Jaipur

Jaipur

Jaipur, the Pink City, is one of the most colourful and majestic cities in India. Even more so in March. Enjoy a local tour of famous landmarks such as the City Palace, Jantar Mantar and the Hawa Mahal and round it up by snacking on the tangy, spicy and delicious food of Jaipur. The shops and markets of Jaipur add to its charisma. If you’re looking to buy souvenirs for folks back home, you will be spoilt for choice.

March is also the month of the Elephant Festival and Holi which are celebrated with full fervour and local traditions. Apart from these cultural attractions, one can also enjoy breath-taking views of the space from Jantar Mantar, thanks to clear summer skies. The tourist crowd thins out at this time of the year, which means you have plenty of freedom to enjoy your vacation just as you want.

Shillong

Shillong, the capital of Meghalaya, is one of the most loved destinations in north-eastern India. It is especially popular among lovers of nature. If you are here in March, you must visit the charming Khasi Hills. With the misty winters out of sight, you can expect to get clear, panoramic views of the hills. The weather is perfect from March to June to enjoy outdoor activities such as waterfall trekking, shopping or simply taking a long walk in the pine forest.